Sidney Naness, M.D. ’59, served in a family practice in East Los Angeles for more than 32 years. He served in the U.S. Army as a medical doctor in Korea and Atlanta. Naness has donated his platelets more than 130 times since retirement to the City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center near Los Angeles..


Stuart Lieberman, M.D. ’66, is a consultant psychiatrist in England.

John G. Clarkson, M.D. ’68, dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the Inside Out Award from the University of Miami Alumni Association for the many ways he “has reconnected alumni and friends with the School of Medicine.”


Karl Kuban, M.D. ’75, was appointed professor and division head of pediatric neuro-logy at Boston Medical Center at Boston University.

Margaret Fischl, M.D. ’76, professor and director of the Section of Special Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored by Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and the city commission for her outstanding achievements in HIV/AIDS research.


Brian Bowen, M.D. ’83, Ph.D., a professor of radiology at the University of Miami, has been elected vice president of the 600-member American Society of Spine Radiology for 2004-2005. He will become president in 2005-2006.

Bruce Martin, M.D. ’84, director of the Boca Delray Cardiology Center in Florida, competed in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Out-standing Amateurs. He performed in front of 1,200 people and reached the quarterfinals. The competition attracted 72 pianists from 26 states, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa, and Venezuela.

Adriana Castro, M.D. ’87, is chief of the pediatrics department at Baptist Hospital and has a private practice in general pediatrics in Miami. Castro recently gave birth to her fourth son, Marco.

Michael E. Shapiro, M.D. ’87, is president, CEO, and founder of Physician Technologies, Inc., a company based in Nevada that helps physicians commercialize their ideas.

Angel Ham, M.D. ’89, is vice chief of Greater Houston Anesthesiology, one of the largest groups in the U.S. providing perioperative and anesthesiology services.


Adam S. Bright, M.D. ’90, was recently elected president of the Sarasota County Medical Society. He is on the board of councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is assistant professor of orthopaedics at Florida State University in Sarasota.

Carine M. Porfiri, M.D. ’90, is medical director for student health services at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Jeffrey J. Gibson, M.D. ’93, has taken over the practice of fellow alumnus Jack Grossman, M.D. ’73, at Mercy Hospital in Miami. Gibson specializes in cosmetic surgery, congenital abnormalities, complicated wound healing cases, complex hand injuries, and head and neck reconstruction.

Paul Damski, M.D. ’97, and his wife, Laura Weinfeld, J.D. ’96, recently had a son, Noah, who joins his twin sisters, Julia and Maya. Damski practices neurology in Miami.

Michael Grad, M.D. ’98, is currently doing a fellowship in general cardiology at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Grad has been accepted to continue for another year as an interventional cardiology fellow.

Laura Norton, M.D. ’98, recently purchased a practice on Coronado, an island off the coast of San Diego, California, where she practices internal medicine and pediatrics.

Christine Aiello, M.D. ’99, is an attending physician in family medicine at Berryville Medical Associates in Virginia.

Ali Hendi, M.D. ’99, is slated to join the dermatology department at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

David Simon, M.D. ’00, is doing a fellowship in pediatric nephrology in Seattle.

Amy Lau, M.D. ’01, will be a full-time faculty attending at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City.

Merry Jennifer Markham, M.D. ’01, will be chief medical resident and is slated to do a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. 


William Cleveland, Famed UM Pediatrician, Dies

ll William Cleveland, M.D., ever wanted to do was help care for children. “I enjoy taking care of children. The longer I do it, the more I like it,” he said in a 1989 Miami Herald interview.

Cleveland, 83, a world-renowned endocrinologist, former chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and chairman emeritus at the Miller School of Medicine, died September 14, 2004, following a short illness.

During a career that spanned nearly half a century, Cleveland was an imposing, respected figure in the South Florida medical community. According to Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., dean emeritus of the Miller School of Medicine and a research partner with Cleveland, “He was truly one of the early superstars of pediatric medicine.”

Cleveland, who was chair of pediatrics from 1969 to 1989, was a founding member of the American Southern Society for Pediatric Research in 1973 and chair of the American Board of Pediatrics in 1984. He also helped establish the Department of Children’s Medical Services for the State of Florida.

In 1967, Cleveland made medical history when he performed the world’s first successful transplant of a thymus gland from a fetus into a six-week-old boy.

John G. Clarkson, M.D. ’68, senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was a medical student of Cleveland, as well as a friend for more than 30 years. “All of us are extremely fortunate that Bill came to Miami nearly 50 years ago and dedicated his life to educating students, doing internationally recognized research in pediatric endocrinology, and caring for thousands of children,” Clarkson says.

Cleveland received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and went to medical school at Vanderbilt University. He is survived by daughter Jane, of Nashville, son William, of Miami, and a sister, Mary Titus, of Nashville. His wife, Martha, died in 1997.

Donations in Cleveland’s honor can be made to the UM Department of Pediatrics Children’s Fund, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 016820 (D-820), Miami, FL 33101.


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