Department of Medicine researchers received a five-year, $5.5 million-plus grant from the National Cancer Institute (Part of the National Institutes of Health) for research on liver cancer risk factors and prevention, with the goal of reducing the burden of liver cancer in patients with metabolic dysfunction. Dr. Hashem El-Serag, principal investigator of the study, department chair. The researchers, led by Dr. Fasiha Kanwal, professor of medicine and section chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Baylor, also will examine the genetic factors that contribute to differences in response to prevention medication.
Dr. Jason Hou has been selected as the interim section chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He previously served as the program director of the Department of Medicine GI Fellowship for the past five years.
Dr. Christie Ballantyne has been appointed as a guest editor-in-chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology. JACC has an impact factor of over 20 and is one of the world’s most highly ranked cardiovascular journals.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has confirmed the reaccreditation of Ben Taub Hospital as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Center for another three-year period. Dr. Nathan Deal, executive vice president of Ben Taub Hospital, credited the leadership and dedication of Dr. Martha Mims for the accomplishment.
Dr. William Mitch was included in a listing of the World’s Top 2 percent of Scientists in Nephrology. The evaluations were based on an analysis of the number of scientific publications by each nephrologist plus a score for citation frequency. Dr. Mitch was in the top 99.91% of those evaluated and ranked number 31.
The American Society of Nephrology and KidneyCure have established the Garabed Eknoyan Endowed Lectureship in honor of Dr. Garabed Eknoyan, distinguished emeritus professor, who is recognized as a key architect of evidence-based and expert-generated clinical practice guidelines in nephrology. The Endowed Lectureship is to be given at the annual Kidney Week of the American Society of Nephrology, the largest nephrology conference. Dr. Eknoyan retired after more than 52 years of service at Baylor earlier this year.
In the latest U.S. News and World Report’s global ranking of universities, Baylor College of Medicine ranked #37 globally in the category of Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems, and #15 for U.S. institutions. This was driven by publications with total citations ranking #18 globally and papers in the top 10 percent most cited ranking number #26 for Cardiac and Cardiovascular. This high ranking has been due to the hard work of members of Baylor Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research, Physiology and the Cardiovascular Research Institute.
The Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Heart Transplant Program underwent an exhaustive site visit this week, conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The surveyors recommended full accreditation as a CMS-approved Heart Transplant Program, after the site visit found no deficiencies.
The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center's Office of Outreach and Health Disparities has been selected for the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2020 SCOPY Award, “Grand SCOPY,” for their “Light the Night Blue: A Colorectal Cancer Awareness Initiative.”
The American Heart Association has recognized Ben Taub Hospital as a 2020 Mission: Lifeline – STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Receiving Center – Gold Plus. This recognition is based on Ben Taub's continued success in using the Mission Lifeline program, including applying up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes.
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 percent of all health systems obtaining this designation by 2020.
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.”