MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Last month before a packed auditorium full of family, friends, and University and Miller School of Medicine leadership, longtime philanthropists Sydney and Elaine Sussman made their latest gift in the hopes of improving care for cardiovascular patients for generations to come.
The Sussmans presented the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology to Alan W. Heldman, M.D., during a dedication ceremony October 7 on the medical school campus. As wife Elaine, daughter Andrea and her partner Bill Harris looked on, Sydney Sussman spoke of the teamwork needed to transform lives through gifts like an endowed chair.
“It is such a pleasure to be here with the individuals in this room: the doctors, our friends, future friends, and those that make great things in the world happen,” said Sussman. “Their intellect, their dedication, their whole lives are devoted to helping others.”
The Sussmans have made an enduring impact on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. They became ardent supporters of University of Miami Hospital (UMH) heart services making a significant gift for equipment and space renovations, ultimately becoming principal donors and naming the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories in 2011.
Thanks to their generosity, UMH has a state-of-the-art facility where interventional cardiologists, heart surgeons, and nurses work as a tight-knit team to diagnose problems and perform lifesaving procedures ranging from angioplasty to aortic valve replacement. The lab contains advanced imaging equipment and robotic technology for superb accuracy.
In 2013, the Sussmans donated additional catheterization laboratory equipment, and pledged support to help build the University of Miami’s Crohn’s and Colitis Center, which now provides world-class care for those living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Through interdisciplinary clinical care and laboratory research into Crohn’s disease and colitis, the Elaine and Sydney Sussman Family Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic at the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics provides a medical home for patients with chronic digestive disorders.
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