Awards : Distinguished Alumni Award

James Oster, M.D. ’65

James Oster, M.D. ’65 is a retired (1999) Professor of Internal Medicine (Division of Nephrology) from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. After his medical training at UM, Dr. Oster did his residency and fellowship pat Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Miami.

Dr. Oster spent most of the next three decades at the School of Medicine except for military service where Dr. Oster served as a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in Chicago from 1969 – 1971. At the time of retirement he was Associate Chief of the Medical Service at the VAMC and Coordinator of the Department of Medicine’s Resident Scholarship Activities Program.

A member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Nephrology, Dr. Oster’s distinguished career at UM included many awards including Department of Medicine Outstanding Teacher in 1998. His administrative attainments included serving as chairman of the Executive Promotions Committee (for students), as well as of the Promotions and Tenure Committee (for faculty) of the School of Medicine. Dr. Oster’s research interests focused on acid-base and electrolyte homeostasis in normal man and in disease states, including hepatic cirrhosis, sickle cell disease, renal failure, gastrointestinal disorders, and diabetes mellitus. He published over 130 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters and a textbook on hypertension.