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Vol. 32 No. 15                      The Official Newspaper of the Texas Medical Center since 1979
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Quintuplets Born at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
By RONDA WENDLER                                                                                     “My mom            sound scan. Enrique was so shaken
Texas Medical Center News                                                                        didn’t believe me,”    up he had to pull his car to the side of

V    eronica Mayorga-Real clearly
     recalls the exact moment she
learned she was carrying five babies.
                                                                                                 Veronica said. “She
                                                                                                 told me to stop jok-
                                                                                                                        the road.
                                                                                                                        (See QUINTUPLETS page 18)

    “I grabbed the ultrasound screen                                                                 Next, she called
and turned it toward me in disbelief,”                                                           her husband, a tile
she said. “The technician pointed to                                                             installer who was
each of the five babies, one by one. I                                                           driving to work. He
burst into tears.”                                                                               didn’t believe her,
    Crying partly from joy – she and                                                             either.
her husband Enrique had been trying                                                                  As proof, she
to conceive for five years – and partly   BIG BUNDLE OF JOY—Matilde, Aaron, Priscilla,           e-mailed mom and
from fear, Veronica immediately           Isaac and Joel, born July 31. (Photo courtesy of the   husband a photo-
called her mother.                        Real-Mayorga family)                                   graph of the ultra-

Tracking System Keeps VA Medical
Center’s Operating Room on Schedule                                                                                     TEAMWORK—Ursula Nawab, M.D.,
                                                  By BOBBI GRUNER               convey cascading effects to everyone
                                                                                                                        left, is the neonatologist for the
                                                  Michael E. DeBakey            who needs to know,” he said.            newborn quints, and Lara Friel,
                                                  VA Medical Center                 The system also provides alerts     M.D., Ph.D., is the mom’s OB/GYN.

                                                  A   tracking system
                                                      similar to that used by
                                               FedEx to track packages but
                                                                                (See TRACKING page 16)                  (Photo by Alex Rodriguez)

                                               instead used to track surgi-
                                               cal procedures, has been
                                                                                Scientists Work to Prevent
                                               installed at the Michael
                                               E. DeBakey VA Medical
                                                                                Brain-Related Diseases
                                               Center.                          By LISA MERKL                           – cells that carry messages from one
                                                    The computerized,           University of Houston                   part of the brain to another. A Uni-

STATUS CHECK—Nurse Melissa Wingo, left,
and anesthesia technician Kelly Grimes
                                               operating room control
                                               system, called OR Control,
                                               uses real-time location
                                                                                M     any brain-related diseases,
                                                                                      such as epilepsy and schizo-
                                                                                phrenia, are caused by communica-
                                                                                                                        versity of Houston researcher and his
                                                                                                                        team are analyzing these commands
                                                                                                                        and connections in an attempt to
use the recently installed operating room
control system to follow a surgical case at    tracking technology to           tion problems between neurons           (See BRAIN page 16)
the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.      track and display the status
(Photo by Bobbi Gruner)                        of all personnel, activities                                                            DELVING DEEP INTO
                                                                                                                                       THE BRAIN—Jan-Ake

                                               and equipment related to a
                                                                                                                                       Gustafsson, M.D.,
                                      particular surgery and then, continu-                                                            Ph.D., director of the
                                      ously updates the facility’s surgical                                                            Center for Nuclear
                                      schedule.                                                                                        Receptors and Cell
                                          “This control system moves our                                                               Signaling at the Uni-
                   years              operating room from after-the-fact,                                                              versity of Houston,
                                                                                                                                       is studying how
             1 9 4 5 – 2 0 10         manual tracking processes of the
                                      1970s into the 21st century,” said                                                               between neurons can
                                      surgeon David Berger, M.D. “When                                                                 cause brain-related
                                      schedules change, it’s difficult to                                                              diseases. (Photo by
                                      immediately calculate and then                                                                   Thomas Campbell)
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                                                  The field of nursing also is        est member institution, The Uni-        vice delivery model.
                                             expected to grow. Many parts of          versity of Texas Medical Branch               John Kelsey loved the Texas
                                             the country have reported – and          at Galveston, also offers nursing       Medical Center. The Kelsey
                                             will continue to report – a severe       degree programs, and the Univer-        Research Foundation, his dream
                                             lack of nurses due to a shortage of      sity of Houston-Victoria School of      project, has donated more than
                                             faculty members needed to train          Nursing has campuses in Victoria,       $8 million in grants to institutions
                                             nursing students, and an aging           Sugar Land and Katy.                    and programs in the Texas Medical

    A     s millions of students prepare
          to enter college this fall in
    the midst of challenging economic
                                             nursing workforce that will con-
                                             tinue to retire with not enough
                                             new nurses to fill the void.
                                                                                           So hats off to our newest and
                                                                                      future healthcare professionals.
                                                                                      You have a bright future ahead.
                                                                                                                              Center, including funding for the
                                                                                                                              first electron microscope used in
                                                                                                                              clinical medicine at The Univer-
    times, one group in particular will           The Texas Medical Center                 On a sad note, we said goodbye     sity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
    have an edge-up as they graduate         is home to a number of premier           last month to a Houston medical         Center, an intra-aortic balloon
    and enter the job market.                teaching facilities that will help       pioneer. Dr. John Roger Kelsey Jr.,     pump for the Texas Heart Institute,
         Healthcare is among the 20          meet tomorrow’s need for trained         one of the founding partners of the     and support for diabetes research at
    fastest growing career fields in         healthcare professionals.                Kelsey-Seybold clinic system, died      Baylor College of Medicine, among
    the nation, according to the U.S.             The University of Texas Den-        July 21 at the age of 88.               many others.
    Bureau of Labor Statistics. Within       tal Branch offers training in general         He, along with his brother               Born in Depot, Texas, John
    the next eight years, 3.2 million        dentistry, pediatric dentistry and       Dr. Mavis Kelsey, and Drs. Wil-         Kelsey followed his grandfather
    new jobs will be generated in            dental hygiene, as well as specialty     liam Seybold and William Leary,         and brother into medicine. He
    healthcare – more than any other         areas such as endodontics, oral and      developed a concept of community        graduated first in his class at Baylor
    industry.                                maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics,     medical care in which all medi-         College of Medicine and served a
         One of the more interesting         periodontics and prosthodontics.         cal disciplines are housed in one       number of years as chief of the gas-
    aspects of this anticipated job               Future nurses can enroll at         clinic. This approach of treating       troenterology department at The
    growth is in the field of dentistry.     The University of Texas School           the whole patient at one clinic         Methodist Hospital.
    The aging population of Baby             of Nursing at Houston, Texas             has positioned Kelsey-Seybold as a            He is survived by Mary Marga-
    Boomers, who have been privy to          Woman’s University, Prairie View         leader in health care delivery and      ret, his wife of 65 years; two daugh-
    better dental hygiene than genera-       A&M University College of Nurs-          quality. In fact, with the changes      ters and two sons. He will be missed
    tions before, are creating a surge in    ing, and HCC’s John B. Coleman           and proposals for a national health-    by many.
    the need for more dentists, dental       College for Health Sciences, which       care policy, many doctors are           Richard E. Wainerdi, Ph.D., is Texas Medical
    assistants and hygienists, the labor     all have campuses in the Texas           turning to Kelsey-Seybold to learn      Center president and Texas Medical Center
    bureau states.                           Medical Center. The TMC’s new-           more about its comprehensive ser-       News publisher/editor.

