GIVING A VOICE TO THE DEAD By Marsha Canright Since she began doing international human rights work a decade ago, Yvonne Milewski, now a foren- sic pathologist at UTMB, has helped to reconstruct more than a dozen nightmares. Traveling to war-torn areas such as Bosnia, Kosovo and Nigeria and working in rudimentary condi- tions, she has used her medical expertise to identi- fy human remains, document atrocities, determine evidence of torture and cause of death, and to pro- vide forensic evidence for legal proceedings. Dr. Yvonne Milewski works to identify bodies in a mass Participation It gives a voice to the dead, she said. “I can’t change what has happened but I can be their wit- grave in Bosnia. ness.” key for SECC Earlier this month, Physicians for Human Rights only one of many human rights workers and that all the work is done by a team. success this year Every fall, a special opportunity UTMB (PHR) honored Dr. Milewski and others for their “distinguished work in human rights” at a ceremo- ny in Boston that marks the 20th anniversary of Milewski’s field work began in 1996 in Bosnia and Croatia with the International Criminal Tribunal returns to our campus—and every year, our UTMB family steps up and pathologist the national advocacy organization. PHR uses the knowledge and skills of the medical for the Former Yugoslavia. She was located in rural Bosnia near Tuzla, where a team of pathologists created a makeshift laboratory in a bombed out delivers on our promise to better the communities we serve. By giving to the State Employee Charitable honored and forensic sciences to investigate and prevent violations of international human rights and clothing factory. Hundreds of bodies were exhumed from mass graves in various parts of the humanitarian law. It shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Campaign (SECC), each of us can make a real difference in the lives of others. for human Prize and addresses the health consequences of human rights abuses regardless of the ideology of country and brought to the forensics team for iden- tification. There was minimal electricity—enough to power a few lights and some machinery—and The SECC campaign is right in line with UTMB’s commitment to car- rights work the offending government or group. “Yvonne’s willingness to help has not only been no running water inside the facility although there were spigots outside. ing, compassion and service to our time spent in the field under conditions of hard- The experience was one of contrasts. “I remember community. We know that it’s the ship and danger but the uncountable times she the drive to one of the burial sites was quite beau- right thing to do for those who need has been available to consult,” said Dr. William D. tiful,” she said. “The Bosnian countryside is this help and that it’s a great way to Haglund, the program’s senior forensic consultant. absolutely gorgeous and picturesque. The bombed show that we really are here for the “She always takes ethical dimensions of issues out homes and villages were a chilling contrast.” people of Texas, beginning with our into consideration, and gives advice one can count on as forthright and totally honest.” Dr. Haglund Dr. Milewski was also part of the team that subse- local communities. quently exhumed a mass grave at Ovcara near the said he also appreciated Dr. Milewski’s ability to The 2006 SECC campaign will run lighten the mood with her sense of humor. She Croatian city of Vukovar. The grave held more through the month of November. is, he said, a true friend. than 200 non-Serb hospital patients who were the This year’s primary goal is not a victims of a massacre. The investigation, which financial goal. We want to increase Her appearance belies what she has seen and the was conducted by PHR under the auspices of the participation, and are hoping at least work she has done. She is fair-haired, blue-eyed, United Nations, provided essential evidence lead- 50 percent—if not 100 percent—of exuberant, and endowed with a perfect smile. She ing to court indictments of high-ranking officers in UTMB employees make a contribu- bears not a trace of sorrow. She is what the rest of the Yugoslav People’s Army. tion to the SECC. We’re building the world would like Americans to be: self-confi- dent, articulate, and not afraid to say what she As one member of a team of several forensic thinks or stand up for what is right. She is modest See SECC on Page 3 about her contributions and quick to say that she is See MILEWSKI on Page 2 Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 “Dr. Kirschner persuaded me to go to Bosnia. He told me it was very satisfying to do something for a bigger cause and I took his advice.” Dr. Yvonne Milewski Impact is the monthly newsletter of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Published by the Office of University Advancement, it is MILEWSKI from Page 1 distributed free of charge in support of pathologists from all over the world, UTMB’s education, patient care and Milewski helped to determine how each biomedical research objectives. victim died and made efforts to document the identity of the remains. The forensics Vice President for work was conducted at Zagreb Medical University Advancement School in Croatia. Susan H. Coulter Most recently she was part of a team that identified and returned the remains of Associate Vice President Nigerian activist and playwright Ken Saro- for Public Affairs Wiwa and other activists to their families. Chris Comer Ken Saro-Wiwa led protests against multi- national oil companies such as Royal Dutch Director of Internal Shell for their alleged collusion with the Communications military regime of General Sani Abacha. Pep Valdes That regime is believed to have committed widespread abuses and killings of thousands Director of Advancement of Ogoni people. Saro-Wiwa and eight other Communications and University activists were executed in 1995. Her partici- Publications pation in this mission was supported by Mary Havard UTMB through administrative time off. Dr. Yvonne Milewski’s work has taken her around the world. Here, she and colleagues from a British “When human rights are violated, it’s usual- human rights organization meet Prince Charles while working in Kosovo. Editor ly done in secret,” Milewski said. Heidi Lutz to do work in human rights. He was a foren- become more cynical.” “Perpetrators hide their atrocities in clan- destine graves.” sic pathologist and an internationally recog- Her husband, Kevin Dooley, an attorney in Contact us nized authority on documentation of torture private practice in Houston, supports her Email: firstname.lastname@example.org “When those secrets are found out, it’s the and extrajudicial executions. work even if it means occasional protracted Phone: Heidi Lutz duty of the international community to “Dr. Kirschner persuaded me to go to absences. “When I met Kevin I was already Ext. 28710 (editor) establish an accurate historical record and to Bosnia. He told me it was very satisfying to involved in this work,” she said. (409) 772-2618 (Public Affairs) provide information and closure to family Campus mail route: 0144 members whose loved ones have gone do something for a bigger cause and I took “Kevin is very supportive of all my profes- U.S. Postal address: missing,” she said. They also provide evi- his advice,” she said. sional activities, particularly this work, but UTMB dence to prosecute those responsible when Milewski was intrigued by the challenge of obviously with him in my life, I am sensi- Office of University Advancement possible. doing high-quality, scientific work with only tive to his concerns for my safety, and I am 301 University Boulevard more cognizant of the security risks Demanding accountability is part of build- the most basic tools and in less than ideal Galveston, TX 77555-0144 involved.” ing a foundation for future respect of working conditions. She enjoyed the close human rights and humanitarian law, she teamwork of an international group of Unfortunately, she said, in the world today Submissions said. physicians, anthropologists, and forensic there is plenty of human rights work requir- investigators. ing the skills of forensic pathologists. Even We welcome and will consider any Milewski is a first-generation American, submissions for Impact. Items that are During her tenure there, she said that she now, international teams are preparing to born in Chicago in 1965 to Polish immi- conduct investigations in Iraq and accepted are subject to editing for found she appreciated the small joys of life: grants. Her father, also a physician, came to Afghanistan when war subsides and those style and length. Send your items for “What I think about now is the team’s time the U.S. after World War II. He met her countries becomes less dangerous. Some Impact to the address above and we after our long working hours. Without mother on the journey across the Atlantic. human rights investigators are already there. will do our best to accommodate you. access to modern ‘entertainment’ technolo- Questions? Call us and someone will She was the first of four children—all the others are brothers—and she knew from an gy, we had each other’s company. Through Milewski joined UTMB in 2004, and the be glad to help you. long conversations that went well into the university supported her human rights work early age that she wanted to be a physician, “like my father.” night, we learned about each others’ lives in Nigeria by granting her the time off to Fraud & Abuse Hotline and shared some very funny stories.” conduct it. She has worked as a forensic After completing a medical degree at pathologist for 15 years. Earlier in her (800) 898-7679 She added: “I think it’s the kind of connec- Northwestern University and an internship career, she served as Deputy Chief Medical Your guide to honesty! tion that people don’t often make these year of internal medicine in Philadelphia, Examiner (in charge of the Bronx borough days. Instead, we fill our time with respon- To report suspected waste, Milewski accepted an offer to join a pathol- operations) in New York City. Along with abuse and fraud. sibilities and television and internet and all ogy residency program in San Francisco. hundreds of other pathologists, law enforce- the other distractions of our technology- ment personnel, technicians, dentists, and All calls are strictly confidential During this time, she met Dr. Bob and anonymous. dominated Western civilization.” forensic scientists, she spent almost ten Kirschner, deputy chief medical examiner Available 24 hours a day, 365 of Cook County (Chicago) and the first Doing this work has changed her, Milewski months identifying the victims of the World days a year. director of the International Forensics said. “It’s given me a more international Trade Center in 2001. She is also a board- Program of PHR, who first encouraged her perspective, but I don’t believe I’ve certified neuropathologist. 