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 […]


Toy, Frost named UT System Outstanding Educators

Eugene Toy, MD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and Jeffrey Frost, PhD, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, have been named as UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Educators for 2020. Overall, 27 faculty members representing all 14 UT academic and health institutions were selected to receive […]


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 […]


Riggs named assistant dean for professionalism

Dean Barbara J. Stoll has appointed John Riggs, MD, the assistant dean for professionalism, effective April 1, 2020. Riggs, the John T. Armstrong Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been serving as co-director of the learning environment along with Vineeth John, MD, MBA, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. This new role expands his area […]


CDH 2020 Flyer 25th International CDH Symposium visits Houston Feb. 10-12

The 25th International Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Symposium will be held Feb. 10-12 at the InterContinental Houston Medical Center (6750 Main St.). The symposium is co-hosted by The Comprehensive Center for CDH Care, McGovern Medical School and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Sessions of the symposium will focus on current management strategies, basic science, and innovative therapeutic […]


Dr. Kenneth Moise receives lifetime achievement award Kenneth Moise, MD, honored with lifetime award from National Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Walking into the office of Kenneth J. Moise Jr., MD, it’s hard not to notice the consistent themes: babies, children, and family. An oil painting of his three children hangs above his desk, photos of his wife are displayed proudly on the windowsill, and most notably, countless photos of babies he’s delivered over the years […]


Clerkship Potential New clerkship program follows patients longitudinally

A group of 10 third-year medical students at McGovern Medical School will be selected to participate in a new longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) program focused on developing a continuity experience in an underserved population.


Diabetes Awareness Day Giving Thanks (Healthily)

Joy Ashby Cornthwaite, R.D., certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian/nutritionist, Natalia Hauck, R.D., and Cheryl D. Woolf, R.D., with UT Physicians, surprised a group of high risk patients with options for a healthier and delicious Thanksgiving meal in honor of Diabetes Awareness Day Nov 14.


Parchem wins SMFM Scholarship Award

The Foundation for Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF) selected Jacqueline Parchem, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, for the 2019-22 Foundation for SMFM/AAOGF Scholarship Award for her project “Modulation of Neural Tube Development by Amniotic Fluid Exosomes.”


Delivering moms at 39 weeks lowers C-section, high blood pressure rates

Healthy first-time mothers whose pregnancies were induced at 39 weeks were less likely to deliver by cesarean section and had significantly lower rates of high blood pressure disorders of pregnancy, said researchers at McGovern Medical School.