2021 Commencement UTHealth graduates more than 400 at in-person commencement ceremony

On Sunday, May 2, UTHealth congratulated more than 400 students as they set off to begin their professional post-graduation journeys. The first of two 2021 UTHealth commencement ceremonies was held at Minute Maid Park for UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and McGovern Medical School at […]


Comprehensive Congenital Colorectal Program surgeons McGovern surgeons form Comprehensive Congenital Colorectal Program

Congenital colorectal conditions, like anorectal malformations or Hirschsprung’s disease, are complex diagnoses that require extensive surgeries and treatments to correct in children. However, as those patients age out of pediatric care, their unique health concerns that arise as adults are complex and require special attention and collaboration. A group of surgeons with The University of […]


Remembering Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, renowned geriatrician and champion for older adults

Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, an internationally renowned geriatrician and executive director of the Consortium on Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), died Tuesday, May 4. She was 62. With passion, vision, and an innovative spirit, Dyer dedicated her career to preventing elder abuse, training the next generation of geriatricians, […]


2021 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the 2021 winners of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards. May is designated as teaching excellence month for McGovern Medical School. Anesthesiology Daniel An, DO Lauren Brollier, MD Kendra Brown, MD Benjamin Buszek, MD Daniel Contreras, MD Michelle Ge, MD Amy Graham-Carlson, MD Nadia Hernandez, MD Srikar Jonna, MD Sana Khan, MD Rishi Kumar, […]


COVID-19 Autopsy Figure COVID autopsy research recognized as top manuscript

A research paper detailing autopsies from COVID mortalities was honored with the Billingham Award from the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology. The article, “The emerging spectrum of cardiopulmonary pathology of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Report of 3 autopsies from Houston, Texas, and review of autopsy findings from other United States cities”1 was authored by L. […]


Dr. Shahla Nader-Eftekhari In memoriam: Shahla Nader-Eftekhari, MD

Shahla Nader-Eftekhari, MD, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, died April 21, 2021. She was 74. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Nader-Eftekhari earned her M.B, Ch.B. from the University of Leeds, England. She completed her internship and residency at Chapel Allerton and St. James hospitals in Leeds and the National Hospital for […]


Ramesha Papanna, MD, MPH in lab Fetal intervention research team studies new regenerative patch as treatment for spina bifida

A fetal intervention team led by Ramesha Papanna, MD, MPH, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has received a $3.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for preclinical research on a new approach to repair spina bifida in utero. The approach uses a patch with cryopreserved human umbilical […]


Dr. Carlin event for Creative writing Conference captures medicine’s creative side

As physicians throughout the health care industry continue to battle the effects of burnout, Nathan Carlin, PhD, professor and Samuel E. Karff, DHL Chair at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, is doing his part to help alumni of McGovern Medical School find their creative side. Carlin recently designed and hosted a two-day conference […]


White Coats for Black Lives - Social Justice Diversity & Inclusion creates Social Justice & Advocacy Longitudinal Theme

Following a summer fraught with violence and protests, shining a light on racial injustice and inequities, medical students across the country began calling for a more comprehensive examination of social determinants of health in their education. In an answer to the growing call to step up efforts to teach how societal structures, policies, and hierarchies […]


McCulley appointed chair of ophthalmology

Following a national search, Executive Dean Ad Interim Richard Andrassy, MD, and UTHealth President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, have named Timothy McCulley, MD, chair of the Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, effective Sept. 1, 2021. McCulley joins McGovern Medical School from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he is the holder […]