The UTMB Children's Hospital celebrated Mardi Gras 2014 complete with a parade, beads and costumes.

Look at the bright shiny faces of some of UTMB's wonderful social workers celebrating National Social Work Month!

Back row:  Tia Jaynes, Adele Herzfeld, Priscilla Gilbert, Amy Barrera-Kovach, Katy Renfrow, Linda Perez and Lisa Moore.
Front row, L to R: Francis John, Eva Cavazos, Amanda Bulman, Beth Anderson, Rebecca Castro, Elizabeth Latiolais, Leah Fanuiel, Tamara Peoples, Patricia Hewlett and Phyllis Pamplin.

Nursing Service won two awards from the International Audio Visual Arts (AVA) Digital Awards. Out of the three possible categories, platinum, gold and honorable mention, the Nurses Week 2013 video won gold for Video Production/Viral Video for Entertainment category and the September 27 Nursing News Newsletter won Honorable Mention for Interactive Communication/E-Newsletter.

2014 Gold Winner:  John Carstens, Meredith Hartzog, Dr. Nadine Dickie, Stephanie Adams, George Adams & Kelsey Kuntz.


2014 Honorable Mention:  Barbara Bonificio, John Carstens, Amber Clayton, Kathleen Denke & Leanne LeDoux. 

Dr. Sami Kilic is the lead editor of one of the first textbooks on robotic gynecological surgery, “Robotic Surgery: Practical Examples in Gynecology,” published Dec. 30, 2013.

Kilic, a pioneer in developing new robotic gynecological surgical techniques, is also devoted to teaching other physicians worldwide how to perform groundbreaking new robotic surgeries.

Since being recruited by UTMB to spearhead its robotic gynecological surgery training program, Kilic has tirelessly advanced the program. He has carried out research on robotic surgery training techniques, has traveled the globe to train other physicians, had invented many new robotic surgical techniques and has developed a robust residency training program at UTMB that is unique in the field.

Eight other members of the UTMB faculty besides Kilic are contributing authors to the textbook. It is listed on

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Kilic presented a copy of the book to Dr. David Callender, UTMB president.

“This is great work,” Dr. Callender said. “You make us proud.”