BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 14, 2011
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Awards and Recognitions
Eknoyan honored at luncheon
Dr. Garabed Eknoyan, professor of medicine – nephrology, is one of two honored guests at this years Kick Out Kidney Disease luncheon benefiting the National Kidney Foundation Serving Texas. Eknoyan is the past president of the National Kidney Foundation and will be recognized, along with former astronaut Joan Higginbotham, for his work to raise awareness and find a cure for kidney disease. The luncheon will take place at Tootsies and includes a fashion show with Savvas Kaminarides of Jimmy Choo.
Dr. Steven Carpenter, associate professor of radiology, was recognized with an Educator of the Year Award by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology. The award recognizes outstanding teachers and mentors of radiation oncology residents. Residents from all radiation oncology programs were given the opportunity to select one faculty member from their program for the award.
McGuire named to advisory council
Dr. Amy McGuire, associate professor in the Center for Ethics and Health Policy, was appointed to the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. Her term runs from Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2015. The National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research advises the Department of Health and Human Service, the National Institutes of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute on genetics, genomic research, training and programs related to the human genome initiative.
Dr. Jocelyn McGee, assistant professor of neurology and director of education and patient/family services for the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center, will be a featured speaker at an upcoming educational forum at the Amazing Place, an organization that offers care and support for Alzheimer's disease patients and their families. McGee's talk is titled "Spirituality and Everyday Life: Resources for Individuals and Families Living with Dementia." The event is Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. The Amazing Place is located at 3735 Drexel Drive. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please RSVP to Theresa Crawford at 713-660-1377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Nurse Line may save trip to doctor's office
BCM employees and their family members have access to a resource called My Nurse Line that can provide answers to questions about health issues and medications, help find doctors and more. The service is staffed by registered nurses who are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-866-847-3266. My Nurse Line is free to employees through BCM and United Health Care.
Lester Smith, a generous supporter of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at BCM and BCM Board of Trustee member, was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Oct. 11. Smith discussed his PinkWell challenge, and presented Ellen with a $25,000 check for Ellen for the Cure, which goes to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For a link to this interview, go to Ellenís YouTube channel. Smith Breast Center faculty and staff, and other Smith supporters gathered for a watch party in the clinic's waiting room when the show aired.
Faculty in the News
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