2 October 2006 Volume 30, Number 10 Grant brings mental health care to schools via telemedicine By Judie Kinonen tal health of our youth,” says Dr. Barbara Sasser, president of the Harris and Eliza UTMB recently was awarded a $500,000 Kempner Fund, which nominated the uni- matching grant to bring adolescent behav- versity for the LIFP award. ioral health services to the Galveston Independent School District (GISD) via Thomas says the project team expects the medical two-way video conferencing sys- new psychiatric services to reduce rates of tems. The grant from the Robert Wood drug use and violent behavior in the Johnson Foundation is matched by fund- schools. According to the Galveston ing from six Galveston and Houston foun- Children’s Report Card for 2004—a survey dations. of benchmarks for children’s health and To implement the project, UTMB well-being—51 percent of local high school installed a state-of-the-art videoconferenc- students used alcohol in the month before ing workstation in the Teen Health Clinic the survey, compared to the national rate of at Ball High School in Galveston, and the 45 percent. About 6 percent of Galveston’s university will soon install these worksta- high school students have used metham- tions in clinics at Galveston’s Weis, Central phetamines, 3 percent have used heroin and Austin Middle Schools. The technolo- and 9 percent have used cocaine. gy enables UTMB psychiatric specialists to consult with students and their parents via “UTMB and the local public schools are telemedicine. Oliver Black, a systems analyst with the Electronic Health Network, demonstrates the new long-time partners in the effort to keep psychiatry telemedicine link at the Ball High School Teen Health Clinic in Galveston. (Photo children healthy, and this grant allows us to UTMB has used this technology for psy- courtesy of Kevin Bartram/The Galveston County Daily News) deepen our level of service,” said Dr. Ben chiatric consultations since 1999 and is known as one of the nation’s leaders in Raimer, vice president for community out- what is called “telepsychiatry.” During a ing depression, anxiety and eating disor- Trust Fund, The Jamail Galveston reach and project director. telemedicine consultation, a physician in ders, attention deficit hyperactivity disor- Foundation, The Moody Foundation, The UTMB has collaborated with Teen Health an office at UTMB can see and hear a der and other behavioral problems. Mary Moody Northen Endowment and Center, Inc., since its inception in 1986, patient at a remote location through a flat- The grant to bring telepsychiatry to local Rockwell Fund, Inc. staffing four campus clinics that provide panel television screen and, likewise, the junior high and high school students was students with preventive and primary “This grant is a tribute to the forward- patient can see and hear the doctor in real awarded through RWJF’s Local Initiative looking foundations that have supported health and mental health care, health edu- time through a television screen on-site. Funding Partners (LIFP) program, one of this worthwhile initiative,” said UTMB cation and health referrals. The new “We are excited about extending telepsy- the Foundation’s most competitive annual President John D. Stobo. “They recog- telepsychiatry component is in addition to chiatry to local teens, as we work to help grantmaking programs. The telepsychiatry nized this project as an opportunity to use counseling already offered at the clinics. them overcome the problems that may project is one of only 12 projects funded UTMB’s technology and expertise to serve otherwise affect their ability to succeed,” this year out of a national pool of 219 appli- Teens needing treatment will be referred local teens.” said Dr. Christopher Thomas, professor of cations to the LIFP program. UTMB’s to the psychiatrist by staff members at the psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the local funding partners for the matching “We are truly delighted to have led this Teen Health Clinics, based on a request by consulting psychiatrist on the project. grant are the Harris and Eliza Kempner cooperative effort of Galveston and a student, parent or guardian, or on con- Thomas will focus on diagnosing and treat- Fund, Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Houston foundations to promote the men- cerns of the clinic’s primary care team. SECC from Page 1 Pledge Now” to access the secure part of Walsdorf at (409) 747-4899 or Georgia Let’s show our friends, neighbors and support for today and for the future. the SECC web site. Leisey at (409) 772-8889. those in need how big our hearts are, how Whatever amount you can afford to give is important they are to us, and how much In the yellow box located on the left-hand Don’t worry if you don’t have access to a appreciated and helpful to those in need. side of the page, click on “Look up your computer. We’re working to provide access we appreciate their support. Let’s make Pin.” A new box will open for you. Type in from a number of computers on campus our communities even better places to live Your personal identification number (PIN) your employee number and your date of and at remote sites. And remember, cash or and work. Remember, it takes the partici- allows you to make your contribution birth (dd/mm/yyyy). 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Instructions for using the web page are gifts to this campaign (for a list of charities, SECC Chair available in the online help section. see the SECC web site). To look up your PIN, simply log on to Dr. John D. Stobo, www/utmb.edu/secc and click on “Make a If you have questions you can call Becky Our local communities are counting on us. UTMB President Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 3 President’s Cabinet awards go to programs creating healing environment UTMB employees and the Galveston and tested in collaboration with partners Dave Ramsey that will be implemented Helping Osteoarthritis Patients community at-large stand to benefit from from the Hispanic community. Education for UTMB employees to help create a Project, $11,115—Dr. Bruce A. nine projects funded by the President’s on how to prevent the spread of hepatitis healthier work force. Studies show a con- Baethge, Dr. Michelle E. Eisenberg, Cabinet Awards for 2006. This year’s C will also be developed and tested with a nection between financial fitness and over- Dr. Emilio B. Gonzalez, Division of theme was “Creating a Caring and Healing community population. This project is all wellness. This training will help create Rheumatology, Department of Environment.” coordinated with the Center for Population a workforce committed to the success of Internal Medicine, Dr. Victor Health and Health Disparities, which is the institution and aid in the creation of Sierpina, Family Medicine Established in 1993, the President’s providing faculty salary support for future benefactors to programs such as Department, and Patricia Creighton, Cabinet provides financial resources to Drs. Reifsnider and Yolanda Davila. Family Matters. The first training will be Occupational Therapy in Geriatric help advance the mission of UTMB, home scheduled in January. Services of the state’s oldest schools of medicine, Ozone Theater, $10,000—Cheryl L. This project will develop an educational nursing and allied health sciences. Its Kaplan, Institute for the Medical Taking Control of Diabetes, program for patients and primary care membership includes community and Humanities, in collaboration with $30,708—Dr. Ben G. Raimer, vice physicians to improve the care of business leaders from the Houston- Jane Laping, executive director of president for community outreach, osteoarthritis at UTMB. The HOPP plan Galveston area, UTMB faculty and staff Mothers for Clean Air Office of Community Outreach has two parts: patient education, and and alumni. Ozone Theater is an educational program Diabetes can be a devastating disease, or it physician education and training. Patient President’s Cabinet awards provide seed that uses an interactive theatrical game to may be the catalyst for learning how to education classes will include basic infor- money to launch initiatives designed to educate elementary students about air pol- assume control of one’s own health and mation about osteoarthritis, self-help infor- improve the quality of life in the lution. With this approach, children move well-being. The Take Action Diabetes mation and recommended exercises for Galveston area and beyond. This funding around and perform while learning what Self-Management Program offers interac- OA and information about complementary may also lead to grants from foundations causes air pollution and how it affects their tive diabetes education presented in com- and alternative medicine approaches to and other philanthropic organizations to health. Students discover actions they can munity settings. The Jesse Tree Food Fair treating the condition. Physician education develop and maintain these projects. apply to their lives and take these mes- has provided some of the most successful and training will be offered to 12–16 physi- sages back to their homes and neighbor- class sites. Individuals attending the Take cians each month. This component Annual contributions from President’s hoods. Ozone Theater will conduct 100 Action classes say they want to learn more includes a lecture on osteoarthritis, includ- Cabinet members—at least $1,000 for indi- classroom sessions in Galveston ing the latest information on pathophysiol- about nutrition, meal planning and food viduals and $5,000 for corporations, foun- Independent School District schools. This ogy and management techniques, a joint preparation. Take Action will provide dations and other organizations—are com- program is offered free of charge. injection lecture and workshop to teach hands-on food preparation and cooking bined to make the awards possible. Since physicians the proper techniques for aspi- I Have Asthma and I Can Do classes to help participants to make 1993, President’s Cabinet members have rating and injecting the shoulder and knee Anything, $25,000—Anne Meng, informed food choices. Giving Take Action contributed more than $3.4 million. and educational material for home study. director of Camp RAD, Department participants the knowledge-based skills Here are projects that received funding of Women’s, Infant’s and Children’s they need to control diabetes will help to Galveston County Health Fair, this year: Nursing create a community of empowered health $14,330—Charles Worthen, director Patient and Family Communication For the past 14 years, UTMB has offered a advocates. of community relations, Office of Boards Project, $17,500—Ellarene camp experience for children ages 7–12 Hurricane Preparedness for Community Outreach Duis, project director, Magnet who have asthma. Each year the one-week Vulnerable Citizens, $25,000— The Galveston County Health Fair breaks Recognition/Shared Governance, camp achieves significant outcomes in down barriers, not only financial barriers Dr. Gretchen Stone, chairwoman, Nursing Administration terms of reduced ER visits and missed that prevent many Galveston County resi- Department of Occupational This project focuses on the installation of school days, and every camp experience dents from accessing health care services Therapy, School of Allied Health dry-erase communication boards in inpa- culminates with a theatrical production but also the barrier that prevents UTMB Sciences tient rooms at UTMB. These boards will based on a well-known fairy tale or story. students from interacting with residents This project will gather information from outside of normal clinical settings. The facilitate increased communication of President’s Cabinet funding will be used people who represent Galveston’s most essential information with patients and to produce an illustrated book of five of health fair allows Galveston County resi- vulnerable population about what they dents to meet UTMB students and health their families. the plays that will include information and would do and how they would think and exercises to help parents and teachers bet- organizations that can provide valuable Stopping the Spread of Hepatitis C in feel when faced with an impending disas- information on available health and social ter understand asthma, improve children’s ter. This information will be shared with Galveston County, $50,000—Dr. understanding of management of the dis- services and answer some individual health Elizabeth Reifsnider, professor, city officials and health-care providers questions. Meanwhile, UTMB students ease and overcome fears about asthma. School of Nursing responsible for the health and safety of gain valuable community-service experi- The purpose of this project is to develop Financial Peace for Employees, Galveston citizens. It will also promote stu- ence. A community health fair is part of an intervention that will encourage $16,530— Annette Martinez, employ- dent learning by offering multidisciplinary the care delivery system, masquerading as Hispanic residents of Galveston County to ee assistance specialist, Veronica teams of students the opportunity to assist a festival. It can provide screening and receive testing for hepatitis C and, if posi- Collins, benefits analyst, Human people with physical disabilities who education in a low-stress environment in tive, to receive counseling and education Resources report they need equipment or other help which people feel comfortable seeking to avoid long-term damage from the ill- Financial Peace is a nationally recognized to plan how they will leave their homes in information regarding their health and ness. The intervention will be developed financial wellness program created by the event of an evacuation. health-care resources. 