Lunchtime Seminars Highlight History of Medicine
H     istory buffs in the Texas
      Medical Center are invited to
a free series of lunchtime seminars
                                            are held in M.D. Anderson Cancer
                                            Center’s Mitchell Basic Sciences
                                            Research Building, located near the
                                                                                      torium. Free lunches are reserved for
                                                                                      the first 75 attendees.
                                                                                          An annual banquet at La
                                                                                                                              School attend the lectures to fulfill a
                                                                                                                              History of Medicine course elective.
                                                                                                                              In addition, participating students
designed to reveal how medicine has         Bertner and Moursund intersection,        Colombe d’Or restaurant features a      write an essay relating to a history
evolved over the years. From Hip-           next to the John P. McGovern Com-         noted national speaker who delivers     of medicine topic, and the two best
pocrates to heart transplants, Aes-         mons (the building with the water-        the John P. McGovern lecture.           papers – one from each school – are
culapius to anthrax, each lecture is        wall). All lectures are in the Mitchell       Each year students from Baylor      presented at the January meeting.
designed to inform and entertain.           building’s 223-seat Onstead Audi-         and the University of Texas Medical     (See HISTORY page 17)
     The lectures are offered by the
Houston History of Medicine Soci-

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Technology Transfer Celebrates 25th
Anniversary at Baylor College of Medicine                                                                                                        The Official Press the Texas Medical Center since
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T    he Baylor Licensing Group – the
     office responsible for transfer-
ring research results and discoveries
                                             surgeries that involve extreme blood
                                             loss, like the aortic aneurysm.
                                                  More recent Baylor College of
                                                                                       in general from the creation of new
                                                                                       products, whether in the health care
                                                                                       field or research market,” Schaefer
                                                                                                                                   Richard E. Wainerdi, Ph.D. ........Publisher/Editor
developed by Baylor College of Med-          Medicine technology includes anti-        said.                                       Ronda Wendler............................Managing Editor
icine faculty to the marketplace – is        microbial coating for catheters and            Baylor College of Medicine has         Linda Gilchriest.......................Contributing Writer
celebrating its 25th anniversary.            other devices developed by Rabih          also seen a significant benefit from        Jamie Farquhar .............. Senior Graphic Designer
    More than 200 diagnostic,                Darouiche, M.D., professor of physi-      the technologies developed and              Richard Payne .........................Design Coordinator
clinical and research products have          cal medicine and rehabilitation at        licensed. Discoveries have generated        Loretta Towne ...............Senior Account Executive
reached the market based on Baylor           Baylor College of Medicine and            over $100 million of gross income.          Rosalyn Beyinc ..............................Office Manager
technology, according to Lynne               his colleague at the MD Anderson          Of that, more than $26 million went         Derrik Bradford...Senior Distribution Coordinator
Schaefer, director of the Baylor             Cancer Center, Dr. Issam Raad.            to inventors, almost $19 million to         Adrian Bernal.................Distribution Coordinator
Licensing Group.                             This coating helps reduce hospital-       departments and more than $22 mil-
                                                                                                                                       Public Relations Advisory Council:
    These innovations include the            acquired infections that can occur        lion was retained by the college to             Baylor College of Medicine, Claire Bassett,
                                                                                                                                       Ruth SoRelle and Lori Williams; Gulf Coast
development about 20 years ago of            with central venous catheters and         support its research endeavors.                 Regional Blood Center, Brian Gannon and
the Baylor BRAT – or Baylor Rapid            other implantable devices.                     Other milestones include:                  Courtney Caudle; Harris County Hospital
                                                                                                                                       District, Melinda Muse, John Martinez and
Autologous System – a device that                 “There has been a benefit to so                                                      Heather Sessions; Harris County Medical
improved blood processing during             many patients and to public health        (See 25 YEARS page 6)                           Society, Jennifer Snyder; Harris County
                                                                                                                                       Psychiatric Center, Geri Konigsberg; Harris
                                                                                                                                       County Public Health and Environmental
                                                                                                                                       Services, Rita Obey; The Hospice at the Texas
                                                                                                                                       Medical Center, Cynthia Nordt; Houston
                                                                                                                                       Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center
                                                                                                                                       Library, Beatriz Varman, Deborah Halsted and
                                                                                                                                       Lisa Berry; Houston Community College’s
                                                                                                                                       John B. Coleman College of Health Sciences,
                                                                                                                                       Brian Waddle; Houston Department of Health
                                                                                                                                       and Human Services, Kathy Barton and
                                                                                                                                       Porfirio Villarreal; Institute for Spirituality
                                                                                                                                       and Health, Jerri Doctor; John P. McGovern

    WHAT CAN THE RICE BUSINESS SCHOOL BRING TO HEALTH CARE?                                                                            Museum of Health & Medical Science, Anna
                                                                                                                                       Hawley; Harris County Institute of Forensic
                                                                                                                                       Sciences, Daniel Morgan; LifeGift Organ
                                                                                                                                       Donation Center, Laura Frnka and Elvia Valdez;

                                                                                                                                       Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Beth
                                                                                                                                       Sartori and Ann Brimberry; The Methodist
                                                                                                                                       Hospital, Stefanie Asin, Mark Kimbell, Erin
                                                                                                                                       Fairchild, Emma Chambers, George Kovacik
                                                                                                                                       and Gale Smith; Michael E. DeBakey High
                                                                                                                                       School For Health Professions; Michael E.
    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT                                                                                     DeBakey VA Medical Center, Bobbi Gruner
                                                                                                                                       and Frances Burke; Prairie View A&M
                                                                                                                                       University College of Nursing, Sheleah Hughes
                                                                                                                                       and Forest Smith; Rice University, Greg
                                                                                                                                       Marshall; Ronald McDonald House, Mikki
    LEARN CORE ASPECTS OF BUSINESS SKILLS:                                                                                             Donnelly; Shriners Hospitals for Children-
                                                                        ATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION:                                 Houston, Jo Ann Zuniga; St. Dominic Village,
      •	 Leading	teams                                                                                                                 Karen Perry; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital,
                                                                        August	23rd,	2010		                                            Jessica Michan; Texas A&M University System
      •	 Strategy	development                                                                                                          Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences
                                                                        6pm	–	8pm	hors	d’oeuvres	served
      •	 Financial	analysis	and	cost	allocation                                                                                        and Technology; Texas Children’s Hospital,
                                                                        Jones	Graduate	School	of	Business                              Carol Wittman and Nicole Terry; Texas Heart
      •	 Branding	and	patient-focused	care                              McNair	Hall	-	Rice	University	campus                           Institute, Marc Mattsson and Frank Michel;
                                                                                                                                       Texas Medical Center, John Kajander, Ronda
      •	 Process	management                                                                                                            Wendler and Alexa Enriquez; Texas Southern
                                                                                                                                       University College of Pharmacy and Health
      •	 Cross-cultural	communication                                                                                                  Sciences, Rochelle Rucker; Texas Woman’s
                                                                                                                                       University Institute of Health Sciences-
    PRACTICE SKILLS YOU CAN USE IMMEDIATELY IN THE WORKPLACE:                                                                          Houston, Amanda Simpson and Eric Malmberg;
                                                                                                                                       TIRR Systems; University of Houston College
      •	 Cases                                                                                                                         of Pharmacy, Lisa Merkl; The University of

      •	 Small-group	exercises
                                                                  Full-Time MBA Health Care Concentration                              Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Steve
                                                                                                                                       Stuyck and Julie Penne; The University of
      •	 Simulations                                              Fully-Employed MBA Programs – Health Care Specialization Track       Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center–UT/TV,
                                                                                                                                       Mark Carlton; The University of Texas Health
                                                                  Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management                       Science Center at Houston, Meredith Raine;
    LEARN FROM BUSINESS & HEALTH CARE EXPERTS:                                                                                         The University of Texas Medical School at
                                                                                                                                       Houston, Darla Brown and Dr. Bryant Boutwell;
      •	 Collaboratively	solve	case-based	problems	in	teams                                                                            The University of Texas Medical Branch, Chris
                                                                                                                                       Comer and Raul Reyes; YMCA Child Care
      •	 Physicians,	administrators,	department	chairs,	                                                                               Center in the Texas Medical Center, Mary
         nurse	administrators	learn	from	each	other                                                                                    Russell and Linda Lykos.
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       Texas Medical Center
      Celebrates 65 years
      As the Texas Medical Center celebrates 65 years of health care, education
      and research, Texas Medical Center News is publishing a retrospective
      series on each of the organization’s six and one-half decades. This is the
      fourth in the series, highlighting 1975 through 1984.

