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The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research held its first summer research summit Tuesday to showcase current health equity research, training, clinical care and outreach initiatives by COE scholars and other students and faculty committed to workforce diversity. Pictured are Dr. Hamisu Salihu, the center’s director, with keynote speaker Dr. Norma Alicia Perez, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence at University of Texas Medical Branch, and Dr. Toi Harris, associate provost of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion & Equity and Student Services.


Faculty Senate:

  • SVP Jim McDeavitt gave an overview of the McNair Campus at the June 14 Senate meeting, which took place on the McNair Campus following a Senate Roadshow there. The College’s outpatient floors (6 – 10) are largely complete with clinics, offices and procedure rooms. The seventh floor is being built out for the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Dr. McDeavitt addressed questions regarding the effect of the Faculty Group Practice compensation plan on physician recruitment and retention. There are no clear data to suggest an association at this time. FGP leadership will have a better idea of the plan’s effects after its implementation on July 1 and after the first quarterly payments are distributed in October.
  • The Faculty Affairs & Benefits Committee held a special session in May with Dr. McDeavitt to express concerns about the FGP compensation plan. The committee presented a proposed resolution calling for more effective communication between FGP leadership and FGP faculty. The resolution is under discussion and the full Senate will vote on it next week.
  • The Strategic Planning Committee reviewed the results of a survey of faculty leaders on precision medicine and population health initiatives at the College. In general, respondents were positive about integrative data strategies and goals and skeptical about implementation.
  • The Elections Committee certified the 2018 election results and announced new and returning senators. Nineteen faculty members are new to the Senate. Senators vote for basic sciences and clinical sciences representatives this week.

Faculty Senate Elections: Colleagues have elected the following faculty members to represent the faculty at large in the Faculty Senate: Dr. Elizabeth David, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Christophe Herman, Molecular & Human Genetics; Dr. Richard Lloyd, Molecular Virology & Microbiology; Dr. Scott Mitchell, Orthopedic Surgery; Dr. Julie Nangia, Breast Center; Dr. Tamara Ortiz-Perez, Radiology; Dr. Anita Rohra, Emergency Medicine; Dr. Buck Samuel, Molecular Virology & Microbiology; Dr. Michelle Schmidt, Medicine; Dr. Jeffrey Starke, Pediatrics; Dr. Irvin Sulapas, Family & Community Medicine; Dr. Alex Sweeney, Otolaryngology; and Dr. Connie Tran, Anesthesiology. Their three-year terms begin July 1.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Jennifer Christner, dean of the School of Medicine, was invited to serve on the American Medical Association panel on enhancing medical student experiences in light of the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ policy changes for electronic health records documentation.


imageKatherine Erdman, assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Program, will serve as its interim director, effective July 1. She will provide leadership and management of the PA program, including continuing preparations for the upcoming accreditation visit.


imageDr. Ellen Friedman, professor of otolaryngology and director of the Center for Professionalism, was recently invited by the 14th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology to present "Burnout" and "How to be an Effective Consultant" in Stockholm, Sweden. Next month, she will present "Teamwork and Patient Safety" and "Innovations in Pediatric Otolaryngology" at the 11th Congress of the International Association of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.


imageDr. Nuo Li, assistant professor of neuroscience and a McNair Scholar, has been named as a 2018 Pew scholar in biomedical sciences by the Pew Charitable Trust. Li was recognized for his work investigating how multiple parts of the brain cooperate to guide decisions based on short-term memory. He is one of 22 early career researchers from across the country to join the community of Pew scholars.


imageimageDr. Gabriel Loor, associate professor of surgery, and Dr. Faisal Cheema, director of research and innovations for the division of cardiothoracic transplantation and circulatory support in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, have been selected for a Surgical Investigator Award from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Foundation. Their multi-institution project will study extracorporeal life support during bilateral lung transplantation and its implications on the development of primary graft dysfunction.


imageDr. Debra Palazzi, associate professor of pediatrics – infectious diseases, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. She represents the pediatrics faculty on the Senate.

imageDr. William "Chris" Pederson, professor of surgery, recently was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He gave Grand Rounds entitled "Vascularized Bone Transfer: Indications and Issues" and "Refinements in Innervated Muscle Transfer to the Extremities." Pederson is the Samuel Stal Endowed Chair in Plastic Surgery and is the head of hand surgery and microsurgery at Texas Children's Hospital.

