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FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Sapphire Gala

| April 10, 2016

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Celebrates 10th Anniversary with “Sapphire Gala”

South Florida’s first public medical school’s fundraiser to support medical student scholarships and other programs under the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

MIAMI – April 10th , 2016 – The Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, South Florida’s only public medical school, celebrated its 10th anniversary with a “Sapphire Gala” at the InterContinental Miami.  Hundreds of members of Miami’s philanthropic, academic, medical, and business communities gathered for an exclusive black-tie evening featuring a luxury silent auction, dinner, music, dancing, and awards presentation. The evening also included a drawing for a 2016 Red Stingray Corvette.

All event proceeds will support scholarships, medical education and training programs at the college.

At the gala, John A. Rock, MD, founding dean and senior vice president for health affairs, was honored along with others noted for helping establish the college. Eric J. Topol, MD, a noted cardiologist, geneticist, and digital medicine researcher, was presented with the Dr. Herbert Wertheim Global Medical Leadership Award.
“We are celebrating our 10th anniversary with the visionary leaders whose generous support is enabling the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine to achieve our mission of transforming the future of public health and educational opportunity,” Dr. Rock said. “Our medical school is distinguished for providing a new level of quality, affordable medical education with an innovative curriculum that creates physicians who are culturally sensitive to the unique needs of South Florida’s diverse demographics. We are increasing access to much-needed quality medical care for medically underserved populations while having a statewide economic impact that will eventually surpass $1 billion per year.”

For the Corvette drawing, which toke place during the gala, the college teamed up with Felix Sabates Chevrolet Cadillac. Proceeds will support medical student scholarships. A minimum donation of $200 was encouraged per ticket and can be given at the event and online at Only 600 tickets were be sold.
Sapphire Sponsors included Albert Taño, MD, and Debbie Taño, as well as the Meredyth Anne Dasburg Foundation.  Platinum Sponsors included the Berrin Family. Gold Sponsors are Daniel and Trisha Bell; Larry and Susan Kahn; and Frederick Schild, MD. Silver Sponsors included Carmel Barrau, MD; Daniel Castellanos, MD; Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, MD; Sheldon Cherry, MD; Carolyn Runowicz, MD; Steve Scott, MD; and Baker McKenzie. Other notable sponsors included Juan Acuna, MD; Joe Greer, MD; Manny Penalver, MD; Carlos Valdes-Lora, MD; Eneida Roldan, MD; Jaime A. Rodriguez, MD; Howard Wittels, MD; Fertuondi Perroti Architects; FIU Health; FIU Office of International Affairs; Humana; Miami Children’s Hospital; Mount Sinai Medical Center; Sabadell United Bank; Stewart Appelrouth; Jeffrey and Tillie Horstmyer; and Neuroscience Centers of Florida Foundation.


About FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
The Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, South Florida’s only public medical school, was established in 2006 with a mission to transform the future of public health and educational opportunity in the region. With an innovative, 21st century approach to health care and medical education, the college is providing quality, affordable medical education and educating physicians with the knowledge and cultural sensitivity necessary to care for South Florida’s medically underserved and diverse demographic groups. Its innovative programs include the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP, which sends teams of medical students along with their counterparts in social work, nursing, and law to work in the community. More information is available at
Andi Phillips
(305) 403-2080, Ext. 128

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