    N     ational acclaim came to two
          major member institutions
    in the Texas Medical Center in
                                                                                     High School of Health Professions
                                                                                     was opened as a joint venture of
                                                                                     the Houston Independent School
    the mid-1970s. A national medi-                                                  District and Baylor College of Medi-
    cal leader, Charles A. Berry, M.D.,                                              cine. In less than a decade, the high                                                    ”Red” Duke, M.D.
    well-known as the “physician to                                                  school would be honored by the U.S.
    the astronauts,” was chosen to be                                                Department of Education as one of                Houston Hospice
    the first president for The Uni-                                                 the 10 best schools in the nation.
    versity of Texas Health Science                                                       To benefit all TMC member           religious organizations and others      purchased a local natural gas plant
    Center at Houston. Baylor College                                                institutions, the Harris County          urged their members and employees       and began operations to furnish
    of Medicine was awarded major                                                    Medical Society established the Gulf     to give blood regularly. Soon, the      chilled water and steam to eight
    federal and private funding based                                                Coast Regional Blood Center in           Blood Center was serving not only       TMC institutions.
    on its designations as a National                                                1975. From the beginning, the policy     Harris but also 17 adjacent counties.        The TMC campus continued
    Influenza Research Center and a                                                  set by the Blood Center was to seek           Texas Medical Center Central       to grow. The TMC corporation
    National Heart and Blood Ves-                                                    blood donations, rather than pay for     Heating and Cooling Services Coop-      acquired 25 acres near the High-
    sel Research and Demonstration                                                   blood. This policy helped immeasur-      erative Association, quickly nick-      way 288 and South MacGregor
    Center.                                                                          ably to ensure a steady, healthy, safe   named TECO, was incorporated as a       intersection, and named it the W.
         The Michael E. DeBakey                                                      supply of blood, and coporations,        new member institution in 1978. It
                                                                                                                                                                      (See 65 YEARS page 10)

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 Saint Nicholas Schools Preventing Elder Abuse
                        Topic of Sept. 8 Seminar
      More than academic excellence,
 Saint Nicholas Schools teach a way of life.                              “P      reventing Abuse and Exploi-
                                                                                  tation in an Aging America”
                                                                          will be the focus of the 24th Annual
                                                                                                                   who are most at-risk.”
                                                                                                                        The scope of abuse and exploita-
                                                                                                                   tion among the elderly, the potential
                                                                          Joseph C. Sr. & Selenia E. Valley        impact of the Elder Justice Act and
                                                                          Conference on Aging from 8 a.m. to       local resources for preventing and
                                                                          3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the      reporting abuse and exploitation will
                                                                          United Way Community Resources           be among the conference’s topics.
                                                                          Center, 50 Waugh Drive.                       The conference is aimed at
                                                                               The conference, sponsored by        professionals who work with geri-
                                                                          the Center on Aging at The Univer-       atric populations and the general
                                                                          sity of Texas Health Science Center      public. The registration fee is $75 for
                                                                          at Houston School of Nursing, will       healthcare professionals and $50 for
                                                                          include panel discussions, a keynote     students and members of the com-
                                                                          address by Robert Blancato, national     munity. There is a $25 fee for those
                                                                          coordinator of the Elder Justice         wishing to attend the luncheon only.
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                                                                          guest speakers.                          information, call (713) 500-9921,
    Preschool through Middle school                                            “According to the National          e-mail coa@uth.tmc.edu or visit
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                                                                          as 2 million Americans age 65 and        teronaging/Valley%20-21st.htm. n
   •	 Spiritual grounding in a Christian environment
   •	 An established, discerning faculty providing individual attention   older have been injured, exploited
   •	 Student-engaged, creative teaching with integral computer use       or otherwise mistreated by someone
   •	 A preeminent curriculum that is classical and eclectic with pre-
      school reading, English, French, Spanish, Latin, algebra, geom-
                                                                          on whom they depended for care or
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                                                                                                                   25 Years
      etry, and lab science                                               Ph.D., professor in aging research       (Continued from page 4)
   •	 Fine arts including choir, art, piano, and drama                    and director of the UT Center on
   •	 Summer	programs,	sports	and	field	trips
                                                                                                                   • More than 500 active license
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                                                                                                                                                                                      paring more than 2,500 participants

for Stroke Prevention, Study Shows                                                                                                                                                    treated with both procedures.
                                                                                                                                                                                           The study, taking place at 117
                                                                                                                                                                                      sites throughout the United States
By GALE SMITH                                                                                                           a filter-like basket is attached to the                       and Canada including The Method-
The Methodist Hospital                                                                                                  catheter to”catch” any clots or small                         ist Hospital in Houston, is named

A      nonsurgical procedure is as
       effective and safe as surgery
when it comes to preventing stroke,
                                                                                                                        debris that might break loose during
                                                                                                                        the procedure.
                                                                                                                              The physician then withdraws
                                                                                                                                                                                      CREST, or Carotid Revasculariza-
                                                                                                                                                                                      tion Endarterectomy vs. Stenting
according to a national study.                                                                                          the balloon and delivers, by way of                                “Because people with carotid
      “Stroke can occur when blood                                                                                      the catheter, a tiny wire-mesh coil                           atherosclerosis also usually have ath-
flow to the brain is interrupted by                                                                                     called a stent. The stent will remain                         erosclerosis in the coronary arteries
a buildup of plaque in the carotid                                                                                      in place in the carotid artery, acting                        that supply the heart, the CREST
arteries – the two large veins on                                                                                       as scaffolding to prevent the walls                           trial tracked the rate of heart attacks,
either side of the neck that supply                                                                                     from narrowing or closing again.                              in addition to stroke and death,”
blood to the brain,” said David Chiu,                       David Chiu, M.D.                                                  Patients do not need general                            Chiu said.
M.D., principal investigator of the                                                                                     anesthesia and remain awake and                                    Results showed that the safety
study’s Methodist Hospital compo-                         site of the blockage in the carotid                           alert throughout the procedure.                               and efficiency of surgery and stent-
nent.                                                     artery.                                                             In the more invasive, surgical                          ing was largely the same with equal
      To remove these blockages                                With the push of a button, the                           carotid artery treatment called end-                          benefits for both men and for women,
without major surgery, a physician                        physician inflates the balloon, which                         arterectomy, surgeons make an inci-                           and for patients with or without a
first applies a local anesthetic to                       flattens the plaque against the artery                        sion in the neck and open the artery                          previous stroke.
numb the patient’s groin area, then                       walls and opens the passageway.                               to remove the blockage. Recovery                                   The study also found that the age
makes a small incision in the groin                            The danger that clots may dis-                           can take weeks. But with the stent-                           of the patient made a difference. At
and inserts a catheter through this                       lodge from the plaque, enter the                              ing method, patients spend four                               age 69 and younger, stenting results
incision. At the catheter’s tip is a                      brain and cause a stroke is always                            hours flat on their backs, then return                        were slightly better. For patients
tiny, deflated balloon. The physician                     present, said Chiu, who is medical                            to life as usual.                                             older than 70, surgical results were
carefully threads the catheter upward                     director of the Eddy Scurlock Stroke                                To assess the effectiveness                             slightly superior to stenting. n
through the body’s network of arter-                      Center at the Methodist Neurologi-                            and safety of stenting vs. surgery, a
ies until arriving at the neck and the                    cal Institute. To guard against this,                         National Institute of Health study                            gsmith@tmhs.org

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                                                                                                                          August 15, 2010 • tmc.edu/news • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 7
Drinking Too Much Water May Pose Health Risk
By GEORGE KOVACIK                                                                                                                                                                 condition can be fatal in extreme
The Methodist Hospital                                                                                                                                                            cases.

W       ater is essential when exercis-                                                                                                                                                Symptoms of hyponatremia
        ing in the heat, but drinking                                                                                                                                             include; vomiting, loss of appetite,
too much water in a short period of                                                                                                                                               headache, restlessness, fatigue,
time can lead to a condition called                                                                                                                                               mental confusion or hallucinations,
hyponatremia, or “water intoxica-                                                                                                                                                 muscle weakness and convulsions.
tion,” said James Muntz, M.D., an                                                                                                                                                      Water is still essential for proper
internist with The Methodist Hos-                                                                                                                                                 hydration, but the key is to avoid
pital.                                                                                                                                                                            drinking too much too fast, Muntz
    “Ten or 15 years ago we told                                                                                                                                                  said.
everyone to drink as much water as                                                                                                                                                     Sports drinks are another option
possible to replace fluids. Now we                                                                                                                                                for staying properly hydrated in the
know that’s not such a good idea,”        Muntz explained. When sodium                                                                                                            Houston heat, he said.
                                                                                         “Swelling in the brain is espe-
Muntz said.                               levels drop, water enters the cells and                                                                                                      Sports drinks contain energy-
                                                                                    cially dangerous because the brain is
    When a person drinks an exces-        causes them to swell.                                                                                                                   yielding carbohydrates plus electro-
                                                                                    confined by your skull and unable to
sive amount of water, the sodium              Most cells can adapt to the                                                                                                         lytes such as sodium, potassium, and
                                                                                    expand,” Muntz said.
levels in the blood become diluted,       change, but the brain cannot.                                                                                                           chloride. These drinks do two very
                                                                                         If not treated immediately, this
                                                                                                                                                                                  important things, Muntz said.

