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2020 Faculty Recognition and Honors

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Dr. Christopher Howard

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Dr. Christopher Howard, assistant professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, presented the rollout of a new BSLMC initiative regarding helmet-based noninvasive ventilation to more than 150 national clinical leaders of the CommonSpirit hospital system.

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Trevor Hadley

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Trevor Hadley, medical student, is the first-place winner of the 2020 Foundation of the NLA Young Investigator Award for outstanding lipid research, for his abstract titled “Genetic Testing for Hypertriglyceridemia – Experience from a single center lipid clinic.”

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Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

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The Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine has achieved national recognition for Age-Friendly Health Systems designation. Age-Friendly Health Systems were founded by The John A. Hartford Foundation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, American Hospital Association, and Catholic Health Association of the United States, with the goal of 20% of all health systems obtaining this designation by 2020.

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Dr. Joslyn Fisher

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Dr. Joslyn Fisher, associate professor, General Internal Medicine – Ben Taub, has been recognized by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce with their inaugural Kathryn Stream ICON Award.

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Vignesh Ramachandran

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Vignesh Ramachandran, fourth-year medical student, received the Section of Infectious Diseases’ Musher Prize in Adult Infectious Diseases for 2020.

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Harris Health System

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The Lown Institute Hospitals Index – Houston has rated Harris Health as the second highest-rated hospital of all Houston institutions. It rates hospitals that best serve people of lower income or education levels and people of color to create a more holistic evaluation of facilities, rating on civic leadership, value of care and patient outcomes. Harris Health also ranked No. 1 nationwide for its “commitment to equity, inclusion and community health.”

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor and chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been invited to co-chair the American Gastroenterological Association’s GI Division Chief’s Consortium, effective this academic year.

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Dr. Chris Amos

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Dr. Chris Amos, interim chief, Epidemiology and Population Sciences, and associate director of quantitative science at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was honored with the 2020 AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.

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Drs. Tara Barto and Puneet Garcha

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Drs. Tara Barto, assistant professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Puneet Garcha, associate professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, were awarded membership into the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Lung Transplant Transition Learning & Leadership Collaborative 3 (CF LTT LLC3) program.

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Baylor Medicine

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The Baylor Medicine Hospitalist program expanded their clinical foot print once more by going live on Monday, June 1st at  CHI The Vintage Hospital. The team, led by Medical Director Dr. Shazia Sheikh, assistant professor, General Internal Medicine, consists of seven Baylor College of Medicine faculty and two advanced practice providers.

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2019 Faculty Recognition and Honors

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Dr. Li-Yuan Yu-Lee

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Dr. Li-Yuan Yu-Lee, professor, Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

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Dr. Anne Utech

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Dr. Anne Utech, assistant professor, General Internal Medicine - VAMC, has been appointed to the position of National Director, Nutrition and Food Services, Veterans Health Administration.

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal

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Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor and chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was awarded a three-year, $1,151,093 grant from the Department of Defense.

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Dr. Nadia Ismail

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Dr. Nadia Ismail, associate professor, General Internal Medicine - Ben Taub, has been elected to the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine Council of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine.

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Department of Medicine

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The Department of Medicine, Internal Medicine program, has risen from #40 to #27 (out of 115) in the 2018 Blue Ridge ranking. The Blue Ridge ranking uses active NIH funding to rank departments of medicine in the nation. This change was fueled by close to a $12 million increase in NIH direct funding (total approx. $45 million) over last year. 

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Dr. Grace Lo

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Dr. Grace Lo, assistant professor, Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, was awarded a two-year, $418,500 R21 grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

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Dr. Rolando Rumbaut

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Dr. Rolando Rumbaut, professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, was awarded a two-year, $720,846 R01 grant from the NIH/National Eye Institute.

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Dr. Sandeep Agarwal

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Dr. Sandeep Agarwal, association professor, Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, was awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant from the Krist Foundation. Funds from this donation will help start a biobank that will store and make available blood, synovial fluid and other biopsy samples from patients with autoimmune diseases, and support additional discovery-based research in the labs, to help identify new therapeutic targets in RA-ILD.

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Dr. Salim Virani

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Dr. Salim Virani, associate professor, Cardiology, has been appointed to the American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Disease Registry Scientific Quality and Oversight Subcommittee.

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Dr. Mary Estes

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Dr. Mary Estes, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was one of 148 renowned academic inventors named Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Estes holds nine patents in the field of gastrointestinal infections, all of which have been licensed.

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Dr. Glenn Levine

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Dr. Glenn Levine, professor, Cardiology received the American College of Cardiology 2019 Gifted Educator Award.

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