!

Martin Luther King Day

Baylor College of Medicine will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Baylor College of Medicine

75 Years in Houston

Master
Heading

Faculty, Staff and Friends Share Memories

Terms
Dr.

Item Term
Paul Klotman, M.D., President, CEO, and Executive Dean

Item Definition

I’ve had many great experiences in the eight years I’ve been at Baylor, but the response after Hurricane Harvey is one that quickly comes to mind. I think of our own workers who protected our campus, our physicians who provided care to those stranded in shelters, and our faculty, students and staff who helped others with rescue and clean-up. It was a best case example of exhibiting Baylor values. I’ll never forget it. And of course, being able to honor Dr. David Persse and Texans’ star J.J. Watt on stage at commencement for their Harvey efforts was pretty cool too. Not to mention, a Nobel laureate also shared the stage that night. Great memory!

Danette

Item Term
Danette Bagley, MBA, Assistant Provost of Academic Finance and Resource Management

Item Definition

Dr. DeBakey was scheduled to present at a Board meeting and was about 30 minutes early, so someone brought in a few medical students. He asked me to join them, and he told us stories of how the M*A*S*H units started and other stories of his early medical career.

Photo

Item Term
John Rapp, Senior Director, Student Affairs, School of Medicine

Item Definition

I certainly remember 2007, the year we pulled off bringing graduation back to the Baylor campus after we received a bomb threat at Jones Hall. We have photos of Dr. Traber speaking through the megaphone telling people that graduation had been moved due to a bomb threat. We threw all of the diplomas in the back of a car and brought them back to the president’s office and had to reorganize them. We then divided the students into three groups and had three mini graduations in Cullen, Kleberg, McMillan. We walked the commencement speaker up and down the hall to give his speech three times. It was a cool graduation because this is where the students started and where they finished.

Dr.

Item Term
Dr. Janet S. Butel, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Chair Emeritus, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Item Definition

A special memory for me was when I was appointed by President William T. Butler to become the first woman chair of an academic unit at Baylor College of Medicine, a landmark for the institution and the start of a long administrative effort for me.

Stacey

Item Term
Dr. Stacey Berg, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics, Director of Developmental Therapeutics Program

Item Definition

Baylor College of Medicine has had many great accomplishments, but I think our finest moment in the last 20 years was when we took in the Tulane medical students after Katrina. We gave them space in our classrooms and in our homes, and they gave us a way to help rebuild New Orleans, as well as lasting friendship.

Dr.

Item Term
Dr. John Wolf, Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology

Item Definition

I have been on the Baylor faculty for 44 years, so I have many fond memories. When I arrived, I was only two years older than Baylor, so in some ways we have grown up together. For 36 years, I have served as chair of the Department of Dermatology. Initially, I was the youngest chair at Baylor, now I am the most senior. Along the way, I have served four presidents (Dr. William Butler twice). It has been “a long, strange trip," but a constantly exciting and rewarding one. I have greatly enjoyed witnessing as Baylor mature into a world-class institution.

Onward and upward. Excelsior!

Richard

Item Term
Dr. Richard Gibbs, professor and director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center

Item Definition

I was at Academic Council when it was announced that the Houston VA was being named ‘The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.’ Everyone applauded.....and Dr. DeBakey said quietly...”I am particularly pleased about this honor....as I remember telling President Truman ....we need a Veterans Hospital System’.....”. Everyone reflected.

Dr.

Item Term
Dr. Bert W. O’Malley, Chancellor

Item Definition

The last 50 years at Baylor College of Medicine have been epitomized by its relentless progression to excellence. This institution has gone from a hospital-based and cardio-centric institution to an internationally renowned center for discovery science, translational medicine and medical training. It has been an exciting and enjoyable journey for me to experience along with our terrific faculty.

Bonnie

Item Term
Bonnie Weisman, J.D., Executive Director of Human Resources, Administrative Fellowship Professional Mentor

Item Definition

When we first opened the Baylor Clinic, the recruitment team was tasked with hiring guest services representatives. This was a new concept for us, and we needed to be sure that the candidates could deliver exemplary customer service in challenging interactions. To make the interview experience realistic and informative, we developed role play situations and I got to be the person who was lost and couldn’t find the right office. Different recruiters played other roles and we all refined our acting skills! We hired several outstanding people. Two of the original GSRs are still with us and have had wonderful careers with Baylor. I remember their interview days with a smile every time I see them.

Terms
Gayleen

Item Term
Gayleen Breeding, M.B.A. Administrator, Orthopedic Surgery

Item Definition

I have been in department life at this amazing institution for over 17 years. I have vivid memories of Dr. Butler discussing how Baylor originally purchased the property on Cambridge and when we as an institution made the decision to develop the beautiful McNair Campus. Baylor is a footprint in the TMC with history found everywhere from the trees on campus, profound leaders and even in the instillation of flood gates from the devastation of Storm Allison. Countless memories that I have been able to experience mold this institution as it continues to have excellence in all missions.

Dr.

Item Term
Oluyinka Olutoye, Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery and President of the Faculty Senate

Item Definition

Almost 20 years ago, I was attracted to Baylor College of Medicine by the reputation of the faculty and the stellar affiliated institutions, such as Texas Children’s Hospital where I practice. Arriving here and getting to meet the giants in surgery and pediatrics whom I had heard and read about was quite a thrill. Since that time, I have been privileged to help educate subsequent generations of physicians, scientists and health care professionals and watch them develop into educators and talented practitioners themselves. Seeing my students become my colleagues and my young patients becoming physicians has been such a rewarding experience.