                                                                                                                                                                                       “Sports drinks provide recom-
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8 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • tmc.edu/news • August 15, 2010                                                                                                                      ggkovacik@tmhs.org
Nomination Deadline Sept. 15                                                       P E A R L A N D                        •       T E X A S
George P. Noon, M.D.
Award for Excellence in
Cardiovascular Care
T     he Methodist DeBakey Heart &
      Vascular Center is now accept-
ing nominations for the George P.
Noon, M.D. Award. In honor of the
internationally renowned heart sur-
geon, the award recognizes a physi-
cian, individual or organization who
demonstrates leadership, service and
lifelong commitment to excellence
in treating cardiovascular disease.
     The deadline for submissions is
Sept. 15.

                                                                                Make yourself
                                         George P. Noon, M.D.
     Like Noon, the ideal candidate
has made significant and continuous      through the alleviation of suffering
contributions to the advancement         and the preservation of life;
of care in the field of cardiovascular
                                         • Demonstration of respect for
                                         human dignity and consideration of
                                                                                          at hoMe.
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Methodist Hospital and demonstrate       humanity.                                offers a neighborly community harkening back to the days when
the following principles:
                                             Nominations can be made              children could safely ride their bikes and home meant more than
• Excellence in clinical, research or    online or submitted via e-mail.          simply a house. Located in Pearland, just minutes from
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                                                                               August 15, 2010 • tmc.edu/news • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 9
65 Years                                   College of Nursing began classes in
                                           its remodeled building on Fannin,
                                                                                  and treatment for
                                                                                  many immunological
(Continued from page 5)                    immediately west of the original       deficiency diseases
Leland Anderson Campus in honor            TMC campus. The UT Health Sci-         such as the one that
of Anderson, who retired as TMC            ence Center purchased 140 acres        afflicted David.
president after 30 years of service.       south of the TMC’s main campus              Building and
TMC also acquired the stately home         and declared this land would be used   construction was
of former Houston Mayor Oscar Hol-         for its future growth and would be     everywhere, as the
combe and the adjacent residence           considered part of the Texas Medical   member institu-
of retail store owner George Meyer,        Center.                                tions determined
which became the Houston Hospice,               Many national stories focused     what to add, replace,
situated on eight acres of landscaped      on the medical leaders in the Texas    or remodel. One
gardens along Holcombe Boulevard.          Medical Center, including Paul         example was the new
     By the early 1980s, The Univer-       Pepe, M.D., one of the youngest        clinic wing for TIRR,
sity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer           doctors to direct a large municipal    specially designed for
Center had more than 500 patient           emergency medical service. Pepe        its inpatient brain-
beds and Memorial Hermann Hos-             implemented a strong “chain of         injury program;
pital had completed its third major        survival” with enhanced use of the     another example was
expansion. Funds were being raised         emergency number 9-1-1, wide-          at St. Luke’s Episco-
for a Ronald McDonald House in the         spread public training for bystander   pal Hospital’s Texas
TMC and the University of Hous-            cardiopulmonary resuscitation          Heart Institute
                                           (CPR), and aggressive fire depart-     where more than         From left, William Shearer, M.D. and Buford
ton’s College of Pharmacy was mov-                                                                        Nichols, M.D., visit David Vetter who came to be
ing its upper-level training classes       ment “first response” training for     50,000 open-heart
                                                                                                          known as “David the Bubble Boy.” Born with a
and labs to the TMC campus.                paramedics. “Red” Duke, M.D., was      procedures had been rare genetic disease that forced him to live in a
     To better serve the medical com-      another prominent emergency medi-      performed since the sterile environment, David died in 1984 at the age
munity, TMC began its own news-            cine doctor at TMC whose folksy        procedure had been of 12. (Photo courtesy of Texas Children’s)
paper, Texas Medical Center News,          and memorable hints on safety and      perfected just a few
and the UT Health Science Center           health were aired on nationwide TV,    years earlier. The                      Wainerdi became Texas Medical
began operating the medical com-           making him a national figure.          Positron Diagnostic and Research        Center president and CEO, and the
munity television system UT-TV.                 During this time, William         Center was dedicated in The Uni-        TMC began plans to accommodate
Prairie View A&M University                T. Shearer, M.D., Ph.D., became        versity of Texas Medical School at      yet more innovation and expansion
                                           acclaimed for his medical knowl-       Houston, and the M.D. Anderson          by its member institutions.
                                           edge and humane concern for his        Foundation provided the first dona-          *In this series, all member institu-
                                           well-known patient David, the          tion for the development of the         tions are identified by their current
    a higher level of                      “Bubble Boy.” Following David’s
                                           illness, Shearer and scientists at
                                                                                  Cyclotron Facility by UT’s Gradu-
                                                                                  ate School of Biomedical Sciences.
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                                                                                                                          when they first opened their doors.
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Tilting Cruise Ship Doesn’t                                                      37th Annual Medical Terminology
Shake Nurse                                                                      Course Begins Sept. 21
                                                                                   I  n its 37th year, Baylor College
                                                                                      of Medicine is once again offer-
                                                                                   ing its “Medical Terminology
                                                                                                                         designed for lab and records techni-
                                                                                                                         cians, nurse assistants, office assis-
                                                                                                                         tants, secretaries, receptionists, and
                                                                                   and Anatomy-Physiology” series,       other health care providers. Past
                                                                                   designed to teach spelling, pro-      attendees have also included attor-
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                                                                                        The nine-session series          and others.
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                                                                                   from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Baylor’s       is available at www.bcm.edu/hcoa/
                                                                                   Michal E. DeBakey Building,           terminologyclass.cfm.
                                                                                   room M-112.                                For more information, call
                                                                                        Attended by more than            Robert Roush, Ed.D., at (713) 798-
CRUISIN’ FOR A BRUISIN’—Debbie Lopez, fifth from left, a nurse at Chil-            3,500 participants, the program is    4611 or e-mail rroush@bcm.edu. n
dren’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and her nursing colleagues are
shown here aboard the Carnival cruise ship the “Ecstasy.” The nurses,
who were attending a conference aboard the ship, sprang into action              across the United States and Canada        “We were sitting down to lunch
when the ship sharply tilted resulting in minor injuries to several pas-         who attended the Texas State Asso- and our plates flew off the table,
                                                                                 ciation of Women’s Health, Obstet- slamming into the wall of windows
By MEGAN RUPPERT                       sharply, resulting in minor injuries to   ric and Neonatal Nurses Conference adjacent to us,” Lopez said.
Memorial Hermann                       passengers.                               aboard the Carnival Cruise Ship the        She and her tablemates were a

A    nurse at Children’s Memorial          Debbie Lopez, perinatal out-          Ecstasy.                               few feet from the serving lines, and
     Hermann Hospital recently got     reach education coordinator at Chil-           On the fourth day of the journey, looked to see if anyone had fallen or
more adventure than she bargained      dren’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s        the ship was forced to turn sharply    was injured by the breakage or the
for when she attended a nursing con-   Women’s Center, was among 145             to avoid a drifting buoy that was par-
ference on a cruise ship that tilted   nurses and nurse practitioners from       tially submerged beneath the water.    (See CRUISE SHIP page 15)

                              Call for Nominations:
         George P. Noon, M.D. Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care

                           The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center is now accepting nominations for the George P. Noon, M.D.
                           Award. In honor of the internationally renowned heart surgeon, the award recognizes a physician,
                           individual or organization that demonstrates leadership, service and lifelong commitment to excellence
                           in treating cardiovascular disease.
                           Candidates should have a tie to The Methodist Hospital and demonstrate the following principles:
                           • Excellence in clinical, research, professional or philanthropic activities;
                           • Contributions to the health of humanity and that of the community through the alleviation of
    George P. Noon, M.D.
                             suffering and the preservation of life;
                           • Respect for human dignity and consideration of the individual needs of patients and families;
                           • Commitment to the highest ideals of medicine and/or service to humanity.
                           Nominations can be made online or submitted via e-mail. For more information on selection criteria
                           and to submit nominations, visit debakeyheartcenter.com/noonaward.
                           The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2010.

