Humanitarian Award Celebration

Benefits Miami Transplant Institute

MTI Chairs of the 2012 Humanitarian Award Dinner the Honorable Raul Valdes-Fauli and his wife Francia with Dr. Andreas Tzakis, Director of the Liver and Gastrointestinal Transplant Program at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7 p.m.
The JW Marriott Marquis Miami
255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami

More than 450 people are expected to attend the Humanitarian Award Celebration on Saturday, March 17th 2012 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, benefiting the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Supporters from the business, social and celebrity community will join presenting sponsor Sharon & Mark Hamister and their special friends, along with the Honorable Raul Valdes-Fauli and his wife Francia, event chairs. MTI’s million-dollar philanthropists, Linda and Phil Corey, Judith and Dr. Robert Cornfeld, Norman Millstein and Cynthia and Terry Taylor will be honored at the event. The evening will also feature a luxury silent and live auction including a one-of-a-kind timepiece from Hublot and a spectacular South Africa safari.

The Humanitarian Award event celebrates the life-saving accomplishments of the MTI – the donors, the doctors, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Proceeds from the event will help the MTI lead the way to prevent organ rejection without the need for powerful anti-rejection medication, pioneer the development of additional sources of transplantable tissues from stem cells, and provide advanced patient care and education.

About Miami Transplant Institute

The Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, is one of the world’s premier transplant institutes providing a setting for the brightest minds, most advanced research, and finest patient care. For the countless individuals affected by life-threatening disease looking for a life saving-organ transplant, the Miami Transplant Institute is their best hope.

Together they share a rich history in the field of organ transplantation and over the last four decades has developed into a preeminent, international transplant institute. Under the guidance of three superbly talented division chiefs, Drs. Andreas Tzakis, George Burke, and Si Pham, the transplant faculty performs more than 500 transplant procedures each year, placing the Miami Transplant Institute among the most elite high-volume transplant centers in the nation.

In addition to liver, kidney, pancreas, heart and lung transplants, our surgeons are uniquely skilled to perform the most complex procedures such as intestinal and multi-visceral transplants — making MTI one of the few places in the world where such extraordinary surgeries are undertaken.

Proceeds from the Humanitarian Award Celebration will help the MTI advance its vision of a world in which transplantation can be safely conducted for all those who need it without the need for life-long anti-rejection drugs.

Visit or call Irma Friedman, Executive Director of Development, at 305-355-5708 for more information.

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