Lynda Gordon, The Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education and the Frost School of Music hosted a joyful musical celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Michael S. Gordon. At a pre-concert reception at UM Libraries’ Kislak Center featured members of the Fire Rescue Honor Guard presenting the colors, while President Julio Frenk welcomed guests and spoke about Dr. Gordon’s long and distinguished career at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he revolutionized medical education.
In 1968, Dr. Gordon invented Harvey, the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, after his mentor, Dr. Proctor Harvey, which transformed simulation and medical training. In the 50 years since, hundreds of thousands of physicians, nurses, students, residents and first responders, including the military, have trained with the systems Dr. Gordon and his team developed.
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Dean Henri Ford spoke about Dr. Gordon as an example academic clinician who named the simulator after his mentor and not himself, a credit to his character. Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who as a former fire chief worked with Dr. Gordon in the initial stages of curriculum development for all first responders, spoke of his and his wife Lourdes’ longtime friendship with both Dr. Gordon and his wife. Mayor Gimenez, along with Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson and Commissioner Willy Gort, co-designated the “Michael S. Gordon Plaza” located on Northwest 14th Street at Highland Road in the center of the Miller School of Medicine campus earlier this year.