4 October 2006 Volume 30, Number 10 UTMB IN THE COMMUNITY Street Recovery Festival New Caney RMCHP Clinic staff join Taste of County UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research and the Gulf Coast Center Recovery Program hosted the Staff from the New Caney Regional Maternal Child Health Clinic served some 300 people their first Celebrate Recovery Street Festival, an event designed to bring together those recovering from “East County Road Kill” at the East Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Taste of the County event addiction, their families and friends, and addiction treatment professionals and educators to inspire in September. “We were able to educate many people about our clinic and the services we bring to members of the Galveston community to lead healthier lives and to fight the disease of addiction. The East Montgomery County,” said Patty Nami, clinic director. “The County Commissioner from our street festival featured free health screenings, exercise safety demonstrations and entertainment. The area, Ed Rinehart, honored us by buying an auctioned dinner for 10 and then donating it to our event was in recognition of September as National Recovery Awareness Month, and it honored staff, in recognition of our dedication to women and children.” Pictured from left to right are: those in recovery, and their families and friends. For information about the Center for Addiction Priscilla Corner-Rideaux, Yuridia Banda, Karen Zeller, Nami, and Clinic Manager Sue Davis. Research, visit www.utmb.edu/addiction. Participating staff not pictured were Isabel Garcia and Adela Martinez. Racing for a cure More than 60 members of the UTMB community—employees, friends and family—raised nearly $3,000 as of Oct. 4 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as part of the UTMB Breast Health Center’s Race for the Cure team. The annual Race for the Cure in Houston attracts thousands of individuals walking and running for the foundation’s cause. The UTMB Breast Health Center focuses on early detection and early treatment of breast cancer. Through a grant from the Komen Foundation, the UTMB Regional Maternal and Child Health Program has been able to provide breast cancer screening and diag- nostics for uninsured and underinsured women in Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend and Brazoria counties. Members of the UTMB Breast Health Center team are: (not all are pictured) Amelia Acosta, Stacy Agar, Aaron Allen, Mary Allen, Richard Allen, Andrew Allen, Ann Anderson, Miguel Banda, Yuridia Banda, Fallon Benavides, Katia Betancourt, David Briggs, Judith Briggs, Roserika Brooks, Elizabeth Camp, Phyllis Crawford, Erica Dahl, Diane Danysh, Richard Davila, Sue Davis, John Dawson, Mitchell Dawson, Willa Emig, Isabel Garcia, Bonnie Garner, Katherine Golden Beck, Janna Grubbs, Tod Harper, Heather Hartsock, Sunny Hatch, Bridget Hawkins, Mary Hood, Lillian Jones, San Juana Hirsch, Desiree Lipscomb, Heidi Lutz, Margo Markowitz, Adela Martinez, Betty Massey, Cindylea McAllister, Tracy McGee, Cathy McLean, Molly Mihovil, Sally Mihovil, Patty Nami, Carolyn Nelson-Becker, Aileen Oandasan, Randy Penn, Eliza Quigley, Cindy Riley, Latroy Rittenberry, Sandy Sheehy, Maria Terrasas, Patricia Thomas, Wayne Thomas, Payton Towery, Carroll Valdez, Linda Valencia-Stephens, Nakia Watson, Maria Wilson-Jimenez, Earl Zeller and Karen Zeller. Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 5 RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS Scientists stop colon cancer growth in mice by blocking just one enzyme By Jim Kelly However, substantial research has already Drug that inhibits inflammatory factor is already been done on developing drugs that inhib- Texas researchers have discovered what could become a potent new weapon in the in human clinical trials for use in diabetes it aldose reductase in people, because the enzyme is also involved in causing such fight against colon cancer. complications of diabetes as blindness and In cell culture experiments, scientists at ior author of a paper about the discovery strongly linked to the development of nerve damage. UTMB and the University of Texas at published Oct. 1 in the journal Cancer colon and other cancers.) Arlington determined that stopping the Research. Aldose reductase inhibitors might be in The researchers then blocked aldose activity of a single enzyme called aldose In a series of cell-culture experiments, reductase activity and checked the use against human colon cancer in a rela- reductase could shut down the toxic net- Srivastava and his colleagues—including responses of known molecular links in the tively short time, Srivastava said, since one work of biochemical signals that promotes lead author and postdoctoral fellow chain of colon cancer cell growth. candidate is already in phase three clinical inflammation and colon cancer cell growth. Ravinder Tammali, assistant professor Kota trials in the United States for prolonged “In a nutshell, when we inhibited aldose use in diabetes, and an aldose reductase V. Ramana, and Sharad S. Singhal and In a dramatic demonstration of the poten- reductase by using pharmacological Sanjay Awasthi of the University of Texas inhibitor is already available for clinical use tial of this discovery, they followed up this inhibitors or genetic manipulations, all the at Arlington—investigated aldose reduc- in Japan. Such drugs would likely be used work with animal studies showing that inflammatory players were significantly tase’s role in colon cancer cell growth. First after surgery as a “chemo-preventive” blocking the production of aldose reduc- blocked,” Srivastava said. “We really they stimulated colon cancer cells with measure to keep cancer cells missed by tase halted the growth of human colon can- understand this toxic signaling pathway growth factors, chemicals known to kick- surgery in check. cer cells implanted in laboratory mice. much better now.” start inflammatory chain reactions that “By inhibiting aldose reductase we were encourage colon cancer cells to proliferate; As exciting as such results are, Srivastava “As far as I am aware, there is no other able to completely stop the further growth this proliferation process then itself pro- pointed out, the distance between a brand- chemo-preventive agent that has been of colorectal cancer tumor cells,” said duces even more inflammation and cancer new procedure that works in nude mice and shown to be so effective in laboratory ani- UTMB professor Satish K. Srivastava, sen- cell growth. (Chronic inflammation is one that works in humans is considerable. mals,” the researcher said. New treatment approach holds promise Researchers identify new weapon for children infected with RSV By Jim Kelly professor of pediatric infectious diseases and to fight deadly bacterial sepsis senior author of a paper on the research By Jim Kelly ratory mice, blocking the activity of a sin- When a child under the age of 2 contracts a published in the American Journal of gle enzyme known as aldose reductase respiratory tract infection requiring hospital- Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine. “What One of the most dangerous risks of con- can short-circuit sepsis, protecting heart ization, odds are that the cause is respiratory we’d like to have is a safe therapy that tracting a serious bacterial infection is function and greatly reducing sepsis syncytial virus (RSV). Currently, neither a could be given to a child as soon as he or that the victim may develop sepsis—an deaths. Moreover, the scientists have safe vaccine nor an effective therapy for overreaction by the immune system caus- accomplished this feat using a chemical she develops the initial upper respiratory RSV exists. Now, however, UTMB ing destructive inflammation throughout compound very similar to a diabetes drug symptoms of RSV infection. If we can treat researchers have taken an important step the body, often leading to heart and other already in stage three clinical trials in the children with RSV before a lower respirato- organ failure and death. Even the best toward developing a therapy for RSV. United States, the final level of human ry tract infection occurs—that is, before the hospital intensive care units can be help- experimentation before a drug is consid- Working with laboratory mice, the scientists virus gets into the lungs—we believe we less to save patients stricken by severe ered for federal licensing approval. have shown for the first time that RSV does can keep those children from developing sepsis. Cases of sepsis in the U.S. have its dirty work by causing cells to produce the serious infections that require hospital risen dramatically in recent decades, near- If those diabetes trials prove successful highly damaging molecules known as reac- care.” ly tripling from 82.7 cases out of every and the drug is approved for use in dia- tive oxygen species (ROS). These mole- 100,000 Americans in 1979 to 240.4 cases betics, it’s possible that such an “aldose cules prompt cells to produce signals that UTMB graduate student Shawn Castro was reductase inhibitor” could be used by per 100,000 in 2000. send the immune system into overdrive, the lead author of the paper, titled physicians relatively quickly for “off- “Antioxidant Treatment Ameliorates Epidemiologists blame this large increase label” emergency use against sepsis in creating an inflammatory response that Respiratory Syncytial Virus- Induced on the explosive rise in antibiotic-resist- humans, the scientists said. When a drug actually does more damage than the virus Disease and Lung Inflammation.” Co- ant bacteria caused by overuse of antibi- is approved for one human use, individ- itself and closely resembles the one seen in otics as well as on the increasing numbers authors include postdoctoral fellow ual doctors may try it out against other an asthma attack. of people living with immune systems Antonieta Guerrera-Plata, graduate student conditions where it appears warranted. The researchers found that this effect, weakened by HIV, using immune-sup- Giovanni Suarez-Real, associate professor Raman was lead author and Srivastastava known as oxidative stress, can be substan- pressive therapy for organ and bone mar- Patrick A. Adegboyega and professor was senior author of a paper on the sepsis tially reduced by treating the mice with an row transplants, and receiving high-dose Roberto Garofalo of UTMB, as well as chemotherapy for cancer. Young children discovery published in the journal antioxidant chemical. The treatment also University of Texas Health Science Center- Circulation. Previous work by Srivastava lowers the asthma-like symptoms of “airway and elderly people are also at a higher Houston professor Giuseppe Colasurdo and risk for the condition because of their and his UTMB collaborators (including hyperreactivity” seen in RSV-infected mice associate professor Amir Khan. The research described in the story above) has even after the mice have recovered from weaker immune systems. National Institute of Environmental Health demonstrated that blocking aldose reduc- the virus. Now, Assistant Professor Kota V. Ramana tase similarly can dramatically reduce the Sciences and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provided funding and Professor Satish Srivastava and their inflammation-driven processes of colorec- “We really need a good therapy for RSV,” collaborators have discovered that in labo- tal cancer and complications of diabetes. said Dr. Antonella Casola, UTMB associate for this research. 