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                                                                                                                                  November 1, 2010

Doctor Says
Pediatric Hepatitis B Cases Under-reported in Houston
By NICOLE TERRY                                                                                 only “acute” cases –    clinic opened almost a year ago, the
Texas Children’s Hospital                                                                       active cases in which   clinic has diagnosed more than 50

T     exas Children’s and Baylor Col-                                                           symptoms are dis-       new cases.
      lege of Medicine physicians are                                                           played – are report-         “These cases from Texas Chil-
launching a study to get a true read-                                                           able by the CDC.        dren’s alone equal those reported by
ing on the number and location of                                                                   “Unfortunately,     the CDC for the entire city of Hous-
Houston-area children infected with                                                             in pediatrics, most     ton, which raises many questions,”
the hepatitis B virus.                                                                          children never show     Leung said.
     “Hundreds of children with hep-                                                            any symptoms, leav-          The clinic is working with pedia-
atitis B may be improperly accounted                                                            ing hundreds to         tricians from Texas Children’s and
for and remain unreported by the                                                                thousands of infected   the city and state health departments
Centers for Disease Control year                                                                children unreported     to gather pediatric data from the last
after year,” said Daniel Leung, M.D.,                                                           and untreated,”         10 years, including racial, demo-
director of Texas Children’s Viral                                                              Leung said.             graphic, environmental and socio-
                                         NOT JUST ANOTHER NUMBER––Daniel Leung, M.D.,
Hepatitis Clinic and assistant profes-                                                              Serious compli-     economic features of patients, which
                                         examines China Penny at the Texas Children’s
sor at Baylor College of Medicine.       Viral Hepatitis Clinic, where 50 new cases have        cations may ensue       will be used to determine those at
     The problem, he said, is that       been diagnosed in the past year. (Photo by Allen       including scarring of   highest risk for hepatitis B.
                                         Kramer)                                                the liver, liver can-        The information will then be
                                                                                                cer or liver failure,
Pharmacy Professor’s Goal is
                                                                                                                        used to educate physicians, schools
                                                                                requiring transplantation.              and families about risk factors and

to Develop Alcoholism Drug
                                                                                    Since Texas Children’s hepatitis    (See HEPATITIS page 18)

Research still in early stages                                                 Seniors' Health Center Opens
University of Houston
                                                                               I  n response to the
                                                                                  growing popula-
                                                                               tion of people over

A     research project at the
      University of Houston’s
College of Pharmacy is in the begin-
                                                                               the age of 65 in the
                                                                               Houston area, UT
                                                                               Physicians, the medi-
ning stages of developing a drug to
                                                                               cal group practice
treat alcoholism.
                                                                               of The University
    “Alcoholism is a big problem. It
                                                                               of Texas Medical
has a lot of social impact,” said Joy-
                                                                               School at Houston,
dip Das, Ph.D., assistant professor of
                                                                               has opened the UT
medicinal chemistry and pharmacol-
                                                                               Center for Healthy
(See ALCOHOLISM page 17)                                                                                 CUSTOM CARE—Kathleen Pace Murphy, Ph.D.,
                                                                               Aging. The center,
                                                                                                         professor at The University of Texas School of
                                                                               located in Suite 130      Nursing at Houston, is part of a team of geriatric

                                                                               at 6700 West Loop         specialists seeing patients like Marlene Matalon,
                                                                               South, is a health        left, at UT’s Center for Healthy Aging in Bellaire.
                                         TARGETING THE BRAIN—Joydip            clinic dedicated solely The center is dedicated solely to caring for older
                                         Das, Ph.D., assistant professor in    to the well-being of      adults. (Photo by Meredith Raine)

                   years                 the University of Houston’s Col-
                                         lege of Pharmacy, is conducting
                                                                               older adults.
                                                                                    Patients have access to a team       urogynecology, neurology, wound
               1 9 4 5 – 2 0 10          brain chemistry research that may
                                                                               of specialists including nurses,          care, gastroenterology, palliative
                                         result in a drug to battle alcohol-
                                         ism in the future. (Photo by Jerry    nutritionists, geriatricians and other    medicine and other fields of medi-
                                         Powers)                               clinicians who specialize in geriatric    cine. Patients with memory problems
                                                                               cardiology, orthopedics, psychiatry,      (See SENIORS page 16)
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2 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
                                            an outline for treatment. But years     and a home-based end-of-life care     ance to family and friends about
                                            of cigarette smoking and healthcare     program had been around for little    how to say goodbye.
                                            neglect had already taken its toll.     more than a decade in America. In          Although the majority of their
                                                 John received the best care        fact, Congress did not enact perma-   services are at the end of life, hos-
                                            available, and when test results        nent Medicare funding for hospice     pice also is available for people who
                                            showed little more to be done, John     care until 1986.                      need medical care at home after
                                            turned to Houston Hospice. When              Houston Hospice is a nonprofit   serious, incapacitating illnesses and
                                            John passed away, family, friends       facility supported by corporate       hospital stays.

   B    y almost everyone’s estima-
        tion, John M. was a character.
   In a business world of well-tailored
                                            and two of his hospice caregivers
                                            who had joined the ranks of friends
                                            were there. It was the way John
                                                                                    and private sponsors who believe
                                                                                    in what the center does, which is
                                                                                    provide care for people in need
                                                                                                                               November is National Hos-
                                                                                                                          pice Care month, which allows us
                                                                                                                          to spotlight and thank healthcare
   suits and pale-blue Oxford shirts,       would have wanted it.                   whether they have the ability to      providers for their caring services.
   John favored a crisp, short-sleeved           Almost anyone who has had a        pay or not. Houston Hospice serves    Houston Hospice will honor com-
   white shirt and colorful bow tie.        friend or family member go through      not only Harris County, but also      munity leaders Sarita and Bob
   You could tell by his swagger he had     the end stages of life will tell you    residents in neighboring Fort Bend,   Hixon with its 2010 Laura Lee
   something to say – and you were          hospice care is worth its weight in     Brazoria, Montgomery, and other       Blanton Community Spirit Award
   going to hear it.                        gold. The healthcare professionals      counties.                             during its annual fundraising din-
        John had a multitude of friends,    involved in hospice are the people           When home-based care isn’t       ner Nov. 9 at the River Oaks Coun-
   but when doctors told him he had         who can step back a bit and look        an option, Houston Hospice turns      try Club.
   lung cancer, he chose to keep that       at the situation without the emo-       to the Margaret Cullen Marshall            For more information about the
   information to himself at first. John    tional factors families bring to bear   Hospice Care Center located in the    dinner and about Houston Hospice,
   was a proud man who thought it his       on such a tough situation. Hospice      Texas Medical Center.                 visit
   responsibility to be strong for those    workers provide that calm during             Not only do hospice caregivers
   around him.                              the oftentimes painful storm.           administer the medical care needed
        When he eventually did open              When Houston Hospice               during these tough times, but also
   up about his condition, it was to say    opened its doors in 1980, the entire    provide support for families going    Richard E. Wainerdi, Ph.D., is Texas Medical
   he had gone to the best doctors in       hospice idea was a rather new one.      through this special bereavement      Center president and Texas Medical Center
   the Texas Medical Center and had         The concept of dying with dignity       process. These workers offer guid-    News publisher/editor.

