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…


New director named for ID

Following a national search, David McPherson, MD, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, has announced Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD as the new director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. Effective Feb. 15, Ostrosky-Zeichner has taken on the division director role…


Mayes earns Scleroderma Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Maureen D. Mayes, MD, MPH, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine has received the Scleroderma Foundation’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. Mayes is the founder of the Scleroderma Clinical and Research Program at McGovern Medical School, where her clinical interests…


Philanthropic commitment gives geriatric medicine division a new name

In gratitude for the care they have received from Holly Holmes, MD, Director of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine in McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Joan and Stanford Alexander have made a significant gift to strengthen the division….


McGovern names vice chairs for Diversity and Inclusion

McGovern Medical School has named eight faculty as the inaugural vice chairs for Diversity and Inclusion, an initiative which began under former dean Barbara J. Stoll, MD. “Having vice chairs for Diversity and Inclusion in some of our larger departments…


Providing a safe environment for psychiatric patients during pandemic

The very heart of inpatient care for psychiatric patients is socialization, group therapy, shared meals, and a standard two people per room. Then COVID-19 hit with the accompanying public health warnings to isolate, socially distance, and wear masks. That sent…


Researchers seeking volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine study

A Phase III clinical trial to assess if a potential vaccine is effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 is now open for enrollment by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in collaboration with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The…


Trio of McGovern faculty win UT STAR Awards

Three members of the McGovern Medical School faculty, Shervin Assassi, MD, MS; Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhD; and Kyle L. Poulsen, PhD; have earned The University of Texas System’s STAR Awards for the 2020 fiscal year. The UT System Board of Regents…


2019 President’s Scholar Awards: Four scholars receive UTHealth’s most distinguished award

Four distinguished scholars, including three from McGovern Medical School, who demonstrate a longstanding excellence in the areas of teaching, research, and clinical care have received the top honor awarded by UTHealth President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair. Recipients…


$5 million NIH grant awarded to reduce COVID-19-related disparities in vulnerable populations

To help reduce COVID-19-related health disparities in vulnerable populations in Texas, a multi-institutional team of researchers led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will identify disease hotspots and testing deserts in three racially diverse areas,…


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