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Awards and Recognitions

DeGarmo to lead internal medicine administrators group

Craig DeGarmoCraig DeGarmo, administrator of the Department of Medicine, was elected president of the Administrators of Internal Medicine Council, a division of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, for which he also serves as a board member. The Alliance fosters the advancement of learning, discovery and patient care by enhancing the professional growth of academic internal medicine faculty, administrators and physicians-in-training.

Frazier honored with lifetime achievement award

Dr. O.H. "Bud" FrazierDr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier, professor of surgery, is being honored with the 2017 Crystal Heart Lifetime Achievement Award at the New Orleans Conference, an annual cardiology conference. He was recognized for dedicating his life through clinical care, research and education to the care of the cardiovascular surgical patient and for his innovative contributions to the field. Frazier also is chief of transplant services at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and chief of cardiopulmonary transplantation at Texas Heart Institute.

Orange receives arthritis grant

Dr. Jordan OrangeDr. Jordan Orange, professor of pediatrics - rheumatology, received a three-year, $405,000 grant from the Arthritis Foundation for his project on targeting cellular stress points and immune priming to relieve symptoms associated with COPA Syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by a combination of severe lung disease and arthritis.

Zoghbi earns UCLA's Switzer Prize

Dr. Huda ZoghbiDr. Huda Zoghbi, professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology, and neuroscience, was the recipient of the 2017 Switzer Prize from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for excellence in biological and biomedical sciences research. Her research includes identifying a gene mutation that causes Rett syndrome, a severe genetic disorder that mostly affects girls. She will deliver the Switzer Prize lecture at UCLA in February 2018. Zoghbi also received an honorary degree at Harvard University's 366th Commencement.

Transition Medicine physicians honored

Dr. Cynthia PeacockDr. Cynthia Peacock, associate professor of medicine and director of the Transition Medicine Clinic, and Michelle Cornacchia, a graduating resident, won Local Hero Awards for their outstanding leadership and service to the community at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry Conference, held in Houston June 2- 4.

Faculty earn NCI grants

Dr. Lisa KahalleyDr. Elisabeth WildeDr. Lisa Kahalley, assistant professor of pediatrics in the psychology section, and Dr. Elisabeth Wilde, associate professor and director of research for physical medicine and rehabilitation, were awarded a $2.1 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study white matter toxicity and neurocognitive outcomes in pediatric brain tumor patients treated with proton beam radiation therapy vs. other treatments.

Congratulations TCH!

Our affiliate Texas Children's Hospital ranks No. 4 in the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 edition of Best Children's Hospitals. The TCH Heart Center ranks No. 1 in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, and TCH pulmonology, cancer, gastroenterology, nephrology and neurology services all rank in the top 5.


HR offering leadership training July 11

Human Resources is enrolling for "Leading through Influence," Tuesday, July 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The course is designed to empower faculty with techniques on hiring, conflict resolution and employee morale. This course also will include Insights Discovery, a four-color model to help understand an individual's unique working style and gain deeper insight into yourself and your colleagues. Register online. For more information, contact Tomeka Johnson.

Pride recap

The BCM Pride student group joined the annual festival and parade celebrating the LGBTQ+ community June 24 during the Houston Pride Festival. Check out photos from the event on the Baylor Facebook page.

College News

Welcome to Baylor!

New medical residents and students in the School of Allied Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Program and Orthotics and Prosthetics Program joined the Baylor community this week. You can read more about the 40 PA and 24 O&P students in the entering classes online.

Clinical faculty needed for patient safety course

Clinical faculty are being recruited to serve as small group facilitators for the Patient Safety Course, which runs Aug. 1 – Sept. 19. Facilitators will work through a clinical case with second-year medical students and will complete evaluations as well as be evaluated by students. Sign up online and for more information, contact Dr. Cara Lye.

Financial planning through HR

Human Resources-Benefits has a variety of resources to help you make financial decisions for the future, including consultations with a TIAA or Fidelity financial advisor. Schedule today and earn 200 BCM BeWell Vitality points! Learn more.

Best Places to Work Survey

The College is participating in the Best Places to Work workplace survey, conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLC, an independent research company. If you have not already received a link to the confidential online survey, you will within the week. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback. If you have any questions or concerns, contact WorkplaceDynamics directly at (800) 749-0187 or reply to your survey email.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Alireza Shamshirsaz was interviewed in the news this week about the travel ban impact. Check out this and other media mentions in this week's Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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