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Produced by the Office of Communications // August 23, 2012

The big reveal is here!

The Medical School's responsive website redesign

The Medical School’s new website is here. The new site employs a content management system called WordPress, which allows trained end users to update their content via the Internet and without purchasing software.

The site was created by suBi Shakya in the Medical School’s Office of Communications using a responsive design—meaning the content will shrink to fit most monitors sizes, eliminating the need for a separate mobile site. The website was designed using the latest technology, HTML5.

“This site is just the beginning of the Medical School website project, which will eventually incorporate all of our departments and offices into the new design,” Shakya said. “This is definitely a group effort that takes the involvement, support, and hard work of many within the Medical School and UTHealth.”

Several Medical School departments and offices are in process of being migrated into WordPress and redesigned. To have your site redesigned, please contact the Office of Communications.

To submit comments and feedback on the new site, please fill out this form.

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Savage elected to AMA leadership role

David Savage

David Savage

David Savage, a fourth-year MD/PhD student, recently bested the competition in a three-way race to be elected the American Medical Association Speaker of the Governing Council for the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS).

There are eight members of the Governing Council who work with the AMA staff to lead the 50,000 membered student section of the AMA. The term of this national office is from June 2012–June 2013, and as speaker, Savage will work with AMA staff and the vice speaker to plan and run the next two national meetings in Honolulu in November 2012, and Chicago in June 2013.

“This includes finding a keynote speaker, working with other student leaders to plan educational programming, and running the policy business meeting as the parliamentarian. I will also attend the MSS Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., next February,” Savage explains.

There has not been Medical School representation on the AMA-MSS Governing Council for the past four years.

“I get the impression that it's been a long time since we've had a UT-Houston student on the GC,” Savage said. “I have met a few older physicians and UT-Houston alums in the Texas Medical Association who did serve on it many years ago. The most recent Texan on the national GC was a student from Baylor College of Medicine who was the student Trustee in 2010–2011.”

Savage said he had a little help from his friends on the election front.

“My election was helped immensely by a strong letter of support and election campaign funding provided generously by the TMA. Additionally, my UT-Houston colleagues—especially Bill Doetsch, Mark Cooper, and Sandra Iacob—gave up precious time in Chicago to help me campaign and reach out to the 600-plus student attendees at the national meeting,” he said.

Savage works with Drs. Steve Curley and Rita Serda in surgical oncology and nanomedicine at MD Anderson and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, respectively. Following graduation, he will seek residency in medicine and fellowship training in oncology.

He said this leadership role with the AMA will help enhance his organizational skills and refine his speaking skills.

“I want medical advocacy and politics to be an integral part of my lifelong career as a physician, and this position is an additional step in my preparation,” he said. “The career network I have built with students, residents, and physicians nationwide the past three years will also be invaluable to my future aspirations in medicine and advocacy.”

The AMA has provided support not only to students but to the school, Savage said.

“I have seen firsthand the limitless opportunities for leadership training, community service, advocacy, and career networking within the AMA during the past three years. Our school has even benefited from several thousand dollars in AMA funding for community service in Houston during that time, and we are set to get more this year,” he said. “This is the only student organization that stays with us throughout our careers, and the return value on membership is incredible. I hope my membership testimonial will encourage other UT-Houston students to join!”

— Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

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Gastroenterology Center opens in new space

Dr. Atilla Ertan, left, and Dr. Michael Fallon

Dr. Atilla Ertan, left, and Dr. Michael Fallon

This summer, the Digestive Disease Center and the Texas Liver Center moved into a new space on the 14th floor of the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza to form the Digestive Disease Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, a Gastroenterology (GI) Center of Excellence.

The joint move to the 22,000-square-foot complex allows the center’s highly specialized physicians—many affiliated with the Medical School—to provide more collaborative and comprehensive medical and surgical treatment to patients with diseases of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, pancreas, biliary tract, and liver—all under one roof.

In collaboration with physicians and researchers from the Medical School, the GI Center of Excellence is pioneering the most effective ways to treat and cure diseases associated with the digestive tract, as well as work to improve the quality of life for patients.

The center, which operates on an outpatient basis, treats entire digestive diseases, including liver disease, using the most advanced treatment options available while using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

“Our center's mission is to diagnose and treat patients in such a way that helps them live a more comfortable life. That includes providing patients with a wealth of knowledge to better understand and manage their medical conditions,” said Dr. Atilla Ertan, medical director of the Digestive Disease Center and professor of internal medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. “I strongly believe that our collaboration will help facilitate our excellence in delivering compassionate care to patients with all forms of digestive tract and liver disorders.”

The Digestive Disease Center’s expertise covers a broad range of conditions, including gastroesophageal reflux disorders, especially Barrett’s metaplasia and dysplasia; inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and chronic ulcerative colitis and other colitides; peptic ulcers and hypergastrinemic conditions; gastrointestinal and liver cancers; chronic and acute liver disease; and biliary-pancreatic disorders.

Dr. Michael Fallon, director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, will head up the hepatology section of the Digestive Disease Center. He also is chief of service, gastroenterology and hepatology at Memorial Hermann-TMC.

For more information, call the Digestive Disease Center at 713.704.3450.

— Kimberly McGaw, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

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Applications now open for NIH Pioneer, New Innovator Awards

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The request for applications for the 2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer and New Innovator awards programs were released Aug. 7.

Both awards are under the Common Fund program, designed to encourage transformative biomedical research and collaboration across institutes or centers. The funding opportunities are part of the Common Fund’s High Risk-High Reward research program, which addresses challenges in biomedical research through support of scientists who submit creative and innovative proposals with high-impact potential.

