Discovering Health Care Science

Dennis Barbon wants to use his knowledge to influence both the administrative and design perspectives of hospitals.

By Alexandra Bassil
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 18, 2013) — When Dennis Andresovitch Barbon, 22, graduates this week, he will proudly pick up his second degree from the University of Miami, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Barbon already holds a prior degree, a Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS ‘12) from the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS), and yet, interestingly enough, he did not always want to be a health care professional.

A self-admitted “renaissance man,” Barbon attended Miami-Dade’s Design and Architecture High School, which prepares future designers and architects, but he always excelled in science. When he was a high school freshman, he tutored seniors in the subject. By the time he finished high school, Barbon knew he wanted a career where he could pursue his favorite subject: science. He enrolled at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, a decision he has never regretted.

“As my academic trajectory at the SONHS has progressed, I have grown increasingly interested in hospitals and clinics from both an administrative and design perspective,” he said. “I want to make a contribution to hospital architecture.” He imagines changing patient perspectives of the hospital from white sterile walls and stark décor to vivid colors and an “art gallery model” where each room is a new and positive experience.

Barbon, born in Moscow to a Russian mother and a Cuban father, spent his childhood between Miami and Russia, and finally emigrated to the U.S. in 1993 with his parents under a program sponsored by the Cuban American National Foundation that sponsored Cubans from other countries. He feels his multicultural background helps him empathize with patients from diverse cultures.

While working on his BSHS, Barbon traveled to Chile as part of the school’s exchange program, and the experience proved a turning point in his career aspirations. “While in Chile, I had the opportunity to observe clinical experiences. For the first time I realized as a BSHS student, I was receiving a great education on anatomy and physiology, and by enrolling in the BSN program I could put this acquired knowledge into practice.”

After he receives his BSN degree on December 19th, Barbon envisions pursuing his third degree from the UM SONHS by enrolling in the school’s doctoral program. As he explains, “My education has empowered me to follow my dreams of joining the next generation of healthcare leaders.”

Alexandra Bassil can be reached at 305-284-1092.

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