BCM Family NewsLink, May 4, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Chiu named to National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Wah ChiuDr. Wah Chiu, the Alvin Romansky Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of the National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. A college-wide celebration for Dr. Chiu will be planned soon. See the full release.

Student recognized for patient safety

Joshua LiaoJoshua Liao, a fourth-year medical student, was awarded the National Patient Safety Foundation's Young Physicians Award, which recognizes young physicians for their personal insight into the significance of patient safety work. He will attend the foundation's national congress in Washington, D.C., this month to learn about innovations in safety and to receive the award. The foundation was founded in 1997 to improve the safety of care provided to patients.

Erez wins genetics award

Dr. Ayelet Erez, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics who works in the lab of Dr. Brendan Lee, won the 2012 William K. Bowes Award in Medical Genetics. The award was established to annually recognize an outstanding physician or scientist who has completed his or her training in the area of medical genetics or a combined training program with medical genetics. It includes a $20,000 prize. Erez is interested in translational research that uses mouse genetics to gain insights into human genetic disorders.

Diaz-Arrastia helps at screening event

Dr. Concepcion Diaz-ArrastiaDr. Concepcion Diaz-Arrastia, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, took part in the College of American Pathologists Foundation See, Test and Treat program in partnership with Dia de la Mujer Latina and the Methodist Hospital to screen uninsured Latina women in Houston with limited medical access who had never had a Pap test. More than 100 women were screened, and those who were found to have abnormal results had colposcopies the same day. Women also had other on-site exams, including a breast exam.

Nelson accepted to leadership program

Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, senior associate dean and associate professor of medicine, has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2012-2013 class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Program for Women. This in-depth national program is dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry and public health to effect sustained positive change as institutional leaders. ELAM's intensive one-year fellowship program of executive education offers personal leadership assessments and coaching, networking and mentoring activities.

Radiology fellows honored

Dr. Cliff WhighamDr. Hsin LuDr. Cliff J. Whigham and Dr. Hsin Lu, both associate professors of radiology at BCM, have been inducted as Fellows in the American College of Radiology – the highest honor bestowed on a radiologist by the ACR. ACR Fellows demonstrate a history of service to the ACR, organized radiology, teaching or research. Whigham and Lu were inducted in a formal convocation ceremony during the recent 89th ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference April 21-25 in Washington, D.C.

Pediatric radiology news

Dr. George Bisset, professor of radiology at BCM and chair of radiology at Texas Children's Hospital, was honored with the Pioneer Award from the Society of Pediatric Radiology for his lifelong contributions to the field of pediatric radiology at a recent meeting of the organization.

Also at the meeting, BCM medical student Saivivek Bogale received the John Kirkpatrick Young Investigator Award for his research, "Analysis of Optimal Phase Interval for Prospective EKG-Triggered Cardiac CT in Children." His faculty mentor was Dr. Rajesh Krishnamurthy, associate professor of radiology. This is quite an accomplishment as the award is usually given to junior faculty.

Dr. Ketan Ghaghada, assistant professor of radiology, received the John Caffey Award for Best Scientific Paper and Dr. Krishnamurthy earned Honorable Mention for Best Scientific Paper.

College News

Singhal appointment

Dr. Geeta Singhal, associate professor of pediatrics, was appointed associate director of BCM's Office of Professional Development, effective July 1. Singhal has a strong commitment to both clinical care and medical education. Her experience in medical education and faculty development will contribute to efforts both at the College and internationally.

Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members are regularly featured or cited in news and media outlets. Check out this week's faculty in the news.