COVID Stock Image COVID-19 patient at LBJ Hospital recovers after convalescent plasma transfusion

More than a month after her battle with COVID-19, Kony Chacon enjoys spending time with newborn daughter and shows no ill effects from the virus that jeopardized her life and that of her unborn child. She credits a century-old treatment now being used to help coronavirus patients fight off the infection – convalescent blood plasma […]


Sickle cell patient focuses on faith and family to manage disease

Naomi Wesson is no stranger to pain. At age 4, she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, a hereditary disorder of the blood caused by abnormal hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein within red blood cells. Wesson, now 63, has learned to manage her disease and, as a result, is living and loving life. “I always say […]


Mobile Health Clinic Mobile Health Clinic spreads cervical cancer awareness in the Rio Grande Valley

With the mission of improving cervical cancer prevention efforts in the Rio Grande Valley, the Mobile Health Clinic of the Department of Internal Medicine helped to create a comprehensive community-based initiative to bring higher standards of health care to underserved women in the region. The Mobile Health Clinic of the Department of Internal Medicine has […]


Swails Humanism Award Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award: Jennifer Swails, MD

Jennifer Swails, MD, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, is the recipient of the 2020 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award annually honors faculty who are exemplary in their compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients […]


Planes, trains and automobiles: reducing the risks of traveling this summer

After enduring more than two months of quarantine, businesses and institutions are reopening, spurring summer travel plans to satisfy the urge to escape confinement. But is it safe to travel with the threat of COVID-19 still lingering? Experts at UT Physicians and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) weigh in on how to […]


Robby Wesley DTEA Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Master Clinical Teaching Award: Robby Wesley, DO

Robby Wesley, DO, assistant professor of internal medicine, is the winner of the 2020 Herbert L. and Margaret W. DuPont Master Clinical Teaching Award. Established in 2001 and made possible by a gift from the DuPonts, the award recognizes and preserves the essence and quality of the master clinical teacher, reflecting McGovern Medical School’s top […]


McGovern covid Autopsy Team Autopsy research aims to advance COVID-19 knowledge

In an effort to continue fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic, a team of pathologists from McGovern Medical School has documented the pathological findings from 23 autopsy patients with the disease in an upcoming issue of Cardiovascular Pathology, now published on line and available on ScienceDirect. The paper titled “The emerging spectrum of cardiopulmonary pathology of […]


Free COVID-19 webinar set for May 2-3

A pair of McGovern Medical School scientists will join the Taste of Science and the American Society for Microbiology Texas Medical Center Chapter to host a free webinar series on the COVID-19 pandemic, May 2-3. Some of the leading experts in the fight against COVID-19 will break down the pandemic and discuss plans for future […]


Arias named AAC Editor-in-Chief

Cesar Arias, MD, PhD, Margaret and Herbert DuPont Chair in Infectious Disease and professor of internal medicine, has been named the editor-in-chief of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC), an interdisciplinary journal produced by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Arias’ term begins July 1, 2020. According to the ASM, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy is devoted […]


Front Lines McGovern students give back while social distancing

Even in the midst of a pandemic, and facing unprecedented changes to their school curriculum and social lives, students at McGovern Medical School are finding ways to give back and support their community. More impressively, they are doing it all while social distancing. “Individuals who go into medical school are typically an altruistic bunch, and […]