Department of Medicine

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Recent Events

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Cardiology Update Symposium

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The third Cardiology Update Symposium at Ben Taub/Harris Health System took place June 8, 2019. The course was well attended and updates on several topics in cardiology were presented by Ben Taub Cardiology faculty (Drs. Waleed Kayani, assistant professor, Lily Zhang, assistant professor, Vanessa Medrano, assistant professor, Ihab Hamzeh, associate professor, and Rashed Tabbaa, associate professor). Dr. Nasser Lakkis, professor, was course director and speaker. Dr. Eva Delossantos, assistant professor, and Ana Davis were course coordinators.

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2019 Insomnia Workshop

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The Baylor College of Medicine 2019 Insomnia Workshop was held May 24, 2019 at McNair Campus. The annual workshop, sponsored by the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, provides in-depth education and training on adult and pediatric insomnia management with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy. Attendees included fellows in training in sleep medicine from BCM and the University of Texas. Speakers included Drs. Fidaa Shaib, associate professor and workshop director, Sara Nowakowski, associate professor, Health Services Research, and Andrea Bradford, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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Sleep Medicine Symposium

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The first Sleep Medicine Symposium was held at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center April 26, 2019. The event was created to improve understanding and awareness of sleep disorders. Many regional experts and faculty from the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine participated, including Drs. Ritwick Agrawal (program director), assistant professor; Shahram Moghtader (co-director), assistant professor; Kanta Velamuri, assistant professor; Fidaa Shaib, associate professor; Supriya Singh, assistant professor; Philip Alapat, assistant professor; Jairo Barrantes, assistant professor; and Amir Sharafkhaneh, professor.

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28th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

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Dr. Susan Samson, associate professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, was the Chair of the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, held April 24-28, 2019 in Los Angeles. The event had more than 90 national and international speakers, 3000 registrants (2200 learners) representing 35 countries, and more than 500 ePosters.

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American College of Physicians Annual Meeting 2019

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Several faculty members attended the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting 2019, held April 11-13 in Philadelphia:

Dr. Hashem El-Serag, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, presented “Clinical Triad: Upper Gastrointestinal Tract”
Dr. Martha Mims, professor, Hematology/Oncology, presented “Who Really Needs a Work-Up for Hereditary Thrombophilia?
Dr. Joslyn Fisher, associate professor, General Internal Medicine – Ben Taub, chaired the session “Challenges in the Medical Care of Immigrants”

Three medical students – Albert Jang, Anna Berry, and Kallie Kram – as well as Dr. Wilson Lam, assistant professor and associate program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, also attended.

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19th Annual GI and Hepatology Course

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The 19th Annual GI and Hepatology Course took place this past weekend, with ~200 attendees. Dr. Manreet Kaur, assistant professor, was course director and Drs. Mohamed Othman, associate professor, Kalpesh Patel, associate professor, and Gagan Sood, associate professor, provided well-attended sessions on advanced endoscopy and hepatology.

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American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session

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The Sections of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research had a large showing at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session, held March 16-18 in New Orleans. Many panelists and co-chairs also were authors.

Authors of papers presented/presenters: Drs. Waleed Kayani, Ihab Hamzeh, Neal Kleiman, Mahboob Alam, Xiaoming Jie, Wensheng Sun, Vijay Nambi, Ron Hoogeveen, Ajith Nair, Jing Liu, John Allison, Juan Carlos Plana, June Kampangkaew, Tyler Moran, Anita Deswal, Arunima Misra, Ali Denktas, Sarah Ahmed, Julia Akeroyd, Raymond Stainback, Shaden Khalaf, Brittany Owen

Moderator: Dr. Mirza Khalid
Panelists: Drs. Biykem Bozkurt, Christie Ballantyne, Anita Deswal, Tina Shah, Hani Jneid, Glenn Levine, Salim Virani
Co-Chairs: Drs. Savitri Fedson, Glenn Levine, Anita Deswal, Biykem Bozkurt, Salim Virani

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BCM’s Health & Science Policy Research Day

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BCM’s Health & Science Policy Research Day took place April 2, 2018 at Cullen Auditorium. Topics will include how is precision medicine impacting policy, what are key innovations and issues at play, and what trends will shape the marketplace. DoM participants include Drs. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Kevin Erickson, assistant professor, Nephrology; Vivian Ho, professor, Health Services Research; Gabriel Lazaro-Muñoz, assistant professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy; and Laura Petersen, professor, Health Services Research.

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10th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases

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The 10th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases was held March 2 at Onstead Auditorium. The theme was "Infection and Injury as a Precursor to GI & Liver Cancer" and featured presentations from Drs. Hashem El-Serag, and David Graham from BCM, Timothy Wang from Columbia University, Barbara Rehermann from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, and many others.

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2019 DoM Students’ Reception

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The 2019 DoM Students’ Reception was held Jan. 16 at Cane Rosso, with more than 75 people attending, including Dr. Hashem El-Serag, DoM chairman, Dr. Richard Hamill, professor, Infectious Diseases, and vice chair for Education, as well as medical students, residents, chief residents and faculty members.

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2019 DoM Students’ Reception

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The 2019 DoM Students’ Reception was held Jan. 16 at Cane Rosso, with more than 75 people attending, including Dr. Hashem El-Serag, DoM chairman, Dr. Richard Hamill, professor, Infectious Diseases, and vice chair for Education, as well as medical students, residents, chief residents and faculty members.