College Events

Pride Day: Be sure to look for Baylor student groups in partnership with the Teen Health Clinic at the 40th Annual Houston Pride Festival, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in Tranquility Park. All members of the BCM community are invited to march with the groups in the Pride Parade that evening. For more information on the festival or parade, please e-mail Martavius Lovall.

Team Launch: The Team Launch Capstone starts at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in Room M112, main Baylor. During this event, student teams from the Team Projects course will present their project proposals for competitive judging and the contributions of faculty, students and others to the Team Launch program will be recognized.

Faculty Town Hall: President Paul Klotman invites all faculty members to join him for a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The agenda includes administration and mission leader updates plus "Finance 101," a presentation on how academic medicine - and the College - are funded. The meeting is available on Zoom and can be seen online the following week.

Faculty Opportunities

TRAP Facilitators: The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for team-based learning facilitators for the new Translation Research and Population Health (TRAP) course. Innovative faculty members with experience or a strong interest in translational research and population health concepts, as well as problem-based learning or team-based learning instructional modalities, are encouraged to apply by Friday, June 29. See Faculty Opportunities for more information.

Educational Scholarship: The annual Academy of Distinguished Educators Showcase of Educational Scholarship is Baylor's premier venue for highlighting scholarship within medical education, using a peer-reviewed format. This year the showcase is set for noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor. For more information or to apply, please go online. The deadline to submit an abstract is 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

Faculty Resources

Emergency Notification System: Are you one of the 25 percent of faculty members who is not enrolled in the College's Emergency Notification System? Baylor has ENS to alert you of a campus crisis or weather event, but first you have to sign up for it or update your information if anything has changed. To receive phone, email and text messaging notifications, log in to ENS using your Baylor user name and password. Your information will be used to contact you only during an emergency. For more information about weather safety, see the webpage.

Faculty Leadership Course: Human Resources offers a one-day "Leading through Influence" course on July 12 at O’Quinn Medical Tower, 6624 Fannin. Designed to empower faculty members with techniques on hiring, conflict resolution and employee morale, the course includes Insights Discovery, a program for understanding working styles and interactions. Register online. For additional information, contact Tomeka Johnson.

Faculty Portfolio: The Office of Faculty Development presents “An Introduction to Portfolios for Academic Promotion and Awards,” 1 – 3 p.m. July 13 in Room N317, main Baylor. Dr. Geeta Singhal, associate professor of pediatrics, Dr. Susan Raine, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology, and Dr. Nancy Weigel, professor of molecular & cellular biology, give tips and strategies for preparing a clinical or educational portfolio. RSVP to Debbie Fernandez to attend.

For a Good Cause

Free Yoga: The Office of Student Services, Doctors for Change and the Good Yoga Project offer a free Yoga class at noon Tuesday, June 26, in Room N317, main Baylor. Bring your own mat and wear comfy clothes, no RSVP is required.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Seminars

Stroke Care: The College of Neurological Surgeons Acute Stroke Care Symposium offers targeted education for emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses and other health professionals involved in the care of acute stroke patients. Hosted by Baylor, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston Methodist and the University of Texas McGovern Medical School, the event is set for Friday, June 22, at Houston Marriott Medical Center. CME credit is available for physicians and nurses. Register online.

Geriatrics: Dr. Syed Nasrat Imam, associate professor of medicine, and Dr. Angela Catic, assistant professor of medicine, lead a one-day practical review of topics encountered in primary care of the elderly, including dementia, depression, delirium, pain management, falls and osteoporosis on Saturday, June 23, at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. CME credit is available. Register online.

Colon Cancer: The DLDCCC hosts Dr. Amr Mohamed of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University speaking on “Current Challenges in the Management of Stage II Colon Cancer (Prognostic and Predictive Model” at noon Tuesday, June 26, in Conference Room R408, main Baylor.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

The Searle Scholars Program supports the research of early-career scientists who were appointed as assistant professors in the following fields on or after July 1, 2017: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Baylor may submit two nominations for this grant worth $300,000 over three years. If interested, please see the listing online and submit the required information by 5 p.m. Monday, June 25.

From the Labs: Read how a donor has helped Dr. Sarah Sartain, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/ oncology, understand how von Willebrand factor affects clotting and bleeding disorders in this article from the blog. You can receive 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. 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.

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