Meet Our Team : Education

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

Olivia Cata

Programs Director
William J. Harrington and Global Observership Medical Programs

Olivia Cata is a University of Miami alumna and long-time member of the International Medicine Institute team. Olivia has worked for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for over 33 years, leading process efficiencies and programs. As Programs Director for the William J. Harrington Medical Training Programs, Ms. Cata oversees the coordination of multiple aspects of delivering training programs for highly selected physicians and students from Latin America and the Caribbean, liaising with academic institutions, educators, applicants and medical centers that request these Programs. Her purview includes the Residency Program in Internal Medicine, and the Elective Observership Program for Latin American Physicians and the Medical Student Program, as well as the Global Observership for Physicians. In past roles with UM, she spearheaded international conferences, providing continuing education to thousands of physicians from across the world through her work as Assistant Director of Postgraduate Courses in Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Medicine. As co-coordinator of the Harvard Medical School/University of Miami CME Conferences “Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care” (Pri-Med), Olivia oversaw all aspects from lecture programming to event logistics, and she was also instrumental in making the Pri-Med courses available globally.

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.

Leopoldo Raij, M.D., F.A.H.A., Director of the Program for International Research Scholars

Leopoldo Raij, M.D., F.A.H.A.

Director, Scientific Research Scholar Program
Chair, Scientific Research Scholar Committee
Director of Hypertension and Nephrology Research, Renal Division, UHealth
Director of Hypertension and Nephrology Research
Chief, Nephrology/Hypertension Section Veterans Affairs Medical Center

As Director of International Research Scholars Program, Dr. Raij works with teams that connect promising young talent with accomplished veterans, advancing biomedical research and building a pipeline of next-generation researchers. Dr. Raij is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Renal Division at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Director of Hypertension and Nephrology at the UM International Medicine Institute, and Vice Chair of the Vascular Biology Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In June 2008 Dr. Raij became the Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the University of Miami Medical School. He is also Chief of the Nephrology-Hypertension Section of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami and Attending Physician and Director of Hypertension at Jackson Memorial Hospital, UM Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Raij received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) in Argentina, and completed his internship and residency at University Hospital, UNL. Before coming to the University of Miami, he was Attending Physician and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, as well as the Chief of the Nephrology/Hypertension Section of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Raij has made major contributions to the fields of hypertension, cardiovascular and renal disease, and he is a role model for exceptional research, education and service at the University of Miami Medical Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Raij has been a member of the Merit Review Board of the Veterans Administration, the Review Board of the Center for Scientific Review NIH, the Scientific Research Board of the American Society of Hypertension, the National Kidney Foundation Council on Hypertension, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of Hypertension and Kidney International and is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease of the American Heart Association from July 1994 to 1996. Dr. Raij currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Hypertension and is CO-PI of the NIH funded, Miami component of the Hispanic Community Health Study. He received the Lewis Dahl Award from the American Heart Association, and the Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Heart Association. Dr. Raij has published over 180 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed publications, and has led dozens of lectures in the U.S. and abroad.