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Matthew Carter Lecture & Service Day: The annual Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture series starts at noon Friday, Sept. 7, in Cullen Auditorium with the Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture, delivered by Dr. Stephen G. Kimmel, a pediatric surgeon at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center who also contributes to global health through projects like earthquake relief in Haiti. The Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture honors the memory of the first-year Baylor medical student killed in September 2000 and carries on his message of compassion and caring to successive generations of medical students and health professionals. Students also take part in a day of community service on the Saturday following the lecture. This year, they will volunteer at Bo’s Place, Children’s Assessment Center, the AIDS Foundation, Houston Food Bank, Hermann Park Conservancy, Project C.U.R.E. and Small Steps Nurturing Center. Pictured is the Baylor work crew helping Buffalo Bayou Partnership in 2017.


Epic Privacy: To comply with federal HIPAA and Texas privacy laws, Compliance and Audit Services has implemented audit programs using the Break the Glass function within Epic and FairWarning, a software program, to assist in monitoring access to protected health information within the FGP Epic medical record. Recent audits identified several instances where BCM employees inappropriately accessed PHI, which resulted in disciplinary action. Please review the College’s HIPAA privacy policies online.

Institutional Policy Updates: The BCM Board of Trustees approved several new and revised policies during the third quarter of 2018, including: 23.1.00 – Background Checks and Criminal Convictions Policy for Program Applicants and Current Students; 23.2.03 – Observers and Observerships Policy; 31.3.09 – Teaching Physician Rules: Non-Evaluation & Management (E/M) Services; 31.3.10 – Coding Query, Appeal, and Error Correction Procedures; 31.3.11 – Electronic Health Records: Cloning and Auto-Populate Policy; and 31.3.12 – Locum Tenens Physicians: Fee-For-Time Compensation Agreements. Additionally, at the request of senior administrators and with the approval of the appropriate functional unit leader, four other policies were modified to clarify minor ambiguities, correct inaccuracies, and delete obsolete information. Please consult Policy Updates for Aug. 30, 2018 for more information

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Ricardo Flores, assistant professor of pediatrics – oncology at Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers and member of the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present on pediatric clinical practices and research findings at the Puerto Rico Hematology and Medical Oncology Association Annual Meeting. He is the first pediatrician to be invited to present at this venue.


imageDr. Vanessa Hill, associate professor of pediatrics, is featured in the Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. She represents the faculty at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio on the Senate.


imageDr. Harvey Levin, professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Gold Key Award. The highest honor given by ACRM, the award was established in 1932 as a certificate of merit for members of the medical and allied professions who have contributed extraordinary service to the cause of rehabilitation.


imageDr. Pitchaiah Mandava, associate professor of neurology, has been accepted into the Fulbright Specialist Program, which promotes long-term academic and professional linkages between individuals and institutions in the U.S. and participating countries abroad. Fulbright specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions.


imageDr. Angelle Sander, associate professor, director of the division of clinical neuropsychology & rehabilitation psychology and faculty senator, has been awarded the 2018 William Fields Caveness Award from the Brain Injury Association of America. Each year, the association presents the award in recognition of an individual who, through research on both a national and international level, has made outstanding contributions to bettering the lives of people with brain injury.


imageDr. Richard Sifers, professor of pathology & immunology, recently served as a co-organizer and keynote speaker at an international symposium, "Glycobiology and Glycoproteomics," in Toronto, Canada. He spoke about his groundbreaking work in the mechanistic study of glycobiology as it pertains to the regulation of protein folding and degradation in the secretory pathway of eukaryotic cells.

College Events

Health Equity Grand Rounds: Dr. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor emeritus of sociology at Rice University, presents “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America” at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Auditorium at Texas Children's Hospital. The event is sponsored by the Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. CME credit will be offered.

Legal 101: Join the Faculty Senate for a Lunch & Learn session on legal issues affecting faculty. Members of the Office of General Counsel will discuss predatory publishing, intellectual property and conflicts of interest at noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

DocTalk: Dr. Robin Kochel, associate professor of pediatrics-psychology, discusses “Child Autism” at noon Thursday, Sept. 13, at Howland Auditorium, CNRC. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points.

Strategic Plan Speaker Series: Dr. William Tierney, chair of the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, will speak on the “Role of the Academic Medical Center in Population Health” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in McMillan Auditorium, main Baylor. His lecture is the first in the Developing the Learning Health Systems Distinguished Speaker Series and is hosted in collaboration with the Houston Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education and IQuESt at the DeBakey VA Medical Center. The event is available on Zoom; join from your desktop or device or by phone at (713) 798-9666, meeting ID: 619119878.

