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New Home for DLDCCC: Dr. C. Kent Osborne, professor and director of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, cut the ribbon and officially opened the DLDCCC clinics on the seventh floor of the outpatient clinics building on the McNair Campus Jan. 22. He said the move to the McNair Campus has been the vision of the Duncan Cancer Center for more than a decade. "It makes a huge impact on the patient experience to be able to visit with their entire care team, undergo infusion and consult with a nutritionist, social worker or other support services all without leaving the seventh floor."

image image BSLMC News: Dr. T. Douglas Lawson, president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives Texas Division, announced key additions to the hospital’s executive team on Jan. 18. Dr. John Byrne joins BSLMC as senior vice president and chief medical officer. A cardiovascular surgeon, he previously served as CMO for Hospital Corporation of America Gulf Coast Division. With more than 30 years of experience, Loretta Lee, R.N., takes on the role of acting chief nursing officer. Megan Fischer, MBA, joins the hospital as vice president of quality. She was VP for quality and patient safety at HCA Gulf Coast Division. "These newest members of the Baylor St. Luke’s team are bringing both the skills and fresh perspective that will enable Baylor St. Luke’s to fulfill our mission for our patients and community as a leading teaching hospital in the South," Lawson said.

Faculty Kudos

image image A paper written by Drs. Wendy Allen-Rhoades, Sarah Whittle and Nino Rainusso of Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers was included on the 2018 list of most-read articles in Pediatrics in Review, an official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The assistant professors’ article, "Pediatric Solid Tumors of Infancy: An Overview" was in the February 2018 issue.

Dr. Wayne Goodman, chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Founded in 1961, the ACNP is a professional, international organization of leading brain scientists.

image Two Baylor faculty members have been appointed to working groups of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Kenneth Muldrew, associate professor of pathology & immunology and medicine, will serve on the Pathology-Medical Microbiology Milestones Working Group, while Dr. Susan Samson, associate professor of medicine, will be on the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism Milestones Working Group. The groups are developing sets of milestones to be used by programs in the trainee competency areas of interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice and professionalism.

Dr. Theodore Shybut, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, has been named to the editorial board for Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery. In other news, Shybut has been named as the new head team physician for Houston's professional Major League Rugby team, the SaberCats.

Dr. Trey Westbrook, professor of molecular & human genetics and biochemistry & molecular biology and a McNair Scholar, is part of a multidisciplinary, international team of scientists to be awarded Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, an ambitious series of £20 million grants tackling some of the toughest questions in cancer research. The project, called SPECIFICANCER, will create tissue-specific datasets that will identify the genes driving tumor proliferation and survival in eight cell types from seven different organs with the goal of uncovering novel targets that help inform why some cancers are resistant to therapies and identify which patients will respond best.

College Events

Portfolio Workshop: Learn tips and strategies for preparing a clinical or educational portfolio for promotion or faculty awards at the Educational Portfolio Workshop, 2 - 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in Room N317, main Baylor. To RSVP, contact the Office of Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

Breast Cancer Review: The 2019 Best of SABCS Houston, organized by Baylor and the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology, is Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., in Kleberg Auditorium at main Baylor. It will provide a critical review of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference, which was held in December, providing the latest breast cancer research and data from across the world. Learn more and register online.

Spin for Gyn: Help raise funds for the BCM Woman to Woman gynecologic cancer support program and earn 100 Wellness points by cycling for a cure from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the spin class at LA Fitness, 2130 W. Holcombe Blvd. Sign up online.

Faculty Resources

Career Advancement Workshop: The Office of Faculty Development offers an overview of promotion guidelines and answers your questions at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Room N112, main Baylor and by Zoom. Contact Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285 to RSVP.

CV Workshop: Develop and strengthen your Curriculum Vitae in this career advancement workshop at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Room N311, main Baylor. To attend, contact Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: "The Evolution of Imaging: The Present and Future of Vascular Care” is the topic of grand rounds with Dr. Joseph Mills Sr., professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy, and his colleagues Dr. Ramyar Gilani and Dr. Jayer Chung. The presentation starts at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Room N315, main Baylor, or watch the webcast, ID: 517 471 817.

Surgical Society: Dr. James Suliburk, associate professor of surgery, is part of a round table discussion on “Opioid Reducing Strategies in Surgery” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Damian’s Italian Cucina, 3011 Smith St. Register online to attend.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Brendan Lee, professor and Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics, discusses the “Multi-omic Approach to Undiagnosed Diseases” at noon Monday, Feb. 11, at Denton A. Cooley Auditorium, 6770 Bertner Ave. The talk, which is eligible for CME credits, will demonstrate the value of integrating precision medicine principles in routine clinical care.

ThoraCon: The general thoracic surgery conference series presents complex cases from the Texas Medical Center including giant intrathoracic liposarcoma, end-stage esophagus, recurrent venous thoracic outlet syndrome and post-esophagectomy recurrent leiomyoma. ThoraCon begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner Ave. RSVP to attend.

Clinical Notes

Alpha Omega Alpha: The Baylor College of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha is pleased to announce a call for nominations for faculty and alumni inductees into AΩA. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing. The nomination period is open through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, with nomination information available online. Please direct any questions to Dr. Daniel Chelius, BCM AΩA chapter councilor and assistant professor of otolaryngology.

The Partnership: “Things that Fly and Bite: Bug-Borne Diseases and Staying Healthy,” is the topic of The Partnership for BCM’s lunchtime lecture. Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, associate professor of medicine and faculty senator, speaks at the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane. Register online.

Girls Elevated: Teen and preteen girls and their parents are invited to an event focused on living a healthy adolescence. Hosted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the interactive sessions cover the critical topics girls want and need to know about, such as healthy relationships, mood management and personal safety. The event begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 23 at the United Way – Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr. Purchase tickets online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Genetics: Dr. Dany Adams, co-founder and chief science officer of Ion Diagnostics, presents “Is Cancer Electric?” as part of the Molecular & Human Genetics Seminar Series at noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Room M112, main Baylor.

Bench to Bedside: Dr. Daniel S. Ory, professor at Washington University School of Medicine and senior vice president, translational medicine at Casma Therapeutics, speaks on “Niemann-Pick C – addressing unmet clinical needs for a rare neurodegenerative disorder” at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 in Room M112, main Baylor. His presentation is part of the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Bench to Bedside series.

Three Minute Thesis: The Career Development Center hosts the Three Minute Thesis Competition at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in McMillian Auditorium, main Baylor. The event, founded by the University of Queensland, challenges graduate students to present their research in three minutes with one slide.

Research Resources

Advanced Core Labs: The Protein and Monoclonal Antibody Production Core is now providing expression and purification of recombinant proteins as a fully customized core support service. This includes up-front design and construction of expression vectors for bacterial or insect cells and quality control of purified products for use in drug discovery or other biochemical and structure studies. For more information, see the website.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor of molecular & human genetics and neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and faculty senator, is connecting the Zika virus and hereditary microencephaly in this blog post. You can receive twice-weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" box on the right.

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