BCM Family NewsLink, June 29, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Mental health leaders

The Menninger Clinic Our Future in Mind Program selected three faculty members in BCM's Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as Young Leaders in Mental Health. The program identifies health care professionals and business and community leaders who are making a difference for their generation in destigmatizing mental health in the community. Dr. Jeffrey Cully, associate professor, Dr. M. Renee Valdez, assistant professor, and Dr. Sanjay Mathew, associate professor, were all selected for this recognition.

McPherson honored by Harvard Medical School

Dr. Alice R. McPhersoDr. Alice R. McPherson, professor of ophthalmology, recently received the 2012 Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplishments as an educator, scholar, leader and pioneer dedicated to the study and treatment of retinal disease. She specializes in vitreoretinal diseases, surgery and macular degeneration.

Healthy Harvest program recognized

Dr. Ann Smith BarneThe Harris County Hospital District has won the 2012 Gage Award for Improving Population Health for Healthy Harvest, a program that coordinates farmers markets in health care centers to encourage patients to eat more fruits and vegetables. The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems presented the award June 21 during its annual national conference in San Francisco. The program is led by Dr. Ann Smith Barnes, assistant professor of medicine at BCM and medical director of Weight Management Services and Disease Prevention at the Harris County Hospital District.

Singh earns New Investigator Award

Dr. Hardeep Singh, assistant professor of medicine – health services research at BCM and chief of the health policy and quality program at the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, received the 2012 Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award from the AcademyHealth at the society's annual research meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 24-26. The award recognizes his innovative work in the area of health services research, including understanding and reducing medical errors in the outpatient setting, using health information technology to identify and reduce diagnostic errors, and improving patient safety in electronic health record-based health systems. Singh is the first recipient from Texas to receive this prestigious award.

Giudice named Pew Fellow

Dr. Jimena Giudice was named a Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Giudice, postdoctoral associate in pathology, is one of 10 young researchers from Latin American countries picked to be a part of the program. The Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences program provides salary support over two years, allowing Latin American scientists to work in top laboratories in the United States.

Awad named executive at VA

Dr. Samir S. AwadDr. Samir S. Awad, associate professor of surgery, was selected as the new Operative Care Line executive of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Awad has served as the Operative Care Line associate executive, chief of general surgery and medical director of Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Houston VA.


College News

BCM to pilot resident humanism society

BCM has been selected to become a pilot resident chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The Society honors medical students, residents, physician-teachers and others for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. As one of 10 resident pilot chapters in the country, BCM Gold society residents will develop initiatives focusing on the role of compassion in medicine for residents across BCM's 88 GME programs. They will also host gatherings for residents and faculty and collaborate with the medical student chapter to further emphasize the critical role of compassion in medicine. Congratulations to Dr. Charity Evans, a graduating BCM surgery resident, who worked with faculty advisor Dr. Ayesha Mian to get this GHHS chapter started for BCM residents.

Faculty in the News

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