Study Finds Link between
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dementia
By FRANCES BURKE                           ans at least 65 years of age.            dementia during the period we stud-    post-traumatic stress disorder are
Michael E. DeBakey                             “Despite the increased risk for      ied,” said Salah Qureshi, M.D., VA     at greatest risk for dementia and to
VA Medical Center                          those with post-traumatic stress         psychiatrist and one of the study’s    determine whether PTSD induced

R     esults of a study reported in the
      Journal of the American Geriatrics
Society suggest that veterans with
                                           disorder, it is noteworthy that most
                                           veterans with PTSD did not develop
                                                                                    authors. “It will be important to
                                                                                    determine which veterans with
                                                                                                                           by situations other than war injury is
                                                                                                                           (See DEMENTIA page 19)
post-traumatic stress disorder, or
PTSD, have a greater risk for demen-
tia than veterans without post-trau-
matic stress disorder, even those who                                                             WE’RE
suffered traumatic injuries.                                                                    THANKFUL
     “We found veterans with PTSD                                                             FOR OUR LOYAL
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                                                                                    November 1, 2010 • • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 3
Local Credit Union Joins Organ Donor
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     company of more than 150             place Partner. As a Workplace                                                
                                                                                   strive to serve customers quickly and
employees, will become an advo-           Partner, the credit union will pro-                                                  Richard E. Wainerdi, Ph.D. ........Publisher/Editor
                                                                                   reduce waiting time for customers.
cate for promoting organ and tissue       vide educational resources to its                                                    Ronda Wendler............................Managing Editor
                                                                                        “We understand firsthand that
donation among its workforce and          workforce and customers to promote                                                   Linda Gilchriest.......................Contributing Writer
                                                                                   no one likes waiting in a long line,”
customers, under the Workplace            organ and tissue donation.                                                           Jamie Farquhar .............. Senior Graphic Designer
                                                                                   he said, “let alone for a lifesaving
Partnership for Life initiative, spear-        This announcement comes                                                         Richard Payne .........................Design Coordinator
headed by the U.S. Department of          after the City of Houston expressed                                                  Loretta Towne ...............Senior Account Executive
                                                                                        Less than 10 percent of Texans
Health and Human Services. The            its intent to become a Workplace                                                     Rosalyn Beyinc ..............................Office Manager
                                                                                   over age 18 are registered organ, eye
initiative is designed to increase        Partner last month. During a press                                                   Derrik Bradford...Senior Distribution Coordinator
                                                                                   and tissue donors. Registering to
donor awareness among corpora-            conference, Houston Mayor Annise                                                     Adrian Bernal.................Distribution Coordinator
                                                                                   become a donor is free and takes less
tions, hospitals, and other organiza-     Parker issued a challenge to other       than five minutes. There are three              Public Relations Advisory Council:
                                                                                                                                   Baylor College of Medicine, Claire Bassett,
tions.                                    entities to do their part in saving      ways to register:                               Ruth SoRelle and Lori Williams; Gulf Coast
                                                                                                                                   Regional Blood Center, Brian Gannon and
     “It’s encouraging to see local       lives.                                        • Electronically via www.                  Courtney Caudle; Harris County Hospital
corporations taking a stand to help            Currently more than 10,000                             District, Melinda Muse, John Martinez and
                                                                                                                                   Heather Sessions; Harris County Medical
in this lifesaving mission,” said Sam     Texans are on the waiting list, and           • In person at the Department              Society, Jennifer Snyder; Harris County
Holtzman, president and CEO of            2,500 are from Houston.                  of Public Safety Office                         Psychiatric Center, Geri Konigsberg; Harris
                                                                                                                                   County Public Health and Environmental
LifeGift, a not-for-profit organ pro-          “If every business or entity were        • Online with the Department               Services, Rita Obey; The Hospice at the Texas
curement organization. “This is an        to take part in the Workplace Part-      of Motor Vehicles when renewing                 Medical Center, Cynthia Nordt; Houston
                                                                                                                                   Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center
example of how the community can          nership program, more awareness          vehicle registration                            Library, Beatriz Varman, Deborah Halsted and
                                          would be brought to this issue,” said                                                    Lisa Berry; Houston Community College’s
get involved and help those waiting                                                     For more information, visit                John B. Coleman College of Health Sciences,
for a second chance at life.”             Jose Rodriguez, president and CEO or call 1 (800) 633-           Brian Waddle; Houston Department of Health
                                                                                                                                   and Human Services, Kathy Barton and
     Shell Federal Credit Union’s         of Shell Federal Credit Union. “It’s     6562. n                                         Porfirio Villarreal; Institute for Spirituality
participation marks the first time        really simple. The more donors there                                  Elvia Valdez       and Health, Jerri Doctor; John P. McGovern
                                                                                                                                   Museum of Health & Medical Science, Anna
that a financial institution in the       are, the more lives that are saved.”                                                     Hawley; Harris County Institute of Forensic
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4 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
Organ Failure Conference Nov. 6                                                       P E A R L A N D                       •       T E X A S

T     he latest treatment options
      for end-stage organ failure is
the focus of an inaugural confer-
                                         and the great importance of timing
                                         and referrals.
                                              This seminar is designed for
ence Saturday, Nov. 6, honoring          nephrologists, cardiologists, gastro-
the achievements of George Noon,         enterologists, pathologists, inter-
M.D., professor of surgery and chief     nists, oncologists, pulmonologists,
of transplant and assist devices         family practitioners, nurses, social
at Baylor College of Medicine’s          workers, and allied health profes-
Michael E. DeBakey Department of         sionals interested in organ failure
Surgery. Noon is the longtime surgi-     and transplantation. Physicans may
cal partner of the late Michael E.       claim 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1
DeBakey, M.D.                            credits and 1.75 hours of education
     Recent advances in the man-         in medical ethics and professional
agement of heart, liver, lung and        responsibility. Nurses may earn up to
kidney failure, and new develop-         5.75 CNEs, social workers up to .65
ments in the care of diabetes will be    CEUs (6.5 hours), and transplant
highlighted.                             coordinators up to 5.75 Category
     The conference will investigate     1 continuing education points for

                                                                                   Make yourself
current therapies such as multi-         transplant certification.
organ transplantation, ventricular            The conference will be at Hous-
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                                         Fannin St. from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
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Rebecca Garris, senior data analyst in the Department of Leukemia at                  
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, displays her photo
of two children walking on a railroad track, which won Best of Show in
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital’s 14th annual photography contest, open
to all Texas Medical Center institutions. Sixty-three participants submit-
ted 120 photographs from 10 institutions in the Texas Medical Center.

                                                                                 November 1, 2010 • • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 5
Trauma Survivors, Caregivers Reunite
By JENNIFER HART                       face painting and a photo booth with
Memorial Hermann                       dress-up costumes.

Y     oung survivors of major trau-         “It’s a blessing for the trauma
      matic injury recently reunited   team to reunite with our former
with the professionals who helped      patients and their families. We spend
save their lives during the first-ever a lot of time with many of these
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hos-       children and families during their
pital Pediatric Trauma Reunion at      hospitalization, and it’s rewarding to
the Houston Zoo.                       see their progress and return to life at
     More than 150 patients, fami-     home,” said pediatric trauma nurse
lies, physicians, nurse practitioners, practitioner Lisa Sansalone as she
nurses, physical therapists and respi- watched Brendon Totten, 5, of Bay-
ratory therapists gathered on the      town, choose a costume for his turn
sunny day to celebrate children of all in the photo booth.
ages who survived an array of injuries.     Brendon fell under a riding lawn
     “It’s amazing to see all the chil-mower last summer and underwent
dren here who suffered terrible inju-  nine surgeries, including the ampu-
ries, underwent numerous surgeries     tation of his left foot. Today, he is
and treatments, and fought their way   thriving and eagerly shows off his
back to health,” said Charles Cox,     prosthetic limb.
M.D., director of the hospital’s pedi-      “We are thrilled to be here to
atric trauma program and professor of  show everyone how well Brendon is
pediatric surgery at The University    doing,” said his mother, Holly. “The
of Texas Medical School at Houston.    trauma team at Children’s Memorial
“It re-energizes everyone on the team  Hermann Hospital saved his life and
to see former patients happy and       helped him return to a normal child-
                                                                                  FIVE AND ALIVE—Brendon Totten, 5, celebrates survival at a reunion of
well.”                                 hood.” n
                                                                                  pediatric trauma survivors and caregivers. Brendon fell under a riding
     Reunion participants enjoyed                                                 lawnmower last summer and was cared for at Children’s Memorial Her-
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6 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
City-wide Survey Assesses Health of Houston
By JADE WADDY                                   “We hope the data collected          the Harris County Healthcare Alli-    employment status, education, pub-
University of Texas                        will identify the needs of vulnerable     ance, Gateway to Care, OneVoice,      lic program participation, health
School of Public Health                    populations by location, and then         the Houston Department of Health      insurance coverage, diet, physical

