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T32 Research Track Lecture Series - Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag presented for the series Oct. 26. The lecture was titled "Mentorship in Academic Medicine."

Softball Tournament - The DoM softball team participated in a softball tournament for Baylor employees and students that was co-hosted by teams from the RIITE Rewards Program, BCM BeWell and the BCM Federal Credit Union. The tournament took place Oct. 21 at the Houston Sportsplex.

2nd Annual Liver Cancer Symposium - The 2nd Annual Liver Cancer Symposium was held Oct. 25-26 at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center Auditorium. The two-day event featured Drs. Jessica Zucman-Rossi, University Paris Descartes-HEGP, Robert Schwabe, Columbia University, and Susan Fisher-Hoch, UTHealth. Baylor's Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag, chair of the Department of Medicine, also spoke.

GI Research Conference - Dr. Noah Shroyer presented "Using intestinal organoids to assess functional effects of JAK/STAT risk alleles and to predict response to JAK2 inhibitor" at the Oct. 19 GI research conference.

Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Conference - The conference was held Oct. 16, 12:15-1 p.m., at the Baylor Clinic.

The 13th Annual Diabetes Symposium was held Oct. 21-22 at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital, Denton A. Cooley Auditorium. Chaired by Dr. Mandeep Bajaj, this symposium featured Drs. Ralph DeFronzo, UT Health Science Center San Antonio; Osama Hamdy, Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center; Guillermo Umpierrez, Emory University; and Samuel Dagogo-Jack, University of Tennessee, as well as faculty from Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Pathways to Adulthood Seminar - Saturday, Oct. 7, Transition Medicine held free one-day seminar: Pathways to Adulthood. This seminar will provide families and professionals with the information and tools needed to plan for a young adult’s life after high school. It is open to families whose children have a disability, chronic illness or other special healthcare needs, and the professionals who work with them.

Zoonotic Disease/One Health Conference - The 10th Annual Zoonotic Disease/One Health Conference was held Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at Baylor College of Medicine. The conference offered CME and CNE this year and space was reserved for CME and CNE participants.

Doctors for Change forum – Drs. Yamini Natarajan, assistant professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wilson Lam, assistant professor, Cardiology, Ana Monterrey, clinical postdoc fellow, Pediatrics, and Padma Swamy, fellow, Pediatrics, helped organize a forum – “Building Health from the Ground up” – through the Doctors for Change committee, of which they are all members. Doctors for Change is a Houston-based healthcare advocacy nonprofit. Presentations at the forum, which took place Wednesday, Sept. 27, at United Way of Greater Houston, covered food prescription programs, sustainable food systems, and community gardens.

IRONCHEF IQuESt Benefit Pancake Cook-Off - The Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt), where the Section of Health Services Research is housed, held their IRONCHEF IQuESt pancake cook-off Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the IQuESt Grand Hall. The benefit event was held to support the center’s Harvey-impacted community.

42nd Annual Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Meeting - The meeting was held Sept. 22-24 in San Antonio. Dr. Waqar Qureshi, professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was on this year’s program committee. “The TSGE has become the premier regional gastrointestinal society in the country,” according to Dr. Qureshi, “and our group has played a major part in this rise in prominence.”

Texas Live Endoscopy Course 2017 - Friday Sept. 22, Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center held the Texas Live Endoscopy course, led by Drs. Mohamed Othman, Kalpesh Patel, Isaac Raijman, Wasif Abidi and Waqar Qureshi, all from Gastroenterology and Hepatology. They performed several unique cases for an audience of more than150 gastroenterologists, covering procedures such as per-oral endoscopic myotomy for achalasia, gastric varices injection, and radiofrequency ablation of common bile duct tumor. The team has been invited to host Texas Live again in 2019.

Funding Opportunity Announcement Webinar - A webinar, Reducing Overscreening for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancers among Older Adults, was held Sept. 14, 2017. The presenter was Dr. Erica S. Breslau, Program Director, Health Systems and Interventions Research Branch, Healthcare Delivery Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. This webinar provided an overview of the Funding Opportunity Announcement, Reducing Overscreening for Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancers among Older Adults. This FOA promoted research on interventions based in healthcare settings designed to reduce overscreening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers among average-risk older adults. Overscreening older adults may be driven by factors at the individual, healthcare team, healthcare system, and community organization levels. Research supported by this FOA should propose to intervene at two or more levels, and should measure outcomes at two or more levels, while accounting for interactions that occur between levels. Research supported by this FOA should enhance knowledge and consequences of overscreening to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older adults.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review Course - 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.

