UTMB International Exchanges
The following list of international exchanges is not comprehensive, but gives an overview of the kind of
exchange programs initiated, supported and sustained by the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).
Department: World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases
Name: Drs. David H. Walker and Scott C. Weaver
Exchange: The WHO CTD has been sponsoring and facilitating international exchanges since its
inception in 1994. The goal of these exchanges has been to provide laboratory research
training for scientists from developing nations where tropical diseases are among the
most important public health challenges. UTMB trainees also may study tropical diseases
by working in developing nations through these exchanges. Most of the formal exchange
programs have been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International
Center through training grants to Dr. David H. Walker, Director of the CTD, and Dr. Scott
C. Weaver, Associate Director. These training program programs, designed to train young
scientists from Mexico, Cameroon, Senegal and Venezuela, involve 1- to-2-year
opportunities to work on the UTMB campus. Other informal exchange programs,
facilitated by the research programs of Drs. Walker, Weaver, Robert B. Tesh, and Alan D.
T. Barrett have facilitated mutual training efforts in collaboration with scientists from Peru,
Colombia, Trinidad, Argentina and Brazil. These programs are supported administratively
by UTMB’s Center for Tropical Diseases and Department of Pathology.
Department: Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Name: Dr. Emilio B. González
Exchange: Dr. González has developed working relationships with rheumatologists in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, and Asunción, Paraguay. He was invited to return to Buenos Aires in August
2007 for the Ibero-American Congress of Rheumatology and to give a talk on rheumatoid
arthritis, including presenting some of his UTMB laboratory’s research findings.
These exchanges foster and facilitate UTMB’s collegial and professional relationships
with medical students, residents, physician colleagues and specialists in other countries;
and increase the exchange of information across continents, disseminate knowledge and
increase the university’s networking capabilities.
Department: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
Name: Rita M. Patterson, Ph.D.
Exchange: International fellows in the Hand and Research divisions of Orthopaedics have been
coming to UTMB since 1997. Most are hand surgeons from Japan, but a few have come
from different countries. To date, 16 fellows have visited.The fellowship program is not
funded, so fellows pay for their own expenses, or their institutions pay a portion of their
salaries. In the exchange, they learn more about research and improve their English
Department: Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Name: Ben Raimer, M.D., Principal Investigator
Exchange: This 5-year federal grant, funded by the American primary care in Armavir, Armenia)
provided for an estimated 8 exchange visits from Galveston to Armavir and an estimated
6 exchange visits from Armavir to Galveston. The exchange visits involved physicians,
nurses, other university staff and some community representatives. The program also
included participation in conferences in Washington, D.C., and internationally.
Department: Department of Pathology
Name: David H. Walker
Exchanges: NIH Fogarty International Center Training Grant that has funded scientists-in-training from
universities in Merida and Monterrey, Mexico; Lima Peru; Buea, Cameroon; and Sao
Paulo, Brazil, to participate in research training at UTMB. Participants also visit these
institutions for short periods to lecture, advise, and participate in field work.
Department: East Texas AHEC (Area Health Education Center)
Name: Steve R. Shelton and Mary Wainwright
Exchanges: Fostered work for years with Mexican national health professionals, especially nurses
who are residents in Texas. One center is based at UT Southwestern, has had
Department of Labor and other funding to support programs that, although not specifically
targeted for the international nurses, have provided services for them.
Ongoing work with Mexican Consulates in Texas to improve access to care and promote
Steve Shelton, Assistant VP for Community Outreach, and Mary Wainwright, Deputy
Director for East Texas AHEC, worked with some Australian faculty who do AHEC-like
health workforce development work in Australia. Co-presented with one Australian faculty
at the National AHEC Organization Conference last summer. At the Australians’ invitation,
Shelton and Wainwright authored an editorial published in Fall 2006 in their rural health
journal. Another Australian faculty member visited UTMB in May 2007.
