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Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Established 1952
Type Private
Dean Pascal Goldschmidt, MD
Academic staff 1,397
Students 753 medical, 420 graduate
Location Miami, Florida, USA
Campus Urban

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) is the graduate medical school of the University of Miami. Founded in 1952, it is the oldest medical school in the state of Florida.

The main medical campus is located in the Civic Center, Miami, Florida within the 153-acre (0.62 km2) UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex. The medical center includes three University-owned hospitals that make up the University of Miami Health System: University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, home to the top-ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Affiliated hospitals on the medical campus include Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children's Hospital, and the Miami VA Medical Center. Plans are underway to build the UM Life Science Park with two million square feet of space adjacent to the medical campus. The facility will bring together academia and industry for collaboration in bioscience research and innovation. Jackson Memorial Hospital serves as the school's major teaching facility and is one of the largest hospitals in the United States with more than 1,550 beds.[1]

The main University of Miami campus is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station, and the Miller School of Medicine is served by the Metro's Civic Center Station in the Civic Center. The two are about a 20-minute train ride away.


The main campus is located in Miami, Florida. Starting in 2004, the Miller School began offering instruction on the campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of the parent campus in Miami. FAU is a public university, and the State of Florida supports the Boca Raton program with an annual contribution of $15 million.[2][3] MD students are admitted to either the Miami or Boca Raton programs and spend all four years studying on the selected campus.[2] In April 2005, the Boca Raton program was expanded into a full four-year medical degree program.[3] The Boca Raton program emphasizes continuity of care and community-based medicine.[4] All graduates of the Boca Raton program received University of Miami degrees rather than FAU degrees. Full-time Miller School clinical faculty, working with community-based faculty physicians at multiple Palm Beach County hospitals and clinics, provide the supervision and venues for clinical training. Among these sites are Boca Raton Community Hospital, Bethesda Memorial Hospital, JFK Medical Center, and the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.[5] As of 2011, FAU has created its own medical school, independent of the University of Miami; Training sites and Miller School faculty associated with the regional campus are being integrated into the newly established MD/MPH program. Starting with the Class of 2014, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine no longer offers incoming students the option of attending the Boca Raton campus.

Academic programs

  • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is the top facility in the country for ophthalmic clinical care and research. The Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital annually serves 160,000 outpatients of ophthalmology and other specialties, largely for microsurgery procedures.
  • For its pioneering work in islet cell transplantation, the Diabetes Research Institute joined the National Institutes of Health and the Naval Medical Research Center as the only academic partner in the national initiative to cure diabetes through transplantation.
  • The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center treats 3,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, and treats thousands more in ongoing treatment from throughout the United States and Latin America. Approximately 200 clinical trials are under way, supported by more than $31 million in research grants.
  • Dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, researchers at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis found the first direct evidence of successful regeneration of adult human central nervous system tissue. The Miami Project conducts basic and clinical research trials, as well as a program that permits spinal cord injured men to father children.
  • The University of Miami Ear Institute houses the nation’s second most active cochlear implant program, restoring hearing to adults and children with profound deafness. The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, dedicated to assisting hearing-challenged children and their families' transitions from a silent world into the hearing world through the use of cochlear implant technology, opened at the Ear Institute in September 2010.
  • The School of Medicine’s Mailman Center for Child Development has a number of model programs that help children with developmental disabilities.
  • The UM/Jackson Transplant Program is one of the nation’s busiest, responsible for half of the pediatric multivisceral transplants in the world. UM/Jackson has an active transplant program for bone marrow, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and intestines.
  • Significant federal funds support research at the Comprehensive AIDS Program, including HIV studies in pregnant women, pediatric AIDS clinical trials, various drug protocol studies, heterosexual transmission of AIDS, transfusion safety studies, and the national cooperative drug discovery group.
  • The Center on Aging, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older people, conducts significant research on geriatric issues.
  • The Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) was founded in 2011. The CTI brings together expertise in small molecule discovery, pharmacology and disease biology to enable academic drug discovery efforts. Several prominent projects include discovery of epigenetic modulators for cancer, inflammatory disease and neuroscience as well as programs centered on a variety of targets in mucopolysaccharidosis, addiction, schizophrenia, fragile X, obesity, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, among many others.
  • The Hussman Institute for Human Genomics seeks to apply genetic understanding to the practice of medicine. In 2007, Margaret Vance, MD and colleagues reported a new gene responsible for multiple sclerosis.
  • The Department of Physical Therapy offers an entry level clinical doctoral degree (DPT) and an academic doctoral degree (PhD).[6]
  • The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute seeks to understand the biology of stem cells and translate basic research into new regenerative therapies. In 2007, Joshua Hare, MD and colleagues reported that a new stem cell therapy was safe for the treatment of myocardial infarction and reduced complications from the condition.[7]

Teaching affiliates

MD/MBA joint program

The school and the UM School of Business Administration offer a joint MD/MBA degree program to prepare future physicians for the business aspects of managing a medical practice. Students must first be accepted into the MD program and then apply for admission to the joint program.[8]

