UTHealth Houston honors 2022 STAR Awardees

By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

2022 Star Awards

McGovern Medical School and UTHealth Houston honored employees who reached milestones in their careers with the annual STAR Awards.

UTHealth Houston relies on the dedication, knowledge, and expertise of its employees to continue to further advancements in the university’s key mission areas of education, research, and health care.

“If people are truly the heart of the organization, then this university has a heart the size of Texas,” said Eric Fernette, vice president, and chief human resources officer. “UTHealth Houston’s impact pulses through the city as a leader in education, research, and patient care in Texas and beyond. This year, UTHealth Houston was honored as a top workplace in Texas by Forbes, and we are thrilled to thank the individuals who make UTHealth Houston a recognized leader in its mission to solve the greatest health challenges of our time.”

Beginning fives years into their time at UTHealth Houston, employees receive STAR Awards on each fifth anniversary. For the 2021-22 fiscal year, more than 1,000 UTHealth Houston employees received awards for their services.

The Medical School’s most experience awardees for the 2022 class include Nachum Dafny, PhD, professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy; and William Dowhan, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dafny and Dowhan each celebrated their 50th year at McGovern Medical School in 2021.

Additionally, Margaret McNeese, MD, vice dean of admissions and student affairs, and Ransom Lummis Family Professor in Pediatrics, reached her 45th year of service with the Medical School.

Employees celebrating 25-50 years of service with UTHealth Houston will be invited to a celebration of their service on March 1, 2023. 25-year awardees will pick up their gift at the celebration, while 30-50 year awardees will be emailed a link to a platform where they can choose their gift. Awardees with 5-15 years of service will be mailed a gift, while 20-year awardees will be asked to pick up their gifts in Human Resources.

For a full list of the 2022 UTHealth Houston STAR Award winners, click here.