Pictures from a celebration honoring the life and work of Dr. Michael S. Gordon

Staff and instructors from the Gordon Center at a concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Michael S. Gordon.

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.

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.

Mayor and Mrs Carlos Gimenez, Lynda Gordon and UM President Julio Frenk.


Trisha Sosso, Hadley Tuite, Christopher Tuite, Emily Sosso, Zoey Bulino, Robin Sosso and Joyce McGurk.


Drs. John and Ivette Sullivan, Dr. Stuart Pringle, Dr. Ira Gessner, Dr. Bob McGaughie, Dr. George Kondos, Dr. Don Brown and Dr. and Mrs. O’Donell.


Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education Director Dr. Barry Issenberg.


Lynda Gordon with her brother, Anthony Sosso, emcee for the evening.


The Black Pearl Pipes and Drums Band.


Wayne Kennedy, Linda Aversa, Josh Aversa and Michael Aversa.


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Karim and Jane Sabel with Ron and Brie Issenberg.


Sargeant Aaron Peterman with K-9 Blizzard of the Lakeland Police department.


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