JOHN MENDELSOHN, M.D., president emeritus of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a scientist whose research helped pioneer a new type of cancer therapy, died Jan. 7 at his home in Houston at age 82. The cause of death was glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. (Photo Credit: MD Anderson)
The Houston Exponential Capital Summit held at the TMCx ACCELERATOR in December drew leading investment and entrepreneurship experts from around the country.
JAMES P. ALLISON, PH.D., an immunologist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine from H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall on Dec. 10, 2018. Allison and Japanese immunologist Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D., shared the prize for their discovery of cancer therapies. (Credit: © Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud)
CARLA ORTIQUE, M.D., an OB/GYN at The Women’s Specialists of Houston at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, was honored as Physician of the Year at the 29th Annual Scholarship Gala hosted by the Houston Medical Forum.
The department of epidemiology and population sciences at BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE welcomed a permanent art exhibit focused on the “dirty dozen” cancers at waist level or below: anal, bladder, cervical, colorectal, intestinal, ovarian, pancreatic, penile, prostate, testicular, uterine and vulvar. Local nonprofit Cancer Below the Belt teamed up with artist Corey Scott to create abstract portraits related to each cancer.
HSIAO-TUAN CHAO, M.D., PH.D., instructor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a child neurologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award from the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program.
DEBORAH GORDON, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief legal officer at Memorial Hermann Health System, was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of 2018’s “Women Who Mean Business.”
During a two-day clinic, therapists at SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN – HOUSTON worked with patients on adaptive tricycles known as Amtrykes.
JACQUELINE T. HECHT, PH.D., associate dean for research, director of the Center for Craniofacial Research and distinguished teaching professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
BERT O’MALLEY, M.D., chancellor at Baylor College of Medicine, received the 2018 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University.
THE UTHEALTH CONTINUUM OF CARE CAMPUS FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, a joint project owned by TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and operated by UTHEALTH, is shown in a rendering. Construction will begin this summer on the new Houston psychiatric facility that offers 240 beds. Slated to open at the end of 2021, the facility will be the first public mental health hospital built in Houston in more than three decades. (Credit: Rendering Perkins+Will)
A ribbon cutting for the DAN L DUNCAN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER AT BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, which moved into its new clinic space on the 7th floor of the McNair Campus, included Ted Yank, administrator; Brandon Smaglo, M.D.; Matthew Ellis, M.D., Ph.D.; Mothaffar Rimawi, M.D.; Kent Osborne, M.D., director; Carolina Gutierrez, M.D.; Karla Sepulveda, M.D.; Edward Yen, M.D.; and Samantha Khan, nurse manager.
SUSAN GREEN, M.P.H., lead project manager for Joseph Coselli, M.D., vice-chair of surgery and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, was selected as a 2019 Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. The fellowship includes a $10,000 grant to support her research.
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