Miami's parties may bring all the boys to the yard, but when those long nights lead to illness they high tail out of here.
"Miami has been less advanced than many other U.S. cities in terms of the quality of its care," said Dr. Marc E. Lippman, chair of medicine at UM's Miller School of Medicine. "Often times people have said, 'Where do I go if I'm sick?' and often times the answer is, 'I go to the airport.'"
Lippman admits it's a hard and embarrassing pill to swallow, but he and his UM cohorts are determined to change the status quo.
The good doc hosted a benefit dinner and live auction inside Brickell's posh Morton's Steakhouse Monday night where proceeds from the hefty $500 per person price tag went towards colon, rectal and prostate cancer research at the Miller School of Medicine. In it's second year, the event attracted a contingent of Miami's most influential medical professionals, bankers and civic leaders.
Lippman enlisted Fox News National Correspondent Phil Keating to emcee.
Keating's wit entertained the academic bunch during the live auction, which included a couple's premier package at the Biltmore and guided deer hunt along Lake Okeechobee, but the largest bid was placed on Lippman himself.
An enthusiastic guest paid $5000 to dine at the doc's home. Someone doled out $8500 last year.
It may sound like a lot, but some would consider it small change to spend an intimate evening with one of the world's pioneers in breast cancer research.
Said Lippman: "We're trying to really develop very high end care for diseases in which making the right decisions make all the difference in the world."