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Graduation Celebration: Baylor College of Medicine’s 2019 Commencement marked the graduation of 158 students from the School of Medicine and 103 from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Commencement speaker and Prairie View A&M president Dr. Ruth Simmons, pictured with Board Chair Fred Lummis and President Paul Klotman, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in Medicine degree at the May 28 event.

Faculty Senate Election Results: Colleagues have elected the following faculty members to represent their departments in the Faculty Senate: Dr. Malvika Juneja, Family & Community Medicine; Drs. Rajeev Raghavan and Norman Sussman, Medicine; Dr. Steve Scherer, Molecular & Human Genetics; Dr. Ashwin Viswanathan, Neurosurgery; Dr. William Phillips, Orthopedic Surgery; Dr. Lynnette Harris, Pediatrics; Dr. Yongcheng Song, Pharmacology; Dr. Suzanne Woodbury, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Dr. Nidal Moukaddam, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Pavan Jhaveri, Radiation Oncology; and Dr. Fanny Moron, Radiology.

  • Also elected to the Senate were Dr. Jairo Barrantes Perez, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center; Dr. Lee Lu, Ben Taub Hospital; Dr. Venkat Ramanathan, DeBakey VA Medical Center; Dr. Dorit Donoviel, Center for Space Medicine; Dr. Susan Hilsenbeck, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center; Dr. Charles Minard, Institute for Clinical & Translational Research; Elizabeth Elliott, PA-C, School of Health Professions; and Dr. Sandra Haudek, School of Medicine.
  • The second round of elections starts Monday, June 3, for all faculty members to vote for at-large representatives. Look for an email from the Senate with your link to the ballot. Information about the candidates is online.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, has been selected by the National Academy of Medicine as one of 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. The scholars collaborate with the Academy and its members across generations and fields of expertise to advance science, combat persistent challenges in health and medicine and spark transformative change to improve health for all.

Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, associate professor of molecular physiology & biophysics and director of the Center for Comparative Medicine, has received the Animal Transportation Association Public Service Award for her devotion to advocating the critical role of animals in improving lives worldwide and the need for unfettered global access to their humane transportation.

Dr. Ellen Friedman, professor of otolaryngology and director of the Center for Professionalism, recently was elected to the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care Board of Directors as an at-large member. She will serve a two-year term to promote and optimize patient care through professionalism education, scholarship, policy and practice.

image Dr. Ketan Ghaghada, assistant professor of radiology, Dr. Ying Shen, associate professor of surgery, and Dr. Scott LeMaire, Jimmy and Roberta Howell professor of cardiovascular surgery and molecular physics & biophysics, have received a Collaborative Sciences Award from the American Heart Association. The award funds their multi-PI, multidisciplinary study on early detection of aortic degeneration using nanoparticle contrast-enhanced CT imaging.

Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, was appointed a director of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery at the AATS 99th Annual Meeting in Toronto this month. AATS is an international organization whose members have a proven record of distinction within the specialty and have made significant contributions to the care and treatment of cardiothoracic disease throughout the world.

The Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health, led at Baylor by Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walker has received a P30 award designating it as a Center of Excellence from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The center, a joint effort with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and UT Medical Branch Galveston, provides interinstitutional access to resources and state-of-the-art technologies and enables rapid coordination of research and response activities during and after environmental disasters.

College Events

Medical Ethics & Health Policy: Dr. Savitri Fedson, associate professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, presents "Raising Consciousness? Minimally Conscious States, Brain Death and Our Growing Understanding of Disorders of Consciousness," 6:30 – 8 p.m. today, May 30, at Damian’s Cucina Italiana. Register online to attend.

Controlled Substances: The Office of Environmental Safety will collect DEA controlled substances for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the Alkek Building for Biomedical Research first floor hallway between the Jones and Jewish Institute buildings at main Baylor. The required disposal form and answers to frequently asked questions are available online.

