Make A Difference Today


The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery has earned an excellent reputation for its innovative approaches, the quality of care provided to patients, and its outstanding team of surgeons. It is one of the largest departments in the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and has been leading the way with lifesaving care, groundbreaking research and the development of the next generation of surgical innovators since 1954. The surgeons in the Department of Surgery are among the world’s leaders in performing the latest procedures and techniques using cutting edge technology. Each year thousands of patients are able to resume active, healthy lifestyles, and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our surgeons.

The Department of Surgery staff and researchers are also committed to advancing the field through innovation, research and training. To this end, we respectfully ask you to consider making a gift to develop and expand on the Department of Surgery’s patient care, research and educational endeavors. It is through the generosity of our donors that the department has been able to provide the most advanced techniques leading to surgical cures. With a focus to lifesaving care, research and education, the department continues to lead the way forward. Your contribution will ensure that there is a variety of prevention and treatment programs available in our community and our surgeons and physician scientists will be able to start or continue important research programs.

How to Make a Gift

There are many ways to show your support for the University of Miami. Choose the one that fits your style and where to designate your gift. The University of Miami Advancement staff will work with you to ensure that your gift meets your goals and financial needs while also benefiting the University.

Your gift, no matter the amount, will help ensure that the University of Miami will continue to be a strong educational asset for our students, and a vital resource for our community.

The easiest and most convenient way to make a contribution is by credit card. The on-line giving form is fast, safe, and secure. The University accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

The most traditional and common way in which to support the University of Miami is with a gift of cash. If you would like to make a gift of cash, please make your check payable to the University of Miami, and mail it, along with a short letter stating the purpose of your gift, to the following address:

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Office of Development, Department of Surgery
P.O. Box 016960 (R-100)
Miami, Florida 33136

  • Securities

Gifts of stock and bonds are welcomed at the University of Miami; however, these gifts require special planning and consultation with your professional financial advisor and the University of Miami staff. The University recommends that donors who have decided to make a gift of stock contact the Office of Development at (305) 243-3605. Transfer instructions will be provided.

Gifts of appreciated securities typically carry benefits not associated with gifts made by check, cash or credit card:

  • You avoid capital gains tax. Any gain is taxable if you sell stock or mutual fund shares yourself, but not if you transfer ownership to the University.
  • Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is based on the full, fair market value of the shares on the date the gift is made.
  • You receive credit from UM for the full fair market value of the shares, but the cost to you is only your original purchase price.

For more information about the benefits, visit our Estate and Gift Planning pages, or contact the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at (800) 529-6935.

  • Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

The University of Miami is pleased to accept gifts of tangible personal property that address a specific need and comply with the mission and policies of the University. Beginning with the donation of land by George E. Merrick, and including some recent gifts of art and computer software, the University has been strengthened by non-cash contributions throughout its 75-year history.

Because of the unique circumstances surrounding gifts of personal property, this process is inevitably much longer and more complex than it is for other contributions to UM. Donors are encouraged to call the Development Office at (305) 243-3605 to discuss a possible gift.

  • Matching Gifts

Many companies provide matching gifts for their employees as part of their employee benefit packages. If you plan to make a gift, check with your employer or ask one of our advancement staff if your gift may be doubled through a matching gift program.

For more information on how you can Make A Difference Today contact:

Marcus Anderson
Department of Surgery
(305) 243-3605

Thank you for considering a gift to the University of Miami.