6 October 2006 Volume 30, Number 10 A look inside the IS Operations Service Center—the core of IS services By Michele Rainford The high-tech world of data centers and back-up systems at UTMB was made available for viewing at a recent IS open house, offering a rare glimpse of the Operations Service Center to non-IS employees. For many months, the sounds of construc- tion emanated from the fourth floor of the Administration Building as crews worked to re-purpose space. The new Operations Service Center, which includes the Operator Service Center (the main UTMB 24-hour tele- phone switchboard), the Uninterruptible Power Supply room and the Administration Data Center are all now housed under one roof, in adjacent areas. The experience of preparing for Hurricane Rita last year taught IS leaders that on-site emergency communications and staff should be located in the same area. Since computer operations were already deliv- ered from the Administration Building, it was logical to relocate the Operations Service Center from Levin Hall to the Administration Building. Planning for the new Operator Service The Operations Service Center is UTMB’s own state-of-the-art, high-tech marvel that keeps the campus’s computer environment and infrastructure up Center began in January 2006, construction and running even during the most adverse conditions. Part of the work being done inside the center is phasing out old data management, such as the mainframe tape systems, backup tapes and consoles, pictured above, with new, more efficient methods. was completed by the end of June and staff moves were finished in July 2006. major undertaking that took careful plan- range systems, and hundreds of servers The Administration Data Center’s comput- According to Mary Dewitt, assistant man- ning. Abatement of the fourth floor area that support critical communication, net- er operations include a console area where ager for the Operator Service Center and was necessary along with the demolition of work, clinical, hospital, student, research systems monitoring takes place, messages the person that supervises the employees walls and flooring, design and construction and business processes. are recorded and logged, and necessary in this area, three to five operators man the of the new environment, rerouting of all interventions are taken. switchboard during the day and two opera- electrical feeds and distribution equipment The center hosts computer devices such as tors answer calls overnight. and installation of fire protection, air condi- 386 Dell devices, 73 Sun devices, one Monitors are in place to support major tioning and UPS and transfer switches. DEC, two IBM mainframes, six NetApp batch processing, back-ups and online Operators in the 24-hour, seven-days-a- filers and two HP Alpha Servers. access for important systems including week center manage on-call schedules, Planning for construction began shortly The hardware is temperature-controlled by those for patient management and billing, provide translator services and deliver after Hurricane Rita, and work continued four massive air-cooling units, each about business processes for payroll, general emergency paging for stroke, code 99 and through May when the UPS was brought online. four times the size of an average refrigera- ledger and financial reporting. neonatal alerts on more than 110,000 calls each month. tor. The computer operations area is also With this upgrade in infrastructure, the David Copado, IS area manager in charge UPS can provide temporary emergency Entrance to the data center is strictly con- staffed 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. The of the entire fourth-floor facility says, “The power to the data center equipment and trolled and monitored. Protections include operators are trained to monitor all process- data center improvements position the operations center on the rare occasion extensive security, the FM200 gas fire sup- es and events to ensure that scheduled Information Services to better support and when a brief time lapse occurs between pression system, UPS protection, under processing takes place in a timely manner protect the significant investment that the failure of the normal source of power floor water detection and temperature and to address any issues that could occur UTMB has made in its information and the full functionality of the back-up monitoring. during processing. They also assist the resources.” generator. help desk with end user issues, manage The Administration Data Center began and track all incidents, and provide hands- Problems experienced during Hurricane This Uninterruptible Power Supply is operations in 1973 and has evolved from Rita and concerns about flooding also immediate and will provide more than 15 on support for technical and programming supporting large-size, water-cooled main- staff. prompted the move of the data center’s minutes of battery back-up power at full frames with data input from punch card Uninterruptible Power Supply and transfer load until the back-up generator power has readers, to hosting multiple hardware plat- The Operations Service Center is UTMB’s switches from where they were located on been established or normal power resumes. forms with individual configurations and own state-of-the-art, high-tech marvel that the first floor of the Administration keeps the campus’s computer environment The third main area of the Operations requirements. It is the largest of three data Building up to the fourth floor. Service Center is the Administration Data centers on campus and covers approxi- and infrastructure up and running even The relocation of the UPS room was a Center that houses mainframe and mid- mately 6,000 square feet of raised floor. during the most adverse conditions. Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 7 Dentistry behind bars Dentist shares her story of working in correctional managed care Editor’s note: This is part of a series exploring “I feel like everyday I work is a mission. My mission is to be TYC? the work done by the 3,000 UTMB health care TYC is such a change from TDCJ. First of professionals who serve in correctional man- kind and loving and provide real care for my women offenders. all, I work on women four days a week. aged care. They especially need kindness. Believe me, I’m not perfect at They tend to talk a lot, especially about their fears and anxieties. The boys at TYC that, but I try.” are trained very well to be quiet, respect- Deborah L. Stephens, D.D.S. and her staff Dr. Deborah Stephens ful, cooperative and appreciative. Also, the exemplify the concerned, highly profes- Dentist with the UTMB-CMC dental team medical staff at Mart treat us like gold. sional care that UTMB-CMC dental staff They bend over backwards to make sure provide to youth. Gatesville District we have everything we need. We definite- Dental Director Dr. David Collins points ly notice how special they treat us; San out that “Dr. Stephens is a self-motivated, prison system solved our problem. No Can you share some of the difference Saba was the same way. highly productive dentist. She cares for the more bill collections. and potential challenges you have children at Mart as if they were her kids.” noticed in the course of your career I understand you have done mission I started out at Skyview in Rusk and loved regarding care in the adult vs. youth work in the past. Can you share some Stephens has provided care at various TYC it. John’s first job opportunity was at the facilities? of the rewarding experiences that have and TDCJ facilities during her 18-year Gatesville Unit. He took it knowing that I The boys at TYC definitely are different occurred as part of your mission trip. career. She currently works with the youth could transfer to Hughes when it opened from my women in Gatesville. They tend John and I did a dental mission trip in at the McClennan County State Juvenile six months later. I did and we had two to have less damage from longtime drug 1997 to San Nicolas, Nicaragua through Correctional Facility in Mart. babies quickly since we now had great use. It’s a real pleasure to see some the Baptist Medical/Dental Missions Recently Stephens was asked to share insurance. Life was good in the little town patients with no dental disease (not some- International. It was an incredible trip, but some of her CMC experiences: of Gatesville. I moved to Mountain View thing I see at Woodman). I was at San Saba I have no desire to do another mission trip. after a few years to work with incarcerated when they were having serious security I feel like everyday I work is a mission. My At which facilities have you provided women. Everyone said they were much problems so I’ve treated many facial frac- mission is to be kind and loving and pro- dental care during your career with harder to work with, but I found them to tures and traumatized anterior teeth. San vide real care for my women offenders. CMC? be a real joy. I then got the chance to open Saba TYC has a very small dental clinic They have just as much need, if not more, My husband John and I started our own Woodman State Jail, and I’m still there added on as a second thought, but not so than I saw in Nicaragua. They especially practice in San Antonio after we graduated. today. When CMC took on TYC, I started with Mart. Mart has a beautiful setup just need kindness. Believe me, I’m not per- We enjoyed the independence of private traveling to cover the boys at San Saba one for us. fect at that, but I try. practice, but soon found out we had little business sense. We felt uncomfortable day a week. Now I’m driving to You have worked in several TYC facil- Read the entire interview, as well as other CMC charging for our dentistry; hard to make a McClennan County Juvenile Facility 1 and ities during your career. What keeps stories online in Progress Notes at living that way. Finding out about the 2 in Mart. you excited about providing care at www.utmb.edu/cmc/Publications/Newsletter. A collaboration of health care institutions using Epic EMR By Michele Rainford Current members are Austin Regional five organizations. There are now eight in Texas. We are able to share best prac- Clinics, Harris County Hospital District, member institutions. tices on a range of implementation topics, There’s a common saying that “two heads Parkland Health and Hospital System, collaborate on regional activities such as are better than one.” In the case of the “The purpose of the collaborative is to Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Health the CareEverywhere Community, and Texas Epic Collaborative, it may be said Resources, UTMB, UT Health Science learn from each organization’s implementa- speak to key individuals at Epic with a that eight organizations are better than Center at San Antonio and UT tion experiences,” Farr said. “Each mem- unified voice.” one, when it comes to implementing an Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. ber is willing to share their challenges and Electronic Medical Records system. issues, tips and techniques in the process. Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, The idea to form the group developed at nonprofit U.S. health care system that The Texas Epic Collaborative is an associ- UTMB. Through contact with Epic “It’s very different from the corporate serves the Dallas- Fort Worth area. ation of eight institutions in Texas that are Systems, EMR campus leaders learned of environment,” he continued. “Though implementing the Epic Electronic Medical other Texas institutions that are imple- each organization may have a different The group meets quarterly at airport con- Records system—going from paper patient menting the Epic EMR system. It was strategy, we’re willing to work together for ference rooms or centers in host member records to electronic patient records. agreed that a collaborative effort among the same outcome so we can get on with cities. The next meeting is scheduled for This collaboration is a wonderful way to these health care institutions would help the real business of taking care of Dec. 11 in San Antonio. An additional bring together leaders in the implementa- them develop their implementation patients.” meeting was held at the Epic conference tion process at these institutions to learn processes for successful outcomes. in Madison, Wis., in September and the Chief Medical Information Officer for from each other and maximize the poten- group plans to convene there each year at Chief Information Officer for UTMB, Texas Health Resources Dr. Ferdinand tial outcome. the conference. Ralph Farr, then the IS area leader, solicit- Velasco said, “Being a member of the col- The members of the collaborative are in ed input and invited the entities to be a laborative provides THR with an opportu- The meetings are open to any EMR proj- different stages of the implementation, but part of the planned collaborative. The first nity to network with project leaders and ect leader involved in the implementation each values the opportunity to collaborate. meeting was held on Dec. 12, 2005, with staff at UTMB and other EPIC customers process at their institution. 