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Commencement 2017: Faculty, family and friends gathered at Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 30, to celebrate Baylor College of Medicine's newest graduates. Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean, conferred 167 M.D. and 77 Ph.D. degrees, including seven M.D./Ph.D., one M.D./MBA and two M.D./M.P.H. dual degrees. Seven graduates also received diplomas in Tropical Medicine. Read more about the event online. Pictured above: Dr. LeChauncy Woodard, associate professor of medicine, hoods a medical school graduate, flanked by fellow investing marshals Dr. Lorraine Potocki, professor of molecular and human genetics, and Dr. Bill Phillips, professor of orthopedic surgery.


Faculty Senate Election Results: Colleagues have elected the following faculty members to represent their departments in the Faculty Senate: Dr. Ming Zhou, Biochemistry; Dr. Kenneth Barning, Family & Community Medicine; Dr. Suneal Agarwal, Medicine; Dr. Herman Dierick, Molecular & Human Genetics; Dr. Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, Neurology; Dr. Manisha Gandhi, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Dr. Robert Parke, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery; Dr. Sridevi Devaraj, Pathology & Immunology; Dr. Debra Palazzi and Dr. Bruno Chumpitazi, Pediatrics; Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Dr. Alok Madan, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Christie Lincoln, Radiology; and Dr. Neal Barshes, Surgery.

  • Also elected to the Senate were Dr. Yi Li, Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center; Dr. Rayne Rouce, Center for Cell & Gene Therapy; Dr. Mary Majumder, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy; Dr. Brian Gilbert, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Vanessa Hill, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio; Dr. Edward Poa, Menninger Clinic; Dr. Jake Kushner, Texas Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Angelle Sander, TIRR.
  • Information about the Senate and the upcoming at-large elections is online.

FGP Award: Baylor’s Faculty Group Practice received a Winner of Distinction Award from the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation at the 2017 BBB Awards for Excellence luncheon in May. The award recognizes organizations that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence and quality in the workplace.

RecycleMania: For the sixth year in a row, Baylor is the top medical school in the country for recycling. The College recycled an average of 12.84 lbs. per person each week during the eight-week RecycleMania competition, equal to a reduction of 183 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, or 36 cars off the road or the energy consumption of 16 households.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Muhammad Mumtaz, congenital heart surgeon, and Dr. Cody Henderson, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, both at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, were selected for 2017 Health Care Heroes Awards by the San Antonio Business Journal in the Outstanding Physician – Hospital Based category and honored at a ceremony in May.


imageDr. Nasser Lakkis, professor of medicine and T.L.L. Temple/William H. Spencer, M.D., Chair in Clinical Cardiology, and the Ben Taub Hospital Cardiology Section he leads received the ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology. The team of physicians, nurses, technologists and staff won the award for delivering the highest quality care to heart attack patients.


imageDr. Ricardo Nuila, assistant professor of medicine and member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, was selected as the Ralph A. Johnson Fellow in the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program sponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas at Austin. This highly competitive, nationally recognized fellowship gives creative fiction and non-fiction writers the opportunity to live on the late folklorist J. Frank Dobie’s Paisano Ranch outside Austin and write for an extended period. Nuila was accepted based on his articles about health disparities in Texas.


imageDr. James L. Phillips, senior associate dean for diversity and community outreach and professor of pediatrics, received the Distinguished Service Award at the College’s Commencement May 30. A leader in establishing cultural diversity in postsecondary institutions, Phillips has served on the Baylor faculty since 1993 and has been instrumental in helping the College achieve premier status in recruiting students underrepresented in medicine.


College Events

HR Move: The Human Resources office will be closed all day on Friday, June 2, and open at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, in its new location, Suite 1800 of the O'Quinn Medical Tower, 6624 Fannin St. Normal office hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, will resume on Tuesday, June 6. Phone numbers will remain the same.

Drug Disposal: The Office of Environmental Safety hosts a DEA Controlled Substances Collection/Disposal Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in the ground floor ABBR access hallway from the Jewish/Jones Building at main Baylor. DEA registrants must complete and submit a Controlled Substance Disposal Information Request Form to participate.

