HARRIS HEALTH SYSTEM’S BEN TAUB HOSPITAL celebrated the delivery of its 150,000th baby on September 23, 2018. Genesis Michell Bonilla, who weighed 6 pounds and 11 ounces, is the daughter of Ana Garay and Jose Antonio Bonilla.
ANGELLE SANDER, PH.D., associate professor and director of the division of clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology at Baylor, won the 2018 William Fields Caveness Award from the Brain Injury Association of America.
JAIR C. SOARES, M.D., PH.D., professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair in Psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UTHealth, was named president of the International Society for Affective Disorders.
NICHOLAS MITSIADES, M.D., associate professor of medicine-hematology and oncology at Baylor and co-leader of the Nuclear Receptor Program at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with a team at Baylor, has been awarded $6.3 million by the National Cancer Institute to develop tools to better understand biological causes behind racial and ethnic health disparities in prostate and breast cancers.
HARVEY LEVIN, M.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, received the 2018 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Gold Key Award.
MARK KUNIK, M.D., chief of the Behavioral Health & Implementation Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Houston; professor of psychiatry research at Baylor; and director of the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, received the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Psychiatric Excellence Award.
Philanthropists LESTER AND SUE SMITH attended The Legacy of Motown gala, which raised more than $83 million for TEXAS CHILDREN’S CANCER CENTER AND LEGACY TOWER. At the gala, Texas Children’s President and CEO Mark A. Wallace announced that the new tower will be named The Lester & Sue Smith Legacy Tower in honor of the couple, who donated $50 million.
Ronald McDonald House Houston opened its newly renovated flagship facility, Holcombe House, at the end of September 2018.
CHERYL WALKER, PH.D., director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health at Baylor and professor of molecular and cellular biology, will receive the Roy O. Greep Award for Outstanding Research from the Endocrine Society at their annual meeting in 2019.
SARAH CANDLER, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Baylor and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Houston, was elected to the board of directors of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center joined communities and institutions across the country in hosting a local Biden Cancer Community Summit. One of the panels, “The Patient Experience: Improving Access, Navigation & Survivorship,” included DAN BLUM, patient advocate; ALYSSA RIEBER, M.D., chair of general oncology at MD Anderson; DAMION SMITH, cancer survivor; JENNIFER KENNEDY-STOVALL, director of patient access support services at MD Anderson; and WELELA TEREFFE, M.D., chief medical officer at MD Anderson.
Three dozen health care innovation officers from across the country convened at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) for the inaugural HEALTHCARE INNOVATORS PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY (HIPS) conference in October.
Rice University bioscientist NATASHA KIRIENKO, PH.D., won a new class of grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences called an R35. The five-year grant for nearly $2 million will support efforts by Kirienko and her team to study a pathway in mitochondria.
MARK. A. WALLACE, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, welcomed HIS EXCELLENCY MOKGWEETSI E.K. MASISI, president of Botswana, in September. Masisi met with clinical and executive leaders to discuss health care in Botswana and the continued relationship with Texas Children’s.
MARY ELLEN TRAIL ROSS, DRPH, MSN, associate professor at the Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), received a Gold Medal in the “Nursing Education: Faculty” category from The Good Samaritan Foundation.
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