Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

UM/Sylvester Board of Governors Announces New Members


The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce that Sheldon T. Anderson, Elsie Sterling Howard, Cecile “Cissy” Holly Rosen, and H. Allan Shore have joined the cancer center’s Board of Governors. The new board members were introduced at the Board of Governors meeting June 15 at UM/Sylvester.

Sheldon T. Anderson is president of Northern Trust Bank of Florida for Miami-Dade County with responsibility for all banking, trust, and investment activities. Prior to his promotion, Anderson was senior vice president and senior banking officer for Miami-Dade County with responsibility for Private Banking, International Banking, Commercial Lending and the Aventura, Key Biscayne, Doral and Coral Gables offices of Northern Trust. Anderson joined Northern Trust in 1992. Prior to that he was senior vice president at Southeast Bank where he spent 19 years. Anderson, a Miami native, is a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in International Studies. He and his wife Florence have two sons.

Anderson is active in many civic organizations. He is a board member of the Beacon Council; the Jewish Museum of Florida; Miami Dade College Foundation, Inc.; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA); the New World Symphony, the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium Board of Trustees; the Performing Arts Center Foundation of Greater Miami and the 200 Club of Greater Miami. He serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics & Public Service. He is a member of the Miami City Ballet Community Leadership Board; the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center Founders Committee; the Council for Educational Change (Executive Pass Program); and the Alliance for Human Services Task Force for a Livable Community. He is past president of Riverside House and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is a past board member of the Gesu Church Foundation.

Anderson says, “I am truly honored to have been elected to the UM/Sylvester Board of Governors. Having served on the Founders Committee for the past two years, I have had the opportunity to experience firsthand the transformation taking place in cancer care and research at UM/Sylvester. I look forward to serving with my fellow Board members, and Northern Trust is proud to further strengthen our support of UM/Sylvester.”

Elsie Sterling Howard has devoted herself to both a successful professional and community service career. She is the principal of Sterling Public Relations. Her volunteer leadership commitments include a variety of local and national organizations. In 2003 she was awarded the National Volunteer of the Year by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with their signature award – “International Volunteer of the Year.” She is the chairperson of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and serves on the governing board of the Greater Miami Visitor and Convention Bureau. She was a founding member and chair of the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee, having been appointed by three Secretaries of the Treasury. Howard is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Miami-Dade County and co-chairs its Endowment Committee. She has served on the board of Deutsche Bank Florida for over a decade. As special events co-chair for the UM/Sylvester “In the Garden Gala,” Howard has helped to plan the bi-annual fund raising event since its inception in 1992.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Board of Governors for this extraordinary facility. UM/Sylvester continues to lead in cancer research, diagnosis and treatment, answering the needs for South Florida, Latin America – and all those who are effected by cancer. Working with medical professionals and community activists to ensure an even greater future for our center is a challenge and a great opportunity. A world-class cancer center, an unequaled University, and a visionary Board. I am thrilled,” says Howard.

Cecile “Cissy” Holly Rosen is co-president of the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research. In 1997 she co-founded the Boca Pointe Unit of the Pap Corps where she served as president. Rosen has also served as vice president of membership and co-chair of the “Coins for the Cure” fundraiser program, which distributes banks to area families, friends, and businesses. She says, “My position as co-president of the Pap Corps provides me the opportunity to be a liaison between interested, influential people and the grassroots of the community. I very much look forward to serving on the Board of Governors.”

H. Allan Shore, Esq., is a Shareholder, in the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office. A graduate of the University of Miami (J.D. 1971, L.L.M. 1972), Shore has been very active with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics in its golf tournament fundraising events and has offered to work with The Honorable Steven J. Green and Jeffrey Safchik towards identifying potential prospects for Pediatrics. In 2002, he served as attorney for UM Trustee Stuart Miller and his siblings in the probate process of the late Leonard M. Miller’s will. Shore is a member of the Heritage Society.

Shore notes, “Over the past several years I have had the privilege of spending time with Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Rosenblatt and have gained some understanding of not only the depth of accomplishment that has already taken place at UM/Sylvester, but additionally the exciting and dramatic plans that the doctors and staff, The Miller School of Medicine, along with the entire university have for UM/Sylvester in the future. I am privileged to be in a position where I may play even a small role in that future.”

“We are excited to welcome these three outstanding citizens of the community to the UM/Sylvester Board,” says Joaquin F. Blaya, Chair, UM/Sylvester Board of Governors. “Their leadership skills and wealth of experience will be an invaluable asset to UM/Sylvester.”

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 Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles more than 1,300 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,900 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller 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 $31 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.

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