Stroke 101: Join Dr. Jeremiah Johnson, assistant professor of neurosurgery, for a "Doc Talk" on stroke warning signs and treatments at noon Wednesday, June 7, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

SMART Program: The Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program, a nine-week course for talented, motivated undergraduates interested in biomedical research, starts at the College this week. The program, which began in 1989, hosts 87 students from around the country this year. Read more about it online.

Off Script Storytelling: You are invited to submit a story for the Texas Medical Center’s storytelling hour. The theme is "scrubbed" - tales of setting the stage or cleaning the slate. Have a story of attempting to reset? Of traces left behind? Interpret however you wish! Visit the Narrative Medicine webpage or email Erika Versalovic to submit a 600-900 word story sketch by Monday, June 5. Those selected will be invited to workshop their stories and share them with an audience at 5:30 p.m. June 14 at MSB 2.135, UTHealth McGovern Medical School.

Resources for Children with Special Needs: The Genetics Clinic and The Arc of Greater Houston sponsor the 6th Annual Conference for the Hispanic Community on topics including “How can a genetic evaluation help a child with special needs?” and “Puberty and Sexuality in Teens with Special Needs,” from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24 at Ripley House. The registration deadline is June 16. More information is available online.

Faculty Opportunities

Student Promotions Committee: Nominations for membership on the School of Medicine M.D. Committee on Student Promotions and Academic Achievement are now open to the clinical and basic science faculty. The peer review committee is charged with reviewing the academic and professional progress of each medical student. For more information, see the online notice. Please email your nomination material to Pamela Ashley no later than midnight, July 7.

Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee: The Office of Medical School Admissions is soliciting faculty, fellow and resident nominations for a membership position on the Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee, with a start date of July 1. The subcommittee is charged with interviewing and evaluating applicants from varied backgrounds and with varied values and beliefs, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints in order to ensure a diverse student body. For more information, see the online notice. Please email your interest in serving on the subcommittee to Shannon Mendoza by June 9.

Faculty Resources

Resource Stewardship: You need never go out of your way to find recycling bins or a water bottle refill station at main Baylor. The Resource Stewardship and Sustainability Program lists locations on its webpage as part of the College’s commitment to conserve, reuse and recycle to reduce expenditures and environmental impact.

For a Good Cause

Cancer Socks 5K: Former NFL Player and cancer survivor William Dominic Austin, who founded the organization Tackles4Cancer, hosts this run/walk in celebration of the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day. The event is set for Saturday, June 3, and starts on the McNair Campus. It is sponsored by the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Join or donate online.

Run for Research Awareness: This virtual 5K benefits Homes for Animal Heroes, which rehomes post-study dogs and educates the public about biomedical research. You can join the Center for Comparative Medicine’s BCM Beastmode team and walk/run on June 10, or create your own team and share on social media until June 30.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Opportunities

TMC Health Policy Grants: The Health Policy Institute is accepting letters of intent for TMC collaborations devoted to policy impact through research through 5 p.m. June 15. Prior to submitting an LOI, please provide a copy of your letter and/or a brief project summary with budget and the documented approval of your mission leader or chair to BCM’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Applications

Space Postdoc Fellowships: The Translational Research Institute led by BCM offers funding to support postdoctoral fellows conducting research related to human space flight. Two-year fellowships are available in any U.S. biomedical research laboratory. For more information, see the website or contact Dr. Dorit Donoviel, TRI interim director. Proposals are due July 31.

Call for Abstracts

Metastatic Breast Cancer: The Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference seeks abstracts for consideration at the annual conference Oct. 12-13 at the College. Sponsored by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the conference will provide updates on basic science, clinical and survivorship issues. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 14. Theresa’s Research Foundation will offer travel stipends for selected abstracts. See the website for more information.

Research Resources

From the Labs: This week’s issue takes an in-depth look at the science behind the 2017 Michael E. DeBakey M.D. Award for Research Excellence. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to https://fromthelabs.bcm.edu/ and entering your email address in the box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with “Subscribe me to From the Labs” in the subject line.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Research's list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for June.

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