Dr. Jon Tyson
Dr. Jon Tyson

Dr. Jon Tyson, vice dean for clinical research and healthcare quality, was named the medical honoree at the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala, “Cirque du Cuisine” Oct. 16 at Silver Street Studios.

This annual high-profile event attracts over 800 Houston philanthropists, including executives from many of the top socially responsible corporations in Texas. Since 1995, Signature Chefs Auction of Houston has raised over $5 million to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. See the video of Tyson that was presented at the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LjGT09qvjI

Tyson holds the Michelle Bain Distinguished Professor of Public Health in addition to serving as director for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine and professor of pediatrics, obstetrics and internal medicine. He also is professor of management, policy and community health at the School of Public Health.

Tyson joined the faculty in 1998 and in 1999 he established the two-year Clinical Research Curriculum designed to educate fellows and faculty in biostatistics, epidemiology, and evidence-based medicine. The coursework in the program was critical to the success of UTHealth receiving one of the first Clinical and Translational Science Awards. He also was instrumental in the creation of the master’s degree program in clinical research, which was initiated in 2001.

Tyson is the recipient of several awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Clinical Research Training; the 2009 Pediatric Education Award from the Southern Society for Pediatric Research; the 2009 Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research; and the President’s Scholar for Teaching Award in 2011.

Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, was named the corporate honoree at the annual event.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.