Dr. Salemi Named President-Elect of NBDPN
Jason L. Salemi, M.D., MPH, assistant professor and epidemiologist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, has been elected president-elect of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, which uses surveillance data for research planning and evaluation activities that support and improve programs for patients and families living with birth defects. He has been working in this field since 2005 and has served in numerous roles for the national network.
Dr. Salemi has been working with members of the Centers for Disease Controls and Preventions Zika Virus Response Team and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to develop resources that will support surveillance and reporting as part of the complementary systems of the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and Zika Birth Defects Surveillance. These resources included, among other things, USZPR/ZBDS integrated data collection forms, a detailed abstraction guide, and database collection tool, and a database that states, if they choose, may use or modify to maintain their own USZPR and/or ZBDS data and to provide data to CDC as a completely de-identified electronic file. Over the past year, Dr. Salemi has served as the chair for the Surveillance Guidelines and Standards Committee for NBDPN. The committee’s primary task is to develop and promote the use of specific standards and guidelines for birth defects surveillance programs in the U.S.
Contributing to building technical and interactive data capacity in public health surveillance, Dr. Salemi prepared a 1-hour webinar on data visualization (applied to birth defects surveillance) that was used at the National Birth Defects Prevention Network's annual meeting. The CDC and the Network have made the webinar widely available. (June 2016)
The Houston Chronicle had front page coverage of an article by Dr. Salemi on the increasing prevalence of gastroschisis (April 2016)
Faculty Award Recipients 2016
Dr. Zoorob presents the Chair's Recognition Award to Simon Whitney, M.D., JD at the July 2016 Departmental Faculty Meeting.
Other faculty award winners include: Malvika Juneja, M.D., Outstanding Clinician Award; Camille Leugers, M.D., Outstanding Clinician Award; Jason Salemi, Ph.D., MPH, Outstanding Researcher Award; Kelvin Shepherd, D.O., M.Ed., Outstanding Service Award; Phong Luu, M.D., Outstanding Service Award; Matthew Horsfield, M.D., Outstanding Service Award; Anjali Aggarwal, M.D., Outstanding Educator Award.
Dr. Grigoryan News Features
Why some are stealing medications from their pets CNN reporter Jen Christensen spoke with Larissa Grigoryan, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, MSc and Barbara Trautner, M.D., Ph.D. about their antibiotic stewardship research. (August 2016)
Why you should never take leftover antibiotics Dr. Grigoryan was interviewed by U.S. News and World Report about her antibiotic stewardship work. (August 2016)
Dr. Grigoryan was interviewed by Kate Johnson of Medscape at the Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Diego. "Guidelines often overlooked in treatment of uncomplicated cystitis." (June 2016)
Dr. Grigoryan was interviewed by the American Society for Microbiology which published Grigoryan's article ahead of print in the Society's journal, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. (July 2016)
Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Available Without Prescription
Alicia Kowalchuk, D.O. wrote a standing prescription making the opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone, available at Walgreens without prescription. Her actions were featured by the Houston Chronicle the Austin Sentinel and KUT.ORG. See information on Texas Overdose Prevention Legislation (May 2016)
Dr. Khan Leads a Group to Honduras
A small contingent arrived at Santa Ana, Honduras after a long flight from Houston and a bumpy ride up the Sierra del Merendón mountains. Fareed Khan, M.D. led three students and one resident on a medical mission through the Houston Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation.
While there, students shadowed medical doctors, provided assistance to the volunteer dentist, administered the pharmacy, and organized community health talks on drugs and alcohol, nutrition and hygiene, diabetes, and Zika virus prevention. After full days with caring for over 40 patients at the clinic, the group visited the elderly and disabled who were not able to travel to the clinic.
Photo taken at the childhood home of Dr. Grigorio Yanez. Left to right: Joshua Eldridge, MS1; Jessica D’Souza, MS2; Dr. Yanez; Sophia Thomas, PGY2; John Shumway, MS3; Dr. Fareed Khan