T     he Institute for Health Policy at
      The University of Texas Health
Science Center at Houston is inter-
                                           programs to meet those needs can be
                                           planned accordingly,” Linder said.
                                                                                     and Human Services, Harris County
                                                                                     Public Health and Environmental
                                                                                                                           activity, tobacco use, access to pre-
                                                                                                                           ventive care services, concerns about
                                                                                                                           stray animals and neighborhood
viewing more than 4,000 Houston-                                                                                           safety. Children were questioned
area adults for the Health of Houston                                                                                      about their weight, level of physical
Survey 2010.                                                                                                               activity and diet.
     “A comprehensive survey of                                                                                                 The survey is being administered
health conditions, access to care and                                                                                      in English, Spanish and Vietnam-
service needs of Greater Houston                                                                                           ese. Personal names, addresses and
residents has not previously been                                                                                          other identifying information will
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associate director of the Institute for                                                                                    public.
Health Policy and professor at The                                                                                              Data collection is expected to be
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                                                                                     November 1, 2010 • • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 7
  Saint Nicholas Schools Nominees Sought for
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8 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
Oral Supplements Enhance Effectiveness of Botox
By GALE SMITH                             can Society of Ophthalmic Plastic             Zytaze is licensed to Ocusoft        an ongoing collaboration between
The Methodist Hospital                    & Reconstructive Surgery’s 41st           Inc., a company dedicated to oph-        Methodist’s Department of Oph-

T    aking a dietary supplement of
     organic zinc and the enzyme
phytase four days before receiving
                                          annual fall scientific symposium Oct.
                                          14 in Chicago.
                                               “Surprisingly, the results showed
                                                                                    thalmic research, development and
                                                                                    patient care, and will be available as
                                                                                    a prescription supplement.
                                                                                                                             thalmology and Texas Children’s
                                                                                                                             Hospital’s Division of Plastic
                                                                                                                             Surgery. n
botulinum toxin injections made the       that in over ninety percent of the            This research is the result of
toxin more effective in 93 percent        patients studied, the zinc-and-                                          
of patients tested in a recent study at   phytase combination resulted in a
The Methodist Hospital.                   remarkable improved responsiveness        HATS OFF TO THE LADIES
     Research by Charles Soparkar,        to treatment of blepharospasm using
M.D., Ph.D., has resulted in a            the same amount of botulinum toxin
patent-pending dietary supplement         as previously used,” said Soparkar, an
combining zinc and phytase - trade-       oculoplastic surgeon at The Meth-
marked as Zytaze – which has just         odist Hospital. “The toxins seemed
hit the market and is available by        to have greater effect and last longer.
prescription to patients.                 Potentially, this could mean using
     Forty-one of the 44 patients         less toxin, offering patients financial
who took the oral supplements             savings, greater safety, and more
prior to botulinum toxin injec-           consistent results.”
tions, which are marketed under the            Physicians began using botuli-
names Botox, Dysport, or Myobloc,         num toxin for blepharospasm in the
showed improved results. Many of          1980s. Today, Botox, the first FDA-       The Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, whose members are mostly the wives
the patients in the study were being      approved botulinum toxin, is com-         of Shriners but are a separate and distinct order, present a check for
treated for a rare form of eyelid         monly used for cosmetic purposes as       more than $110,000 to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Houston. The
spasm called blepharospasm and had        well as the treatment of many medi-       funds will be used to purchase research equipment needed to test and
                                                                                    train children with balance problems caused by orthopedic conditions
previously responded poorly to botu-      cal conditions, such as uncontrolla-
                                                                                    such as cerebral palsy or scoliosis. Holding the check are, from left,
linum toxin injections.                   ble drinking and eye spasms, muscle       chief of staff Douglas Barnes, M.D., manager of research operations
     Soparkar’s research team pre-        spasticity, headaches, and excessive      Judi Linton, and recent Grand High Priestess Patricia “PC” Mabray.
sented their findings at the Ameri-       sweating.                                 (Photo by Joe Vela)

                                                                                    November 1, 2010 • • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 9
Nurse-Managed Clinic in
Galveston Expands
T     he nurse-managed health clinic
      that opened after Hurricane Ike
to provide needed care for the indi-
                                        insured patients.
                                             The nurse-managed clinic was
                                        initially established two years ago
                                                                                                 G                oing Public
                                                                                                                   Protecting and Improving
                                                                                                                          Our Public Health
gent and underserved will expand        with funding from the UTMB Office                       Alexandra Evans, Ph.D., M.P.H.                 We bought fresh produce, tasty
services with a $1.5 million federal    of Health Policy and Legislative                        The University of Texas                    homemade treats, entertained the
grant awarded to the University of      Affairs. Since then, the clinic has                     School of Public Health                    kids, and came home with lots of
Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.      served almost 2,000 patients a year                                                                good recipes and good memories.
                                                                                                     Nutritionists call the way
     The grant is one of 10 awarded     from Galveston and the surrounding                                                                 Now my daughter begs for radishes.
                                                                                                Americans eat the “S.A.D. Diet,”
                                        area.                                                                                                  With nearly 5,000 farmers’
nationally to fund nurse-managed                                                                meaning the “standard American
                                             “With this grant, not only will                                                               markets in the United States,
health clinics.                                                                                 diet” which is sadly lacking in
     “As the nation grapples with       we be able to expand, we will also                      fruits and vegetables.
expanded health care delivery,          be able to conduct research to study                         Most of us know that eating           Less than 3 percent
nurse-managed clinics will play a       the impact of the services provided                     fruits and vegetables is important         of men and 6 percent
vital role,” said Pamela Watson,        by nurse practitioners and nurse case                   for the prevention of cancer, dia-         of women in the
                                        managers on health disparities seen                     betes, heart disease, and a number         United States consume
dean of UTMB’s School of Nursing.
                                                                                                of other diseases, yet less than           the daily servings
     Awarded by the Health              with vulnerable people such as the
                                                                                                3 percent of men and 6 percent             recommended by the
Resources and Services Admin-           uninsured and people living in pov-
                                                                                                of women in the United States              daily food pyramid.
istration of the U.S. Department        erty,” said Kathryn Fiandt, professor                   consume the daily servings recom-
of Health and Human Services,           and associate dean in the nursing                       mended by, the
the grant will provide $500,000 a       school and the grant’s principal                                                                   chances are there’s one near you.
                                                                                                official food pyramid. Although
year for the next three years to the    author.                                                                                            Farmers’ markets increase the
                                                                                                we collectively “get it,” we don’t
                                             St. Vincent’s House is a non-                                                                 availability of fresh produce, help
clinic at St. Vincent’s House in                                                                always “do it.”
                                        profit social service agency provid-                                                               you get in touch with the land,
Galveston. The clinic will expand                                                                    Recently, on a cool Satur-
                                                                                                                                           help revitalize neighborhoods,
its primary-care services to children   ing social services and community                       day morning, my family and I
                                                                                                                                           and promote the local economy
and the elderly and begin accepting     outreach programs for entire fami-                      decided to spend some quality time
                                                                                                                                           and a sustainable environment.
                                        lies. The clinic was recently cited                     together, outdoors. We ended up
                                                                                                                                           All in all, they’re a ¨win-win¨ for
                                        as one of five nurse-led innovative                     at a farmers’ market near our home
                                                                                                                                           everyone. With Thanksgiving
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10 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
New Method for Kidney Removal Studied
By ERIN FAIRCHILD                           If this method of removing kid-     natural opening in the body to mini-       ent and the donor. To assess whether
The Methodist Hospital                 neys proves to be safe, then it will     mize pain and scarring. According to       or not contamination is a serious

