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 […]


Alexis Shelly, her family, and Dr. Stephen Fletcher Pediatric Neurosurgeon Pediatric neurosurgeon reunites with former patient turned colleague three decades later

When Kathy Shelly recalls the planning involved in scheduling her 20-week anatomy ultrasound so that her husband, Don Shelly, could also attend the appointment nearly 31 years ago, she thanks God that Don was able to be there. “I am just so grateful I didn’t have to be alone in that moment,” she said. They […]


AAS Challenge McGovern surgeons conquer “Get Off Your AAS!” Challenge

Faculty, fellows, and residents from McGovern Medical School raised more than $21,000 by participating in the 2021 “Get Off Your AAS!” challenge, hosted by the Association for Academic Surgery. From sunny Southern California to the blizzard conditions on the East Coast, more than 200 participants logged their miles on Pelotons, stationary bikes, road bikes, treadmills, […]


Family looking out window Lung physiology and immune function in children could be protecting them from severe COVID-19

Differences in lung physiology and immune function in children could be why they are more often spared from severe illness associated with COVID-19 than adults, according to pediatric and adult physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Baylor College of Medicine, who teamed up to investigate the disparity. The perspectives […]


Phuong Nguyen Nguyen uses music to “Help the Doctor”

English poet Robert Browning once said, “Who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.” With a large number of people across the country confined to their homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps we could all use a little more music. Phuong D. Nguyen, MD, assistant professor of pediatric surgery, and member of […]


McGovern Day Speakers Medical School celebrates McGovern Day

Dean Barbara J. Stoll and students, faculty, and staff gathered in the McGovern Medical School Leather Lounge for the annual McGovern Day Celebration, March 2, to celebrate the transformational gift from the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Foundation in 2015, which helped advance medical training, scientific discover, and innovation at the Medical School. “As […]


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 […]


TSPS Award Winners Plastic surgery residents, students win big at TSPS meeting

Six residents and five medical students in the Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery took home some top prizes for their presentations at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS) Annual Meeting Sept. 14-16 in San Antonio.


Dodge-Khatami named director of pediatric heart surgery

Ali Dodge-Khatami, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in pediatric and congenital heart surgery, has joined the Department of Pediatric Surgery as professor and director of Pediatric Heart Surgery, effective July 1.  He also is an attending pediatric cardiovascular surgeon at the Children’s Heart Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.


Salazar named McGovern Distinguished Chair

An accomplished investigator involved in numerous clinical trials evaluating novel therapies to treat the most complex congenital heart defects has been appointed holder of the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Distinguished Chair.