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Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review Course

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The first annual Baylor College of Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review Course was completed this weekend. More than 100 participants from five states attended the course. Course directors were Drs. Kalpesh Patel and Milena Suarez-Gould. Planning committee included Drs. Jason Hou, Gyanprakash Ketwaroo, Saira Khaderi, Ruben Hernaez, and Nabil Mansour. Ramanveer Virk and Kaylinh Ly provided assistance throughout the planning process, and Shelina Velani, Roxanne Desiderio, and Mayra Davila for enabled smooth operations throughout the weekend.

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From Research to Real World: Sharing Science Symposium

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Dr. Thomas Giordano, associate professor, Infectious Diseases, co-chaired a Sept. 5 community event: From Research to Real World: Sharing Science Symposium, which shared HIV research results with the community. The symposium, sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, included as presenters Drs. Elizabeth Chiao, professor, Infectious Diseases, Charlene Flash, assistant professor, Infectious Diseases, and Rajagopal Sekhar, associate professor, Endocrinology.

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Texas Gulf Coast Region Veterans Mental Health Summit

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Dr. Rola El-Serag, assistant professor, General Internal Medicine – VAMC, sat on a panel discussion about women veterans’ issues with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi and Sheila Jackson Lee at the Aug. 3 Texas Gulf Coast Region Veterans Mental Health Summit, held at the United Way of Greater Houston building.

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VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute International Conference

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Drs. Aanand Naik, associate professor, Kyler Godwin, assistant professor, both of Health Services Research, and the VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) Coordinating Center team hosted the annual VAQS Summer Institute international conference for interprofessional leaders in healthcare quality improvement. More than 100 attended. Jointly sponsored with the DoM Health Services Research section, the Center for Innovations in Quality Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) and the Department of Medicine Vice Chair Group for Quality Improvement and Innovation, this year’s theme was VA Care in the Community: Ensuring Quality and Value.

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Hot Topics in Liver Disease

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The 19th Annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease was held July 28, 2018, at the Houstonian Hotel. The event focused on the latest information in cirrhosis and its clinical complications, non-alcoholic and alcoholic liver diseases, drug-induced liver injury (DILI), viral hepatitis, hepatobiliary malignancy and liver transplantation. CNE and CME contact hours were provided.

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BCM Team Launch Program

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Drs. LeChauncy Woodard and Kyler Godwin, of Health Services Research and IQuESt, were faculty leaders and educators for the June 28 BCM Team Launch event, which provided an interdisciplinary, team-based healthcare project experience guided by faculty mentors. Dr. Barbara Trautner served as a faculty mentor for a team that won the Capstone Competition with their presentation of “Call for an Electronic XDRO Registry in Houston,” which looked at the spread of highly resistant bacteria throughout Houston healthcare facilities.

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Biggest Loser Contest

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Some members of the Gastroenterology Department participated in an eight-week Weight Loss Challenge that began April 16. The goal of the challenge was to promote healthful lifestyle behaviors and collaborative efforts within the team. The challenge included weekly weights and at the end of the challenge the grand winner received a cash prize and gym membership to 24-hour fitness. The grand prize winner was Nichole Stewart.

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Texas American College of Physicians' Southeast Chapter Associates Day

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ACP Associates Day was held April 28, 2018, Baylor College of Medicine McNair Campus, and included: Poster presentations; a narrative medicine story; Slam competition; and Stump the Students competition.

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Department of Medicine Town Hall

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Department of Medicine Town Hall Meeting was held March 28, 2018 and was widely attended, both in person and via zoom.

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GI Research Conference

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GI Research Conference: March 15, Dr. Nisreen Husain: "Parkinson Disease: High Resolution Manometric Abnormalities and Gastroesophageal Reflux"

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Henry JN Taub & James K Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium

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The Henry JN Taub & James K Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium took place March 8, 2018, with Dr. Brendan Lee presenting "Translating Discovery to Therapy in Genetic Diseases of the Skeleton."
 

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9th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium: Frontiers of the Microbiome Gut-Brain Axis

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The 9th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium: Frontiers of the Microbiome Gut-Brain Axis took place on March 3, 2018. The symposium was sponsored by the Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center.

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GI Research Forum

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The GI Research Forum was held March 1, 2018, with Dr. Gary Wu presenting "Co-Metabolism Between the Gut Microbiota and its Host: Relevance to Health and Disease"
 

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TMC Health Policy Course

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Dr. Laura Petersen spoke on Quality Care at the Feb. 20 TMC Health Policy Course event at Texas Medical Center headquarters. Topics included: defining and measuring, improving outcome and safety, and paying for value-based performance. The moderator was Lee Revere. Other panelists were: Ryan Walsh, M.D.; Bela Patel, M.D., FCCP; John Bingham, MHA; and Eric Williams, M.D.

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Improving Health Care: Cognitive Bias & The Science of Decision Making

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The symposium "Improving Health Care: Cognitive Bias & The Science of Decision Making" was held Feb. 10, 2018, at Third Coast restaurant.

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was attended by many Department of Medicine personnel; the event was held Jan. 27, 2018.

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Infectious Diseases Research Retreat

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The annual Infectious Diseases Research Retreat was held Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. This retreat allows senior fellows to present their research to the faculty and receive valuable feedback. Dr. Tom Giordano, associate professor and chief, Infectious Diseases, congratulated the mentors, organizers (Drs. Jose Serpa-Alvarez and Vagish Hemmige, Lois Alfred and Ellen Walls), and the faculty and fellows who attended and engaged the fellows in thoughtful discussion.

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Lectures

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View the various other lectures associated with the Department of Medicine.

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Past Events

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See archive of the Department of Medicine 2018 events.