S   urgeons at The Methodist Hos-      ultimately be available to the public    the United Network for Organ Shar-         risk, Dunkin and co-investigator
    pital are studying a new way to    in the near future.                      ing, more than 60 percent of living        Rohan Joseph, M.D., are conduct-
make kidney donation safer, less            The technique is a new type         kidney donors are female.                  ing a microbiological analysis of the
invasive and almost scar free for      of surgery called natural orifice             In the current, traditional           cervix and vagina of patients under-
women by using a new technique         translumenal endoscopic surgery,         method of removing a kidney, the           going a laparoscopic transvaginal
that removes kidneys transvaginally.   or NOTES, in which surgeons use a        donor undergoes a minimally inva-          hysterectomy, in which the female
                                                                                sive laparoscopic operation, in which      reproductive organs are removed
                                                                                the surgeon makes three, one-fourth-       through the vagina. A sterile mock
                                                                                inch incisions in the donor’s abdo-        kidney is placed in each patient’s
CELEBRATING SURVIVORS                                                           men. The surgeon works through             abdomen and extracted transvagi-
                                                                                those incisions to prepare the kidney      nally at the end of the hysterectomy
                                                                                for removal. However, when it              procedure.
                                                                                comes time to remove the kidney,                If the mock kidney shows no
                                                                                a larger three- to four-inch incision      contamination, it’s further evidence
                                                                                must be made for the extraction.           that this technique may improve
                                                                                     This larger incision is the source    donor and recipient safety while
                                                                                of most of the pain and scarring           reducing pain and recovery time for
                                                                                experienced with kidney removal,           the donor, Dunkin said.
                                                                                and is large enough to cause pos-               His study gets under way next
                                                                                sible hernias and wound infections,”       month, and will be followed by addi-
                                                                                said Brian Dunkin, M.D., surgeon           tional studies before the technique
                                                                                at The Methodist Hospital and lead         is available to the public outside of
                                                                                researcher on the Phase I study.           clinical trials. n
                                                                                     Removing the kidney transvagi-
                                                                                nally – where there are relatively few
                                                                                pain fibers – could result in a nearly
                                                                                painless operation with no extrac-
                                                                                tion scar, explained Dunkin, who
                                                                                also is medical director of MITIE, the
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                                          (Crain Garden lobby), presented by                     Hospital nephrologist and clinical        #14, tell security guard you’re attend-
Texas Medical Center                      the Methodist Hospital’s Center for                    assistant professor of nephrology at      ing the support group and they will

                                          Performing Arts Medicine, valet and                    Baylor College of Medicine, pre-          instruct you where to park, 832-824-
                                          garage parking available on Fannin                     sented by the National Kidney Foun-       2410

        of Events                        3     Wednesday, “Making Cancer
                                               History: Disease and Discov-
                                          ery at the University of Texas
                                                                                                 dation of Southeast Texas, 1 (877)
                                                                                                      Stroke Support Group, 6:30
                                                                                                                                                “The Art of Medicine,” noon
                                                                                                                                           followed by a 1 p.m. question-and-
                                                                                                                                           answer session, Baylor College of
NOVEMBER                                  MD Anderson Cancer Center”                             p.m., 2491 S. Braeswood at Kirby,         Medicine, McMillian Auditorium,

1   Monday, 27th Annual Holi-             noon-1 p.m., M.D. Anderson Cancer                      St. Luke’s Radiation Therapy and          presented by photographer Rick
    day Happening, 10 a.m., Omni          Center’s Mitchell Basic Sciences                       CyberKnife Center, all stroke survi-      Guidotti whose positive photo-
Houston Hotel, benefiting Ronald          Research Building near Bertner-                        vors and brain aneurysm survivors         graphic images of people with
McDonald House-Houston, Texas             Moursund intersection next to the                      and caregivers are welcome, free          genetic conditions portray the rich-
Children’s Cancer Center and other John P. McGovern Commons water-                               parking, refreshments served, 832-        ness of genetic variation, a presenta-
selected children’s charities, Hous-      wall building, Onstead Auditorium,                     355-2187                                  tion of Baylor’s annual Compassion
ton Junior Woman’s Club’s annual
fundraiser features runway fashion
                                          free attendance and free lunches for
                                          first 75 attendees, presented by James
                                          Olson, Ph.D., Sam Houston State
                                                                                                 3&4           Wednesday and Thurs-
                                                                                                               day, “Flexibility:
                                                                                                 Designing for Uncertainty and
                                                                                                                                           and the Art of Medicine series, www.
                                                                                                                                                Keck Seminar, 4-5 p.m., Rice
show, live and silent auctions, big
board, gift baskets, raffle and door      University history chair and MD                        Change in Healthcare and Facili-          University, BioScience Research
prizes, tickets available at www.         Anderson patient, sponsored by the                     ties,” 1-5 p.m. Wednesday with            Collaborative auditorium, speaker, 713-789-5676              Houston History of Medicine Soci-                      cocktail reception 5:30-7 p.m., and       is Patrick Barth, Ph.D., assistant

2   Tuesday, Bio/Medical Technol- ety,                                              8-11:30 a.m. Thursday, on the Rice        professor of pharmacology, Baylor
    ogy Club of Houston Monthly                 UH Health and Biomedical                         University campus, presented by           College of Medicine, hosted by Keck
Breakfast Meeting, 7-8:30 a.m.,           Sciences Center Groundbreaking,                        Lloyd Siegel, director of the U.S.        Center for Interdisciplinary Biosci-
Rotary House International, 1600          2:30 p.m., College of Optometry,                       Department of Veterans Affairs’           ence Training, Gulf Coast Consor-
Holcombe Blvd, pre-registration rec- 4901 Calhoun                                                facilities strategic management           tia,,
ommended,,                  “Kidney Disease Management:                      office, health care facility and opera-   for information e-mail amyjackson@
713-201-4378                              General Principles,” 6 p.m., Acu-                      tions executives at TMC institutions
     Free Musical Performances at
The Methodist Hospital, 5:15-6
                                          ity Hospital first-floor classroom,
                                          2001 Hermann Dr., free lecture for
                                                                                                 are invited to participate, www.rice
                                                                                       , (713)
                                                                                                                                           6    Saturday, “Management of
                                                                                                                                                Organ Failure,” 8 a.m.-4:45
                                                                                                                                           p.m., Houston Marriott Medical
p.m., Texas Medical Center Orches- chronic kidney patients, organized
tra performs, Methodist’s main lobby 1:12 George Nassar, M.D., Methodist
          2010NovTMC_ccls.pdf 1  10/20/10 by PM
                                                                                                 4   Thursday, “The Convergence
                                                                                                     of Science and Spirituality”
                                                                                                 4:30-6 p.m., Institute for Spiritual-
                                                                                                                                           Center, 6580 Fannin St., honoring
                                                                                                                                           the achievement of George Noon,
                                                                                                                                           M.D., continuing education credits
                                                                                                 ity and Health at the Texas Medi-         for physicians, nurses, social workers
                                                                                                 cal Center, 8100 Greenbriar, Suite        and transplant coordinators, www.
                                    University Eye Institute                                     220, speaker Robert Hesse, Ph.D.,, 713-441-4971
                                                                                                 ordained Catholic Deacon with the              2010 Start! Houston Heart
                                                                                                 Galveston-Houston Archdiocese,            Walk, 9 a.m., Sam Houston Park
                                                                                       ,            downtown, 1100 Bagby, benefits the
                                                                                                 713-797-0600                              American Heart Association, regis-

                                                                                                 5   Friday, Mother to Mother: Sup-
                                                                                                     port Group for Pregnancy and
                                                                                                                                           ter at
                                                                                                                                           or call 713-610-5000
                                                                                                 PostPartum Depression, 10 a.m.-
                                                                                                 noon, Texas Children’s Hospital,
                                                                                                 Meyer Building, 1919 S. Braeswood,
                                                                                                                                           8    “Health and Spirituality for the
                                                                                                                                                Aging Community,” Univer-
                                                                                                                                           sity of Houston Graduate School
                                                                                                 second floor, room MO2227, led by         of Social Work’s 13th Annual
                                                                                                 licensed therapist Sherry Duson, free     R.J. DeBottis Memorial Lecture
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12 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
Calendar                                 president and CEO of Healthcare
                                         Financial Management Association
                                                                                   p.m. Friday, TMC’s John P. McGov-
                                                                                   ern Campus, 2450 Holcombe at
                                                                                                                                                                      Mother to Mother: Support
                                                                                                                                                                 Group for Pregnancy and Post-
(Continued from page 12)                 and Leonard Zwelling, M.D., profes-       Almeda, speakers are Christian                                                Partum Depression, 10 a.m.-noon,
                                         sor of medicine and pharmacology          Otto, Ph.D., sports physiologist with                                         Texas Children’s Hospital, Meyer
on Aging, 5:15 p.m. reception, 6         at MD Anderson Cancer Center are          the Universities Space Research                                               Building, 1919 S. Braeswood, second
p.m. dinner and keynote address, St.     among those who will discuss health-      Association and Captain Lanny                                                 floor, room MO2227, led by licensed
Joseph Medical Center, George W.         care reform legislation and how it        Boswell, Ph.D., from the Naval                                                therapist Sherry Duson, free parking
Strake Building, 9th Floor Audito-       will affect businesses, hosted by the     Health Research Center, light break-                                          in Meyer Building’s Garage #14, tell
rium, 1919 LaBranch St., featuring       Houston CPA Society, www.                 fast and buffet lunch included, visit                                         security guard you’re attending the
Harold G. Koenig, M.D., professor, 713-622-7733     (see National Center                                              support group and they will instruct
of psychiatry and behavioral sci-                                                  for Human Performance heading) or                                             you where to park, 832-824-2410
                                              “Dietary Measures in Kidney
ences at Duke University Medical                                                   call (713) 795-6150                                                                Keck Seminar, 4-5 p.m., Rice
                                         Disease,” 6 p.m., Acuity Hospital