Faculty Opportunities

Admissions Subcommittee: The Office of Medical School Admissions announces a call for nominations for the 2019-2020 Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee. Interviews are held only on Friday afternoons (August –April) at main Baylor. Faculty participants are asked to commit to 10 Friday sessions and interview a minimum of four candidates per session. If interested, please email Shannon Mendoza by June 24.

Curriculum Committee: The Medical School Curriculum Committee is soliciting nominations for three faculty positions. Interested faculty members from all disciplines are encouraged to consider applying for this important leadership role by close of business Friday, May 31. The Curriculum Committee has the integrated institutional responsibility for the overall design, management and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. For more information, please see the Faculty Opportunities page.

Respiratory Course: The Medical School seeks nominations for a foundational sciences course director and associate course director for the MS2 Respiratory course. At this time, the course is scheduled for four weeks in September with daily 8 to 10 a.m. sessions. Faculty members with board certification in pulmonary disease and an interest in innovation in medical education are encouraged to apply by June 20. See Faculty Opportunities for more information.

Patient Safety Course: The Medical School is actively recruiting clinical faculty to serve as small group facilitators for the Patient Safety Course, which meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., July 30 through Sept. 17. Each facilitator will be trained and then assigned about ten MS2 students to work through a clinical case. For more information, see Faculty Opportunities.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Research: Dr. Dorry Segev, professor of surgery and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins, is the keynote speaker at the 7th Resident Research Day Symposium, hosted by the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery on June 4 – 5 in the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium. He speaks at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, on the topic “From Artificial Intelligence to Actual Intelligence: Changing Surgical Policy and Practice with Big Data.”

Clinical Research: The Texas Medical Center Clinical Research Professional Training and Education Committee presents “FDA Is Here, Now What?” with Sylvia L. Johnson, president & CEO of Jl-Solutions. The seminar starts at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner Ave. To attend, register online.

Digital Health: TMCx Demo Day/Digital Health is an opportunity for 19 digital health startups including Houston’s PreopMD to pitch their ideas to potential investors and leaders in the healthcare industry. The event starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the TMC Innovation Institute, 2450 Holcombe Blvd. Register online.

In-Flight Emergencies: Learn how to be an effective responder during a medical emergency on a plane. This simulation-based workshop covers in-flight resources available to responders, algorithmic approaches to the most common healthcare problems aloft and medical-legal considerations of responding. The workshop is 12:30 – 4 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the MD Anderson Simulation Center, 7007 Bertner Ave, Suite 2.1062. It also is offered July 18. Register online to participate.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

MCB Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, professor and director of the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Biology at Washington University School of Medicine, speaks on the "Development of Microbiota-Directed Complementary Foods for Treatment of Childhood Undernutrition" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in M112, main Baylor, sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Research Mentoring: The Gulf Coast Consortia offers a one-day research mentor training workshop for faculty, led by Dr. Bob Tillman, director of education at MD Anderson and a master trainer with the National Research Mentoring Network. Topics include maintaining effective communication, fostering independence and addressing equity & inclusion. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Rice University’s Bioscience Research Collaboration building. Register online to attend.

TBBM Symposium: Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine hosts the Alumni and Student Mini Symposium at 1 p.m. Friday, June 7, in Cullen Auditorium. Alumni Dr. Donald Shaffer, head of discovery at Jounce Therapeutics, Dr. Ryan Hartmaier, associate director at AstraZeneca, Dr. Kyle Covington, senior scientist at Castle Biosciences, and Dr. Phoebe Lewis, medical science liaison at Mayne Pharma, will present at the event.

From the Labs: Read about the promising Phase 1, first-in-human clinical trial of a new form of immunotherapy to treat neuroblastoma developed by Dr. Andras Heczey, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology, and Dr. Leonid Metelitsa, professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology, in this week’s post. in this week’s post. Receive From the Labs via email by entering your email address in the box at the end of any article and clicking the "subscribe" button.

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