Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Statement on the Death of Jim Mandich


Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, left, addresses Jim Mandich, former Dolphins tight end

Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, left, addresses Jim Mandich, center, former Dolphins tight end and the team’s longtime radio announcer, at a press conference for the inaugural Dolphin

The entire team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is terribly saddened at the death of Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich. The former Miami Dolphin and sportscaster was a true sports legend in South Florida and across the nation. The tenacity, courage, and determination that carried him through life, were also hallmarks of his courageous battle against cancer.

Jim became an enthusiastic and vocal supporter of Sylvester as our team of doctors guided him in his battle against bile duct cancer. Jim helped kick off last year’s inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge, raising money for cancer research at Sylvester. Jim’s dedication and determination, and his efforts on behalf of Sylvester and cancer patients worldwide inspired us all. He and his family will be in our thoughts at this year’s ride.

The loss of Jim and any of our patients is a stark reminder that there is still much more work to be done against cancer. His efforts will have a long and lasting impact on South Florida. He fought his last battle with great panache and grace. We will not forget him.

Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D.
Director (Interim), Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
William J. Harrington Chair in Hematology

W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief Medical Officer, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/UMHC
Sylvester Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

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