Center and director of the Duke                                                            Friday, “Sacred Moments                                               University, Rice University, Keck
                                         first-floor classroom, 2001 Hermann
Center for Spirituality, Theology                                                          in Psychotherapy: 19th                                                Hall, room 102, speaker is Richard
                                         Dr., free lecture for chronic kid-
and Health, co-sponsored by the UH                                                 Annual Psychotherapy and Faith                                                Baraniuk, professor of electrical and
                                         ney patients, organized by George
Graduate School of Social Work, St.                                                Conference,” 8 a.m.-3:00 p.m., St.                                            computational engineering at Rice
                                         Nassar, M.D., Methodist Hospital
Joseph Medical Center, Institute of                                                Paul’s United Methodist Church,                                               University, hosted by Gulf Coast
                                         nephrologist and clinical assistant
Spirituality and Health at the Texas                                               5501 Main St., Fondren Hall, speak-                                           Consortia, www.gulfcoastconsortia.
                                         professor of nephrology at Baylor
Medical Center, and Palmer Epis-                                                   ers are Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., who will                                         org, for information e-mail amyjack-
                                         College of Medicine, presented by
copal Church, tickets $50, $20 for                                                 present “Attachment and Empathy”;                                   
                                         the National Kidney Foundation of

students, proceeds fund scholarships                                               James Lomax, M.D. presenting                                                          Saturday, “Current and
                                         Southeast Texas, 1 (877) 543-6397
for UH social work students prepar-

                                         10-12              Wednesday              “Observations on a Sacred Moment                                                      Future Endovascular and
ing for careers serving the aging com-                                             in Psychotherapy”; Kimberlyn Leary,                                           Surgical Treatment of Cerebral
                                                            through Friday,
munity, CE credits available, www.                                                 Ph.D., speaking on “Conflict as a                                             Aneurysms,” Hotel ZaZa, 5701
                                         2010 Texas Life Science Confer-, 713-743-9968                                                   Sacred Matter”; and Jeffrey Kripal,                                           Main St., presented by the Meth-
                                         ence, Rice University’s Bioscience
     “Eat, Pray … Dialog,” 5:30                                                    Ph.D., on “The Paranormal as Mean-                                            odist Neurological Institute, in
                                         Research Collaborative, 6500 Main
p.m. reception, 8:15 p.m. program,                                                 ing and Story,” presented by the                                              conjunction with The Joe Niekro
                                         Texas’ premier venture confer-
Rice University’s Boniuk Center for                                                Institute for Spirituality and Health                                         Foundation, www.joeniekro
                                         ence attended by national and local
Religious Tolerance, Herring Hall,                                                 at the Texas Medical Center, www.                                   , 713-441-0173
                                         venture capitalists and biotech
6100 Main St., Gate 20, Zen Master                                       , 713-                                                    “Cultivating Gratitude through
                                         companies, to register visit www.
Miao Tsan will interface with Epis-                                                797-0600                                                                      (See CALENDAR page 16)
copal priest and Jungian analyst J.
Pittman McGehee, D.D., to discuss
Zen and Jung philosophies and how        11       Thursday, “Colorectal Can-
                                                  cer Prevention: Opportuni-
                                         ties for a Fruitful and Challenging
these philosophies co-exist with                                                                                                                                                                                               JOB:
other traditional religions, http://     Career,” noon, MD Anderson Can-
meetingofthemasters.eventbrite.          cer Center’s Clark Clinic, 11th floor,                                                                                                                                                SMU

com, 713-593-9300                        Hickey Auditorium, honoring Elena                                                                                                                                                     PUB(S):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Texas Med

8-12          Monday through             Martinez, Ph.D., professor of cancer                                                                                                                                                  Center Ne

              Friday, Iconography        prevention and director of the Can-                                                                                                                                                   INSERTIO
Workshop, Institute for Spiritual-       cer Health Disparities Institute at                                                                                                                                                   TRIM:
ity and Health at the Texas Medical      the Arizona Cancer Center, hosted                                                                                                                                                     4.625 x 6.
Center, 8100 Greenbriar, Suite 220,      by the MD Anderson Alumni and                                                                                                                                                         -
nationally recognized iconographer       Faculty Association, 713-563-9194                     “Peacemaker”                                         “Peacemaker”                                        “Peacemaker”           BLEED:
                                                                                                 circa 1870                                           circa 1954                                          circa 2010           -
Caroline Furlong will teach partici-          16th Annual “What’s Up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               COLOR IN
pants the art of making icons – artis-   Doc?” 6:30-9:30 p.m., River Oaks                                                                                                                                                      B&W/SNA
tic paintings that serve as tangible     County Club, 1600 River Oaks                                                                                                                                                          QUESTION
reminders of spirituality, $550 plus     Blvd., more than 65 renowned pedi-                                                                                                                                                    Jen Dunca
$100 for materials, class size limited   atric surgeons, physicians and scien-                                          Become a Professional Peacemaker
                                                                                            Improve your marketability while learning from industry leaders in
to 12, register at www.spirituality      tists from Texas Children’s Hospital                 negotiation, mediation, team-building and organizational conflict, 713-7970600               will share their expertise in a one-              management. According to U.S.News & World Report, dispute resolution

                                                                                             is “one of the fastest-growing academic disciplines in the country.”
    Tuesday, Houston Hospice’s           on-one, question-and-answer style                 Certificates in Dispute Resolution and Executive Coaching are available
    12th Annual Laura Lee Blanton        dialogue over dinner, Houstonians                   with convenient weekend classes. You can also pursue classes toward
                                                                                           a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution at the Houston Community
Community Spirit Award Dinner,           may “reserve” a physician for an                                  College Conference and Training Center.
6 p.m., River Oaks Country Club,         evening and fill the table with family
                                         and friends, reserved tables start at                    The SMU Center for Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management
honoring Sarita and Bob Hixon, to                                                                                now offers courses in Houston.
purchase tickets contact Cynthia         $5,000, www.whatsupdoc.texas                          Info. session: 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 16, 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
                                                                                                                      866.768.1014 or
Nordt at 713-677-7123, cnordt@ , (832) 824-2136
                                         11&12                Thursday

10      Wednesday, Healthcare                                 and Friday,
        Hold ’Em, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,         5th Annual National Center for
Houston City Center’s Norris Con-        Human Performance Annual
ference Center, 803 Town & County        Meeting, evening reception from                           SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status.

