Team is first in Texas to join NIH-sponsored study investigating efficacy of convalescent plasma for COVID-19

Using a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health, physician-scientists McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) will investigate whether convalescent plasma infusions can prevent the progression of COVID-19 in one of…


McGovern residents volunteer for COVID-19 front lines

When a crisis occurs, you can almost bet on the health care industry to respond without hesitation to provide support for those in need. Facing the same worries about the COVID-19 pandemic as the rest of the population, medical professionals…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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