Thank you to our sponsors and supporters – we are so grateful for your support!

For the safety of all, COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly enforced. The health and safety of our guests remains our top priority. Masks are recommended at the gala. If you are sick, experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, or have tested positive in the seven days prior to the event, we request that you do not attend.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022

Attire: Black tie optional

For more information please contact:
Beatriz Galan: Beatriz.Galan@jhfmiami.org

Chance Drawing

You can still support the cause and show your support by buying a ticket for a chance drawing to win a New 2022 Audi Q5 S-Line Quattro in gray, courtesy of THE COLLECTION in Coral Gables.

*Car details and specifications based on dealership’s availability.

Tickets are $1,000 each and only 200 tickets will be sold!

Take advantage of our exclusive promotion! Until April 1, you can purchase two tickets for $1,500. After April 1, the ticket prices goes back up to $1,000 per ticket.

Become a Sponsor

For more information on sponsorship packages and tickets, please contact:
Flavia Llizo: Flavia.Llizo@jhfmiami.org
Beatriz Galan: Beatriz.Galan@jhfmiami.org

Committee Members

Golden Angels Gala Chairs
Ana and Cecil Milton

Golden Angels Gala Committee
Trish Bell
Rebeca Herrero
Laura D. Komar
Marile Lopez
Lynette Lorenzen
Yvette Macias Ortega
Diana Puig
Laura Renzi
Silvia Rios Fortun
Ana Trejos
Suzy Wahba

*committee members as of 11/10/21

Legends Tribute

Jackson Health Foundation gratefully acknowledges the dedicated, thoughtful and compassionate doctors that go above and beyond and have dedicated their lives to giving hope to their patients. They are our Jackson legends:

A headshot of Eduardo Bancalari, he looks at the camera, he has on a white coat and a white dress shirt

Dr. Eduardo Bancalari

Neonatology, Holtz Children’s Hospital

Dr. Eduardo Bancalari is the chief of the division of neonatology and newborn service at Holtz Children’s Hospital, and an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is consistently recognized both nationally and internationally for his expertise in and contributions to the fields of neonatology and perinatal medicine.

During his career that has spanned over five decades, Dr. Bancalari has saved the lives of thousands of newborn babies – some born more than four months early, critically ill, weighing less than a pound. Dr. Bancalari’s tiny patients survive and thrive – often against all odds – because they are in his caring and capable hands. Every patient receives his undivided attention, and the way he reassures and calms worried parents is an art. Thousands of preemies born over the last 50 years in Miami-Dade County and beyond are alive because of him.

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Dr. Patricia “Patty” Byers

Trauma Surgery/Critical Care Medicine
Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Patricia Byers specializes in general surgery, critical care, nutritional support, and intestinal rehabilitation. She is a professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a faculty member in the Division of Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. She completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1985. She is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
A pioneer of medicine with more than 30 years experience as a trauma surgeon at Ryder Trauma Center, Dr. Byers was the first female surgeon on faculty at Jackson. She is proud of how far the system has come today in diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Byers is very involved in the state trauma system and worked for years to make the trauma service a priority. She is an advocate for injury prevention and has served as the Florida State Trauma Medical Director and chairperson of the American College of Surgeons Florida Committee on Trauma. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her contributions and dedication to the medical professional in the field of surgery and injury prevention.

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Dr. G. Patricia “Patti” Cantwell

Pediatric Critical Care, Holtz Children’s Hospital

Dr. Cantwell is the Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Holtz Children’s Hospital, where she leads highly specialized medical teams in caring for some of the sickest children in South Florida.

She is a graduate of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University while enrolled in the US Navy Health Professions program. She completed her Pediatric Residency Training at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and served as a Pediatrician in the US Navy Medical Corps until 1987. Dr. Cantwell completed her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1989.

Her areas of expertise include trauma care and emergency medical services, disaster medicine/urban search and rescue, pediatric advanced life support, and palliative care. Dr. Cantwell has received multiple awards throughout her distinguished career, including being named a Health Care Hero by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, a Pediatric Champion by the Woman’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami, and recognition by the FEMA National US&R Response, Medical Specialist Operations Community.

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Sir Dr. Gaetano Ciancio

Transplant Surgery, Miami Transplant Institute at Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Ciancio serves as the chief medical officer, chief academic officer, and the director of the kidney and kidney-pancreas programs at the Miami Transplant Institute. Dr. Ciancio is also the director of advanced uro-oncology surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, performing some of the riskiest urological cancer cases.

