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Shawn P. Nishi, MD and Chuck Machner, RN, NM
Bill Aston Award for Quality
Congratulations to Shawn P. Nishi, MD and Chuck Machner, RN, NM for receiving the Bill Aston Award for Quality on behalf of their team , presented by the Texas Hospital Association on February 13, 2014 at the THA 2014 Annual Conference and Expo in San Antonio. They were recognized for their work in reducing sepsis associated mortality by early identification and management.

Dr. Samuel T. Kuna, Chief
Sleep Medicine Section
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine welcomes Special Guest Middleton Lecturer, Dr. Samuel T. Kuna, Chief, Sleep Medicine Section, Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Dr. Kuna presented "Ambulatory Management of Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea" on Thursday, January 30th. On Thursday at noon he presents Grand Rounds in the Clinical Sciences Auditorium, "Recent Advances and Future Directions in Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea".

Dr. Shawn Nishi and Charles Machner, RN
Congratulations to Dr. Shawn Nishi and Charles Machner, RN, NM for receiving an Outstanding Award at the annual UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference held in San Antonio for their work in reducing sepsis associated mortality by early identification and management.

Dr. Steven D. Nathan

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is hosting Special Guest Middleton Lecturer, Dr. Steven D. Nathan, Medical Director, Advanced Lung Disease & Transplant Program, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia.

Dr. Nathan will present Thursday August 29th at 9:00 am, room 5.140 JSA, titled "Pulmonary Hypertension Related to Lung Disease". On Thursday at noon in the Clinical Sciences Auditorium he will present Grand Rounds for the Department of Internal Medicine, titled "The Trouble with Diagnosing IPF".

Dr. Thomas K. Speer
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The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine welcomes Dr. Thomas K. Speer, Clinical Associate Professor to UTMB. Dr. Speer received his PhD from the University of Toledo, Ohio and completed his internship and post-doctoral training at Henry Ford Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Detroit, Michigan, Stanford School of Sleep Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California and Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a Member of the American Psychological Association, as well as a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Speers has broad expertise in managing patients with varied sleep disorders.

To make an appointment with Dr. Speer please call 832-505-2050 for the Victory Lakes Clinic or 409-772-1078 for the UTMB Sleep Disorder Clinic.

Dr. Van Hoang

Dr.  Van Hoang, second year Internal Medicine Resident, was the recipient of the 2013 American Thoracic Society Resident Development Scholarship awarded at the ATS International Conference held this year, May 2013, in Philadelphia. She was one of 20 residents from U.S. Internal Medicine training programs to receive the scholarship. Dr. Hoang's poster presentation entitled "Cardiopulmonary findings in subjects with and without portopulmonary hypertension: an autopsy study" was a collaborative effort involving the pulmonary division (Dr. A. Duarte, Dr. R. Meena, Dr. E. Gregonis, Dr. G. White) and the pathology departments at UTMB (Dr. N. Boroumond) and Methodist Hospital in Houston (Dr. A. Haque).

Congratulations to Dr. Shiwan Shah!
Dr. Shah has been recognized for his dedication and excellence in service at UTMB and has been selected as the Outstanding Overall Fellow for 2012-2013 by the Graduate Medical Education Committee Working Environment and Operations Subcommittee.

Congratulations to Dr. Vincent Valentine honored in Texas Super Doctors ® featured in a special advertising section in the December 2012 issue of Texas Monthly.

Congratulations to Dr. Shadi Hijjawi, Internal Medicine House Staff, for receiving an outstanding abstract recognition award for his work on 30-Day Readmissions in Patients Hospitalized with Acute Exacerbation of COPD.

National efforts are underway to reduce 30-day readmission for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); however, new research suggests that COPD readmissions may be related to risk factors that cannot be modified, including advanced disease and psychosocial factors.

This study was presented during CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held October 20 - 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Anita Mercado who was inducted as a Member to the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers. The Academy is an honorary service organization established to recognize master educators and to provide guidance and mentorship in teaching skills to interested faculty members. The goal of the academy is to honor and reward UTMB's best teaching faculty and to enhance the University's teaching mission.

Please join me in congratulating Drs. Calhoun and Ameredes for their lead article in JAMA. This work will transform the management of patients with asthma and limit the routine use of biomarkers.

Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH

Dr. Shawn Nishi and Dr. Cory Hicks for winning the Best Poster Award Best Poster Award – Annual Academy of Master Teachers Meeting
Congratulations to Dr. Shawn Nishi and Dr. Cory Hicks for winning the Best Poster Award at the Annual Academy of Master Teachers Meeting held on May 18, 2012. Their work highlights the framework for simulation training in ultrasound guided vascular access.

Dr. Sharma and Hung Bryant Nguyen 2012 Middleton Lectureship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Hung Bryant Nguyen, MD, Vice Chair of Research and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University in California is the visiting lecturer for the 2012 John W. Middleton Lectureship in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.

He addressed the division of P&CCM on "Hemodynamic Monitoring: Beyond PA Catheter" and gave Grand Rounds to the Department of Internal Medicine on "2012 Update on Sepsis."

Dr. Tapas Hazra Kudos to Dr Hazra on receiving RO1 from National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke!!!!!!
Over the next 5 years his team will work on examining the role of preferential single-strand break repair in the active genes of mammalian cells.

Bill T. Ameredes, Ph.D. Bill T. Ameredes, Ph.D. appointed as Founding Member of Academy of Research Mentors
Dr. Bill Ameredes was recently named in March of 2012 as a Founding Member of the UTMB Academy of Research Mentors (ARM), approved by the UTMB Council of Deans, and supported by the UTMB Institute for Translational Science (ITS)/Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA). The seventeen Founding Members are representative of schools and departments across the campus, and will serve as the group that initiates the work of the ARM to focus on mentorship of young faculty members, through service, scholarship, and further recruitment of outstanding research mentors at UTMB. The ARM is a unique and pioneering academic construct that will help our young faculty develop into the research leaders of the future, particularly in the area of translational science.

William J. Calhoun, M.D. William J. Calhoun, M.D. awarded President's Cabinet Award
Dr. William Calhoun was awarded a prestigious UTMB President's Cabinet Award on September 16, 2011, for his proposal entitled: "Development of a Joint Venture Between UTMB and Galveston College to Train Clinical Research Coordinators". The award will provide $50,000 to support the initiation of a joint agreement between UTMB and Galveston Community College, to offer a one-year certificate program for the education and training of Clinical Research Coordinators, beginning in the Fall of 2012, with the goal of preparing the students to pass national certification examinations.

The program is also supported by the UTMB Institute for Translational Science (ITS)/Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA), and is a novel co-joint institutional approach to educating the next generation of Clinical Research Coordinators to support the conduct of clinical and translational research trials in academia.

Jazmin Ruiz being congratulated Jazmin Ruiz wins Minority Trainee
Travel Award from ATS

Please join us in congratulating Jazmin Ruiz, B.S., for her Minority Trainee Travel Award (MTTA) from the American Thoracic Society, for the ATS meeting in San Francisco, in May 2012, where she will present her work entitled "Involvement of the Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain in the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Carbon Monoxide in Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells." Ms. Ruiz is a pre-doctoral graduate student of the Preventive Medicine and Community Health graduate program of the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), working for the past 4 years in the laboratory of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine faculty member Bill T. Ameredes, Ph.D., on the effects of CO in human cells, and during which she has been supported as an Environmental Toxicology Research Fellow, by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) of the NIH.

Simulation Lab Opens!!!!

doctor practicing on a mannequin The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine in conjunction with the Department of Internal Medicine at UTMB in Galveston, Texas is pleased to announce the opening of an Ultrasound Simulation Center. The center is currently geared to train Faculty, Fellows and House Staff in the use of ultrasound techniques to guide procedures such as central venous catheter placement and thoracentesis and as an adjunct to the critical care exam (e-FAST). The goal is to advance operator competency in these procedures and improve patient safety.

» Learn more about our simulation lab

Dr. Shahzad Jokhio Director of Sleep Medicine Please join us in welcoming Dr. Shahzad Jokhio as Director of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Jokhio is Board Certified in Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine. Prior to joining UTMB, he was the Director of Respiratory Services and Associate Fellowship Program Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at SUNY, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York. His clinical interests are Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Jokhio will see patients at the Mainland Harbourview Sleep Clinic; at Victory Lakes Town Center; and, UHC.

