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Awards and Recognitions

Collins honored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth CollinsDr. Elizabeth Collins, associate professor of pediatrics, received the Alumni of the Year Award from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The award was presented at the commencement ceremony in May in Springfield, Ill., for Distinguished Service and for outstanding commitment to the health and welfare of patients and the community and for humanitarian activities.

Postdoctoral fellow Enemchukwu receives research grant

Dr. Nduka Enemchukwu, a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine’s Cullen Eye Institute in the department of ophthalmology, has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. The grant will support Enemchukwu’s research to prevent retinal degeneration in children. Read more online.

Friedman honored as distinguished surgeon

Dr. Ellen FriedmanDr. Ellen Friedman, professor of pediatrics, received the 2016 Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Texas Children’s Hospital department of surgery. Friedman served as chief of otolaryngology at Texas Children’s for 24 years. The award is given to those who have forged a path of innovation in surgical excellence, research and education in the surgery division. She was recognized as a leader for women in her field and for academic surgeons in general. She and fellow honoree Dr. William Pokorny were honored at a ceremony May 6.

Sugarbaker named ‘Giant of Cancer Care’

Dr. David SugarbakerDr. David Sugarbaker, professor of surgery, chief of the division of thoracic surgery and director of the Baylor Lung Institute, attended the Giants of Cancer Care Award Ceremony June 2 in Chicago, where he was a finalist in the surgical oncology category. The designation honors Sugarbaker and the other finalists as pioneers and leaders in their fields and for remarkable achievements in oncology research and clinical practice.


Celebrate Rising Star and Master Clinicians June 15

The Rising Star and Master Clinician Award ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 15, at 4 p.m. in the Alkek Lobby, with a reception following. The awards were established by Baylor President and CEO Dr. Paul Klotman to recognize faculty for their exemplary qualities of clinical excellence and expertise, patient care, professionalism, commendable leadership skills and continuous service to the community. The Master Clinician Award is for full professors with 15 or more years of clinical service at Baylor, while the Rising Star Clinician Award recognizes assistant and associate professors with at least five years of clinical service. Winners of the Master Clinician Award are Dr. James Adams, pediatrics; Dr. Christie Ballantyne, medicine; Dr. Arthur L. Beaudet, molecular and human genetics; Dr. Joseph S. Coselli, surgery; Dr. Anita Deswal, medicine; Dr. Milton J. Finegold, pathology & immunology; Dr. Sylvia Hsu, dermatology; and Dr. Stephen C. Pflugfelder, ophthalmology. Winners of the Rising Star Award are Dr. Binoy Chandy, otolaryngology; Dr. Yvonne I. Chu, ophthalmology; Bruno P. Chumpitazi, pediatrics; Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, neurology; Dr. Joseph S. Kass, neurology; Dr. Timothy C. Lee, surgery; Dr. Monica E. Lopez, surgery; Dr. Julie Nangia, Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center; Dr. Ibrahim Omeis, neurosurgery; Dr. Mohan Pammi, pediatrics; Dr. Christian P. Schaaf, molecular and human genetics; Dr. Eric J. Silberfein, surgery; and Dr. James W. Suliburk, surgery.

Biometric screening results presentations

Many employees received their annual biometric screening through the BCM BeWell program. Now join Jesse Gavin, BCM BeWell Wellness coordinator, for a review of the results – what they mean, quick tips to incorporate into your daily routine and yearly BCM health trends. Sessions will be held Tuesday, June 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at the McNair campus, Conference Room B, and Wednesday, June 22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the main Baylor campus in Cullen Auditorium. For questions, please email wellness@bcm.edu.

College News

Family and community medicine extended clinic hours

The department of family and community medicine has recently renovated the Kirby Clinic and extended hours at both the Kirby Clinic and Baylor Clinic. The Kirby Clinic is now open until 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at Baylor Clinic. Same-day appointments available, and walk-ins accepted until 4 p.m. Find more information on the family and community medicine website.

LGBT pride month

June is LBGT Pride Month. Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing its institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. Learn more on the Office of Institutional Diversity website.

Volunteers needed for study on depression and gut function

Participants are needed for a study to understand how depression and gut function may be related in youth. Volunteers between the ages of 7 and 17 years who have experienced symptoms of depression and those who have not are both needed for the study. Volunteers must be healthy, not have taken any antibiotics in the past six months and not have taken any psychiatric medications in the past three months. The study visit will involve completing questionnaires, providing a stool sample, taking a sugar solution and collecting urine for 24 hours, a blood draw and bone scan. Volunteers will be compensated for their time and mileage will be reimbursed. Those interested should complete the following online screening form. For more information, call 832-824-5002 or email Calarge_Research@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Peter Hotez was interviewed by multiple media outlets on Zika. See these and Baylor's other news media mentions in this week’s Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read the latest post in From the Labs on the link between autoimmunity and cardiovascular disease.

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