Department: School of Nursing
Name: M. Kay Sandor
Exchange: Invited to teach Community Health and Transcultural Nursing at the University of Pécs
and at Semmelweis University in the Faculty of Health Care, Egészségsügyi Foiskola
Kar) in the Department of Nursing. Lectures were incorporated into standard courses as a
supplement to regular material. In addition, she volunteered to work with English classes
on common topics, rather than health-related topics, thus developing relationships with
small groups of students that carried into the larger health-related lectures.
Department: WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Training in International Health
Exchanges: Kempner Foundation funded awards for international exchange program for research
and faculty development exchanges in Mexico.
Award with CUPP Foundation-College and University Partnership Program. Over a
period of several years, medical students, nursing students and faculty from Japan,
Taiwan, China, and the Philippines were brought to UTMB for educational and
cultural exchanges, average visits of 2 weeks duration).
Agreement of Cooperation between The Foundation Sao Francisco Xavier, Brazil)
and UTMB, for activities that included:
- 1 year fellowship for one Brazilian physician to study at UTMB
- 3 month fellowships for 4 Brazilian faculty to study at UTMB
- Organization/sponsorship of 3 medical education symposia – in
Brazil and U.S.
- University of Cairo – student exchanges
- Jimma University of Ethiopia – faculty development exchange
- Technion University of Israel – faculty exchange
- Institute of Public Health, Isai – Romania-student and faculty
Medical Student Participation in International Health Electives – 285 students
Collaborations in Development
- University of Monterrey, Mexico. Established exchange program
for graduate students, postgraduate fellows, and medical
students. Trip planned to Monterrey by Dr. Stobo, Dr. Niesel,
and Dr. Smith late spring/early summer 2007 to finalize
Department: Department of Pathology
Name: Ahmed E. Ahmed, Ph.D.
Exchanges: 1. Mohammad Khalid, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1979-80
(International 2. Mohammad Farooqui, Ph.D., University of Chicago, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1979-8
exchange 3. Helmy Moawad, Ph.D., Cairo University, Visiting Professor, 1980-81
fellows trained 4. Osama Shabrawy, M.D., Ph.D., Cairo University, Egypt, Visiting Scientist, 1980-82
in Dr. Ahmed’s 5. Burhan Ghanayem, Ph.D., University of North Texas, Graduate, Pharmacology,
6. Rokea el-Azhary, Ph.D., Cairo University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1980-83
7. Zaieem Mumtaz, UTMB, Medical Student, 1984
8. Moiz Mumtaz, Ph.D., U of N.C.., Postdoctoral Fellow, 1984-86
9. Samir Douidar, M.D., Tanta University, Egypt, Graduate Student, 1982-85
10. Salah Soliman, Alexandria University, Visiting Scholar, Egypt, 1988
11. Nabila Ahmed, Ph.D., Alexandria University, Visiting Scientist, Egypt, 1988
12. Khalid Osman, Alexandria University, Egypt, Graduate Fellow, 1989
13. Sherif Abdel Rahman, Ph.D., Alexandria University, Egypt, Fulbright Scholar,
14. Amr Nour Aldeen, Ph.D., Alexandria University, Egypt, Visiting Scientist, 1990-
15. Ahmad Sanad, Ph.D., Cairo University, Egypt, Visiting Scientist, 1990-1991
16. Abdel Aziz Hamid, Ph.D., Al Azhar University, Egypt, Visiting Scientist, 1990-1992
17. Samia Showman, Ph.D., Cairo University, Egypt, Visiting Scientist, 1991-1992
18. Abdel Monem Abo El Wafa, Tanta University, Egypt, Graduate Student, 1991
19. Adel Abdalla, Al Azhar University, Egypt, Graduate Student, 1992-1995
20. Asharaf Abdel-Naim, AlAzhar University, Egypt Graduate Student, 1992-1995
21. Ahmed Mohamadin, Al Azhar University, Egypt, Graduate Student, 1994-1996
22. Ahmed Safwat, Cairo University, Egypt, Medical Resident at UTMB, 1996
23. Ayman Nagy, Tanta University, Egypt, Graduate Student, 1997-1999
24. Yasser Mostafa, Suez Canal University, Egypt, Graduate Student, 1997-1999
25. Salwa Aly, MD, Ph.D., Cairo University, Egypt, Visiting Scientist 2004
26. Hala Fouad, MD, Ph.D., Monifia University, Egypt, Visiting Scientist, 2004-
27. Mohammed Khalil, M.D., Private practitioner; Neurologist, 2005- Present
(Professional International committees and visiting professorships:
International 1982-83 Visiting Scientist, Department of Toxicology, University of Uppsala, Sweden
Activities) 1987 Visiting Professor, Alexandria University, Egypt.
