Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J.
Goldschmidt, M.D., joined Alfred H. Rivera, M.D. ’81,
president of the UM Medical Alumni Association, in Los
Angeles in November to present Distinguished Alumni Awards
to James Oster, M.D. ’65, and Jonathan Wasserberger,
M.S., M.D. ’71.
Oster retired in 1999 as professor of internal medicine
in the Division of Nephrology at the Miller School. A
member of the American College of Physicians and the
American Society of Nephrology, his distinguished career
at UM was highlighted by many awards, including Department
of Medicine Outstanding Teacher in 1998.
Wasserberger received his Master of Science in pharmacology
and toxicology at the University of Miami in 1969. He
served in the first internship and fellowship offered
in emergency medicine in the country, in 1972 and 1978
respectively. He is a founding member and fellow of the
American Academy of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of
both the American College of Emergency Physicians and
the American College of Medical Toxicology. He served
as the senior medical toxicologist at Henry Mayo Newhall
Center until his retirement in 2006.
Jeffrey Phelan, M.D. ’73, department chairman of
obstetrics and gynecology at Citrus Valley Medical Center
and president of the Childbirth Injury Prevention Foundation,
also received the award but was unable to attend