8 October 2006 Volume 30, Number 10 Celebrating the human capital of the HCM transition The hard-working Human Capital Management implementation team celebrates the transition to the new system. Changes brought about by this human resource component of PeopleSoft began with October paychecks. The transition to PeopleSoft HCM was managed by teams in Finance Administrative Systems, Payroll Services and Human Resources, as well as managers and members of the Entity Administrative Service Teams. It took a tremendous amount of planning, collaboration and cooperation to get user input, design the process and system, test it, develop training and provide for ongoing user support. In the end, the goal was to ensure a smooth evolution to the new tools. Employee self-service features released as part of HCM payroll launch The following transactions are available to UTMB Education—Add or review your education informa- employees with the launch of our new HR / Payroll sys- tion. Please note that verification will be made by HR. Key tips for using the employee tem. Please find the new link to Employee Self Service from the left hand navigation bar of the UTMB home Languages—Add or review information about lan- self-service features page: guages you know. Bi-weekly employees—Employees entering W-4 changes and address changes must complete the trans- Personal Information Summary—Review a sum- Licenses and Certificates—Add or review informa- action on the Friday immediately preceding a bi-weekly mary of your personal information. tion about your licenses and certificates. Please note payday for which they want to see the change reflected. that verification will be made by HR. Home and Mailing Address—Review and update Monthly employees—Employees entering W-4 your home and mailing addresses. Memberships—Add or review information about changes and address changes must complete the trans- Phone Numbers—Add or update phone numbers, or your memberships action by the 15th calendar day of the month preceding specify your primary phone number. the paycheck for which they want to see the change Careers—Search for and apply to open requisitions at reflected. Email Addresses—Add or update your personal UTMB email address. Name Changes—Name Change verification is still W-4 Changes required. Please send documentation to your depart- Emergency Contacts—Add or update your emer- ment administrator. Upon verification, changes will be Please take advantage of this opportunity to help gency contact information. approved and viewable in the system. improve the quality of employee data in UTMB’s Name Change—Review or update your name infor- information systems as well as to streamline the process Licenses and Certificates—Verifications will be made mation within HCM. You will still need to provide for updates. by HR; for now, HCM will be a secondary source of documentation to your department administrator. information for licenses and certifications. You should If you have any difficulty trying out the self-service fea- still use your current primary source based upon your View Paycheck—Review your current and prior tures, please contact the Administrative Services Help paycheck information. particular license or certification. Desk at (409) 747-7Ask (747-7275), or via email at Compensation History—Review your compensation email@example.com. The Administrative Services Education—Verifications will be made by HR. history within HCM. Help Desk is available 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Friday. Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 9 System administrators’ efforts critical in improving information resources security By Louis Perrin Information Resource security is not a static, one-time operation. It is obvious that UTMB information resource owners, system administrators and “We’re not where we need to be yet, but Without the on-going efforts of system administrators and system support staff, especially in de-centralized we took a huge step in the right direction.” That was the frank assessment of Robert support personnel to enforce industry-standard best practices and (not directly supported by UTMB Information Services) organizations, are Shaffer, information security officer, after UTMB Practice Standards as well as implement effective change reviewing the 2006 Texas Department of taking information resources security very Information Resources (DIR) Controlled control and patch management processes, new vulnerabilities seriously, and their efforts are paying off. Penetration Test results. The penetration identified each year would outpace the best efforts of dedicated In the very near future, IS Security and IS test (required yearly by State law) reported a 90 percent drop in total vulnerabilities information resource security professionals. Network and Security Services personnel exposed on UTMB’s information resources will begin notifying system administrators and 66 percent drop in vulnerable systems of the vulnerabilities identified in the 2006 over the 2005 penetration test results. directly supporting the vulnerable systems. times for system administrators). penetration test. Beginning in June 2005, Information Updating operating systems and applica- Information Resource security is not a stat- Following up on their recent successes, the Services Security, Network and Security tions, applying patches, removing/disabling ic, one-time operation. Without the on- hard-working system administrators will Services, information resource owners and services that are note needed and improv- going efforts of system administrators and continue their efforts to further improve system administrators began assessing and ing policy enforcement were manual steps system support personnel to enforce indus- the integrity of UTMB’s Information responding to the vulnerabilities identified taken by local system administrators to try-standard best practices and UTMB Resources in the coming year in the 2005 penetration test report. Many eliminate vulnerabilities identified by the Practice Standards as well as implement of these vulnerabilities were addressed by DIR penetration test. Most of these activi- effective change control and patch man- Sincere thanks to all UTMB system making changes to UTMB’s network ties were completed within 90 days (a 90- agement processes, new vulnerabilities administrators. perimeter (firewall rules) controls. The day period that also included end-of-year identified each year would outpace the largest volume of work, however, was per- fiscal and purchasing efforts and the start best efforts of dedicated information Louis Perrin is a security analyst with IS formed by system administrators and staff of new school year—already high-effort resource security professionals. Security. UTMB’s contract with Atos Origin to end June 30, working to make smooth transition By Michele Rainford “One of the recommendations was to bring patch management will be taken over by managed by Atos provides a three-year for- computer-support for the campus internal the IS department at that time. mal lease for each Dell computer, after UTMB’s contract with Atos Origin, the IT as the IS team can quite ably provide these which there is an option to buy out the company that has provided computer-sup- In the second phase, effective Feb. 1, IS services.” computers for two more years at the end of port services working with the Information will begin performing desk top support It all comes down to cost efficiency and services and computer security services. the third year. Services Department for the past seven years, will expire on June 30, 2007. Atos the ability to quickly adapt to a changing The third phase will end on June 30 and UTMB will go to an informal refresh pro- will no longer provide technical support to environment to satisfy the needs of the IS will begin to manage the help desk gram where the Dell computers will auto- the campus after the contract ends. campus users. functions. A business case or business sup- matically be used for five years before All the computer-support functions previ- “Technology has changed since the start of port model is being developed to deter- changes are made. This will mean further ously handled by Atos will be handled by the ATOS contract and customers needs mine the pros and cons of providing the savings for the institution. in-house IS department staff. have changed,” Syers said. “With a formal help desk functions internally. A decision will be made by June 30. Farr states that the majority of academic external contract it is hard to adapt to Atos has served UTMB well during the institutions have internal help desks. Our changes in the fast revolving world of IT. Approximately 5,000 of 15,000 calls life of the contract and even saw the origi- peers maintain that this practice allows the Changes have to be looked at the begin- received each month are basic calls for nal four-year term extended an additional problem-solvers to be in tune with the three years. The current one-year exten- ning of the new contract period and it’s dif- password reset. Finding a way to make this ficult to wait to make some changes.” needs of the campus. sion sees a natural end to the contract. a self-help process will free the service “Going in-house will be more flexible for providers to handle advanced computer IS leaders are gearing up to inform the Mark Syers, IS area leader for Desk Top issues more quickly. customer’s changing needs. Ninety-nine campus about these changes. An IS forum and Enterprise Services, says the ending of percent of the campus machines utilize a IS will conduct research to determine will be held in November and Syers and the ATOS contract is not based on “service levels” or “performance issues.” “ATOS standard browser and can be supported whether a third party or an in-house tool other leaders will be making presentations has done a great job at UTMB and every internally.” (a portal to handle basic calls) will be in departments across campus. customer service survey has indicated as Providing these services in-house will pro- more suitable for the needs of the cam- “It will be a culture change,” Syers says. much.” vide for a longer five-year PC refresh cycle, pus. IS leaders will address staffing needs “The goal is to eventually lower the num- more flexibility, customer-driven, self-help as necessary. The Information Services Department has ber of calls on the frontline by instituting already put steps in place to help the cam- service tools for users and ultimately result Syers says the campus “should not feel self-help tools like self-help password reset pus in the transition. in savings for the institution. any difference in the first phase.” There is using a secure, simplistic portal and an not much direct impact to the end users at easy-to-use interface, and remote control “The ending of the ATOS contract is a The Atos contract will end in three phases. this point. support for direct help from the help desk normal contractual ending, but it’s also a The first phase ends on Nov. 1. Enterprise part of the Financial Incentive Plan for the services including anti-virus management, There will be a change in the length of as much as possible. The goal is to provide campus,” said Ralph Farr, chief informa- software management tools, spam manage- time hardware is used. Currently, the for- as much help as possible at the first point tion officer for UTMB, and head of IS. ment, e-mail, departmental support and mal lease program with Dell computers of contact.” 6 October 2006 Volume 30, Number 10 Shomaker outlines broad vision for Austin programs On Sept. 1, Dr. T. Samuel Shomaker offi- in the community. cially began his duties as dean of Austin Another aspect of attracting more physi- programs for the School of Medicine. Shomaker is the first person to fill the new cians is expanding the research component post of dean of UTMB Austin, and he is of UTMB’s presence in Austin. Seton excited by and looking forward to the chal- HealthCare Network—UTMB’s clinical lenges and opportunities that lie ahead. partner in Austin—has the desire to devel- op a vigorous research component, but While it is too early to have a comprehen- lacks the infrastructure to do so, Shomaker sive vision or item-by-item agenda planned said. So by taking UTMB’s clinical and for the Austin programs, Shomaker said he research expertise and joining forces with does have a broad vision for what UTMB’s the research faculty at UT Austin, the part- role in Austin can and should be: It has to nership can expand its capabilities into be to catalyze a partnership that results in new, productive and socially important the development of a first rate program of areas. medical education and research that can serve as a national model for the 21st cen- “There is an incredible resource of faculty tury, and that addresses the needs of the and student talent at UT Austin in many community and region. areas, but the faculty never thought to apply it to health care,” Shomaker said. “What I have to do in the coming weeks is “This opens new possibilities for research. meet with and listen to the stakeholders We are looking to create partnerships that and gather information from them,” Shomaker said. “Whatever we develop has allow that talent to be applied to the press- UTMB President John D. Stobo, left, and Dean of Medicine Garland Anderson, right, present Dr. ing problems of health policy, health edu- to take advantage of the strengths of our T. Samuel Shomaker with a resolution from Gov. Rick Perry recognizing