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                                                                                                           Outlook Techniques,”
                                                                                                                                                   (the building with the waterwall),
                                                                                                                                                   Onstead Auditorium, free atten-
noon-1:30, Galveston Island Com-                             Friday, Mother to Mother:              5:30-7:15 p.m., Hotel ZaZa, 5701               dance and free lunches for first 75
munity Center, 4700 Broadway,                                Support Group for Preg-                Main, presented by CompuTrain, 1               attendees, presented by Robert
Suite B101, presented by Colleen                      nancy and PostPartum Depression,              recertification point, $26.50 registra-        Rakel, M.D., family medicine
Silva, M.D., part of UTMB’s Con-                      10 a.m.-noon, Texas Children’s Hos-           tion fee includes program, dinner              physician with Baylor College of
quering Cancer Summer Lecture                         pital, Meyer Building, 1919 S. Braes-         and valet parking, hosted by Inter-            Medicine, sponsored by the Houston
Series, 409-763-5604                                  wood, second floor, room MO2227,              national Association of Administra-

18 &19             Wednesday, and                                                                                                                  History of Medicine Society, www.
                                                      led by licensed therapist Sherry              tive Professionals-Medical Center
                   Thursday, “Inte-                                                                                                                hhom.org.
                                                      Duson, free parking in Meyer Build-           Chapter, make reservation at http://
grated Project Delivery 2.0 for                       ing’s Garage #14, tell security guard                                                             Stroke Support Group, 6:30
Health Care Facilities and Opera-                     you’re attending the support group                                                           p.m., 2491 S. Braeswood at Kirby,
tions Managers,” 1-5 p.m. Wed.
followed by a 5:30-7 p.m. cocktail
                                                      and they will instruct you where to
                                                      park, 832-824-2410
                                                                                                    25      Wednesday, Free Stroke
                                                                                                            Education Class, 10 a.m.-2
                                                                                                    p.m., St. Dominic Village, 2401 Hol-
                                                                                                                                                   St. Luke’s Radiation Therapy and
                                                                                                                                                   CyberKnife Center, all stroke survi-
                                                                                                                                                   vors and brain aneurysm survivors
reception; and 8-11:30 a.m. Thurs-                            Saturday, “Diabetes for               combe Blvd., signs and symptoms,               and caregivers are welcome, free
day, presented by Sidney Sanders,                             Primary Care in 2010: 6th             risk factors, prevention, and dealing          parking, refreshments served, 832-
senior VP of construction, facili-                    Annual St. Luke’s Episcopal Hos-              with communication, eating and                 355-2187
ties design and real estate for The                   pital Diabetes Symposium,” 7:30               mobility problems are among the
Methodist Hospital System, plus
expert panel on early collaboration
strategies and contractual mecha-
                                                      a.m.-3:45 p.m., St. Luke’s Denton
                                                      Cooley Auditorium, 6720 Bertner,
                                                                                                    topics covered, RSVP to 281-286-
                                                                                                    4839 or toll free 1-877-747-1542
                                                                                                                                                   3   Friday, Mother to Mother: Sup-
                                                                                                                                                       port Group for Pregnancy and
                                                                                                                                                   PostPartum Depression, 10 a.m.-
                                                      for physicians, nurses and dietitians,
nisms, maintaining competitive
pricing, BIM-best uses, 4D and 5D
                                                      7 AMA PRA Category 1 credits, reg-
                                                      ister at www.stlukeshouston.com/
                                                                                                    27     Friday, Mother to Mother:
                                                                                                           Support Group for Preg-
                                                                                                    nancy and PostPartum Depression,
                                                                                                                                                   noon, Texas Children’s Hospital,
                                                                                                                                                   Meyer Building, 1919 S. Braeswood,
information technology, and offsite                   sleh/page/cme_calendar_3.htm,                                                                second floor, room MO2227, led by
fabrication, sponsored by the Rice                                                                  10 a.m.-noon, Texas Children’s Hos-            licensed therapist Sherry Duson, free
University Building Institute Collab-                                                               pital, Meyer Building, 1919 S. Braes-          parking in Meyer Building’s Garage
                                                           4th Annual Casino Night Ben-             wood, second floor, room MO2227,
orative, www.ricebuildinginstitute.                                                                                                                #14, tell security guard you’re attend-
                                                      efiting The Health Museum, 7:30-              led by licensed therapist Sherry
org, (713) 348-3689                                                                                                                                ing the support group and they will
                                                      10:30 p.m., Hobby Center for the              Duson, free parking in Meyer Build-
19     Thursday, Faith and Prac-                                                                                                                   instruct you where to park, 832-824-
                                                      Performing Arts, 800 Bagby in the             ing’s Garage #14, tell security guard
       tice Free Legal Clinic, 4-8                                                                                                                 2410
                                                      downtown theatre district, supports           you’re attending the support group
p.m., for qualifying employees in the
Texas Medical Center, legal advice
and referrals for a variety of issues,
                                                      The Health Museum’s educational
                                                      and public programs, scholarships
                                                                                                    and they will instruct you where to
                                                                                                    park, 832-824-2410
                                                                                                                                                   7  Tuesday, Free Musical Per-
                                                                                                                                                      formances at The Methodist
                                                                                                                                                   Hospital, 12:15-1 p.m., innovative
                                                      and exhibits, $125 members, $150
                                                                                                                                                   contemporary musical ensemble
                                                                                                                                                   Musiqa performs, Methodist’s main
                                                                                                                                                   lobby (Crain Garden lobby), pre-
    11th Annual                                                                                                                                    sented by the Methodist Hospital’s
                                                                                                                                                   Center for Performing Arts Medi-
                                                                                                                                                   cine, valet and garage parking avail-
                                   Healthcare Reform and Quality of Care
                                                                                                                                                   able on Fannin
                  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
                       8:15 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
                                                                                                CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
                                                                                The Kelsey Research Foundation invites all individuals with an     8   Wednesday, “Preventing Abuse
                                                                                                                                                       and Exploitation in an Aging
                                                                                                                                                   America,” 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., United
                   Houston Medical Center Marriott                            interest in innovative research on healthcare to submit abstracts
     Conference presentations, workshops and poster presentations               for poster presentation. Abstract selection criteria include the   Way Community Resources Center,
       will focus on the six major compenents of quality of care:               research study's quality and relevance to one of the six major     50 Waugh Dr., sponsored by the
                           •            •       •
             Effectiveness Efficiency Equity Patient Safety                    components of quality of care. Abstracts must be submitted by       Center on Aging at The University
                Timeliness of Care Patient Centered Care                             October 1, 2010 and authors will be notified of the
                                                                                                                                                   of Texas Health Science Center at
                                                                                         committee's decision by October 15, 2010.
          In 2000, the Kelsey Research Foundation initiated a Health                                                                               Houston School of Nursing, $75
                                                                              For more information about the conference and instructions for
       Services and Outcomes Research Conference in Houston, Texas                                                                                 for healthcare professionals, $50 for
                                                                              submitting abstracts, contact Rona Lyimo at 713-442-1214 or
         to provide a forum for health services researchers, healthcare                      Rona.Lyimo@kelsey-seybold.com.                        students community members, $25
       providers, policy makers, purchasers and consumers to address
                                                                                                                                                   for those wishing to attend the lunch
      the challenges that we face in improving the quality of healthcare
        in the U.S. and the communities that we serve. The conference                                                                              only, www.geroeducation.org/
         has become a vital collaboration to unite a wide audience of                                                                              Centeronaging/Valley%20-21st.
          those concerned with meaningful and innovative initiatives.                                                                              htm, (713) 500-9921

