Meet Our Team : Education

Olivia Cata, Programs Director, William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs

Olivia Cata

Ms. Cata is a University of Miami alumna and long time employee. She has worked for the Univeristy of Miami Miller School of Medicine for over 33 years. In her role as Assistant Director of Postgraduate Courses in Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Medicine’s annual conferences, she spearheaded international conferences, providing continuing education to thousands of physicians for all over the world. As co-coordinator of the Harvard Medical School/University of Miami CME Conferences “Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care” (Pri-Med), Ms. Cata organized all aspects of the lectures, logistics and travel making the Pri-Med courses available world-wide. She brings her talents, experience and strong leadership to the International Medicine Institute William J. Harrington Medical Training Program.

J. Donald Temple, M.D.,Director, William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs

J. Donald Temple, M.D.

Dr. Temple is the director of the William Harrington Medical Training Programs for Latin America and the Caribbean. He was born and raised in Miami and attended the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served as a clinical instructor for one year and completed three years of training in hematology and oncology. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. Throughout his medical training, he worked closely with Dr. William Harrington and became intrigued by Dr. Harrington’s program. He assisted in the administration of the program from 1985 to 1992, when he was named program director. Dr. Temple is also active in the education of medical students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, teaching general internal medicine, hematology and oncology.

Chunming Dong, M.D., F.A.C.C., Medical Director, Asia

Chunming Dong, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Chunming Dong, M.D., F.A.C.C., Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is a board-certified diplomat of internal medicine, specializing in general cardiology. Currently, Dr. Dong is spearheading a program to establish the University of Miami’s international medicine programs and facilities in China; he also liaises the exchange between UHealth specialists and Chinese patients.
Dr. Dong has been very active in establishing connections between institutions in the United States and China. He has helped organize the largest cardiology conferences in China, including the Great Wall (American College of Cardiology) International Congress of Cardiology, and the International Heart Forum while at Duke University. He also organized Duke-Beijing Healthcare Forum involving leaders from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Peking University and key hospital presidents in Beijing. He played an instrumental role in introducing Duke University Health System to China.
Dr. Dong is an outstanding scientist with a track record of productive research in molecular and cellular biology, vascular biology, epigenomics, genomics and cell therapeutics. He is an author of more than 44 peer-reviewed articles, including those published in top-notch journals, such as Molecular Cell, PNAS, PLoS Medicine, Circulation Research and Circulation. His current research focuses on the role of DNA methylation and microRNAs in regulating stem cell senescence and atherosclerosis development.