Shomaker as the dean of partners to create a truly innovative pro- cation, and human health and disease.” UTMB’s Austin programs. gram.” Coming to Austin from his post as chief UTMB has been collaborating and devel- faced in his early days on the job, and that take away from the work in Galveston.” executive officer and interim dean for the oping a network in Austin since the 1950s is the ongoing rumor that the Austin pro- John A. Burns School of Medicine at the In fact, a big focus of the Austin programs when UTMB medical students first began gram expansion is preparation for moving University of Hawaii meant opening his UTMB from Galveston to Austin. is supporting and fostering collaboration career to new challenges, and Shomaker is rotations there. The increased presence Shomaker’s response is that isn’t a realistic through partnerships with UTMB excited about the possibilities. and the position of a dean in Austin for the possibility. Galveston, UT Austin and Seton School of Medicine opens the door for “Of all the positions I considered, this new increased medical rotations for UTMB stu- HealthCare Network. “If you look around campus, it would be position held the most promise, the most dents, as well as increased residency pro- impossible to reproduce that in Austin,” Austin has a shortage of doctors, and by possibility to have a real meaningful grams and research partnerships. expanding the residency training programs Shomaker said. “The needs in Austin are impact in a community,” he said. “There is That increased presence prompts one of different than the needs of Galveston. The offered there, UTMB hopes to increase the opportunity to create something very the recurring questions Shomaker has Austin programs are in no way going to the number of doctors available to practice special and unique.” Stobo to leave UTMB in August 2007, timing with legislative session in mind UTMB President John D. Stobo 2007. It will also give the incoming presi- mission, his unwavering focus on institu- president of UTMB for 10 years and I am announced this month his decision to dent more than a year to get to know the tional excellence, and his unqualified faith honored to have been able to serve an relinquish his administrative duties on institution, to understand its issues and in UTMB’s faculty, staff and students. He institution that has made such a difference Aug. 31, 2007, at the end of UTMB’s cur- challenges, and to become a strong advo- is a man of vision and great personal to the health of Texas,” said Stobo. “I have rent academic year. Stobo said he decided cate for UTMB during the 2009 legislative integrity, and the University of Texas to announce now because “leadership session.” System and the people of Texas owe him a an ambitious agenda for the remaining 11 changes should be made with the legisla- deep debt of gratitude.” months of my presidency. I am committed Stobo has not yet decided what his profes- to making sure UTMB is on solid financial tive calendar in mind.” sional focus will be after August 31, but he “Jack Stobo is a truly inspirational leader, a footing, to completing our comprehensive The Texas Legislature, which meets on a and his wife, Mary Ann, plan to remain in person who leads by example and is gen- biennial basis, will convene in January Galveston. uinely committed to serving and empower- campaign ahead of schedule, and to imple- 2007 and January 2009. Stobo said success ing those who work with and for him,” said menting our clinical strategic plan. And I “I speak for every member of the board in the upcoming legislative sessions will be Mark G. Yudof, chancellor of the will once again ask UTMB’s outstanding when I say that Jack Stobo has truly trans- critically important to UTMB’s financial University of Texas System. “It will be dif- faculty, staff and students to roll up their formed the University of Texas Medical security, and to its mission of health sci- ficult to replace him but I respect his deci- sleeves and work with me over the coming Branch,” said James R. Huffines, chairman ences education, research and patient care. sion. I also appreciate that he has provided months to ready the institution for an of the University of Texas System Board of us with an opportunity to recruit another “It’s the right decision at the right time,” Regents. “The remarkable advances that incoming president and position it for the strong leader and afford that individual suf- said Stobo. “Announcing now will enable UTMB has made in the areas of education, brightest of futures.” ficient time to fully understand the institu- the University of Texas System Board of research and patient care over the past tion and its priorities.” Stobo was appointed the university’s Regents to complete a national search and nine years are a direct result of his stead- appoint a new president by September fast commitment to the university’s service “By the end of August, I will have been fourth president on Aug. 13, 1997. Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 11 NEWS IN BRIEF Security, drug-free campus reports available online UTMB is committed to ensuring your safety and maintaining a professional work- ing and learning environment that is free from the influence of drugs and alcohol. We believe awareness and prevention pro- grams are key to success. Each year, a campus security report is issued, outlining UTMB’s crime preven- tion program, including statistics and vital safety information, and a brochure with important messages on how to maintain a drug-free campus. Both publications offer a wealth of information concerning aware- ness and prevention of both crime and Physician assistant students receive white coats drug abuse. But most importantly, they tell Fifty-one new students in the physician assistant studies master’s degree program were cloaked in their white coats Oct. 1 during a special ceremony in you where to turn for help if you have a Levin Hall. During the ceremony, students took their professional oath that included a solemn pledge to patients. Dr. Michael Warren, the Robert Earl problem. Cone Professor in Urology and the Physician Assistant Studies Program medical director, addressed the class and presented each student with a white Electronic versions of the 2006 Campus coat that he called “the mantel of medicine, the cloak of the covenant.” Security Report and Maintaining a Drug- Free Campus are available on the UTMB efforts are governed by the standards and web site. Protas to serve as interim dean of SAHS principles that guide the accreditation process through the Southern Association The publications are offered for your Effective Dec. 1, Elizabeth Protas will Protas earned her of Colleges and Schools (SACS), who will review at www.utmb.edu/securityreport be appointed interim dean of the School Ph.D. from the State be visiting in 2008. and www.utmb.edu/drug-free. of Allied Health Sciences. University of New York at Buffalo. Her Richard is an associate professor and the If you do not have access to the Internet In late August, Dean Charles H. associate dean for education technology in research interests and would like a printed copy of these the School of Nursing. She has extensive Christiansen announced that he would include geriatrics, reports, contact Campus Police at (409) experience in distance education at be leaving UTMB after 17 years to take rehabilitation of 772-1503 for the security report and the UTMB. Richard has promoted distance a leadership position at the University adults with stroke, Employee Assistance Program at (409) education at the School of Nursing through of Minnesota Academic Health Center. Dr. Elizabeth Parkinson’s disease 772-2485 for a copy of the drug-free cam- several funding opportunities to develop Protas and spinal cord pus brochure. Christiansen’s last day in his leadership the “Nursing Web-Based Distance injury. role at UTMB will be Dec. 1. Education Program” which provided much She has received numerous honors and of the foundation for the web-based pro- Administration Garage Protas, chairwoman of the Department awards during her career, most recently grams at the SON. Other funded projects switches to patient, visitor of Physical Therapy in the School of the Herbert H. deVries Award for are “Improving Student Retention in a only parking Allied Health Sciences, came to UTMB Distinguished Research in the Field of BSN Program Using Information in 2002. Aging. Technology” and “Regional Innovations in In the ongoing efforts to improve the Nursing Education.” UTMB experience for patients and visi- tors, the Administration Garage at 8th and closed to the public on as many as three new clinical facilities are built around the She serves on several university commit- Market streets will shift to patient and visi- occasions per week, creating difficulty for new University Plaza Garage, UTMB will tees and taskforces involving information tor only parking during daytime business those who are frequently least familiar gradually shift public parking from the and web-based technology beneficial to hours. The change will be effective when with our campus. Administration Garage to University Plaza employees as well as students and works the new University Plaza garage opens in to meet changing patient needs. with the Greater Houston Partnership to November. Employees who use the after- There also is considerable traffic in and promote nursing education regionally. hours parking in the garage will continue around the Administration Garage and the If you have any questions, call the Parking to park in the Administration Garage dur- circle drive at the start and end of the reg- Facilities Office at (409) 772-4786 or (409) Vaccines for global health ing the evening and night shifts. ular workday. This move should also serve 772-1581. topic of symposium to reduce that congestion and provide bet- The Sealy Center for Vaccine This move is not being made without con- ter access to the front of the hospital for siderable thought. UTMB has been evalu- Richard named director of Development at UTMB, in conjunction UTMB patients and visitors. with the James W. McLaughlin ating patient and public needs, as well as UTMB distance education Foundation, announces the second in a traffic patterns. For the next several years, Concentrating patient and visitor parking Dr. Trish Richard has been named director series of symposia centered around the the Administration Garage will continue to in the Administration Garage is good for of UTMB distance education. Richard theme of “The Changing Landscape of be the simplest and most convenient park- the public, but it will also reduce institu- brings a variety of skills and attributes to Vaccine Development.” This second sym- ing facility for patients and visitors. tional costs, by eliminating the need for this position and will lead efforts to meet posium is titled Vaccines for Global the next several years of additional parking Health. It can be accessed from the front of the distance education needs while developing attendants in the University Plaza Garage. main hospital and provides good visibility collaborative programs and training for Members of the UTMB community are and a clear route to many facilities of inter- The new University Plaza Garage is health professionals focusing on health invited to attend the symposium, which est to the public and our customers. expected to be open by Nov. 13. In the education. Richard will play a vital role to Currently, the garage is at capacity and next four to five years, as replacement and assure that UTMB’s distance education See BRIEFS on Page 13 12 October 2006 Volume 30, Number 10 BRIEFS from Page 12 will be Nov. 8–10 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center. This comprehensive, thought-provoking symposium will discuss vaccine development and implementation as it relates to global health issues. With a broad focus on the progression of vaccine development from the bench to the bed- side to the community, this unique sympo- sium will bring together world-renowned experts from the fields of immunology, pathogenesis, adjuvant systems, preclinical development, clinical trials, epidemiology, risk assessment, finance, governmental regulation, and vaccine acceptance. For information, to register or submit an abstract, visit www.utmb.edu/scvd. Evers named director of UTMB Comprehensive Cancer Center Dr. B. Mark Evers, professor of surgery and biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as the Robertson-Poth Distinguished Chair in General Surgery, has been appointed the director of the UTMB Comprehensive