Utilizing real-time ultrasonography
The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has acquired an Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) system. EBUS is a state of the art technology to assist in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, infections, and other inflammatory diseases. It is a minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedure utilizing real-time ultrasonography to sample masses and lymph nodes in the thorax. Procedures are performed under conscious sedation with quick patient recovery and discharge home on the same day.

For questions contact Dr. Shawn Nishi via phone 409.772.9535 or email spnishi@utmb.edu; or make an outpatient referral to our conveniently located pulmonary clinics at UHC, 409.772.2222 and Victory Lakes, 832.505.2150.

Dr. Shawn P. Nishi Kudos to Dr. Anita Mercado!
for receiving the 2011 Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award from the UTMB School of Medicine!

Dr. Shawn P. Nishi Welcome! ! !
The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine welcomes Dr. Tu-Quynh Hoang Edwards, who has joined as an Instructor effective July 10, 2011. Dr. Edwards received her medical degree from UTMB Galveston and completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at UTMB.

During her fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Dr. Edwards completed the MD Anderson Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course and currently is a CERCIT Scholar. She is involved with various QI/QA projects within the Division. Her clinical Interests are COPD, lung cancer, and ICU outcomes. Her research interests include comparative effectiveness of management strategies for pulmonary diseases.

Dr. Shawn P. Nishi Welcoming Our Newest Member
Please join us in welcoming our newest member to the Division-Dr. Shawn P. Nishi. Dr Nishi completed her medical school, internal medicine residency and fellowship training at UTMB, Galveston. She is an excellent clinician and has received several accolades for her compassionate and high quality care during her training. Her clinical interests are lung cancer, COPD and interventional pulmonology.

We are honored and privileged to have her join the Division. She is committed to excellence in patient care and education of our trainees.

Congratulations to Dr. Vincent Valentine

Dr. Vincent Valentine Valentine named editor of ISHLT newsletter
Dr. Vincent Valentine, a UTMB Health professor of medicine and the medical director of the Texas Transplant Center, has been chosen to serve as the editor of ISHLT Links, the newsletter of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. You can download a current copy of the newsletter online.

Dr. Shah A recent study by Shah and colleagues, questioning the role of rapid response team in an academic institution, has been published by Chest, the journal of The American College of Chest Physicians. For the full report please use the following link.


Congratulations to Dr. Shah for winning first prize in the Clinical Poster Session at the 2nd Annual Department of Internal Medicine Quality and Research Forum held on May 26, 2011.

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As a result of an extensive peer review, we have three of our faculty nominated to "Best Doctors in America".

The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine congratulates Drs. William Calhoun, Alex Duarte and
Vincent Valentine on their selection to Best Doctors 2011!

William Calhoun, M.D.
William Calhoun, M.D.
Alexander Duarte, M.D.
Alexander Duarte, M.D.
Vincent Valentine, M.D.
Vincent Valentine, M.D.

Dr. David E. Griffith

Annual John M Middleton lecture in Pulmonary Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine welcomes Dr. David E. Griffith, Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler as our 2013 annual Middleton Lecturer in Pulmonary medicine. He will present Thursday January 17th at 8:00 am, room 6.100 Rebecca Sealy, titled "Nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease: time to turn the page".

On Thursday at noon in the Clinical Sciences Building he will present Grand Rounds for the Department of Internal Medicine, titled "Some cool new stuff about Tuberculosis that you should know (really)".

Important Information for our Patients!
If you are a new patient or a referral and you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please call 409.772.2222. Alternatively, if you are an existing patient and you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at the Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, please call 832.505.2000. The address for our clinic in League City is as follows: 2660 Gulf Freeway South, League City, Texas 77573.

The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.

Currently available protocols are:
  • CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
  • General Medicine Admission
  • Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
  • MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
  • Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
  • Parenteral Opioids
  • Sepsis, Adult ICU
  • 111 - Stroke Alert
  • 112 - Stroke Activation
  • 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
  • 3000000001 -  Stroke Critical care without tPA
  • 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
  • 3004002 - Stroke Discharge

All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.

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The department of Internal Medicine has a large role in the Meaningful Use Initiative. Our participation is key for the success of the initiative. Please visit the meaningful use website for important communication and updates from the Meaningful Use Initiative.

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