Field Notes

Field Notes: April 2018


By Texas Medical Center | June 22, 2018

[ 1 ] RONALD McDONALD HOUSE HOUSTON announced a new Board of Directors, including SALLY BELL RUTHERFORD, MARILYN MOGAS, LESHA ELSENBROOK, GARY WILSON, LAWRENCE M. HANRAHAN, M.D., AGATHA BRANN and DEBBIE BAUER.

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[ 2 ] ANDREW VALENZUELA drops a dollar in a glass during Match Day at THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON (UTHEALTH). All students feed the glass and the money goes to the final student matched, who has waited longer than anyone to find out where his or her residency will be.

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[ 3 ] Makayla, a patient of SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN – HOUSTON, uses a bow and arrow with her physical therapist, Alexandra, at an annual camp that allows patients to participate in various activities.

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[ 4 ] Golfers, including TOM OLINGER, BEV MELCHISEDECH, JUDY SMITH AND CHARLES H. DOLEZAL, raised more than $500,000 at the 20th annual Bad Pants Open, benefiting TEXAS CHILDREN’S NEWBORN CENTER, a level IV neonatal intensive care unit.

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[ 5 ] MARY ESTES, PH.D., professor of molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, received two awards from the American Gastroenterology Association: the William Beaumont Prize and the Distinguished Mentor Award.

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[ 6 ] BRIAN ROE has been promoted to vice president of tissue and communication center operations at LifeGift, the federally designated organ and tissue recovery agency serving 109 Texas counties.

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[ 7 ] DONNA R. SMITH, RN, has been promoted to vice president of organ operations for LifeGift.

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[ 8 ] JORDAN ORANGE, M.D., professor of pediatrics and chief of the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine, received the 2018 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.

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[ 9 ] SEAN BLACKWELL, M.D., professor and chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and chief of service for obstetrics and gynecology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, has been appointed president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

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[ 10 ] LYNN ZECHIEDRICH, PH.D., the Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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[ 11 ] DAVID STALEY has been promoted to vice president of human resources and organizational development at LifeGift.

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[ 12 ] WAYNE GOODMAN, M.D., professor and chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association.

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[ 13 ] Before his opening concert at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, GARTH BROOKS visited the Child Life Zone at TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. Funded through the Teammates for Kids Foundation, which Brooks co-founded in 1999, the Zone provides a fun, safe environment for Texas Children’s patients and their families.

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[ 14 ] Student Appreciation Day at the TMC LIBRARY featured dogs from FAITHFUL PAWS, who visited with students.

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[ 15 ] PETER HOTEZ, M.D., dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor professor and endowed chair in tropical pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital, was honored with the Research! America Award for Sustained National Leadership for his commitment to treating neglected tropical diseases that exist in developing nations as well as in parts of the United States.

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