Cancer Center. D’Feet Breast Cancer donates books The UTMB Comprehensive Cancer Representatives from D’Feet Breast Cancer recently delivered books to UTMB’s Breast Imaging Center as part of the group’s Lending Library Project. Center (CCC) will include the Sealy The D’Feet Lending Library Project is delivering a collection of books for use in all county libraries, area hospitals, clinics and The William Temple Center for Cancer Cell Biology, the Foundation, as well as some physician’s offices. Funding for the project comes from BP Chemical Company and donations to D’feet Breast Cancer, Inc. D’Feet Breast Cancer works with other organizations to promote early detection of breast cancer and to provide breast cancer educational programs in Educational Cancer Center and the clinical Galveston county. It also works to expand the fight for early detection of breast cancer through raising funds for free screening mammograms for enterprise for cancer diagnosis and treat- uninsured, underserved women ages 40. Picture from left to right are: Liddy Freeman, Cathy Schweitzer and Kensey Winget, all juniors at Ball High ment. The CCC will coordinate campus and members of the Student Council; Dr. Morton Leonard, associate professor of radiology; Becky Leyva, program coordinator at the Breast Imaging wide efforts in cancer research, clinical Center; Vivian Hernandez-Kleinschmidt, chairwoman of the D’Feet Breast Cancer Lending Library Project; and seated is Dr. Tuenchit “TK” care, education, and prevention into a larg- Khamapirad, director of breast imaging. er cancer center effort with multidiscipli- nary, multi-departmental and multi-institu- has brought into focus the future need for tional research. Their leadership will be both the first and the second bi-weekly tional components to provide the most up- an institute at UTMB that would coordi- essential to UTMB’s growth as a leader in pay check. to-date and compassionate care for our can- nate clinical and translational research the field of translational research. cer patients. The current monthly contribution will be efforts across campus and in Austin. By combining the efforts of the General split into two equal amounts taken from During Evers’ interim leadership of the Plans currently are under way to develop Clinical Research Center (both the UTMB each check, granting employees an oppor- center, five new faculty members have and Institute of Clinical and Translational operation and a planned Austin satellite tunity to maximize their contributions (for been recruited to the Sealy Center for Research here at UTMB. The ICTR will facility), the Office of Biostatistics, those who desire to do so, up to the IRS Cancer Cell Biology, a Mentoring align UTMB’s research enterprise with the Bioinformatics, the Sealy Center on Aging, maximum), invest contributions sooner, Committee for junior faculty has been NIH Roadmap initiatives, particularly in the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, the consistently invest a set dollar amount, and established and the “Cancer Cell Biology the areas of clinical and translational sci- Novel Technologies Core and the Career have more flexibility in budgeting. Tract,” which adds two new courses to the ence. The Institute also will provide vision- Development Core, the ICTR will bring ary leadership and coordination for the accelerated focus to research priorities and In the months when there are three bi- graduate school curriculum, was initiated. weekly paychecks, no additional amount many translation research projects across maximize funding resources. In addition, In the same time period, UTMB received campus, and play a vital role as we strive to the ICTR will work closely with the Sealy will be deducted from the third check. You an interdisciplinary training grant (T32) reach the top 25 in NIH research rankings. Center for Molecular Medicine in all of its may view the payroll schedule on the pay- from the National Cancer Institute, which efforts to promote translational research. roll web site at fiscal year 2007 Payday Dr. James Goodwin, the George and Schedule. will help provide training support to the Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of next generation of cancer researchers, and Geriatric Medicine and the director of the Plans under way for Please review your Oct. 13 bi-weekly pay- an institutional research grant (IRG) from check to confirm your TSA and/or DCP Sealy Center on Aging, has agreed to be Changes taking effect in contributions. When accessing UT the American Cancer Society which pro- director of the ICTR, and Dr. David vides pilot awards for junior faculty. Gorenstein, the Charles Marc Pomerat savings plan deductions Retirement Manager via www.vrsco.com to Distinguished Professor of Biological As mentioned in a June Impact article, make changes to your account, please Sciences and the associate dean for employees who participate in the UT remember to select your contribution Institute of Clinical and Saver 403(b) Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plan amount accordingly. research, has agreed to be the associate Translational Research director. 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Their excellent work oratively to successfully perform transla- deduct TSA and DCP contributions from See BRIEFS on Page 14 Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 13 BRIEFS from Page 13 Sealy Center for Molecular Science receives new name In response to the recommendations of a faculty task force from the Sealy Center for UTMB celebrates diversity by marking Molecular Science (SCMS) and with the Coming Out Day concurrence of the Research Advisory Task Force, the Sealy Center for Molecular Employees and students took a break from the afternoon on Oct. 11 for a popsicle provided by the UTMB Gay Straight Alliance. The occasion Science (SCMS) has transitioned into the was to celebrate National Coming Out Day on the UTMB campus. Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine Pictured above are, from left to right, Jodean Schmiederer, director of (SCMM). The SCMM will serve as a focal Student Life; Jeff Pennock, vice president of the Gay Straight Alliance; interface between clinical and basic scien- Ernie Aguilar, president of the Gay Straight Alliance; Phyllis tists, addressing our strategic plan for per- Jendrusch, faculty advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance; and members sonalized medicine. Specifically, the of the alliance and its SAFE project, Karen Alcott, a chaplain in SCMM will focus on developing technolo- Pastoral Care, and Kinneil Coltman, a training manager and gies for biomarker identification and coordinator with Organizational Development, Training and molecular systems approaches for studies Recognition. of human diseases. Department of Neuroscience and Cell Kempner Fund donates to All applicants must hold full-time, assistant To help accomplish this mission, Dr. Allan Biology. Wu’s efforts are part of the multi- professor (or equivalent) appointments in R. Brasier has been appointed director of institutional neurological research collabo- various UTMB programs the School of Medicine, the Graduate the SCMM. Brasier currently is the Nelda rative Mission Connect. She is working to Five UTMB projects, ranging from a sum- School of Biomedical Sciences, the School C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Distinguished utilize stem cell technology in animal mod- mer biomedical research program for col- of Allied Health Sciences or the School of Professor of Internal Medicine and is asso- els to develop new therapeutic approaches lege undergraduates to a telemedicine Nursing. The distribution of funds is ciate director of the UTMB NHLBI for neurological trauma and illness, like mental health services project, are benefit- administered by the local IRG Review Proteomics Center, one of ten such centers brain and spinal cord injuries, Lou Gehrig’s ing from the Harris and Eliza Kempner Committee. nationally. He has served in a leadership disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Fund’s recent $125,000 contribution to the There are three types of Awards: Pilot capacity at UTMB as associate vice presi- academic health center. The funding is Wu is researching how to ensure the sur- Projects, each in the amount of $20,000 for dent for research, where he has champi- part of the $1 million pledge the Galveston vival of stem cells transplanted in the brain a period of one year; Special Interest oned the cause for molecular medicine and foundation made to UTMB in 2003, the and spinal cord and how to coax the cells Award in the amount of $20,000 for a peri- translational research at UTMB. largest single commitment to the universi- to interact with surrounding neurons, or od of one year, and Student Stipend Award ty in the Kempner Fund’s 60-year history. nerve cells. The microscope purchased by in the amount of $2,500. Applications must Coat drive under way to the Cullen Foundation’s grant will help The five UTMB programs receiving fund- be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 15, and awards her monitor the progression of stem cell ing from the latest Kempner Fund contri- will be granted in January. For information, benefit local kids bution are the Graduate School of contact Kathy Bass at (409) 747-1935, or therapy experiments in her laboratory. Gently worn coats, sweaters, jackets, caps, Biomedical Sciences Early Admission via email at email@example.com. Known as a confocal microscope, the warm-ups (all sizes) and children’s books Program, the Summer Undergraduate instrument filters out-of-focus fluorescent are needed for area youth. light as it scans lasers across a specimen, Research Program, the Telehealth Flu shots available Drop off sites are available on the UTMB creating thin-sliced images. Researchers Outcomes Research Partnership with the campus in John Sealy Hospital, the School Center for Information Technology for employees can view fine structures and detailed inter- of Allied Health Sciences and Nursing Leadership, the Mental Health Services If you’ve missed your opportunities for flu actions between grafted stem cells and sur- Building, Lipton Tea Building and Shearn for Teen Clinic Using Telepsychiatry (see shots, you can still get one in the General rounding host cells in three-dimensions Moody Plaza. related story on Page 3), and the Program Clinical Research Center. Employees and when scanning these thin sections. UTMB retirees are eligible to receive their for Health Disparities, 3-Share Plan. Items can be dropped off in labeled bins In addition to the microscope, the Cullen shots at the center on the fifth floor of Nov. 6–10. Items will be distributed to area Foundation’s support of a postdoctoral fel- “UTMB and the Harris and Eliza John Sealy Hospital, from 3–6 p.m. youth on Nov. 13 from 2–6 p.m. at the low position for Wu’s research team will Kempner Fund have maintained a long- Monday–Friday and 10 p.m.