Dear Friends,

We hope you are all having a wonderful start to the spring season filled with new beginnings! This month, we are highlighting a part of Jackson that fills us with pride: our renowned Ryder Trauma Center, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Jackson Memorial Hospital this summer. Notably the nation’s only surgical training facility for the U.S. Army, we’re excited for you to learn more about why Ryder Trauma is the centerpiece of Miami-Dade County’s trauma care system.

In addition, we are counting down the days to our annual Golden Angels Gala in April, one of the most glamorous and anticipated social events of the season. Our Golden Angels have raised millions to support Jackson’s mission and generously host our gala each year, and for that we are so grateful.

Finally, we are saying thank you to our doctors this month (and every month!) but especially on Doctors’ Day. In honor of the tireless dedication to their work and our community, we will celebrate Doctors’ Day across the health system on March 30, 2022. We invite you to celebrate with us!

All the best,
Charmaine Gatlin
Co-President & Chief Operating Officer
Flavia Llizo
Co-President & Chief Development Officer
Ryder Trauma Center at
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Jackson is well known for providing unmatched trauma care. For nearly 30 years, Ryder Trauma Center has been saving lives in Miami-Dade County, treating approximately 5,500 patients per year at its two locations: Jackson Memorial Hospital and Jackson South Medical Center. Our doctors, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and staff excel in providing world-renowned treatment. 

Since opening its doors in 1992 - just weeks before Hurricane Andrew - Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial has saved thousands of adults and children every year, making it one of the busiest trauma centers in South Florida. It is also home to the Miami Burn Center, one of the nation’s leading burn facilities.

In addition, as of 2016 we’ve helped save even more lives at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson South, a full-service, Level II trauma center, which also benefits from unlimited access to the invaluable resources of Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial.

We provide the following services to trauma victims:

Advanced trauma care is also provided to a large number of international patients transferred from the Caribbean, South America, and Central America. Ryder Trauma features extensive research and education facilities, and serves as the only U.S. Army Forward Surgical Team Training facility in the United States, preparing military healthcare personnel to provide care to those injured on the battlefield.

From resuscitation to rehabilitation, we provide a comprehensive continuum of care to the entire community. The specialized training, experience, and skills of our surgeons, physicians, nurses, and staff are responsible for saving lives and hastening patient recoveries at every stage of the process.

Miracle Trauma Stories
Ryder Trauma Center has helped thousands of patients survive some of the most traumatic injuries from gunshot wounds, car crashes, fires, and more. Some of those grateful patients have shared their stories and how Jackson helped save their lives. We invite you to read their stories here.
We’re so excited to share that, thanks to your generosity, this year’s Golden Angels Gala is now SOLD OUT! Thank you to our sponsors and supporters, we are so grateful for your support. For more information, visit
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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.
Click here for more information or please contact
Beatriz Galan at (305) 585- 4483 (GIVE) or [email protected]
to purchase your tickets today!
This year has highlighted the importance of outstanding health care in South Florida, but the doctors being recognized at this year’s Golden Angels Gala have long exemplified the level of professionalism and compassion embraced at Jackson. Each one of them has touched the lives of many and gone above and beyond the call of duty. They are recognized by their peers as valuable colleagues and incredible mentors and their contributions to the health and well-being of their patients is heartfelt. 
In the months leading up to the gala, we will highlight the doctors who we are honoring in the Legends of Jackson Tribute sponsored by Trish and Dan Bell. These “legends” have a longstanding commitment to Jackson and our community, and are pioneers in their fields. They are truly remarkable in every way, and we look forward to celebrating them in April. 
Legends of Jackson Tribute at
our upcoming Golden Angels Gala
Dr. Barth Green
Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Founder, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
For more than 40 years, Dr. Barth Green, professor and former chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has treated thousands of patients suffering from spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders at Jackson Memorial.
In 1985, Dr. Green and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti co-founded The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis - a spinal cord injury research center, which is considered one of the premier research programs conducting cutting-edge discovery, translational and clinical investigations targeting traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, and other neurological disorders. An icon and trailblazer in spinal cord surgery, Dr. Green served for 22 years as chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and chief of neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He recently transitioned from his surgical practice to his next professional chapter, serving as executive dean for global health and community service at the University of Miami Health System. 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.
Dr. Roberto Heros
Neurosurgery, Jackson Memorial Hospital
For more than 50 years, Dr. Heros has dedicated his stellar career to giving hope and the gift of a second chance in life to patients with complex and life-threatening brain conditions. His early experiences paved the way to what his life would be like as a man of service in the medical field. Dr. Heros moved to the University of Miami in 1995 as professor, co-chair and program director of the Department of Neurosurgery and the founding director of the University of Miami International Health Center. Dr. Heros has mentored and shaped the paths of hundreds of men and women who have chosen a career in neurosurgery. He later transitioned to a leadership role at Jackson Health System, where he is currently serving as Chief Medical Administrative Officer of Physician Relations, Ambulatory and Primary Care Services, Jackson International, and Employee Health Services. 

As a former paratrooper in the Bay of Pigs invasion, Dr. Heros spent two years in prison in his native Cuba before settling in Miami, a result of the prisoners-for-goods exchange between the United States and Cuba. Once he was released as a prisoner of war, Dr. Heros began his journey as a physician, which led him to a lifetime achievement of saving lives, making significant contributions to science, and educating and mentoring future neurosurgeons. Dr. Heros has made extraordinary contributions to neurosurgery and neurology through research and education far beyond South Florida. He has authored or co-authored four textbooks and has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and approximately 70 textbook chapters dealing with cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, experimental cerebral ischemia and skull base surgical approaches.
Celebrate Doctors' Day with
Jackson Health System on March 30!
Jackson Health System is proud to honor our doctors on upcoming National Doctors’ Day, (and every day!) for making all of our facilities the go-to healthcare destinations throughout South Florida.

In honor of the tireless dedication to their work and our community, we will celebrate Doctors’ Day across the health system on March 30, 2022. On National Doctors' Day, take the time to thank your physician for all that they do to keep their patients and their communities healthy. To leave a personalized note for your favorite doctor, click here.
Donor Spotlight:
Greenberg Traurig has been a long-time supporter of Jackson Health Foundation and Jackson Health System. We are grateful for their generosity over the years through events, and miracle fund support to the Jackson Health Foundation which allows us to provide our patients with the highest quality care our patients deserve.
“Greenberg Traurig has been a proud and significant sponsor of the Jackson Health Foundation for decades to assist Miami-Dade County’s only public healthcare system, the Jackson Health System, a healthcare bedrock for our community.”- David A. Coulson, Shareholder and Vice-Chair, Jackson Health Foundation Board of Directors

A special thank you to Greenberg Traurig for all that you have done for Jackson Health Foundation and the many lives you have impacted over the years!