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Awards and Recognitions

Ballantyne elected to cardiology association

Dr. Christie BallantyneDr. Christie Ballantyne, professor of medicine and chief of cardiology, has been elected to the Association of University Cardiologists. Founded in 1961, the association is an organization that is limited to an active membership of 125 academic cardiologists from the United States, elected by their peers. The group meets once per year in January for a two-day session of scientific interchange. The members traditionally are the leaders and best investigators in American cardiology who shape the course of research and training in cardiovascular disease.


July 25 and 27: Getaway to Good Health midpoint celebrations

Benefits-eligible employees who are participating in the BCM BeWell Getaway to Good Health Challenge can celebrate their success so far at events next week that include photos, souvenirs and a short yoga session. The celebration events are Tuesday, July 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the main Baylor courtyard and Thursday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CNRC lobby. For those who haven't joined the challenge, it's not too late – sign up now! Questions? Email wellness@bcm.edu.

July 26: DocTalk on pain management

A DocTalk with Dr. Brian Bruel, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, on pain management will be held Wednesday, July 26, at noon in McNair conference room A. DocTalk is an informal series of lunchtime talks with Baylor experts on a variety of health topics. Eligible employees who attend and sign in before 12:15 p.m. can earn BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Family Medicine offering health data and analysis courses

The Department of Family and Community Medicine is offering two courses for healthcare professionals and trainees related to health data and analysis.
- CHAT-CEA: This online course uses a unique technology platform called CHAT (Community Health Analytics Training) to offer cost-effectiveness analysis in an easy-to-understand format. Register and complete the course online.
- Clinical Research Methods: A face-to-face beginner's course to train health professionals on how to analyze simple data. The course will be held on Aug. 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kirby Clinic, 3701 Kirby Drive. The course price is $500 for early bird registration before Aug. 1 and $750 after. For more information and to register, contact Dr. Hamisu Salihu at hamisu.salihu@bcm.edu or 713-798-7646.

College News

College leadership updates

The following appointments have been made at the College:
Dr. John HarrellDr. Asim ShahDr. Megan BullerwellDr. David RowleyDr. Elaine Fielder- Dr. Michael Y. Lee was named executive vice chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In this role, he will have broad leadership responsibility for the operations of the department. Lee was founding chair of PM&R at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill prior to joining the Baylor faculty this month. Dr. John Harrell, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been named vice chair of education in the department, where he will serve a critical role for undergraduate and graduate medical education programs.
- Dr. Asim Shah was appointed as executive vice chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Last September, Shah was appointed as the inaugural vice chair for community psychiatry, which will now become the Division of Community Psychiatry under his leadership as its chief. He is responsible for overseeing the integration and functioning of extensive community-based services and the point person for the department's commitment to the underserved population.
- Dr. Megan Bullerwell was appointed associate director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program – Nurse Anesthesia. She will join Dr. Rachel Davis, associate director, and Dr. Jim Walker in the leadership of the program. A Baylor alumnus, Bullerwell has a proven track record of academic and clinical excellence.
- Dr. David Rowley was named director of foundational curriculum for the School of Medicine. He also will continue his membership and leadership in the Curricular Renewal Task Force as well as his current research and administrative duties at the College. Rowley is a distinguished lecturer and researcher and has been recognized as an outstanding teacher at Baylor, developing curricula for both the graduate and medical schools. Rowley currently serves as the vice chair of education in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
- Dr. Elaine Fielder was named director of clinical sciences curriculum for the School of Medicine. She currently serves as the clerkship director for the Department of Pediatrics. In her new role, she will oversee the clinical curriculum of the medical school. She also will chair the clinical subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee.
Dr. Lee PoythressDr. Andrea Stolar- Dr. Lee Poythress, associate professor of medicine and associate program director for the internal medicine residency program, and Dr. Andrea Stolar, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and psychiatry residency program director, were appointed as assistant deans of student affairs. Both have been recognized at Baylor for their educational leadership.

Faculty in the News

Check out Baylor's news 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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