Produced by the Office of Communications // September 27, 2012
Colasurdo named UTHealth president sole finalist
The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Sept. 26 named Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
The Board unanimously approved the decision at a special called board meeting in which candidates were interviewed.
Colasurdo has served as the interim president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston since former president Dr. Larry Kaiser stepped down last year. An internationally known researcher and pediatrician, Colasurdo joined the faculty of the Medical School in 1995 and was named chair of the division of pediatrics in 2005. In 2007, he became dean and H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences at Medical School.
“Dr. Colasurdo is a remarkable clinician and educator, and we are confident he is the right choice to lead the UT Health Science Center—Houston to even greater levels of teaching, research, and medical care,“ said Regents’ Chairman Gene Powell. “Selecting a campus president is one of the most important decisions Regents make. Dr. Colasurdo was chosen from an outstanding group of candidates, and, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all the candidates who took part in the process.”
A native of Morrone del Sannio, Italy, Dean Colasurdo completed his undergraduate education at Liceo Scientifico Galileo Galilei in Pescara, Italy. He earned his medical degree from G. D'Annunzio School of Medicine in Chieti, Italy. He came to the United States in 1988 and is a U.S. citizen.
“We are extremely happy with the Board’s decision to name Dr. Colasurdo as sole finalist for this critical position. Our advisory committee, composed of faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders, performed admirably in reviewing an exemplary pool of candidates and narrowing the field to the very best in the fields of medicine and health administration,” said Dr. Kenneth Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs and chair of the presidential search advisory committee. “We are grateful to the committee for its hard work and dedication.”
Under state law, university governing boards must name finalists for a presidency at least 21 days before making an appointment.
— UT System
SECC campaign allows online donations
The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) will be held Sept. 24–Oct. 12, allowing employees to give to one or more charities of their choice by making a one-time donation or setting a monthly contribution through payroll deduction.
This year donations may be made online via the UTHealth’s Self Service feature. If you prefer to fill out a paper pledge, your departmental team leaders can provide you with the right document.
UTHealth employees have historically been very generous—last year alone giving $187,000.
For as little as $2 a pay period, you can support our returning veterans, provide food and shelter for a homeless person, help advocate for a child, plant trees, or help clean up a beach. You can even divide your pledge among several of the hundreds of organizations listed. This is a unique opportunity to make an impact through a small gift or pledge.
You can also visit the UTHealth SECC website to view the 2012 Directory of Charities, a list of departmental team leaders, and the instructions for the different ways to make a donation.
Medical School craft fair Dec. 4
The Medical School’s 26th Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Fair is recruiting new vendors. The deadline to sign up for the annual fair is Nov. 1.
This year’s fair will be held 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Leather Lounge. The event is sponsored by the Employee Relations Committee.
Vendors must be employees, and rental space is $35, with tables $8. For more information and to sign up, please contact Kathy Merceri, 713.500.6385, or Susan Kirby, 713.500.5714.
Reynolds professor to speak Oct. 9
Geriatrics will be the focus of two lectures presented by Reynolds Visiting Professor Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai, Oct. 9.
As part of the Huffington Lecture Series, Leipzig will speak at a grand rounds lecture from noon–1 p.m. in MSB B.500 and at a dinner lecture from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in MSB B.100.
Leipzig will speak on “Becoming a Quicker Better Teacher of Geriatrics” during the dinner lecture. Registration is required.
The lectures are funded in part by the Phyllis Gough Huffington Lecture Series and by a grant from the D.W. Reynolds Foundation.
For more information and/or to register for the dinner lecture, contact Sarah Schwaller.
Events to know
Proposals for Faculty Development Leave are due Nov. 1 in the Office of Faculty Affairs, G.420 MSB. Proposals can be submitted twice a year: Nov. 1 and April 1. View the guidelines. For questions, call Faye Viola, 713.500.5101.
Department of Neurology Grand Rounds: Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, professor of neurology, presents, “Multiple Sclerosis—A Personal Account of Milestones Attained Over the Last 40 Years.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds: Dr. Angelle Sander presents, “Addressing Sexuality in Brain Injury Rehabilitation.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB B.605.
Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology Seminar Series: Dr. Jian Yang (Columbia University) presents, “An odd TR(i)P to the world of polycystin/ion channel complexes.”
4–5 p.m., MSB 2.135.
Information session on MD/MPH dual degree program.
Noon–1 p.m., MSB B.100.
For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Benjamins.
Heroes in Health TIRR Memorial Hermann Tour.
Space is limited. To RSVP, email Courtney Webb or call 713.242.4452.
Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo will be guest speaker at, “An Evening with the Medical Center: Innovations and New Initiatives in Medical Care.”
7–8:30 p.m., Hope and Healing Center, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Bagby Parish Hall, 717 Sage.
Open to the public.
“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. Sharonda Clark, second-year fellow, presents, “When a Patient Chooses to Die: Exploring the Impact of Patient Suicide on Mental Health Providers.”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.
Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. James Cross, associate professor of surgery, presents, “Electrical Injury.”
7–8 a.m., MSB 3.001.
CME Credit is available.
Flu shot available from UT Health Services.
9–11 a.m., MSB B.603.
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Xiangwei He, Baylor College of Medicine, presents, “Fission yeast centromeric chromatin organization and its epigenetic inheritance.”
10:30 a.m., MSB 2.135.
UT Physicians Free Vein Screening.
9 a.m.–noon, UT Physicians at Bellaire, 6700 West Loop South, Suite 520.
Screening will take about 10 minutes. Appointments are limited and required. Please call 713.486.5175.
Houston Dynamo’s Texas Medical Center/Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
$25 ticket packages. Contact Lindsay Yates, 713.276.7537.
Center for Membrane Biology Seminar Series: Dr. Cynthia Czajkowski (University of Wisconsin—Madison) presents, “Structural Mechanisms Underlying Pentameric Ligand-gated Ion Channel Activation.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.
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