Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Elizabeth Franzmann honored by Miami Chamber with 2016 Health Care Heroes® Award


Sylvester’s Dr. Franzmann (second from left) receives a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Health Care Heroes Award.

On May 10, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce awarded Elizabeth J. Franzmann, M.D., director of head and neck research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, with the Health Care Heroes Award in the biomedical category. This prestigious award recognizes the individuals, institutions, and programs that have made an extraordinary impact on the South Florida health care community and whose acts of heroism represent a display of dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of their profession.

Franzmann was presented with the Health Care Heroes Award in recognition of her groundbreaking clinical research on selective salivary biomarkers for oral and throat cancers and her extensive work in oral cancer treatment and prevention, a disease diagnosed in more than 600,000 people worldwide, and 48,000 in the U.S. each year.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and to be among the exceptional group of individuals and organizations who have received this award,” said Franzmann, who is associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “I look forward to continuing my work to advance technologies for the early intervention of cancer in our community and around the world.”

In addition to her clinical research activities, Franzmann is an award-winning medical educator who teaches head and neck cancer surgical skills and research techniques to Miller School of Medicine otolaryngology medical students, residents, fellows and post-doctoral students. She also serves as a faculty mentor to medical students who organize annual events to provide free oral cancer screenings to hundreds of at-risk people in Miami-Dade’s most medically underserved communities.

In addition to Franzmann, Sylvester Nurse Educator Eileen Butler was a finalist for a Health Care Heroes Award in the “Nurse” category. At Sylvester, Butler has been responsible for preparing nurses to become outstanding health care providers. She has been instrumental in driving the development and implementation of oncology resources through her involvement in the Oncology Nursing Society. Butler places nurses and nursing at the top and elevates the profession through her knowledge, strength, and actions.

Congratulations to both!

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