Medical Ethics & Health Policy: Dr. Travis Rieder of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins presents "Prescription for Addiction: Reflections on Managing Pain During an Opioid Crisis" as part of the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy’s Conversation Speaker Series. The dinner talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Damian’s Cucina Italiana. Register online to attend.

Faculty Resources

Voter Registration: November midterm elections are quickly approaching. If you need to register or update your voter information, visit the voter registration booth from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Ben Taub Tower Entrance, across from the check-in desk

TMC Survey Results: The Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute presents the results of its annual national consumer survey, "The Nation's Pulse," which provides insights into the public’s perception and attitude toward hot-button health policy issues, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner Ave. Free registration online.

Educational Scholarship Showcase: The Academy of Distinguished Educators’ Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship displays peer-reviewed posters including those that received the Educational Scholarship Recognition Award. Stop by to view posters, talk to presenters and enjoy refreshments from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor.

Spotlight on Health: The Huffington Center on Aging hosts “Spotlight on Health,” featuring Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington speaking on “THRIVE: How to Build a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, Wonder and Purpose – At Any Age,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Junior League of Houston. This year's event is part of a celebration marking the HCOA’s 30th anniversary. Purchase tickets online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Healthcare Simulation: The Clinical Simulation and Standardized Patient Program hosts two open house mornings to demonstrate low-mid fidelity simulators and surgical simulation tools and introduce simulation staff and standardized patients. The events are set for 9 - 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, and 9 - 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room M421, main Baylor

Biden Cancer Summit: Join a community discussion on local efforts to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, research, treatment and clinical trials, featuring panel discussions led by Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty, researchers and physicians. The event is set for 2 - 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. RSVP online.

HCMS Hospital Survey: The Harris County Medical Society’s Physicians’ Hospital Survey launches Sunday, Sept. 9. Look for an email from Dr. George Santos, president of the society, with a link to the 10-minute survey soliciting feedback on Greater Houston-area hospitals regarding quality of medical care, hospital policy and administration, medical staff issues and electronic medical records. All practicing physicians regardless of membership in the society are eligible to participate in the anonymous survey. HCMS paid for the survey and owns the data. The results will be publicized and show comparisons per question among all hospitals included in the survey. All physicians who complete the survey will be entered to win one of five gift certificates to the Apple Store valued at $400. The survey ends Oct. 15.

Clinical Seminars

Surgical Education & Simulation: This Texas Association of Surgical Skills Laboratories conference covers robotics, endoscopy, virtual reality training, feedback, motivational interviewing, improvisation for educators and academic RVUs starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in Room M321/323, main Baylor. No registration required.

DeBakey Lecture: Dr. David H. Adams of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, delivers the inaugural Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture in Surgery at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Room N315, main Baylor.

One Health Conference: The National School of Tropical Medicine, Harris County Public Health and Texas Children’s Hospital host the 2018 One Health Conference Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 – 15, at the Marriott Marquis Houston. This conference brings together animal and human healthcare professionals for interdisciplinary collaborations and continuing education with a variety of infectious disease and "one health" presentations from field experts. Online registration is now open.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Abstracts

Sony Research Award: The Sony Research Award Program provides funding for cutting-edge academic research and helps build a collaborative relationship between faculty and Sony researchers. With awards up to $150,000 per year for each accepted proposal, both the Faculty Innovation Award and Focused Research Award create new opportunities for university faculties to engage in pioneering research that could drive new technologies, industries, and the future. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. More information is available online.

Cancer Symposium: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center host the inaugural Hematologic Malignancies Symposium on Nov. 3. Abstracts in the categories of clinical and basic science acute myelogenous leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloma and lymphoma may be submitted before Oct. 1. For more information, contact Christina Velasquez. Register for the symposium online.

Core Facility Support: The DLDCCC is accepting two-page letters of intent for the College’s submission for a CPRIT Core Facilities Support Award. Letters should include a one-page preliminary budget and be consistent with the criteria and guidelines in the CPRIT RFA. Submit the LOI to Danielle Gilmore by 5 p.m. Oct. 2. Contact Dr. Dean Edwards for more information.

Research Seminars

Neuroscience Seminar: Dr. Gabriel de Erausquin of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, speaks on "Dopaminergic neuron susceptibility, Rho GTPases and the schizophrenias: can psychosis be prevented?” at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in Room N315, main Baylor

DLDCCC Lecture: Dr. Dan Theodorescu, director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai, discusses “Translating Cancer Biology into Novel Therapies” at noon Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Room N315, main Baylor. His pioneering application of computational biology led to the discovery of genes that regulate tumor growth and metastasis in bladder cancer.

Research Resources

From the Labs: Read why Dr. Marco Sardiello, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics, is thinking outside the box to fight neurodegeneration in this blog article. 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.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for September.

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