From Research to Real World: Sharing Science Symposium - 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.

Texas Gulf Coast Region Veterans Mental Health Summit - 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.

VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute International Conference - 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.

Hot Topics in Liver Disease - 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.

BCM Team Launch Program - 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.

Biggest Loser Contest - 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.

Texas American College of Physicians' Southeast Chapter Associates Day - 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.

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

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

Henry JN Taub & James K Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium - 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."9th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium: Frontiers of the Microbiome Gut-Brain Axis

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.

46th Annual New Mexico Thoracic Society Meeting - Dr. Nicola Hanania was an invited keynote speaker at this annual meeting. His talks were "Revisiting Severe Asthma: Challenges and Opportunities" and "Implementing GOLD COPD Guidelines."

GI Research Forum - 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"

Affairs of the Heart II 2018 Heart Health Symposium - Dr. Mahboob Alam presented Feb. 24 at the Pinnacle Senior Center on the topic of cardiovascular health in men.

TMC Health Policy Course - 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.

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

Strategies for Addressing Health Disparities in VHA - Jan. 29, 2018, Noon, IQuESt Room 101 - IQuESt/MEDVAMC Seminar, featuring Dr. Michael Kauth, director of VA LGBT Health Program, Patient Care Services, and professor of psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine

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

Infectious Diseases Research Retreat - 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.




Meeting with U.S. Representative Gene Green - During August 2017, Drs. Yamini Natarajan, Richa Shukla and Jordan Shapiro from GI met with U.S. Representative Gene Green. The meeting was to discuss the importance of supporting increases in NIH funding to maintain similar levels based on biomedical research inflation, screening colonoscopy and improving access to care by opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Find a Physician Networking Happy Hour - The August 2017 Find a Physician Networking Happy Hour saw a large turnout. Attendees enjoyed food and drinks, caught up with past colleagues and met a wide range of people from all across the college.

Hot Topics in Liver Disease Annual Conference - The 18th annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease conference was held July 29 at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in Houston, Texas. Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, associate professor, Infectious Diseases, and faculty senator, was the main speaker for this event.

2017 VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute Conference - The week-long 2017 VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute Conference hosted by the Houston Coordinating Center, in the Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research (Drs. Aanand Naik, Kyler Godwin, Jane Anderson, Molly Horstman, Sylvia Hysong and LeChauncy Woodard and staff members Tracey Rosen and Jacky Shahin), was a huge success last week, with approximately 100 attendees from nine sites around the United States and Canada as well as from the Texas Medical Center. Plenary speakers included Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health and Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, Founding Director and Chief Innovation & Implementation Officer of The Center for Health Innovation & Implementation Science at Indiana University.

6th Annual Intro to Endoscopy Course - On July 8, the 6th Annual Introduction to Endoscopy Course was held at the Baylor Simulation Center. This one-day course included a morning didactic session taught by advanced endoscopy faculty from across the Texas Medical Center on topics ranging from the basics of colonoscopy, informed consent, endoscopic reporting, to electrocautery in endoscopy. The afternoon comprised a hands-on course with five stations using animal models and fully equipped endoscopic towers. In all, 28 fellows from Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist-Houston, Texas Children's Hospital, UTMB, UT-Houston, and UT-San Antonio participated. Participating DoM faculty were Drs. Wasif Abidi, Clark Hair, Doug Fishman, Avi Ketwaroo, and Mohammed Othman, director of Center for Advanced Endoscopy. The course was co-directed by Drs. RJ Sealock and Kalpesh Patel.

2017 Digestive Disease Week - The 2017 Digestive Disease Week that took place in Chicago May 2017 and had a large presence from the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. They showed approximately 78 presentations, including a clinical plenary, 38 oral presentations, and several posters of distinction.

Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society Ninth Symposium - The Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society Ninth Symposium, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Igor F. Palacios, M.D., Distinguished Lectureship in Cardiology presented the symposium May 19, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., at the Cooley Auditorium at the Texas Heart Institute. The course directors were Dr. Eduardo Hernandez, president, Texas Heart Institute Cardiac Society, and Dr. Guilherme Silva, program director, Structural Heart Disease. The guest speaker was Dr. Juan Carlos Plana and the keynote speaker was Dr. Valentin Fuster, Mount Sinai Cardiology. This event, which meets accreditation requirements from ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians, highlights advances in the field of transcatheter therapies; reviews new therapies for hyperlipidemia, stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, and venous disease; and cites best practices for management of critical limb ischemia.