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Areas of Distinction

In addition to the six hospitals in the Miami Health District, there are over 800 researchers working among leading specialized institutes, centers and programs, including those that we have provided links to below: 

BASCOM PALMER EYE INSTITUTE
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. The Institute has earned an international reputation as one of the premier providers of eye care and has developed one of the most highly sought-after ophthalmology education programs in the nation.

BATCHELOR CHILDREN’S RESEARCH INSTITUTE
As part of the Pediatric Department, it consistently ranks among the top nationally in NIH medical research funding and is one of largest academic departments in the country. 

BRAMAN FAMILY BREAST CANCER INSTITUTE
Located in the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, it conducts innovative research to advance knowledge of the causes of breast cancer in order to develop new means of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

CENTER ON AGING
Using cutting-edge research, education, and community outreach to find ways to prevent disability, increase independence, and help older people lead active and rewarding lives.

DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
One of the most comprehensive diabetes research facility of its kind, the Diabetes Research Institute is credited with changing the international research paradigm, ensuring that promising findings in the lab can be translated to patients in the fastest, safest and most efficient way possible.

DR. JOHN T. MACDONALD FOUNDATION DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN GENETICS
The foundation is committed to the identification of genes and gene networks that cause diseases.

THE GORDON CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN MEDICAL EDUCATION
A designated Center of Excellence that uses the advances in simulation technology to educate medical students, physicians, physician assistants, paramedics and nurses.    

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY STEM CELL INSTITUTE
The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami was established to capitalize on pioneering work in the use of adult stem cells for the repair of malfunctioning human organs.

THE MAILMAN CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
An integral part of the Department of Pediatrics, the center gives special care to identifying the concerns and priorities of each individual and family.

THE MIAMI INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN GENOMICS
Established at the Leonard M. School of Medicine to discover the genetic influences on human health and apply this knowledge so that it can benefit patients through improved diagnostics, treatments, and medications.  

THE MIAMI PROJECT TO CURE PARALYSIS
A renowned Center of Excellence, the Miami Project’s international team of more than 200 scientists, researchers and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury.

SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER 
A comprehensive cancer center that serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and South Florida's only academic medical center.

VASCULAR BIOLOGY INSTITUTE
Dedicated to the treatment of blood and vascular disease through new concepts related to regenerative medicine involving cell and molecular biology and stem cells.   

WILLIAM LEHMAN INJURY RESEARCH INSTITUTE 
An internationally recognized research facility located at the Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami/Jackson Medical Center, it was established to improve the treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of traumatic injuries resulting from blunt trauma.