                                         4-7 p.m. Thursday followed by the
                                                                                                       SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
near Katy Fwy. and Sam Houston
Tollway, speakers Richard Clarke,        annual meeting from 7:30 a.m.-1
                                                                                  November 1, 2010 • • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 13
                                          hospital affairs and community part-     content, technology, interactivity,        clinically relevant, unbiased content
 Texas Medical Center
                                          nerships at The University of Texas      copywriting and ease of use.               in a concise, interactive format to fit

   Accolades                              Medical School at Houston. He suc-
                                          ceeds Juanita Romans, who is retir-
                                          ing. Cordola has served as an adjunct
                                                                                   u Jon Gossett has been named vice
                                                                                   president and chief development
                                                                                                                              the busy schedules of today’s physi-

u Jon Buchanan, chef at Trevisio          faculty member of the University                           officer for the St.      u Jeffrey Sutton, M.D., Ph.D., was
restaurant in the Texas Medical cen-      of Houston Clear Lake Healthcare                           Luke’s Episcopal         awarded the NASA Distinguished
                   ter, won first place   Administration Program, where he                           Hospital System,                            Public Service
                   at the 8th annual      earned master’s degrees in business                        where he will                               Medal, the high-
                   International          and healthcare administration. He is                       lead fundraising                            est honor that
                   Risotto Festival,      a fellow in the American College of                        efforts. Prior to this                      NASA confers on
                   a fundraiser for       Healthcare Executives, and serves on                       position, he was                            a non-government
                   the University of      a number of community boards.                              executive direc-                            individual. The
                   Houston Hilton                                                  tor of development for the Houston                            award acknowl-
                   College of Hotel       u David Ferrell has been named           Grand Opera and senior vice presi-                            edges Sutton’s
and Restaurant Management.                regional administrator for Shriners      dent of development at American            outstanding leadership of the
Buchanan beat out 17 other chefs                             Hospitals for Chil-   Public Media Group, which includes         National Space Biomedical Research
with his risotto recipe laced with                           dren in Houston       Minnesota Public Radio, Southern           Institute. Headquartered at Baylor
lump crabmeat and Meyer lemons.                              and Galveston.        California Public Radio, Classical         College of Medicine and funded by
                                                             Prior to accepting    South Florida, and 20 national radio       NASA, the institute is a consortium
u Sean Beck, sommelier and bever-                            this newly created    programs including A Prairie Home          of more than 60 institutions across
age director for Trevisio restaurant                         position, Ferrell     Companion and Marketplace Report.          the nation that study health risks
and conference center in the Texas                           served as a consul-   Gossett has earned the Advanced            related to long-duration spaceflight.
Medical Center as well as at Houston                         tant to University    Certified Fundraising Executive            Sutton is also director of the Center
restaurants Hugo’s and Backstreet         Hospital and UC Physicians Inc.          accreditation from the Association         for Space Medicine and professor of
Café, was named Service Person of         in Cincinnati, and as chief operat-      of Fundraising Professionals.              medicine at Baylor.
the Year and Favorite Mixologist at       ing officer for Deaconess Hospital
the 14th annual Houston Culinary          in Cincinnati. He served a five-year     u Aimée Garcia, M.D., director of          Alan Lumsden, M.D., medical
Awards ceremony held recently             tour of duty as a commissioned officer   the Wound Clinic at the Michael            director of the Methodist DeBakey
at the University of Houston. The         with the U.S. Air Force. He holds                          E. DeBakey VA                               Heart & Vascular
awards are presented annually by          a master’s degree in hospital and                          Medical Center                              Center, presented
My Table magazine and recognize           health services administration from                        and director of the                         the opening
Houston’s best food and beverage          Xavier University in Cincinnati and                        Geriatrics Fellow-                          address at the 6th
service professionals in 10 catego-       is a Fellow in the American College                        ship Program at                             International Con-
ries, as voted on by the dining public.   of Healthcare Executives.                                  Baylor College of                           ference on Inte-
                                                                                                     Medicine, is one of                         grated Operations
u Craig Cordola has been named            u St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital                            16 medical experts                          in the Petroleum
CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas             was recently awarded the 2010 Web        in the United States chosen by the         Industry held recently in Norway
                  Medical Center,         Marketing Association’s Award            online site QuantiaMD to receive           .The idea that experts in medicine
                  following his           for Healthcare Provider Standard         its Community Choice Award                 and petroleum engineering can learn
                  seven-year tenure       of Excellence. In its 14th year,         for “innovation and excellence in          from each other is based on the fact
                  as assistant vice       WebAwards, the premier annual            sharing knowledge.” QuantiaMD              that many of the tools engineers use
                  president and then      website award competition, received      is a physician-to-physician website        to remotely monitor data from oil
                  CEO of Children’s       more than 2,000 submissions from         where physicians engage, share, and        fields are relevant for monitoring
                  Memorial Her-           45 countries and selected the best       learn from experts and each other.         blood pressure and blood flow. Fur-
                  mann Hospital.          websites in 96 industries. Entries       Members visit the website to interact      thermore, the steps used to prevent
Cordola is also the associate dean for    are judged on design, innovation,        with respected experts who deliver         (See ACCOLADES page 15)

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14 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
                                                                                       Grant Funds Training
                                                                                       for Public Health Workers
                                                                                       T     he Texas Public Health
                                                                                             Training Center has been
                                                                                       awarded a five-year, $3.2 million
                                                                                                                              of Public Health, Texas A&M
                                                                                                                              Health Science Center’s School
                                                                                                                              of Rural Public Health, and the
                                                                                       grant by the U.S. Department of        University of North Texas’ School
                                                                                       Health and Human Services to           of Public Health.
                                                                                       continue training public health              Center professionals develop
                                                                                       workers in Texas.                      educational courses for local and
                                                                                            “Eighty-five percent of public    state-level public health work-
                                                                                       health workers in Texas have           ers. Last year, the center trained
                                                                                       never had formal public health         almost 5,000 public health work-
                                                                                       training,” said Linda Lloyd,           ers across Texas.
                                                                                       Ph.D., director of the Texas                 The Texas Public Health
                                                                                       Public Health Training Center          Training Center is one of the
                                                                                       and principal investigator for the     first eight public health training
                                                                                       grant. “There is clearly a great       centers to be funded by the U.S.
                                                                                       need across Texas for the train-       Department of Health and Human
Organ donors and their families were honored recently by St. Luke’s                    ing that the Texas Public Health       Services. This is the center’s third
Episcopal Hospital and LifeGift organ and tissue donation center with
                                                                                       Training Center provides.”             renewal of funding. n
the unveiling of St. Luke’s “Wall of Heroes.” This memoriam, the first of
its kind in the Texas Medical Center, displays photos and names of those
                                                                                            Created in 2000, the cen-                                   Jade Waddy
who lost their lives but donated their organs so others might live.                    ter is a collaboration between
                                                                                       The University of Texas School
(Continued from page 14)
heart disease parallel with engineers’   that rewards hospitals demonstrating       of the opening of Texas Children’s
intervention to prevent pipe corro-      regular advances in the care of heart-     new 90-bed maternity center in win-
sion. Lumsden spearheads an annual       failure patients.                          ter 2011.
conference in Houston called Pumps
& Pipes, in which representatives        u Michael Belfort, M.D., Ph.D.,
                                                                                         Belfort most recently served as
                                                                                    director of perinatal research, fetal       Give the
from energy and medicine explore
potential crossover ideas.
                                         an internationally recognized expert
                                                            in the care of
                                                                                    therapy and obstetric telemedicine
                                                                                    at HCA Healthcare in Nashville,              Gift of
u F. Ward Casscells, M.D., Texas
                                                            mothers and their
                                                            unborn children,
                                                                                    and as a professor in the University
                                                                                    of Utah School of Medicine’s obstet-       Good Taste
Heart Institute senior scholar, has                         has been named          rics and gynecology department.
been named recipient of the 2010                            chair of the Depart-    From 1994 through 1997 he served                              GIFT CARD
Neal Pike Prize at Boston University.                       ment of Obstetrics      as director of labor and delivery and
The Pike Prize recognizes “individu-                        and Gynecology at       as director of obstetric intensive care
als who have made special contribu-                         Baylor College of       at Ben Taub General Hospital, as
tions that have improved the lives of    Medicine and obstetrician and gyne-        well as an associate professor in the
people with disabilities.” From 2007
to 2009, Casscells served as Assistant
                                         cologist-in-chief at Texas Children’s
                                         Hospital. Belfort’s appointment is
                                                                                    divisions of maternal-fetal medicine,
                                                                                    hypertension and anesthesiology at
                                                                                                                                Logan Farms
U.S. Secretary of Defense for Health     effective Jan. 1, 2011, in anticipation    Baylor. n                                   Gift Cards &
Affairs, working with returning Iraq
and Afghanistan war veterans.                                                                                                  Gourmet Meats
                                                                                                                              Volume Discount Pricing
u Texas Heart Institute at St.
Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is the first                                                                                            Redeemable Online
hospital in Texas to become accred-                                                                                                2512 Rice Blvd
ited as a Heart Failure Institute by                                                                                                  713.520.5993
the Healthcare Accreditation Col-
loquium. This accreditation is based
on proficient use of a wide variety
of diagnostic and treatment options
in managing heart failure, including
heart pumps, IV therapy, heart trans-
plantation and stem-cell therapy.
The colloquium is a physician-
founded, hospital membership orga-                                                                                               WE CATER!
nization based in Columbus, Ohio
                                                                                   November 1, 2010 • • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 15
Calendar                                       Branch’s new pediatric clinic which
                                               brings together off-island pediatric
                                                                                         , 713-523-4438
                                                                                                        “Seizures and Epilepsy in
                                                                                                                                                            Lecture in Biomedical Communi-
                                                                                                                                                            cation, 5-6 p.m., The Methodist
(Continued from page 13)                       care in one location, www.utmb.                     Children – Advances in Genet-                            Hospital, Dunn-Rio Grande Confer-
                                               edu/pedi                                            ics and Treatment,” 7-8:15 p.m.                          ence Room, presented by Sherwin

