Department of Surgery residents from UTMB won several awards at the South
UTMB’s celebrates full recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a National Diabetes Prevention Program. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Raquel Pena, Dr. Hanaa Sallam, Gene Felter, Dr. Nicola Abate and Michael Washburn.
Texas American College of Surgeons annual meeting held in Austin. Drs. Priscilla Nobecourt and Lauren McTaggart took first place in the surgical skills competition, and Drs. Keyan Mobli and Navyatha Mohan won second place in the surgical Jeopardy competition. The vision of the South Texas chapter of the ACS is to improve quality of care through enhancing surgical education, provide a forum for young surgeons and advocate for optimal surgical practice.
UTMB is now the only institution in the Greater Houston Area—and one of only five in Texas—to be fully recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). More than 84 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk for type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes), heart disease and stroke, making this program particularly significant in improving health in our communities. Congratulations to the following UTMB team members for making the CDC full recognition a reality: Dr. Nicola Abate,
professor and chief in the UTMB Division of Endocrinology; Dr. Hanaa Sallam,
research scientist and coordinator of UTMB’s Diabetes Prevention Program; Michael Washburn,
program manager of UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus Community Resources, Wellness and Volunteer Services; Dr. Raquel Pena,
research scientist in the UTMB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Dr. Ben Raimer,
senior vice president, Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs; Dr. Michelle Sierpina,
founding director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); Dr. Cynthia Judice,
chief medical officer for UTMB’s Primary Care Services and Community-Based Clinics; Dr. Hani Serag,
research fellow in the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs; Gene Felter,
business manager for UTMB divisions of Cardiology and Endocrinology; Ann Varghese,
director of Ambulatory Operations; and Julie Kuper,
business coordinator in the Division of Endocrinology.
Dr. Barbara Bryant, professor and vice chair of Pathology and medical director of UTMB’s Transfusion Medicine program, has been named to the 17-member Blood Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. The advisory committee reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety, effectiveness and appropriate use of blood, products derived from blood and serum biotechnology which are intended for use in diagnosis, prevention or treatment of human diseases. She will serve on this committee until Sept. 20, 2023.
Congratulations to Dr. Ravi Radhakrishnan,
associate professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, who has been accepted as a member of the UT System Kenneth I. Shine, MD, Academy of Health Education. Members of the academy serve the UT System through support and promotion of excellence in all aspects of health science education, educational scholarship and leadership.