Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Papanicolaou Corps Gives $2.25 Million for Research to UM/Sylvester


The more than 14,000-member Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research today announced a gift of $2.25 million for the physicians and scientists of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. This is part of a five-year, $10 million commitment, the Pap Corps announced last year.

“We are very pleased to present this donation,” said Gloria Berkowitz, president of the Pap Corps, a volunteer group with members across three counties that has supported cancer research at the University for 52 years. “Everyone is affected by cancer in one way or another. Many of our members are cancer survivors. Our members know the value of cancer research, and we are all very proud to be able to contribute to this most important cause.”

The leadership of the Pap Corps then thanked its members and presented a check to UM/Sylvester Director, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., and Board of Governors Chair, Joaquin F. Blaya, during a luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

“Dollars raised by the Pap Corps have opened new doors and created new hope in the fight against cancer,” said Goodwin. “Working together we will bring new hope to this community. ”

UM/Sylvester Scientific Director Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., and Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine, John G. Clarkson, M.D., were also on hand. “Research cures cancer, and no group works harder than the Pap Corps to support that effort,” said Rosenblatt. “The work we do at UM/Sylvester would not be possible without their loyal support.”

The ongoing commitment of the Pap Corps funds critical research at UM/Sylvester, including work in tumor immunology, cancer cell biology, and genetics. The group has also helped fund investigations of melanoma and ovarian cancer, and new diagnostic tools for a variety of cancers at South Florida’s only university-based cancer center. It has been a year of remarkable discovery.

The members of the Pap Corps are especially proud of their growth in membership and philanthropy in today’s economic climate. “We have added more than 1,000 members during the past year alone. In times like this for us to have accomplished what we have is truly amazing,”said Berkowitz. “It all comes down to motivation and passion. We’re passionate about what we do and we are motivated by seeing cancer research accomplished in our own community.”

“Whether it’s members sitting with the Cans for a Cure in front of Publix or running a golf and tennis tournament that makes $150,000, it all comes together,” she added. “There would be no Corps without the members, and each contributes in a unique way to reach the common goal of funding cancer research.”

UM/Sylvester was founded in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles more than 1,100 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,800 surgical procedures, and treats 2,900 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 150 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach recently opened to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This 10,000 square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from six cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

For more information on the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research please call (954) 425-8100 or visit

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