Ali Dodge-Khatami, M.D., Ph.D., 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.


Jorge D. Salazar, MD 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.


Dr. Samuel D. Luber and Dr. Samuel J. Prater Co-interim chairs named for emergency medicine

Dean Barbara J. Stoll has announced that Samuel D. Luber, M.D., MPH, associate professor of emergency medicine, and Samuel J. Prater, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, will serve as interim co-chairs of the Department of Emergency Medicine, effective March 16, 2018.


Louise D. McCullough, M.D., Ph.D. McCullough to be inducted into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Johns Hopkins University will induct Dr. Louise McCullough, professor and the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair in the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School, into its Society of Scholars in early April. 


Dr. Sean Blackwell Blackwell named president of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) named Dr. Sean Blackwell, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School, its newest president in early February.


Vineeth John, M.D. Vineeth John rejoins Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Vineeth P. John, M.D., has rejoined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School as the vice-chair of Education, director of the Geriatric Psychiatry section and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center.


Dr. John Byrne Leadership changes for the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Following 30 years of service, Dr. Jack Byrne has announced he is stepping down as chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Byrne joined McGovern Medical School in 1982 as an associate professor with the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology and member of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and his three decades as chair makes him the longest serving current chair at McGovern Medical School.


Dr. Hazim Safi Safi makes history with induction into Academy of Athens

Dr. Hazim J. Safi, professor and chair of the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department at McGovern Medical School, made history this week with his induction into the Academy of Athens as a Corresponding Member.


Dr. Adan Rios (center, left), associate professor of Oncology at McGovern Medical School, poses with other representatives from Panama at the 137 Inter-Parliamentarian Union (IPU) Session earlier this month in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rios calls for “Manhattan-like Project” at 137th IPU Session to end AIDS

Dr. Adan Rios, associate professor of internal medicine, told researchers and delegates of the world at the 137 Inter-Parliamentarian Union (IPU) Session earlier this month in St. Petersburg, Russia that the time has come to “formulate a Manhattan-like Project” for an HIV vaccine.


Gerard Francisco, M.D. Gerard Francisco, M.D., elected to prestigious National Academy of Medicine

A research and clinical leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), Gerard Francisco, M.D., of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and TIRR Memorial Hermann has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM).