Findley named assistant dean for accreditation, educational QI

J. Chase Findley, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been appointed assistant dean for Accreditation and Educational Quality Improvement as of May 1, 2021. Housed within the Office of Educational Programs, the new position reports to Patricia Butler, MD, vice dean for Educational Programs. “It is very important that we continuously monitor […]


Dr. Anson J Koshy's Art The art of becoming a well-rounded physician

When you walk the halls of McGovern Medical School, you may notice the Art Wall, on the first floor. Part of the McGovern Beautification Committee’s redecoration of the Medical School following Tropical Storm Allison, the Art Wall has been a staple on campus since November 2005. One of the mainstays of having works featured on […]


Dr. Allison Speer - Benjy F. Brooks, MD, Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award Benjy F. Brooks, MD, Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award: Allison Speer, MD, FACS

Allison Speer, MD, FACS, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, is the 2021 winner of the Benjy F. Brooks, MD, Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award. “Having my students recognize me as a role model is a huge honor,” Speer said. “It motivates me to continue to teach and mentor these bright future physicians, surgeons, […]


Pain Management Pain management research published in JAMA Open Network

New research from the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery on the use of liposomal bupivacaine to reduce postoperative pain and supplemental opioid use has been published in the JAMA Open Network. “More than 80 percent of patients undergoing surgical procedures report acute postoperative pain, with less than half achieving adequate postoperative pain control, and […]


Applications open for 2021 Pruessner Scholarship

The Harris Country Academy of Family Physicians is accepting applications for the Harold T. Pruessner, MD, Medical Student Scholarship. The deadline to apply is May 31. Applicants must be a third-year medical student in good standing, have a strong interest in practicing family medicine or have already chosen family medicine as their specialty, and although […]


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. […]