MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine today announced the establishment of the Dr. John G. Clarkson Endowed Chair in Medical Education at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to support medical education. Steven J. Gedde, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, vice chairman of education and director of the residency training program, was named the inaugural holder of the chair, which was created through the philanthropic leadership of the Braman Family Foundation and a generous gift from the estate of Amy and Shlomo Yeminy. The gift is in support of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.
Noting that the award of an endowed chair is one of the highest honors given at leading universities, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine, said, "Endowed chairs allow us to recruit and retain the best of the best. Their support is vital to ensuring sustainable academic excellence."
Bascom Palmer’s chairman, Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., called the Braman Family Foundation and Yeminy gifts “extraordinary.” He added that Bascom Palmer’s worldwide leadership in medical education – as well as patient care and vision research – would not be possible without philanthropic support. “The Braman Family Foundation and the Yeminys' investment in Bascom Palmer will provide a lasting legacy of learning and sight for generations to come," he said.
The Dr. John G. Clarkson Endowed Chair in Medical Education recognizes the many accomplishments of a distinguished vitreo-retinal specialist, researcher and educator who served as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from 1991-1996. He then accepted an appointment as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine.
During his 11-year tenure as dean, Clarkson recruited significant research and academic talent to the University and presided over dramatic annual growth in its scientific research.
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