Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Dr. Luis Marin, an attending podiatric surgeon at six South Florida hospitals, is the director of podiatric services at Leon Medical Center and residency director at the Palmetto General Hospital Podiatric Surgical Residency where he trains seven recent Barry podiatric graduates. Marin has dedicated his life’s work to creating an external fixator system that can be used to treat lower extremity fractures, soft tissue injuries, and reconstructive surgery. After more than five years of rigorous testing and a lengthy FDA approval process, Marin’s innovative MDPO Fixation System was developed. In 2004, he co-founded the Steps of Life Foundation, which has allowed for a surgical team to travel to the Dominican Republic 15 times and perform more than 400 major lower extremity procedures since its inception. In 2007, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County proclaimed May 10, as the Dr. Luis E. Marin Day for his contributions to preserving the well-being and health of those in Miami-Dade County and abroad. Marin completed both his Master’s in Biomedical Sciences and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Barry.