University of Miami Opens School of Medicine
In the early 1950s, several cities were lobbying before the Florida Legislature to open the state’s first medical school. Ultimately, Miami and the University of Miami were chosen. The University of Miami School of Medicine opened on September 22, 1952, welcoming its first class of 28 students — 26 men and two women.
Jackson Memorial Hospital immediately became an integral part of the medical school’s program, with a formal agreement designating Jackson as the school’s teaching hospital signed in December 1952. The medical school obtained permission from the Dade County Commission to use Jackson’s facilities in exchange for caring for the hospital’s indigent patients.
Medical students began clinical training in 1954 in the old Veterans Administration Hospital in Coral Gables and at Jackson. This class graduated two years later as the American Medical Association and American Association of Medical Colleges issued formal accreditation for the University of Miami School of Medicine.
The first university-owned building was a five-story structure known as the Medical Research Building, created specifically for medical research and education. It originally operated in the Biltmore Hotel prior to moving to its permanent location
Today, the mission of the now Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine remains the same: to be a state-of-the-art academic medical center that delivers high-quality, compassionate health care, promotes the health and well-being of our community, and educates the next generation of medical leaders.
Apr. 2009 Miracle Stories
Innovative Procedure Helps Children with Eye Cancer. Link opens story page.
In 2009, 7-year-old Christina Katsouris underwent an extremely rare, new surgery at Holtz Children’s Hospital to treat retinoblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that occurs in the retina of the eye.Explore in story page.
Sep. 2013 Miracle Stories
Boating Accident Nearly Paralyses Young Woman. Link opens story page.
In September 2013, Danielle Press suffered life-threatening injuries in a boating accident off the coast of Key Biscayne – the very place where her father is police chief.Explore in story page.
Jan. 2008 Medical Firsts
Treating Hypothermia from Within. Link opens story page.
In 2008, UHealth/Jackson surgeons became the first in the world to use an internal warming method to prevent hypothermia during burn surgery.Explore in story page.