Lynda and Michael Gordon


Lynda Sosso Gordon grew up in Pittsburgh and attended the University of Memphis. After a career in the cosmetics and fashion industry, she became an event planner and met Michael while working with the Winterfest Boat Parade.

Michael received his B.S., M.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He carried out his residency at the Mayo Clinic while a Research Fellow of the NIH, and received his Cardiology training at Georgetown University. In 1966, he joined the University of Miami School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education and Associate Dean.

Michael has pioneered the application of technology to medical education. The systems he has developed are used for training at over 1800 medical centers and agencies worldwide, including “Harvey,” the Cardiopulmonary Patient Simulator, that can simulate essentially any cardiac disease at the touch of a button. The emergency response programs developed at his Center on heart attack, stroke and disaster train many thousands of paramedics, Army surgical teams and hospital personnel worldwide.

Michael has been named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Illinois and Georgetown, received the highest educational honor of the American College of Cardiology, the “Gifted Teacher Award,” and the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Dundee for his “distinguished contributions to academic medicine.” In recognition of his accomplishments, the University of Miami named his new Center after him for his “dedication, extraordinary vision and world leadership.”

Michael will tell you that his greatest accomplishment is marrying Lynda and sharing his life with her and their dog Corky. While he is focused on Medicine, Lynda is actively involved in charitable work – for children, cancer, religious causes, animal rights, and multiple areas within the University of Miami. Michael’s interest in music is in his genes. His mother sang and danced on Broadway for Florenz Ziegfeld in the 1920s. The Gordons describe the Frost School of Music and Dean Berg as “absolutely extraordinary” and feel privileged to support the MusicReach mentoring program.

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