John P. McGovern Award – Duraisamy Balaguru, MD
Dr. Duraisamy Balaguru, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, is the winner of the 2018 John P. McGovern Award as the exceptional clinical teacher, a distinction shared this year with Dr. Gus W. Krucke, associate professor of General Internal Medicine.
The John P. McGovern Award is given annually to the outstanding clinical faculty member as chosen by the senior class. The award is made possible by an endowment from the McGovern Foundation. Faculty may not win the award in consecutive years.
Balaguru, who joined McGovern Medical School in 2009 when the pediatric cardiology program was still in its early days, said he couldn’t believe he had been named as an awardee.
“I was surprised and happy to receive it being in a pediatric sub-specialty such as pediatric cardiology which forms a small part of the medical school curriculum,” He said. “This is great encouragement, so I will keep going and continue to teach.”
Balaguru attended graduate school at Thanjavur Medical School at the University of Madras in India and trained in pediatrics, neonatology, and pediatric cardiology in the United Kingdom before attending NYU Medical Center for both his residency and fellowship. He found the burgeoning pediatric cardiology program to be a good place to grow alongside of and hasn’t looked back since making the move to Texas.
He said he concentrates on making things simple for students, taking complex ideas and boiling them down to the basics of medical practice. Connecting those basics back to the complexities they see in patients is a challenging and rewarding part of teaching medicine.
Balaguru said he had very good teachers, mentors, and role models throughout his career that spanned three different countries and is doing his best to emulate those key instructors throughout his time in academia.
His clinical interests include pediatric cardiac catheterization (diagnostic and interventional) and current research involves lymphatic imaging for children with chylothorax.