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Calendar                                   p.m. or 7-8 p.m., Prairie View A&M
                                           University College of Nursing, 6436
                                                                                  M.D., professor of cardiothoracic sur-
                                                                                  gery at the National Heart and Lung
                                                                                                                                                       London, the 3rd annual Michael E.
                                                                                                                                                       DeBakey Lectureship n
(Continued from page 12)                   Fannin, auditorium, contact            Institute and the Imperial College
                                           admissions counselor Vernica
10      Friday, Mother to Mother:
        Support Group for Pregnancy
                                           Anderson at vfanderson@pvamu.edu,
and PostPartum Depression, 10 a.m.-
noon, Texas Children’s Hospital,
                                               12th Annual National Kidney          Auditions Aug. 22 for
Meyer Building, 1919 S. Braeswood,
                                           Foundation Charity Golf Tourna-
                                           ment, 1 p.m., Bay Oaks Country
                                                                                    TMC Orchestra
second floor, room MO2227, led by
                                           Club, 14145 Bay Oaks Blvd., www.
licensed therapist Sherry Duson, free
parking in Meyer Building’s Garage
                                           nkfset.org, 713-862-4100
                                                                                     T     he Texas Medical Center
                                                                                           Orchestra, whose members
                                                                                                                                                        selection should be two minutes
                                                                                                                                                        long. Selections can be from solo
#14, tell security guard you’re attend-
ing the support group and they will        14     Tuesday, PubMed for
                                                  Nurses, 3-4 p.m., 1 CNE
                                           contact hour, free, register at www.
                                                                                     are doctors, nurses, allied health
                                                                                     professionals, scientists, medical
                                                                                                                                                        or orchestral repertoires. The
                                                                                                                                                        selection panel will be listening
instruct you where to park, 832-824-2410                                             students, support staff and oth-                                   to your intonation, phrasing and
    Keck Seminar, 4-5 p.m., Rice                                                     ers in the medical field, will hold                                rhythmical abilities.
University, BioScience Research                 “Reflections upon Galatea,”
                                                                                     auditions Sunday, Aug. 22, from                                         Openings currently exist for
Collaborative auditorium                   3-4:30 p.m., UT Medical School
                                                                                     2 to 4 p.m. at the McGovern                                        all strings and clarinet.
                                           auditorium, 6431 Fannin, room
11     Saturday, “Newborn Basics”
       and “Healthy Sleep Habits
for Children,” 10-11 a.m., Texas
                                           MSB 3.001, free lecture about the
                                           literature of eugenics by John Lien-
                                                                                     Campus of the Texas Medical
                                                                                     Center, 2450 Holcombe Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                             If you are accepted, be aware
                                                                                                                                                        that rehearsals take place on
                                           hard, Ph.D., award-winning narrator       Auditions take place in the cam-                                   Wednesday evenings from 7 to
Children’s Pediatric Associates-                                                     pus’ National Center for Human                                     9:30 p.m. at the McGovern cam-
                                           of public radio’s “The Engines of
Heights, 1919 N. Loop West, Suite                                                    Performance.                                                       pus – the same location where the
                                           Our Ingenuity,” parking available in
140,  free seminars presented by
                                           Garage 4, 713-799-7169                         If you work in healthcare,                                    audition took place. Each orches-
Texas Children’s pediatricians, to

                                           15    Wednesday, Left Ven-                love music and can play an instru-                                 tra member contributes an annual
register call (713) 869-1692 and
                                                 tricular Assist Device: An          ment, you are invited to audition                                  donation of $100.
press option #3 or e-mail tnsimmon@
texaschildrens.org                         Imaginative Leap,” 5:15-6:15 p.m.,        by performing two selections of                                         For more information, e-mail
                                           The Methodist Hospital, Dunn-             your choice – one fast and techni-                                 membership@tmcorchestra.org or
13   Monday, Information Ses-
     sion for Prospective Nursing
Students,” noon-1 p.m., 5:30-6:30
                                           Rio Grande Conference Room,
                                           presented by Sir Magdi H. Yacoub,
                                                                                     cal and one slow and lyrical. Each                                 visit www.tmcorchestra.org. n

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                                        RO1 grant. This grant provides                     ter of Excellence by the American         Department of Pediatric and Adoles-
Texas Medical Center
                                        $1,577,000 over the next five years                College of Radiology. The Center of       cent Medicine.

      Accolades                         to support Zu’s research of a bifunc-
                                        tional nanomedicine for both spe-
                                        cific imaging and targeting therapy of
                                                                                           Excellence designation is awarded
                                                                                           to imaging centers that maintain the
                                                                                           mandatory accreditation for mam-
                                                                                                                                     u B. Alan Rampy, D.O., Ph.D., a
                                                                                                                                     clinical instructor in the department
u Susan Coulter has joined The          anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.                    mography as required by the FDA           of pathology at the University of
Methodist Hospital System as the                                                           and achieve accreditation in the          Texas Medical Branch at Galveston,
                   new senior vice      u Adam Walmus, director of the                     American College of Radiology’s           was named a winner of a 2010 Black-
                   president of         Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical                      voluntary programs for stereotactic       board Catalyst Award for his work in
                   development,                            Center, was rec-                breast ultrasound and ultrasound-         developing a digital pathology repos-
                   marketing and                           ognized for his                 guided breast biopsy.                     itory for medical educaton. Founded
                   public relations.                       achievements                                                              in 1997 and headquartered in Wash-
                   Prior to joining                        in workplace                    u Lauren Nelson, a student at the         ington, D.C., Blackboard is a leading
                   Methodist, she                          diversity by the                University of Houston College of          provider of technology that extends
                   was vice president                      Secretary of Vet-                                  Optometry, was         teaching and learning online.
of institutional advancement at The                        erans Affairs dur-                                 awarded a $6,000
University of Texas Health Science                         ing a ceremony                                     scholarship from       u Maya Suresh, M.D., has been
Center at Houston for three years       held last month in Washington,                                        HOYA Vision            named chair of Baylor College
and held the same position at the       D.C. Through its Office of Diversity                                  Care, North                                of Medicine’s
University of Texas Medical Branch      and Inclusion, the VA strives for a                                   America during                             Department of
in Galveston for nine years.            diverse workforce and an inclusive                                    the annual meet-                           Anesthesiology.
                                        work environment that ensures equal                                   ing of the Ameri-                          Suresh has served
u Youli Zu, M.D., Ph.D., associ-        opportunity through national policy                can Optometric Association and                                as interim chair
ate director of the hematopathology     development, workforce analysis,                   the American Optometric Student                               of the department
                    section at The      outreach, retention, and education.                Association. She was awarded for                              since 2007, and
                    Methodist Hospi-                                                       authoring a case study that detailed                          has been a mem-
                    tal, has received   u Gail Demmler-Harrison, M.D.,                     how to treat a patient with progres-      ber of the Baylor faculty since 1991.
                    a National Insti-   has been elected to a three-year term              sive lenses. HOYA is a leading man-       Prior to joining Baylor, she was on
                    tutes of Health/                        as program com-                ufacturer and supplier of ophthalmic      faculty at the University of Texas
                    National Can-                           mittee chair for               lenses.                                   Medical Branch at Galveston from
                    cer Institute                           Pediatric Aca-                                                           1980 to 1991.
                                                            demic Societies,               u Robert Voigt, M.D., is the new
                                                            the leading pro-               chief of service for Texas Children’s     u For the second year in a row, Rice
Houston’s best kept secret!
                                                            fessional organiza-            Hospital’s Meyer Center for Devel-        University is ranked No. 1 nation-
                                                            tion representing              opmental Pediatrics, and head of          ally for “Best Quality of Life” by the
                                                            academic pedia-                the developmental and behavioral          Princeton Review in its annual guide-
                                        tricians and pediatric subspecialists              pediatrics section in Baylor College      book of the country’s best colleges.
                                        worldwide. Demmler-Harrison is the                 of Medicine’s pediatrics department.      Rice’s top spot on the “Best Quality
                                        attending physician for infectious                 Prior to joining Texas Children’s         of Life” list is based on responses
                                        diseases and the virology lab director             and Baylor, he was with the Mayo          from students to questions about
                                        at Texas Children’s Hospital, and a                Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for 12         food on and off campus, dorm com-
                                        professor of pediatrics at Baylor Col-             years where he held several leader-       fort, campus beauty, ease of getting
                                        lege of Medicine.                                  ship positions, including chair of the    around campus, relationship with
                                                                                           developmental and behavioral pedi-        the local community, campus safety,
                                        u The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic radi-                  atrics division, fellowship program       the surrounding area, interaction
                                        ology department has earned the                    director for that same division and       between students, friendliness and
                                        designation as a Breast Imaging Cen-               residency program director for the        happiness of the student body and
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Accolades                                chair of the graduate education com-
                                         mittee; and Walter Baile Jr., M.D.,
                                                                                             Time to Get Teens Back on
(Continued from page 14)
biochemistry and molecular biology
                                         professor of psychiatry and behav-
                                         ioral science.
                                                                                             Sleep Schedule
at the Medical School; and Robert            From the UT Medical Branch                      By DIPALI PATHAK
Andrew Harper III, M.D., associate       at Galveston, inductees are: Judith                 Baylor College of Medicine
professor and vice chair of education
                                         Aronson, M.D., professor of pathol-                       omputers, televisions and
in the Medical School’s psychiatry       ogy; Anne Frye, Ph.D., director of                        cell phones are preventing
department.                              the Office of Educational Develop-                  teens from getting enough sleep,
     From UT’s MD Anderson Can-          ment; Virginia Niebuhr, M.D.,                       and that can affect grades and
cer Center, inductees are: Stephanie     professor of pediatrics; and Victor                 day-to-day life, said a sleep expert
Sampson Watowich, Ph.D., associ-         Sierpina, M.D., professor of family                 at Baylor College of Medicine.
ate professor of immunology and          medicine. n                                              “Because teens tend to stay
                                                                                             up and wake up later in the sum-
                                                                                             mer, their bodies get used to it,

