Hall of Fame honoree Stephen B. Liggett, M.D. ’82.

Miller School Graduates Reconnect at 2019 Medical Alumni Weekend


Family medicine practitioner, Harold Johnson, M.D. ’94, does not generally attend school reunions, but when it came time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his medical school graduation with his classmates, Dr. Johnson knew he did not want to miss it.

The excited Class of 2019 rush to claim their match envelopes.

Match Day 2019 Generates Cheers and Tears from the Miller School’s Graduating Class


“It looks like we only have five minutes to go,” Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said to the excited crowd at Match Day 2019. “Unfortunately, I brought a 15-minute speech.” The groans had barely begun when he flashed his big smile and said, “Just kidding,” generating laughter and applause. Still he used the time he had to great effect.

Dean Henri R. Ford speaks at the Miller School Class of 2022 orientation.

LCME Awards Full Accreditation to Miller School of Medicine


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received full accreditation for an eight-year cycle from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). “This was a three-and-a-half-year effort, with teams of faculty and students putting their heart and soul into the process,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., executive dean for education and policy.

Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tatjana Rundek and Shelly Baer Receive ‘In the Company of Women’ Awards


Two outstanding women at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine were honored at the 31st annual “In the Company of Women” awards ceremony, which showcased the contributions of 15 local women leaders. Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., was co-winner of the Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology award, and Rochelle A. “Shelly” Baer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., received the Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services award.

High Number of Depression Symptoms Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke


People who report an elevated number of depression symptoms may be more likely to have a stroke years later than people with no depression symptoms or a low number of depression symptoms, according to a preliminary study released March 6 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in May.

Robert M. Quencer, M.D.

Dr. Robert Quencer Receives Gold Medal for Career Contributions to Spine Imaging


Robert M. Quencer, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology, has received the Gold Medal from the American Society of Spine Radiology. The Gold Medal — the ASSR’s highest award — is given to an individual who has made major contributions to the science of spine imaging, to spine imaging research, to the society itself and to education in radiology.

Wei Li, Ph.D.

Bascom Palmer’s Dr. Wei Li awarded $9.12 million NEI grant


Wei Li, Ph.D., from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded a five-year $9.12 million R24 grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI) to develop a new drug that would protect infants from potentially blinding eye disorders due to retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).