News : 2016 : May

Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the Miller School of Medicine Center for Medical Education

The University of Miami and Miller School of Medicine recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Miller School of Medicine Center for Medical Education.

The building, which will incorporate innovative technology features, was made possible by a $50 million gift from the family of Stuart A. Miller, Chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, which continues the Miller family’s ongoing support for both UM and the Miller School.

In 2004, the Miller family gave a historic $100 million gift to name the School of Medicine in honor of the late Leonard M. Miller, a UM lifetime trustee and former chair of the UM Board of Trustees. Additionally, in 2014 The Lennar Foundation, which was founded by Leonard Miller as the charitable arm of the Lennar Corporation and is led by Chairman Marshall Ames, contributed $50 million to name The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, the newest home of UHealth being built on the Coral Gables campus.

Our family recognizes the importance of giving back to our community, and we strive to lead by our actions,” said Stuart Miller. “We look forward to continuing that legacy of philanthropy.”

The Miller School of Medicine Center for Medical Education will serve students at every level of medical education, and will also recognize the imperative of interdisciplinary education.
The building will incorporate open space, which will include flat screens, multiple PC work stations, flexible furniture in reception, common and lounge areas, and robust wireless technology conducive to world-wide collaboration.

Some of the essential spaces will include: a large auditorium with room for 500 people, a media production facility, a variety of learning spaces, a clinical skills assessment center, student organization offices, library administrative offices, a teleconferencing station, and more.

The celebration on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle January 28 also included a preinaugural address by President Julio Frenk, on the day before his formal inauguration as the University’s sixth president.

In another demonstration of support for the medical innovation on the Miller School campus, philanthropist Don Soffer and members of his family were recognized for their foundation’s $25 million commitment to the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) – the largest single donation the Institute has ever received. The funding will allow the Institute to continue its groundbreaking stem cell research to support the exploration of therapies in the fields of cardiology, sports medicine, and aging-related frailty.

In recognition of this seminal gift, the Clinical Research Building has been renamed the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. “We thank you for honoring our family,” said Don Soffer. “We know that ISCI is at the forefront of research on stem cells, which are the foundation of life.”