Cruise Ship                                                                                  making it harder to wake up early
                                                                                             in the morning when the school
(Continued from page 11)                                                                     year begins,” said Philip Alapat,
                                                                                             M.D., assistant professor of pulmo-              involve televisions, computers or cell
boiling water from the serving area.     day in caring for hospital patients                 nary, critical care and sleep medicine           phones. Teens should also avoid caf-
     “On deck, the water sloshed out     – evaluating the situation, triaging,               at Baylor and medical director of the            feine in the afternoon and evening as
of the swimming pools, carrying the      planning, and determining needs                     Baylor Sleep Center.                             this promotes late bedtimes.
swimmers with it,” she said. “The        and resources.                                           Teens should be getting eight                    Sleep deprivation may also be
captain said it was a 12-degree tilt,         “Nurses began helping to trans-                to nine hours of sleep a night, but              associated with other sleep disorders
but it felt more like 30 degrees.”       port passengers to the clinic and                   most do not. This makes them sleep               such as obstructive sleep apnea.
     Lopez and her colleagues were       offered to stay at the clinic to assist             deprived, and it gets worse as the               Teens who snore, gasp or choke in
able to quickly organize themselves      with patient care,” Lopez said. “We                 week progresses. This is why teens               their sleep may need to be evaluated
and provide assistance to passengers.    evaluated our surroundings to deter-                may prefer to sleep in on the week-              by a specialist to see if they have a
     “We used our conference area as     mine any further safety issues and                  ends to make up their sleep debt, said           sleep disorder, Alapat said. n
a gathering site to help the injured,”   whether any other emergency care                    Alapat.
Lopez said. “Some of our conference      was needed in our area. As things                        However, this type of sleep pat-            pathak@bcm.edu
nurses helped a couple with lacera-      quickly settled down, we ‘rounded’ –                tern is not ideal.
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DINING                                       Brain
                       guide                 (Continued from page 1)

                                             prevent those diseases.
                                                   “The brain works like
                                             a computer,” said Jan-Ake
                                             Gustafsson, M.D., Ph.D.,
                                             professor in UH’s biology
   “where a thought of food                  and biochemistry depart-
     is food for thought”                    ment and director of the
 Schlotzsky’s Satisfies                      Center for Nuclear Recep-
                                             tors and Cell Signaling.
 Cravings in TMC Area                        “We know something about

   S    ince 1971 Schlotzsky’s®
        has grown from one small
sandwich shop in Texas into an
                                             the hard wire, but so far we
                                             know nothing about ‘wire-
                                             less connections’.”
international restaurant chain.
    But it is still home to a delectable           Gustafsson and his team
sandwich composed of a unique                have set out to discover                        SCHIZOPHRENIA COMPARISON—An unaffected brain is shown at left, while the
combination of premium meats,                more about these wireless                       affected brain on the right shows ventricular enlargement.
cheeses and marinated black olives           connections by analyzing
served on hot Schlotzsky’s sourdough         how and when the components of
bread. From humble beginnings,                                                                          ied Liver X and thyroid hormone        called a thyroid hormone receptor,
                                             the brain are assembled, and how the receptors – molecules on the                                 can later wake up the neurons that
The Original™ sandwich created a
passionate customer following.               connections between those compo-                           surface of liver and thyroid cells     have stopped and make them move
    And now, there’s a Schlotzsky’s          nents are made.                                            that respond to sensory stimuli. In    again so that the formation of the
near you in the Texas Medical Center               The brain is composed of brain                       laboratory studies, both have been     cortex is restored.
neighborhood at South Main and               cells, called neurons, which are                           proven crucial to the development            Gustafsson’s research team is
Braesmain to satisfy your craving.           placed in the correct position in the
    In addition to The Original™                                                                        of the cortex in mice embryos and      analyzing the architecture of the
                                             brain during fetal and infant devel-                       both have a role in how neurons        cerebral cortex in embryonic and
sandwich - still the mainstay of
Schlotzsky’s - you can also enjoy a          opment, Gustafsson explained. The                          communicate.                           neonatal mice, removing different
variety of delicious hot sandwiches,         neurons move with military preci-                               “The Liver X receptor is an       receptors through genetic manipula-
specialty pizzas, toasted wraps, fresh       sion to their correct places just like                     important factor in brain develop-     tion. To find out the function of a
salads, gourmet soups and more!              soldiers in a military parade.
    Our bakers get up early each
                                                                                                        ment and, very likely, in neurologi- gene, they use knockout technology
                                                   If any of the neurons fail to make                   cal diseases,” Gustafsson said.        to inactivate it, or knock it out.
morning to mix up from scratch our
                                             the correct move, gaps will occur                               The Liver X receptor belongs            “Since the genes in mice have
secret recipe. We hand-make our
buns and watch them with a careful           in the formation of the cortex – the                       to a gene family called nuclear        similar functions in humans, we
eye until they bake to perfection.           outer layer of the brain – which can                       receptors that is akin to a military   can obtain information about what
    Only then does a bun deserve to be       result in brain-related diseases.                          division. If the Liver X receptor      causes human diseases,” Gustafsson
called Fresh-from-Scratch™.                        “It is essential that we under-                      “commander” is taken away, the         said. n
    Come by to see us or give us a call      stand how the cellular commands
at (713) 665-0011 to place an order to                                                                  neurons under its command do
                                             are given and received if we are                           not move. Another “commander,”         lkmerkl@uh.edu
go or for catering.
    We offer gift cards in                   going to prevent brain-related dis-
denominations of $5 and up, perfect          eases like epilepsy and schizophre-
for birthdays and other occasions.           nia, which appear to be due to the
    You can also sign up for the new
Schlotzsky’s Bun & Fun eClub to
                                             incorrect positioning of neurons,” he
                                                                                                         Tracking                               required,” said Melissa Wingo, oper-
                                                                                                                                                ating room holding area nurse. “This
receive great special offers delivered                                                                 (Continued from page 1)
                                                   To advance this understand-                                                                  system works just like FedEx; we
straight to your inbox!
                                             ing, Gustafsson and his team stud-                        when significant events have not         know where things are at all times.

                                                  NEW YORK
                                                                                                       occurred in a timely fashion. Infor-     It’s a big stress reliever and allows us
                                                                                                       mation displays and alerts are avail-    to concentrate more on the patient.”
                                                                                                       able throughout the hospital and
                                                    PIZZERIA                                                                                          When delays do occur, the
                                                                                                       remotely via e-mail, cell phones, and system automatically adjusts the
                                                Dine In, Take Out or Delivery                          other Web-enabled devices.               scheduled start time of the affected
 Box Lunch Includes Small or                                                                                “This system automatically          procedure, and calculates the ripple
                                                                                        August triggers jeopardy alerts so we can
 starting at Medium Sandwich,                                                          Dine In                                                  effect of these changes on the rest
  $ 50 Chips, and Cookie!                                                               Special address problems such as room                   of the day’s schedule. The impact

