Our History

In October of 1904, Aaron Brown and eight of his friends founded Phi Delta Epsilon at Cornell University Medical College. During the first decade of this century there were many doors closed to Jewish medical students and physicians, doors which would not fully open until after World War II. In 1904, it was not uncommon for American medical schools to have quotas limiting admission of Jewish students, and medical fraternities. So Aaron Brown and his friends decided they would start their own fraternal organization, guided by the precepts of philanthropy, deity, and equity.

The success of the Cornell chapter soon led to the organization of other chapters in the East and Midwest. In 1918, Phi Delta Epsilon amalgamated with Alpha Phi Sigma, a medical fraternity organized in 1908, whose ideals and principles were similar to those of PhiDE. Its chapters were in the Midwest and West, making for an ideal union.

Following the amalgamation, the United States was divided into districts and, by 1930, enough members had graduated from medical schools allowing for the formation of graduate clubs. In 1926, an Endowment Fund was started giving the Fraternity long-term stability. In the 1940s the Aaron Brown Lectureship Program was begun and has remained a vital chapter event through the years.

In the late 1960s, the Fraternity opened its membership to women and encouraged recruitment of medical students of all races, nationalities and religious beliefs. The past 25 years have seen the Fraternity's membership become wonderfully diverse, reflecting the diversity of the medical profession today. The addition of the premedical affiliation in 1994 rounded out the Fraternity's membership, which now spans an entire lifetime of medical education and practice.

PhiDE celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004 as a strong, vibrant, professionally directed organization headed for new growth and great excitement. The 21st century beckons us, and we continue operate under Aaron Brown's guiding principles of Philanthropy, Deity, and Equity.

Phi Delta Epsilon has grown from a small insular group to a diverse, all-inclusive organization. We have done this by making our motto live: Facta Non Verba, Deeds Not Words. And, indeed, we will continue to prosper, grow, and spread the warmth of our fraternalism into the future.

Our Principles
Our Chapter
Our Motto



Equity and Education

In 2010, Phi Delta Epsilon's Florida Gamma chapter was chartered at the University of Miami under the guidance of Roger Williams. Our chapter has nearly one hundred members today and continues to foster physicians of integrity with a lifelong commitment to our guiding principles. 

"Facta Non Verba, Deeds not Words" 



Gabriele Donzella

As the President of our Florida Gamma Chapter, Gabriele watches over all branches of the chapter while also acting as the organization's official

representative. Gabriele is a junior majoring in Biochemistry & Nutrition. He joined the chapter in the fall of 2019 as part of the Tau class and served as service chair before becoming Vice President Programming his sophomore year. After his term, Gabriele was elected President in the Fall of 2021.

Vice President
of Programming


As our Vice President of Programming, Tatiana organizes all programming, social, and service events. She is a junior majoring in Health Sciences. Tatiana joined chapter in the Spring of 2020 as part of the Upsilon class. Tatiana's experience in PhiDE began during her dedication as a service chair for the 2021 calendar year.

Vice President
of Finance

Madeline Culbreth

As our Vice President of Finance, Madeline acts as the fraternity's treasurer while also organizing our philanthropy events. Madeline is a junior majoring in Microbiology and Immunology. She joined PhiDE in the Fall of 20202 as

part of the Phi class. Immediately after becoming a member, Madeline became heavily involved with the chapter's philanthropy events by serving as our philanthropy chair.

Vice President
of Recruitment


As our Vice President of Recruitment, Caroline manages recruitment activities and focuses on maintaining a strong brotherhood within the chapter. Caroline is a junior majoring in Biology and Public Administration and previously served as the fraternity's recruitment chair. She joined PhiDE in the Fall of 2019 as part of the Tau class.

Secretary & Risk
Management Officer


As our Secretary, Leyla is responsible for all chapter correspondence including taking attendance and minutes for chapter meetings. As risk management officer,

she is responsible for ensuring our chapter is following the Phi Delta Epsilon guidelines. Leyla is a junior majoring in Psychology. She joined PhiDE in the Fall of 2020 as part of the Phi class and has since then been heavily involved in PhiDE, serving as our Internal chair.

Contact Us

For all chapter related inquiries, please umphide@gmail.com

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