— AAMC

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A great start

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The Medical School's Class of 2016 begins the Medical School journey with orientation.

— Dwight C. Andrews, Office of Communications, Medical School

 

 

 

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Events to know

August 24

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Alliance Grand Rounds: Dr. Carmel Dyer, professor of internal medicine, presents, “Medication Mishaps in Geriatric Rehab Patients.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB B.645.

August 27

The International Association of Administrative Professionals Medical Center Chapter dinner meeting: Jan Poscovsky presents, “The Not-So-Naked Audience.”
5:15 p.m., Jesse H. Jones Rotary House, 1600 Holcombe Blvd.
To register, contact Melinda Peña, 713.794.5857, or Terrie Schade-Lugo, 713.500.3062.

August 28

Research Coordinator Forum: Dr. Maureen Goode, administrative director of the CCTS, presents, “CCTS—What can it do for you?”
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.
Lunch will be available for the first 40 attendees. Registration is not required.

“Sickle Cell Support Group.”
Peer-to-peer support.
Noon–1 p.m., Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, 29th Floor.
Contact Liz Steele to sign up, 713.704.4748.

August 29

“Talking from the Heart.”
Join us to discuss meaningful tips and coping strategies for patients and caregivers living with cancer.
Noon–1 p.m., Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Cancer Center Conference Room, 29th Floor.
Contact Liz Steele to sign up, 713.704.4748.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Mark Prasarn, assistant professor of orthopedics, presents, “Prevention and Management of Low Back Pain.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

September 3

Labor Day Holiday

September 5

“Talking from the Heart.”
Join us to discuss meaningful tips and coping strategies for patients and caregivers living with cancer.
Noon–1 p.m., Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Cancer Center Conference Room, 29th Floor.
Contact Liz Steele to sign up, 713.704.4748.

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Oscar Bukstein, professor of psychiatry, presents, “How Much Should We Tell Our Patients: A Practical and Effective Guide to Informed Consent for Psychiatric Treatment.”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Adam Weglein, assistant clinical professor, presents, “Non-Surgical Orthopedic Treatment.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

September 6

Medical School Research Committee Workshop: Dr. Cheng Chi Lee, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, chairs, “Circadian Rhythms.”
9 a.m.–noon, MSB 2.135.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Faculty candidate Dr. Ryan Hunter (California Institute of Technology) presents, “Environmental chemistry of infection: Lessons from the airways.”
10:30 a.m., MSB 2.135.

September 7–8

16th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Main Building, Floor 11, Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400).
Register here.

September 8

Cancer Patient & Caregiver Seminar: For patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers.
8 a.m.–3 p.m., Memorial Hermann-TMC, Hermann Pavilion.
Breakfast and Registration at 7 a.m. Complimentary parking. Call 713.222.CARE to register.

September 10

Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology Seminar Series: Dr. Joseph McCarty (UT MD Anderson Cancer Center) presents, “Deciphering Angiogenesis in Brain Development and Cancer.”
4–5 p.m., MSB 2.135.

September 12

“Talking from the Heart.”
Join us to discuss meaningful tips and coping strategies for patients and caregivers living with cancer.
Noon–1 p.m., Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Cancer Center Conference Room, 29th Floor.
Contact Liz Steele to sign up, 713.704.4748.

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Octavio Martinez (Hogg Foundation for Mental Health) presents, “Current Interest and Trends in Behavioral Health Funding from a Philanthropic Perspective.”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Ronald Rapini, chair of the Department of Dermatology, presents, “Practical Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Rashes.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

September 15

UT Physicians Free Vein Screening.
Appointments are limited and required. Screening will take approximately 10 minutes. Please call 713.486.1510.
9 a.m.–noon, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, 18955 N. Memorial Dr., Suite 360, Humble.

September 17

CCTS Kl2 award application deadline.
The award provides 75 percent protected time plus $10,000-15,000 for education, or research for up to three years. For clinical fellows or faculty with rank below associate professor.
Submit application to Michelle Smith.

September 19

“Look Good…Feel Better.”
A free program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
10 a.m.–noon, MH-TMC.
Contact Liz Steele for details, 713.704.4748.

“Talking from the Heart.”
Join us to discuss meaningful tips and coping strategies for patients and caregivers living with cancer.
Noon–1 p.m., Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Cancer Center Conference Room, 29th Floor.
Contact Liz Steele to sign up, 713.704.4748.

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Peter Norton (University of Houston) presents, “Transdiagnostic Approaches to the Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety Disorder.”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Ronald Rapini, chair of the Department of Dermatology, presents, “Preventive Health Visit.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

In Memoriam


Bobby Baker

Fourth-year medical student Robert (Bobby) Kyle Baker, of Lubbock, died Aug. 7, 2012. He was born Nov. 27, 1986, to Robert J. and Laura K. Baker.

He enrolled at Texas Tech University as a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the TTU Presidential Scholarship. Bobby was active in undergraduate research as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. He was a member of the Texas Society of Mammalogists and received the Rollin H. Baker Award for best undergraduate research presentation at the society's annual meeting in 2007. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Biological Sciences in 2008.

He is survived by his parents; sister, April Baker-Padilla and her husband Michael Padilla; nephew Jason; niece, Faith; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and the woman who was the love of his life, Vidya Sinha of Houston. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 25, at the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court, west side of the Museum of Texas Tech University. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Bobby Baker Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduate Research, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409, a charity of your choice, or the planting of a tree in his memory.

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