                                                                                                       cleanings, missing lab results, or pre- on staff and anesthesia assignments,
 Box lunches are great for meetings,                                                                   consults before a schedule change is     future procedure times, and use
 seminars, or any group gatherings!
                                                                                                                                                of equipment are all determined
                                                                                                       “This system works
8200 S. Main St. Suite 100                    Giant One-Topping Pizza Slice just like FedEx; we                                                 automatically. Those changes are
      713-665-0011                            & a Fountain Drink Expiration: 8/31/10                                                            immediately displayed for everyone
1 mile south of TMC campus, & 1 mile north     See store for other specials. Must present coupon. Dine know where things                        to see. n
   of 610 just across from Super Target.       in only. Offer applies for West Holcombe location only.
                                                                                                         are at all times.”
                                               2250 West Holcombe                                        —Melissa Wingo                     bobbi.gruner@va.gov
                                                Blvd., 713-432-1121
16 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • tmc.edu/news • August 15, 2010
History                                    Nov. 3
                                           “Making Cancer History: Disease
                                                                                         Feb. 2
                                                                                         “What Every Physician Should
                                                                                                                                  lence from its earliest beginnings to
                                                                                                                                  Vision 2010, a $1.5 billion initiative
(Continued from page 3)                    and Discovery at the University               Know: Lessons from the Past,” the        that represents the largest expansion
                                           of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer                 history of medicine from the first       program ever undertaken by a single
Students’ papers are also submit-          Center,” shares the story of the can-         great medical discoveries, early ther-   children’s hospital, presented by
ted to national contests such as the       cer center’s founding and of the sur-         apeutics, the evolution of the doctor-   Rev. B. Lee Lignon, Ph.D., of Baylor
American Osler Society’s William B.        geons, radiologists, radiotherapists,         patient relationship, the “dark” side    College of Medicine and the Episco-
Bean essay contest.                        nurses, medical oncologists, scien-           of medicine including quackery and       pal Diocese
Lectures for the 2010-11                   tists, administrators and patients            false advertising, and the people who    May 4
academic year are:                         who built M.D. Anderson into the              made significant contributions to        “Visualizing Disease: Motion
                                           world-class institution it is today,          our present medical understanding,       Pictures in the History of Medi-
Sept. 1                                    presented by James S. Olson, Ph.D.,           presented by Robert E. Greenspan,
“William Osler (1849-1919):                                                                                                       cal Education,” examines medical
                                           distinguished professor of history at         M.D., practicing nephrologist from       motion pictures produced, reviewed,
America’s Most Famous Physi-               Sam Houston State University and              Fairfax, Va. and author of the book
cian,” celebrates the contributions                                                                                               distributed and exhibited by the
                                           M.D. Anderson patient                         “Medicine: Perspectives in History       American College of Surgeons, pri-
of Osler, who wrote the leading                                                          and Art”
medical textbook of the English-           Dec. 1                                                                                 marily as training films for physicians
speaking world and moved the               “The History of Pathology as a                March 2                                  and medical students, as well as the
teaching of medical students from          Biological Science and Medical                “Medicine in Ancient Mesopota-           current-day depiction of medicine
the lecture hall to the bedside,           Specialty,” examines pathology’s              mia,” how medicine was practiced in      in the entertainment industry, pre-
presented by Robert Rakel, M.D.,           evolution into a distinct branch of           the cradle of civilization as long ago   sented by Kirsten Ostherr, Ph.D.,
Baylor College of Medicine family          medicine, and the people and events           as 5500 B.C., the diseases prevalent     associate professor of English, Rice
practice physician                         that helped pathology come to the             in the very first human societies,       University
                                           forefront in the late 19th century,           and the laws that governed ancient
Oct. 6                                     presented by L. Maximillian Buja,             medical practice, presented by Sajid          To be placed on a monthly mail-
“The Assassination of John F.              M.D., pathologist and executive               Haque, M.D., MD Anderson Cancer          ing list for reminders, contact Robert
Kennedy: A Neurosurgeon’s Eye-             director of the Houston Academy               Center                                   Rakel, M.D. at rrakel@bcm.edu. For
witness Account of the Medical             of Medicine-Texas Medical Center                                                       more information visit www.hhom.
Aspect of the Events of Nov. 22,                                                         April 6
                                           Library                                                                                org. n
1963,” Conflicting theories con-                                                         “The History of Texas Children’s
                                                                                                                                                           Ronda Wendler
cerning President Kennedy’s wounds                                                       Hospital,” follows Texas Children’s
and whether they were inflicted by         2011 SEMINARS                                 remarkable growth and rise to excel-
a single individual or a conspiracy of     Jan. 5
individuals continues today. Robert        Student Essay Contest Winners
Grossman, M.D., chairman of The            Feb. 1
Methodist Hospital’s department            “Annual John P. McGovern lecture
of neurosurgery and one of the two         and banquet at La Colombe d’Or
neurosurgical faculty at Southwest-        Restaurant,” Robert E. Greenspan,
ern Medical School who examined            M.D., practicing nephrologist from
President Kennedy in Trauma Room           Fairfax, Va. and author of the book
1 at Parkland Memorial Hospital in         “Medicine: Perspectives in History and
Dallas, will discuss his observations      Art,” will host an interactive tour
of the president’s wounds, his study       that brings guests in contact with
of Dealey Plaza where the assassina-       many historical figures including
tion took place and his reconstruc-        Hippocrates, Shakespeare, Leonardo
tion of the bullet trajectories that       da Vinci and others to show what
point to the site from which the fatal     medicine was like during their times.
shots were fired.

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Quintuplets                             neonatologist, attributes their health
                                        to a longer-than-average time in
(Continued from page 1)                 utero.
    “We thought we were having               “The Real-Mayorga quintuplets
twins,” said Veronica. “You can         were born at least a couple of weeks
imagine the shock.”                     later than most,” she said. “They got
                                        extra time inside Mom to grow and
NO COMPLICATIONS                        get stronger. They’re not completely
Doctors placed Veronica on bed rest     out of danger, but they’re progressing
13 weeks into her pregnancy, and        and doing very well.”
on July 31, one day shy of 30 weeks’         Veronica said she’s relieved.
gestation, she delivered healthy             “To expect smaller babies and
quintuplets at Children’s Memorial      then have them this size makes me
Hermann Hospital.                       feel truly blessed,” she said.
    Aaron and Priscilla debuted at
                                        PERFECT CANDIDATE
2:23 p.m.; Matilde and Joel at 2:24
p.m.; and Isaac at 2:25 p.m. The        Veronica was “the perfect candidate       TOUCHING MOMENT—Enrique Mayorga touches son Isaac, the youngest
delivery room was crowded with a        to carry quintuplets,” said Lara Friel,   of the quints. (Photos by Alex Rodriguez)
team of 20 medical professionals,       M.D., Ph.D., the new mom’s OB/
with each baby requiring his or her     GYN.                                      mother, three sisters, numerous                Nawab said before the babies go
own doctor, nurses and therapists.           “She was in perfect health,” said    cousins, and an extended “church          home, they’ll need to remain in the
    The babies ranged from 2 ½          Friel. “So many moms of multiples         family.”                                  hospital another six to eight weeks
pounds to nearly 4 pounds in weight     develop complications during their             “They’re already drawing up a        until they gain weight, can feed
– considerably more than quintuplets    pregnancies like diabetes, high blood     help schedule at church,” Veronica        from a bottle – they’re tube-fed now
usually weigh. They experienced         pressure, and pre-eclampsia. Veron-       said.                                     – sleep in a crib without warming
none of the medical complications       ica had none of these. She has a posi-         She and Enrique have one other       lights, and breathe without supple-
low birth weight babies often develop   tive attitude, which will help a lot in   child, 8-year-old Fernando, who says      mental oxygen – all but one are
the first 90 days after delivery.       the days and months to come.”             he’ll feed and play with the babies,      receiving respiratory support.
    Ursula Nawab, M.D., the babies’          Also helping will be Veronica’s      but he won’t change dirty diapers.             Veronica, who has already
                                                                                       Veronica said when she told          learned to tell the babies apart based
                                                                                  Fernando he was getting five new          on their size, says she needs to go
                                                                                  brothers and sisters, he responded,       home soon, to prepare for the quints’

                                                                                  “No, Mommy, we just wanted one.”          arrival.
                                                                                  He suggested one of the babies could           “I never got a chance to finish
                                                                                  be “given to Grandma.”                    the nursery,” she said.

                                                                                                                                 When the quintuplets start
                                                                                  ROOM TO GROW
                                                                                                                            school, Veronica says she’ll return
                                                                                  The family purchased a new three-         to her job as a teacher’s aide for pre-
                                                                                  bedroom house in Humble earlier           kindergarteners.
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Panasonic Healthcare Day
Texas Medical Center • August 18, 2010

BioHouston and Fairway Medical Technologies
welcome Panasonic to the Texas Medical Center and
invite you to the Panasonic Healthcare Day Expo.
This day will feature a breakfast presentation by the
Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North
America, product expo and complimentary lunch.

        For more information and to register visit

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