–4 a.m. Island Community Center. augment the group’s ability to extract valu- standing relationship that’s been dedicated Sunday–Thursday. able data from the stem cell study. The to the health and well-being of Galveston’s For information, call (409) 744-6566 or postdoctoral fellow, Louis Ojeda, recently citizens,” said UTMB President John D. (409) 740-0454. earned his Ph.D. degree and is playing a Stobo. “This latest contribution from the OF NOTE key role in finding ways to increase the Kempner Fund reveals how fortunate we Paula Albrecht, a CMC nurse working at Cullen gift benefits survival rates of transplanted cells, ensur- are to have a supporter so committed to Giddings State School, was honored by the stem cell research ing that stem cells integrate properly with our core mission of patient care, education Texas Department of State Health and biomedical research.” Services for the greatest increase in the A $500,000 grant from the Cullen surrounding neurons and studying the Foundation will support neurological stem potential long-term functional recovery fol- number of vaccines administered in Lee cell research at UTMB by funding the pur- lowing stem cell therapy. American Cancer Society County, Texas. TDSHS Regional Public chase of an advanced microscope and sup- grants now available Health Representative Lynn Ponsonby “I want to thank the Cullen Foundation presented Albrecht with a plaque in recog- porting a postdoctoral fellow who assists in for helping equip me with state-of-the-art Funds from the American Cancer Society nition and appreciation of a job well done. the studies to optimize stem cell therapy. resources and personnel that will be need- are available to UTMB investigators con- During her career with UTMB-CMC, The grant supports the innovative research ed for this research endeavor to succeed,” ducting research on cancer related issues. Albrecht has been responsible for obtain- of Dr. Ping Wu, the John S. Dunn Wu said. “The Cullen Confocal The primary purpose of this program is to ing past immunization records and keeping Distinguished Chair in Neurological Microscope and Cullen Postdoctoral provide “seed” money to support junior immunizations current for all students Recovery and a faculty member in Fellow position are very welcome addi- faculty who are interested in problems that UTMB’s Marine Biomedical Institute and tions to this program.” relate to cancer. See BRIEFS on Page 15 14 October 2006 Volume 30, Number 10 Shabot receives award for contributions to gastroenterology Dr. Marc Shabot, professor of gastroen- for,” said Dr. Jay mental and academic activities. Described American College of Physicians. He was terology, has been recognized for his signif- Pasricha, director of by his colleagues as passionate for the prac- the first Galveston physician to be elected icant contributions to the field of gastroen- the UTMB Division of tice of medicine as a clinician and teacher, governor of the ACP, a position in which terology by the Texas Society for Gastroenterology, “He Shabot has served on more than 40 institu- he served from 1999 to 2003. He also Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. Shabot is a very loyal, long- tional committees involving patient care or was presented with the Marcel Patterson- standing member of medical education. He served as director of served as a counselor for the TSGE Robert Nelson Award recently at the soci- the faculty at UTMB clinical gastroenterology from 1997 to 2001 Governing Board of Counselors from 1989 ety’s annual meeting in San Antonio. As and has contributed to and was responsible for organizing the to 1996 and a member of the TSGE pro- the Texas Society for Gastroenterology and many of its missions UTMB Department of Internal Medicine gram committee from 1989 to 1997. Dr. Marc Shabot Endoscopy’s highest award, it honors gas- including excellence in Alumni Society in 1991. He organized the troenterologists who make exceptional clinical care and educa- UTMB Colon Cancer Screening and Shabot said he was flattered to receive the contributions to the field of GI. Nelson tion. This award appears to be particularly Prevention Program in 1997, an effort he award and expressed his pride for being a was the society’s first president, serving appropriate as Dr. Patterson was a very continues to spearhead. He is currently part of the UTMB Division of from 1976 to1978; Patterson, former direc- well known and distinguished chief of gas- vice chair of alumni affairs and develop- Gastroenterology. tor of the UTMB Division of troenterology at UTMB.” ment for the Department of Internal Gastroenterology and founder of the Medicine. In 2004, he was named the “I have no doubt that we’re the best GI Shabot joined the faculty at UTMB after UTMB Department of Family Medicine, Raymond L. Gregory Professor of division in the state and one of the best in completing his graduate medical education was president from 1982 to 1983. Medicine. the nation,” he said. “The quality of at the institution in 1978. Since then his “Marc Shabot exemplifies what the role has been divided between teaching, Shabot is also active in professional organi- everything in GI has continued to rise Department of Medicine at UTMB stands patient care and administration of depart- zations including the TSGE and the because we have tremendous talent.” BRIEFS from Page 14 County. The United Board of Health is a assigned to Giddings State School. thirteen member policy-making board responsible for ten essential public health functions in Galveston County. Its mem- Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, professor of bers review and set policy for the pediatrics and pathology, received New Zealand scholar Galveston County Health District. “Clinical Infectious Diseases Award for delivers Leake lecture Outstanding Review” from Clinical Institute for the Medical Humanities “Communities in Schools” requested that Infectious Diseases, an official publication of director Howard Brody (right) with the Center for Addiction Research the Infectious Diseases Society of America. bioethicist Donald Evans of New present the “Science of Addiction and the The journal also invited her to write an Zealand’s University of Otago. Evans Brain.” Case managers from each school editorial commentary for the article she delivered the Elizabeth and Chauncey were in attendance for the presentation by reviewed. Her commentary titled “Acute Leake Lecture in the History of Medicine Dr. Patsy Seitz and Eliza Quigley. The otitis media is not a pure bacterial disease” on September 20, speaking on the topic of “Nanotechnology, Health and Ethics.” basic science of addiction as a brain disease is scheduled to be published with the arti- and how this affects adolescents, their fam- cle in the Dec. 15 issue. ilies, and the environment were discussed. AONE’s mission is to represent nurse leaders who improve healthcare. This community outreach and collabora- Dr. Frederick Huang, assistant professor tive effort was a direct result of the Mayor’s Dr. Kathryn Cunningham, Chauncey and director for the division of hematology Leake Distinguished Professor of Roundtable. and oncology in the Department of Dr. Elizabeth Protas, chair of physical Pharmacology and the Director of the Pediatrics, and Janis Matthews, director UTMB Center for Addiction Research was therapy, recently received the Herbert H. for child life and school services, recently Dr. Barbara Thompson, professor and the Keynote Speaker at the Vanderbilt deVries Award for Distinguished Research delivered a lecture on the needs of child- chairman of family medicine, was appoint- University 10th annual Neuroscience in the Field of Aging for 2007. The award hood cancer survivors returning to school. ed as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of Retreat. The topic of her presentation was will be presented at the council’s annual The free “Welcome Back” program was the 4C’s Governing Board. The board sets “Serotonin 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C conference in Baltimore, Md., in March sponsored by the Leukemia and policy for Galveston County’s two federal- Receptors: Targets for Modulation of Lymphoma Society, and included informa- 2007. The annual award is presented by ly-funded 4C’s Clinics that provide dis- Psychostimulant Use and Dependence.” tion for educations about the cognitive late the Council of Aging and Adult counted healthcare services to Galveston Cunningham also recently hosted the 68th effects of childhood cancer treatment to Development, part of the American County residents. Annual Scientific Meeting of the College improve children’s transition from clinic to Association for Active Lifestyles and on Problems of Drug Dependence in classroom. Fitness. The award recognizes individuals Scottsdale, Ariz., as president, which was who have made significant contributions in Dr. Pamela G. Watson, chief academic attended by 1,500 scientists. CPDD serves the area of gerontological research. Protas’ officer as well as dean and professor of nurs- as an interface among governmental, David Marshall was elected to a two-year research focuses on geriatrics, rehabilita- ing, recently began a two-year term on the industrial and academic communities term on the American Organization of tion of adults with stroke, Parkinson’s dis- board of a regional council that works to maintaining liaisons with regulatory and Nurse Executives Board of Directors. The ease and spinal cord injury. increase diversity among nursing faculty research agencies as well as educational, American Organization of Nurse and to end the nationwide nursing shortage. treatment, and prevention facilities in the Executives (AONE), a subsidiary of the Watson joined the board of the Southern drug abuse field. It also functions as a col- American Hospital Association is a national Dr. Ben Raimer, vice chair of community Regional Education Board’s Council on laborating center of the World Health organization of over 5,000 nurses who outreach, will continue as vice chair of the Collegiate Education for Nursing during the Organization. design, facilitate, and manage care. United Board of Health for Galveston council’s annual meeting. Volume 30, Number 10 October 2006 15 Anderson appointed to top medical school position Dr. Garland D. Anderson was selected tions, his research cre- examples of formidable leadership, Texas. These clinics have more than dean of the School of Medicine, effective dentials are impres- Anderson said. 300,000 patient visits annually. immediately. sive.” Anderson is rec- “It is my hope that I can lead the School of Anderson served as chairman of UTMB’s ognized for his study Anderson, who was serving as interim Medicine with equal vision and determina- medical service, research and development of adult consequences dean, has led UTMB’s Department of tion,” he said. plan from 1990 to 1994. Under his leader- of fetal disease and in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 17 years. ship, the group increased collections from finding ways to reduce Anderson came to UTMB in 1989 from During his tenure, the department has $34 million to $70 million and secured $8 racial disparities in the University of Tennessee College of consistently ranked among the top 20 in million in reimbursements for clinical Dr. Garland pregnancy outcomes. Medicine where he served as professor, National Institutes of Health research departments for indigent care services. As Anderson “I am humbled and director of resident education, and chief of chairman of the plan, Anderson was funding, and most recently was ranked honored by the oppor- the Division of Maternal and Fetal responsible for UTMB’s primary care clin- fourth in the nation. He holds the Jennie tunity to lead the School of Medicine at Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics ics, management of University Hospital Sealy Smith Distinguished Chair in this pivotal time,” Anderson said. and Gynecology. He earned his medical clinics and the physicians billing service. Obstetrics and Gynecology. degree from the University of Tennessee He also instituted cost saving measures “The appointment of Garland Anderson as “Our situation is not without parallel in College of Medicine and completed resi- that resulted in a rebate of $4 million to dean is a significant step for UTMB,” UTMB history,” he added. “In 1891, Dr. dency training at the University of Texas the appropriate medical departments dur- Stobo said. “He is a demonstrated leader, John Fannin Paine, our first dean of medi- Health Science Center in Houston fol- ing a two-year period. clinician and educator with the ability to cine, said: ‘We are in the dawn of a new era lowed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal think creatively about how we can success- of history in medicine in this country and Medicine at the University of Louisville A strong advocate for women’s and chil- fully fulfill our many missions in today’s our regents, imbued with a spirit of patriot- School of Medicine. dren’s health, Anderson is active in his pro- health care environment.” ism, professionalism, pride and progress, fession at the national level. He is a fellow have organized this school….in line with At UTMB, Anderson expanded a 12-clinic of the American College of Obstetricians “Dr. Anderson also brings a deep commit- leading medical colleges…..Its standards satellite program into the Obstetrics and and Gynecologists, has served as board ment to the study and practice of medi- shall never trail in the dust.’” Gynecology Department’s Regional member and president of the Society of cine, and the ability to bring about greater Maternal and Child Health Program, an Maternal and Fetal Medicine, and is the Dean Paine and Dean William Spencer cooperation, accountability, and innova- outreach network of 30 clinic sites that current president of the Council of Carter—who led the growth of UTMB tion,” Stobo said. “As the author and co- serve woman and children from more than University Chairs in Obstetrics and after the storms of 1900 and 1915—are author of more than 102 scientific publica- 123 counties in South, Southeast and East Gynecology. 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