the Practice of Mindfulness,”                         Sunday, Texas Medical                        with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., The                      Nuland, M.D., clinical professor of
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Institute for Spiritu-                Center Orchestra’s Opening                   Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr.,                         surgery (retired) at Yale School of
ality and Health at the Texas Medi-            Concert for the 2010-11 Season,                     speakers are pediatric neurologists                      Medicine and National Book Award
cal Center, 8100 Greenbriar, Suite             5 p.m., Wortham Center, Cul-                        Melissa Ramocki, M.D., Ph.D. and                         author of “How We Die: Reflections on
220, licensed professional counselor           len Theatre, 500 Prairie at Texas,                  Angus Wilfong, M.D., sponsored                           Life’s Final Chapter,” www.
Micki Fine will help attendees                 featuring Mussorgsky’s “Night on                    by Baylor College of Medicine and              , 713-441-4971
achieve mindfulness – a non-judg-              Bald Mountain,” Mark O’Connor’s                     Texas Children’s Hospital, free and                           “Dialysis Options for Advanced
mental, present-moment awareness               “March of the Gypsy Fiddler,” and                   open to the public, part of the Eve-                     Kidney Disease,” 6 p.m., Acuity
that decreases anxiety, depression             Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4,”                     ning with Genetics Series, limited                       Hospital first-floor classroom, 2001
and a variety of physical symptoms,            order tickets online at TMCorches                   seating, register online at www.bcm.                     Hermann Dr., free lecture for chronic,        or purchase at the box office               edu/eveninggenetics or call 832-                         kidney patients, organized by George
713-797-0600                                   on performance day                                  822-4182                                                 Nassar, M.D., Methodist Hospital

                                               16                                                  17
     UTMB League City Pediatric                       Tuesday, Organ Donor Reg-                           Wednesday, “The Good-                             nephrologist and clinical assistant
Clinic Open House, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,                    istry Drive, 11 a.m., John                          ness of the Physician:                            professor of nephrology at Baylor
2785 Gulf Fwy., Suite 2.200, tour              P. McGovern Commons waterwall                       Hippocrates, Humanism and Hi-                            College of Medicine, presented by
the University of Texas Medical                building at Bertner and Moursund,                   Tech,” the Selma & Lois DeBakey                          the National Kidney Foundation of
                                                                                                                                                            Southeast Texas, 1 (877) 543-6397

                                                                             Jewelry Appraisal Services                                                             Thursday, “Science and the
                                                                                                                                                                    Sacred” 4:30-6 p.m., Insti-
                                                                                                 Steven M. Silver, Gemologist (GIA)                         tute for Spirituality and Health at

                                                                                                   s   Jewelry and Gemstone Appraisals                      the Texas Medical Center, 8100
                                                                                                   s   GIA and EGL Certified Diamonds
                                                                                                                                                            Greenbriar, Suite 220, presented
                                                                                                   s   Custom Designs in Gold and Platinum
                                                                                                   s   Jewelry and Watch Repair                             by Rev. John Graham, M.D., www.
                                                                                                   s   Brokering Services                         , 713-797-
      For more information                                                                             WE BUY GOLD!                                         0600
      call 713-791-8880.                                                     713.622.9070 |                                     Prairie View A&M University
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                                                                                                                                                            (See CALENDAR next page)
    We grow together...                   Complete Learning Curriculum
                                             Spanish • Music • Art
                                              On-Site Swimming
                                                                                                             Candy Bouquet                                  Seniors
                                           18 Months - Kindergarten                                                                                         (Continued from page 1)
                                                Founded in 1972.
                                                Located near the                                                                                            or dementia can receive care in the
                                          Texas Medical Center campus.                                    Sweeten
                                                                                                                                                            center’s Brain Health Clinic.
                                             2227 Dorrington                                             someone’s
                                             (713) 667-6698                                                                                                     Clinic services include preven-
                                                                                                         day with a
                                             7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                       Candy Bouquet!                                       tive care, immunization screenings,
                                                 Licensed Center
                                                                                                                                                            annual physical exams, care for
     at Children’s Hour Montessori                                 	                           					832.370.0338                  chronic and acute health problems,
                                                                                                                                                            memory and depression screening,
                                                                                                                                                            functional assessments, medication
   Matthew C. Webber                                                         Brent Bohall                                                                   reviews and advanced-care planning.
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16 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
Calendar                                  is Chad Mirkin, Ph.D., professor
                                          of chemistry, Northwestern Uni-
                                                                                                Nursing Accreditation
(Continued from page 16)                  versity, hosted by Keck Center
Transfer Students, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
and 5:30-6:30 p.m., 6436 Fannin,
                                          for Interdisciplinary Bioscience
                                          Training, Gulf Coast Consortia,                       Visit November 10-12
                                , for
713-797-7000                                                                                   rairie View A&M University’s                Address letters to:

18&19                Thursday and         information e-mail amyjackson@
                                                                                               College of Nursing in the Texas             Commission on Collegiate
                     Friday, “Advanc-
                                                                                           Medical Center will be visited by the           Nursing Education
ing Obesity Research in a New             DECEMBER                                         Commission of Collegiate Nursing                One Dupont Circle, NW Suite
Decade,” University of Houston
Library, presented by Texas Obesity
Research Center, faculty $125, non-
                                          1     Wednesday, “The History
                                                of Pathology,” noon-1 p.m.,
                                          M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s
                                                                                           Education Nov. 10-12 for continued
                                                                                           accreditation of the college’s Master
                                                                                           of Science nursing degree programs.
                                                                                                                                           Washington, D.C. 20036-1120
                                                                                                                                           Attn: Sarah L. Jameson
faculty $65, students $30, www.hhp.       Mitchell Basic Sciences Research                 Current students, alumni, faculty,                            Building near Bertner-Moursund                   health care professionals and other                 For more information about

19     Mother to Mother: Support
       Group for Pregnancy and
PostPartum Depression, 10 a.m.-
                                          intersection, Onstead Audito-
                                          rium, presented by L. Maximil-
                                          lian Buja, M.D., pathologist and
                                                                                           interested parties are invited to send
                                                                                           written comments related to the
                                                                                           college’s effectiveness in delivering
                                                                                                                                           the Commission of Collegiate
                                                                                                                                           Nursing Education, visit www.
noon, Texas Children’s Hospital,          executive director of the Houston                quality undergraduate and graduate                  For information on Prairie
Meyer Building, 1919 S. Braeswood,        Academy of Medicine-Texas                        nursing programs.                               View’s upcoming site visit call
second floor, room MO2227, led by         Medical Center Library, sponsored                                                                (713) 797-7007.
licensed therapist Sherry Duson, free     by the Houston History of Medi-
parking in Meyer Building’s Garage        cine Society,
#14, tell security guard you’re attend-        Stroke Support Group, 6:30
                                                                                           gave alcohol to mice whose PKC had                    The National Institutes of
ing the support group and they will       p.m., 2491 S. Braeswood at Kirby,
                                                                                           been removed revealed that those                Health awarded Das’ research a
instruct you where to park, 832-824-      St. Luke’s Radiation Therapy and
                                                                                           mice drank 75 percent less alcohol              three-year, $450,000 grant to create
2410                                      CyberKnife Center, all stroke sur-
                                                                                           than mice with PKC sill intact.                 a drug that will curb the desire to
     Keck Seminar, 4-5 p.m., Rice         vivors and brain aneurysm survi-
                                                                                                “Removing the PKC takes away               drink alcohol.
University, BioScience Research           vors and caregivers are welcome,
                                                                                           much of the desire to drink, Das said.                The research is still in its pre-
Collaborative auditorium, speaker         832-355-2187 n
                                                                                                However, alcoholism research               clinical phase and the drug Das
                                                                                           is complicated, because alcohol                 hopes to invent is still years away