MD/MPH joint program

Beginning in the academic year of 2011, the school and the UM Department of Epidemiology and Public Health now offer a four-year joint MD/MPH program designed to train public health physicians.[9] This is one of the first programs in the United States to offer both degrees in a four-year program. The MPH coursework ranges from biostatistics and epidemiology to healthcare management and politics. Students in the MD/MPH program spend their first two years studying at the main campus in Miami before moving to the regional campus in Palm Beach to complete their third and fourth years. One of the main reasons for the final two years being in Palm Beach County is that the county has the largest department of public health in the state of Florida and still runs its own public health clinics.[10] This contrasts with Miami-Dade County which long ago contracted out its public health clinics to private companies. This therefore allows MD/MPH students to work in a far reaching public health department and gain first-hand clinical and public health experience in public health clinics.


Sebastian the Ibis in scrubs.

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a top 40 NIH research funded medical school, currently ranked 40th overall.[11] As of 2014 the medical school is ranked 46th in research by U.S. News & World Report.[12] In 2014, the magazine listed Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the number one hospital in the country for ophthalmology for the eleventh year in a row. Five other specialties were also listed among the nation's best: ear, nose, and throat, digestive disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, kidney disease, and urology. With more than 1,300 ongoing projects funded by more than $180 million in external grants and contracts, the school ranks in the top third among U.S. medical schools in terms of research funding awarded.[13] In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Miami Physical Therapy Department 9th in the nation.[14]


The Miller Medical School has more than 1,500 ongoing projects funded by more than $200 million in external grants and contracts to UM faculty. The medical campus includes more than 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) of research space. Currently under construction with an open date of June 2011 is Building I of the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park (UMLSTP). The building is 252,000 sq ft (23,400 m2) and is the first phase of a five building, 1,800,000 sq ft (170,000 m2) lab ready research park. It is located in the Miami Hospital District and adjacent to the medical campus.[15] The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is a research center dedicated to research in the field of paralysis and spinal cord injury, with the eventual object of finding a cure for paralyzing injuries. Based at the Miller School of Medicine, it is considered a world leader in neurological injury research. The center was founded in 1985 by a research physician and three people who had dealt with spinal cord injuries. The center has identified a family of genes that may control the ability of the optic nerve to regenerate.[16] The Miller Medical School also developed the famous “Harvey” teaching mannequin that is able to recreate many of the physical findings of the cardiology examination, including palpation, auscultation, and electrocardiography.[17][18][19] The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) and Dr. Joshua Hare are leading cutting edge medicine including injections of a person's own bone marrow stem cells to repair damage from massive heart attacks.


For the medical class entering in 2014, 574 out of a total 7667 applicants were interviewed for a class of 151 students. The admissions rate stands at 1.9% with the entering class presenting an average overall GPA of 3.76, science GPA of 3.72, and composite MCAT score of 33.5.[20]


In December 2004, the University of Miami School of Medicine received a $100 million donation from the family of Leonard M. Miller, former President and CEO of Lennar Corporation. It was the single largest donation in University of Miami history and the second largest gift ever given to a university in Florida. The school was renamed in Mr. Miller's honor.[21]

In February 2014, Oscar de la Renta recreated his entire Spring presentation, Designed for A Cure 2014 collection to raise money for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.[22]

Notable alumni

  • Daniel T. Barry, MD, PhD - astronaut
  • Rodney Belcher, MD - orthopaedic surgeon, former Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Mitchel S. Berger, MD - Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco
  • David Hafler, MD, MSc - Chairman of Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine
  • Julie R. Korenberg, MD, PhD - geneticist
  • David Perlmutter, MD - American physician, best-selling author, and scholar
  • Michael Welner, MD - forensic psychiatrist

In popular culture

Plastic surgeons Sean McNamara and Christian Troy from the television series Nip/Tuck are graduates of the University of Miami School of Medicine.

See also


  1. ^ "Jackson Memorial Hospital". Jackson Memorial Hospital. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  2. ^ a b "UMSM@FAM | University of Miami". University of Miami. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  3. ^ a b "UM/FAU Medical School Partnership Receives Final Approval". Florida Atlantic University. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  4. ^,1770,2600-1;31823-3,00.html
  5. ^,1770,2600-1;14190-2;63435-3,00.html
  6. ^ "University of Miami". Universityof Miami. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  7. ^ "First Human Trial Tests Stem-Cell-Based Treatment For Heart Attacks". Science Daily. Mar 28, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  8. ^ "University of Miami MD/MBA Program : University of Miami School of Business". Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  9. ^
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  12. ^ "Research Rankings - Best Medical Schools". US News & World Report. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
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  14. ^ "". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  15. ^ "Facts, Figures, Accolades, and Accomplishments". University of Miami. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  16. ^ "Research Landing". University of Miami. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  17. ^ "simulation". Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
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  19. ^ "Harvey: Major Changes". Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. 
  20. ^ Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ Kleinman, Rebecca (19 February 2014). "Oscar de la Renta Takes Collection to Miami". WWD. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

External links

  • University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Internal Medicine residency website
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital

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