Jeffrey

Item Term
Dr. Jeffrey P Sutton, Director and Professor in the Center for Space Medicine

Item Definition

There is a long-standing and strong relationship between Baylor College of Medicine and NASA. During a meeting with Drs. DeBakey and Alford, General Howell (then director of Johnson Space Center) and me, the discussion turned to the importance of leadership. It was inspiring. Until then, I had not fully grasped the rich legacy and enormous potential of Baylor College of Medicine’s contributions to our nation’s space program and applications to enhance health on Earth.

Item Term
Vicki Cox, Administrator, Radiology

Item Definition

I came to Baylor in 1983 to work for no longer than five years and now I am one month away from my 35th anniversary. It has been a fun ride and I would not change anything! I have had a wonderful career here and could not have asked to work for any better bosses, Dr. Bobby Alford, Dr. Jim Patrick, Dr. Michel Mawad and now finishing up with Dr. Eric Rohren, I have been a lucky girl. As I think back, I guess the one thing that comes to mind is when I joined Baylor we were still doing everything on paper, no computers to speak of. When I transferred from Psychiatry (Sleep Lab) to main administration, as assistant to Pat Camerino, I had a data base computer the size of a refrigerator that I entered all grants and proposals in to. Then came the Sperry Computers, I remember we could enter information into these computers, but not sure we could do anything else with them! We have come a long way! The first email system came out in 1980, but I don’t remember starting to use email on a daily basis until I joined the Department of Neuroscience in 1989! It was frightful!

Terms
Lynn

Item Term
Lynn Foltin, Senior Director of Institutional Web Management, Office of Communications and Community Outreach

Item Definition

When Tropical Storm Allison hit, I was director of public affairs and media relations. It was all hands on deck for the public affairs office. We had media onsite and on the phone asking for information, updates and interviews. The College itself was closed. We had no electricity, no water, no A/C and the hallway floors were covered with debris. We found one floor in the Service Building (Telecom) that had A/C and electricity and an old electric typewriter. We had to run up four flights of stairs, type out releases and media advisories, then fax it to the various news bureaus. We had to initially look for a typewriter ribbon! With few amenities and recovery underway, food was brought in for crisis personnel. Every day it was Chick-fil-A ... Chick-fil-A ... Chick-fil-A. No disrespect to Chick-fil-A, but I still can’t eat one to this day. I am proud to have a been a small part in this chapter of Baylor history. We pulled together as a family, helped each other to get back on our feet – it was truly a community effort.

Agapito

Item Term
Agapito Sanchez Jr., Assistant Director of Graphic Communications in the Office of Communications and Marketing

Item Definition

I vividly recall my first encounter with Dr. DeBakey as one of the most embarrassing situations in my professional career. In my mind I was prepared and relaxed, in actuality I was a nervous wreck. At a press conference in early 1980s, Dr. DeBakey was presenting to a packed crowd in Rayzor Lounge. I had a prime spot as the Baylor photographer right in front of the podium. It being my first time to photograph Dr. DeBakey, I was taking one shot after another. Half way through my second or third roll of film he stops talking, looks down directly at me and says, “Young man, I think you have enough photos now.” A scattered chuckle rolls through the crowd. I was mortified. I recall not moving for the remainder of the talk, my neck and ears burned red with embarrassment. The rest of his talk seemed to go on forever, the longest six minutes of my life. Looking back I have to laugh at what was probably a non-event for a pioneer, the father of open heart surgery. I will always remember Dr. DeBakey with a smile.

Joe

Item Term
Joe Zwer, Document Center Technician, Office of Communications and Community Outreach

Item Definition

When I started at Baylor 54 years ago, it was small. The chief of personnel knew everyone's name. Back then, Baylor had two parking lots in the rear that were separated by a wooded area. (Today this is the area between Baylor and TIRR). There was a little creek and lots of pine trees. I would park, then walk along a windy trail to get from the Baylor lot closest to TIRR to the Rayzor entrance. It was so pretty, so relaxing.

Item Definition

One of my first memories was set up of the first Blackberry Server here at Baylor. It occurred around the 2001 timeframe when Compliance was the first group to use the Blackberry. We set this up for them so that they could access email, calendar, and contacts on our Exchange 5.5 server. It was an exciting time. Some still use the Blackberry!

Joseph

Item Term
Dr. Joseph A. Garcia-Prats, Section of Neonatology, Professor of Pediatrics and Ethics, Department of Pediatrics

Item Definition

Baylor College of Medicine over these many years has met the difficult challenge of change to address the many shifts and updates in management, leadership, fiscal issues, research demands, clinical requirements, education. In each instance, change was not avoided when the College saw that a change yielded such positive results for all aspects of the college.

Heading

Five-Volume History Set Captures Years of Growth, Change

Content

Former Chancellor Emeritus William T. Butler, M.D., compiled a history of Baylor College of Medicine - Arming for Battle Against Disease - covering the period following the move from Dallas to Houston in 1943.

Media Component
Media
Heading

Baylor's History

Content

Dr. William Butler, M.D., Chancellor Emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine, gave a presentation on the history of Baylor College of Medicine.