A graduate of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Dr. Ciancio began his career at the University of Miami in 1986, with training in both surgery and urology, before concluding with a fellowship in multi-organ transplantation. For years, his dedication has been recognized with multiple teaching awards in both urology and transplantation.

In 2018, he went to Buenos Aires, Argentina to inaugurate an operating room named after him for decades of dedication and teaching in the field of transplantation in Argentina and Latin America. In 2019, he was accepted in the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami. In January 2021, he received the Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of Transplantation Surgery Award. Just recently on January 21, 2022, he was awarded one of Italy’s highest honors: Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy (Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia) conferred by the President of the Republic of Italy Sergio Mattarella.

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Dr. Barth Green

Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital (Recently Retired from Practicing Surgery) Founder, Miami Project To Cure Paralysis

Dr. Green was named Executive Dean for Global Health and Community Service after serving 22 years as Chairman of the Department of the Neurological Surgery at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. He is a Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, Radiology, and Rehabilitation Medicine and a world-renowned specialist in the surgical management of complex spine and spinal cord injuries and disorders Dr. Green received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1966 and his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1969. He completed his general surgery training at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit from 1969-1970 and his neurosurgical residency from 1970-1975 at Northwestern University in Chicago.

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Dr. Roberto Heros

Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Heros graduated first in his class at University of Tennessee’s Medical School. After completion of his Neurosurgical Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), he became the Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery at MGH and ascended through the ranks to Professor at Harvard. He then moved to University of Minnesota as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Professor, and Acting Chairman of the Neurology Department and Vice Chair of the Medical School Practice Plan. In 1995, he moved to the University of Miami as Professor, Program Director, Co-Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and founding Director of the U/M International Health Center.

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Dr. Alan Livingstone

Former Chief of Surgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Livingstone specializes in Surgical oncology with particular interest in cancers of the esophagus, stomach, liver, biliary system, adrenal gland, pancreas (Whipple procedure), and colon, general surgery, sarcomas, gastric reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, hepatocellular carcinoma, retroperitoneal tumors, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), Zenker’s diverticulum, tumors involving IVC (inferior vena cava) and other esophageal disorders. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1985. He is a graduate of McGill University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Tomas A. Salerno

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Tomas A. Salerno is a pioneer in the field of cardiac surgery, dedicating more than 40 years to advancing techniques, such as off-pump coronary artery bypass and beating-heart coronary bypass, as well as valvular, aortic, and warm heart surgeries. He is a proud graduate of McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and fluent in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
In addition to his role as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Salerno’s many academic appointments include tenured professor of the Division of Surgery, interim chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, tenured professor and chief emeritus of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and professor of anesthesiology (secondary appointment) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

His cross appointments include adjunct professor of Faculty Graduate Studies and Exercise Physiology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Salerno has collaborated on more than 510 publications and has published 96 abstracts. Some of his many honors and awards include the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Coronary Surgery Congress and the Honoris Causa (Notorio Saber) from the Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil. May 7 is also known as Tomas Salerno’s Day, an honor given to him in 2009 by Senator Javier D. Souto, former Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman Dennis C. Moss, and former Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Alvarez.

Event Sponsors

Ringside Tables:
Trish & Dan Bell
Silvia Rios Fortun
Miami Herald
Carlos Migoya
Ana & Cecil Milton
The Collection
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Preferred Tables:
City National Bank
Florida National University
Dean Henri R. Ford, MD
Perry Ellis International
Dr. Larry Pierre
Rosario “Chary” Rico Toro

Gala Tables:
BDO Miami
Champion Services Group
Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz – District 12
Commissioner Sally Heyman – District 4
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa – District 6
Commissioner Javier D. Souto – District 10
David Guzman
Crosswell International
Dra. Maribel Santa Cruz
Felipe Fons
Florida Power & Light
Russell Galbut & Crescent Heights
Gazit Group
Health Foundation of South Florida
Holland and Knight LLP
Key Biscayne Community Foundation
Dr. Rudy Moise
Gary Nader Art Centre
Grove Bank and Trust
Northern Trust
Ruby Bacardi
Ryder Systems, Inc.
The Garner Foundation
The Isaias Family
The Related Group
Trello Group, Inc.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Development & Alumni Relations
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Surgery
VITAS Healthcare
Wells Fargo
West Coast University