Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Leader Elected Master of the American College of Physicians

04.12.2011

Marc E. Lippman, M.D., interim deputy director of Sylvester, the Kathleen and Stanley Glaser Professor of Medicine, and chair of medicine at the UM Miller School of Medicine, has been elected Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., professor and executive dean for education and policy at the Miller School, has also been named. Masters are selected from among Fellows of the prestigious College and represent a very elite group of physicians who have distinguished themselves through clinical care, educational leadership, or medical research and have made a notable contribution to the field of medicine.

The presentation of Drs. Lippman and Gardner as Masters took place during a special convocation at the ACP’s annual meeting in San Diego on April 7. The College is the nation’s largest medical specialty society, representing doctors of internal medicine. The organization promotes the highest clinical standards and ethical ideals, provides continuing medical education for its members and advocates on public policy related to health care for the benefit of patients and the medical profession.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, and CEO of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, said the ACP masterships and special honors bring more national recognition to the “consistent, high-quality medicine” that takes place on the Miller School campus.

“These are outstanding achievements for the entire Miller School and for Drs. Lippman and Gardner, two giants of medicine who have long committed their expertise and excellence to UHealth and the entire community,” Goldschmidt said. “Indeed, UHealth, the University of Miami, and the larger community salute their outstanding contributions to medical education, research, and patient care and take pride in these well-deserved honors.”

Dr. Lippman, a graduate of Cornell University and Yale School of Medicine, is a pioneering breast cancer researcher who came to the Miller School in 2007 after serving in several high-profile positions. His curriculum vitae includes chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, head of the Medical Breast Cancer Section of the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, director of the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center and chairman of oncology at Georgetown University. During his time at NIH, Lippman rose to medical director of the U.S. Public Health Service and reached the rank of captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

“The ACP represents the best traditions in internal medicine and this recognition by my colleagues is a very proud moment in my career, and I am thrilled with this honor,” said Lippman.

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