BCM Family NewsLink, July 8, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Ben Taub stroke certification

Ben Taub General Hospital has received its official Joint Commission certification as a Primary Stroke Center. This follows certification last year as a Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Committee Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Stroke care at Ben Taub is lead by Dr. Paulina Sergot, assistant professor of medicine – emergency medicine and director of acute stroke care in the section of emergency medicine, and Dr. Joseph Kass, assistant professor of neurology, chief of neurology at Ben Taub and stroke program medical director.

College News

New pediatric cardiac critical care faculty at BCM, Texas Children's

Dr. Paul ChecchiaBCM and Texas Children's Hospital welcomed new faculty member Dr. Paul Checchia on July 5. Checchia serves as the new medical director of the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Texas Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics at BCM. Checchia is an international expert in the field of cardiac critical care. Prior to joining BCM and Texas Children's, Checchia served as a faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine and medical director of the Cardiac ICU at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Dermatology and plastic surgery relocation

The clinical practices of dermatology and plastic surgery will soon have new homes. Both will make the move from their current locations to the Medical Building on the McNair Campus, 1977 Butler Blvd. Faculty and staff will move July 14 and doors will be open to patients starting July 18.

Royal visit to BIPAI's Botswana clinic

On July 4, Princess Anne of Britain visited the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence in Gaborone, one of seven African clinics operated by the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital. Princess Anne met members of the Teen Club and toured the clinic.

Faculty in the News

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