Alcoholism                                named Protein Kinase C epsilon, or
                                          PKC epsilon for short, which he says
                                                                                           migrates not only to the brain, but to
                                                                                           cells all over the body. So alcohol has
                                                                                                                                           from being used in humans. After
                                                                                                                                           it is developed, the drug first must
(Continued from page 1)                   is linked to addiction.                          multiple targets, not just one. That’s          be tested on animals, then the data
                                                “Alcohol binds to that protein.            why the drugs that are on the market            from animal tests must be sent to the
ogy at UH.
                                          So now we need to develop a drug                 to treat alcoholism are not always              Food and Drug Administration to be
     Das, with a team of postdoctoral
                                          that will go to that target and pre-             effective for everyone, Das said.               approved for human testing. n
fellows, is focusing on the brain’s
chemistry in his attempt to curb          vent alcohol from binding to it,” he                  “But we do know that based on
                                          said.                                            previous research, PKC is where we    
drinking. Specifically, he’s look-
ing closely at a protein in the brain           Previous studies where scientists          need to focus,” he said.

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                                                                                          November 1, 2010 • • TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS 17
                                                                                          cating primary-care providers about              pregnant women can transmit the
      Psychotherapy & Faith                                                               the risk factors for hepatitis B.
                                                                                               “Hepatitis B is a major global
                                                                                                                                           virus to their babies. One-third of
                                                                                                                                           all hepatitis B patients acquired the
       Conference Nov. 12                                                                 health problem with 400 million car-
                                                                                          riers worldwide. More than 2 million
                                                                                                                                           disease during infancy or childhood.
                                                                                                                                           Most infants and children with

 F   aith’s role in healing is the focus   Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D., associ-                are chronically infected in the U.S.,            hepatitis B never develop signs and
     of a Nov. 12 conference at St.        ate professor of psychology at                 half of which are Asian-American,”               symptoms, yet without treatment,
 Paul’s United Methodist Church,           Harvard Medical School speak-                  Leung said. “Houston has one of the              one-quarter will eventually develop
 5501 Main St. “Sacred Moments in          ing on “Conflict as a Sacred Mat-              largest at-risk immigrant communi-               severe complications.
 Psychotherapy” takes place from 8         ter”; and Jeffrey Kripal, Ph.D.,               ties in the nation, making it more                    Federal funding for hepatitis
 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and is targeted to     chair of religious studies at Rice             important for all children, infants              B research and education falls far
 physicians, mental health profession-     University on “The Paranormal                  and teens to be immunized against                below that of other diseases, Leung
 als, and clergy.                          as Meaning and Story.”                         hepatitis B.”                                    said, due to the lack of hepatitis B
      Speakers are: Peter Fonagy,               Physicians will receive 5                      Children born in or adopted                 awareness in the public conscious-
 Ph.D., Freud Memorial Professor of        AMA PRA Category 1 credits,                    from countries with a high preva-                ness.
 Psychoanalysis at University College      and mental health professionals,               lence of hepatitis B such as Asia, sub-               “Hepatitis B affects the popula-
 London presenting “Attachment             nurses and social workers will                 Saharan Africa, South America and                tion seven times greater than HIV/
 and Empathy”; James Lomax, M.D.,          receive 5 Type II contact hours                Eastern Europe should be screened                AIDS and tuberculosis combined,
 director of educational programs at            The conference is presented               regardless of their vaccine status, he           but receives one forty-fifth that of
 Baylor College of Medicine’s Psychi-      by the Institute for Spirituality and          said.                                            the funding for research and treat-
 atry and Behavioral Sciences Depart-      Health at the Texas Medical Cen-                    Signs and symptoms of hepatitis             ment,” Leung said. “We hope we
 ment presenting “Observations on a        ter, www.spiritualityandhealth.                B usually appear about two to three              can help change this statistic, and
 Sacred Moment in Psychotherapy”;          org, (713) 797-0600.                           months after infection, and include              believe the work being done at Texas
                                                                                          abdominal pain, dark urine, joint                Children’s Hospital and in Houston
                                                                                          pain, loss of appetite, nausea and               is a big first step.”
Hepatitis                                  years are invited to participate in the
                                           study by emailing tcpahepatitis@               vomiting, weakness and fatigue and
                                                                                          yellowing of the skin and the whites
                                                                                                                                                Current federal funding for
                                                                                                                                           hepatitis B and C is $18.3 million
(Continued from page 1)          , Leung said. Pro-
                                           vide contact information and write             of the eyes.                                     compared to $692 million for HIV
prevention of Hepatitis B.                                                                     The hepatitis B virus is usually            and $144 million for TB. n
                                           “hepatitis study” in the subject line.
    All physicians who treat patients                                                     transmitted through contact with
                                               Leung said the medical commu-
between the ages of birth and 17                                                          infected blood or body fluids, and     
                                           nity needs to do a better job of edu-

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18 TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER NEWS • • November 1, 2010
System Tricks Brain to Induce Spaceflight Effects
By BRAD THOMAS                                                                     with vision and neurological func-         ways. First, it simulates spaceflight.      Moore said.
National Space Biomedical                                                          tion, which can impact their ability       Second, it uses large electrodes to              Funded by NASA, the National
Research Institute                                                                 to land a spacecraft, Moore said.          deliver the stimulus, which have            Space Biomedical Research Institute

W       hat does it feel like to return
        to Earth after a long stay in
space? Until now, it’s been difficult
                                                                                   Once back on Earth, these distur-
                                                                                   bances can continue, making it dif-
                                                                                   ficult for astronauts to walk and keep
                                                                                                                              proven to be more comfortable than
                                                                                                                              smaller electrodes. Third, the stimu-
                                                                                                                              lation module is portable and about
                                                                                                                                                                          is a consortium of institutions study-
                                                                                                                                                                          ing the health risks related to long-
                                                                                                                                                                          duration spaceflight. The institute’s
to simulate the dizzying effects dur-                                              their balance.                             the size of a box of tissues, making it     projects take place at more than
ing astronaut training.                                                                 The simulation system devel-          easy for people to use while walking.       60 institutions across the United
     Researchers at the National                                                   oped by Moore uses electrodes placed            The system also has potential use      States.n
Space Biomedical Research Insti-                                                   behind the ear to deliver small            in training aircraft pilots and in pre-
tute, headquartered at Baylor                                                      amounts of electricity to the vestibu-     paring people with vestibular disor-
College of Medicine in the Texas                                                   lar nerve, which then sends signals to     ders for the effects following surgery,
Medical Center, have developed a                                                   the brain, causing sensory and motor
simulator that safely creates the dis-                                                                                                                                    order makes one more likely to get
turbances in senses and movement                                                        “The stimulation of the nerves is                                                 dementia, or post-traumatic stress
that commonly occur when astro-                                                    making the simulator pilots think the     (Continued from page 3)                      disorder and dementia have some
nauts return to Earth’s gravity.                                                   spacecraft is moving around,” Moore                                                    characteristics in common,” Qureshi
     Training and preparing for these                                              said. “The effects are similar to those    also associated with greater risk.”         said.
disturbances can make the adjust-                                                  during actual shuttle landings.”                There could be several explana-            Further study with a broader
ment from space to Earth easier, said                                                   The concept of tricking the           tions for the study’s findings, she said.   sample in the civilian population is
Steven Moore, Ph.D., who led the                                                   brain by stimulating the vestibular             “It could be that cognitive            needed, she said. n
development of the simulator.                                                      nerve has been around for a long           impairment in post-traumatic stress
     Astronauts returning from space                                               time. However, the system devel-           disorder is an early marker of demen-
to gravity can experience problems                                                 oped by Moore is unique in three           tia, having post-traumatic stress dis-

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