1994 Visiting Professor, Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
1995 Visiting Professor, Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
1996 Visiting Professor, Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
1998 Visiting Professor, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt
1999 Honorary Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Cairo University, Egypt.
1999 Visiting Professor, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
2000 Visiting Professor, Cairo University, Egypt
2001 Invited Fellow WHO Final Review Board
2002 Visiting Professor and Consultant; Misr International University, Cairo, Egypt.
2003 Visiting professor and consultant, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
2004 Visiting professor, National Toxicology Center, Cairo University, Egypt.
2005 Visiting Professor, Cairo University, Medical School and National Toxicology
2005 Invited Plenary Speaker, Cairo University, International Interdisciplinary
2007 Invited plenary Speaker, King Abdel Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Department: Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Name: William W. Au, Ph.D.
International 1. Dr. Wagida Anwar, Fogarty International Fellow, Ain Shams University, Cairo,
Exchanges: Egypt, 1987- 1988; 1990-1990).
(Visiting 2. Dr. Sawsan El-Ghazali, Peace Fellow, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1989-
Post-Doctoral 3. Dr. Moon-Young Heo, University Fellow, Kangweon National University,
Fellows) Chuncheon, Korea, 1989-November 1990.
4. Dr. Randa El Zein, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1990- 1990.
5. Professor Luz Stella Hoyos, University of Antioquia, Colombia, South America,
6. Dr. Csilla Kormos, National Research Institute for Radiobiology and Radiohygiene,
Budapest, Hungary, 1990-1991.
7. Dr. Hongbao Ma, Tianjin Medical College, Tianjin, P.R. China, 1991-1992.
8. Dr. Shende Li, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China, 1991-
9. Dr. Shimin Cao, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China,
10. Dr. Fatma Mohammed, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1994-1995.
11. Dr. Nivea Conforti Froes, University of San Paolo, Brazil, 1995-1996.
12. Lecturer Mila Serrana, Miriam College Foundation, Manila, The Philippines, 1997-
13. Lecturer Suparp Kietthebthew, Prince of Songkla University, Songkla, Thailand,
14. Dr. Hyeong Oh, Director, Division of Genetic Toxicology, National Institute of
Toxicological Research, Korean Food and Drug Administration, Seoul, 1998 -
15. Lecturer Suparp Kietthubthew, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, 1999.
16. Professor Moon Heo, Kwangeon National University, Korea, 1999-2001.
17. Dr. Osama Badary, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Al-Azhar
University, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, 2000.
18. Dr. Boris Oberheitmann, University of Bremen, Germany, 2001.
19. Dr. Salama A. Salama, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Al-
Azhar University, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, 2001-2003.
20. Dr. Carsten Harms, University of Bremen, Germany, 2001-2002.
21. Dr. Panida Navasumrit, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand, 2003.
22. Dr. Moon Heo, Professor, Kwangeon National University, Korea, 2007-2008.
(Professional International committees and visiting professorships:
International 2003 Chairman, 4th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in
Activities) Human Populations, Brazil
2004 Scientific Advisor to Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn,
organization of the Princess Chulabhorn Science Congress V, Bangkok,
2005 Chairman, International Advisory Board for the International Conference on
Environmental Mutagens, San Francisco, September
2003 Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini, international honor society for environmental and
occupational health, limited to 180 fellows with life-time membership, October
2004 Chairman, Hollaender course and conference on Environmental Health and
Cancer, Iasi, Romania
2006 Director, Summer course on Public Health, Iasi, Romania, July
2005-Pres Member, International Commission on Occupational Health
2007 Chairman, Fifth International Conference on Environmental Mutagens in
Human Populations, Antalya, Turkey