The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been recertified as a Level I Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the medical branch’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.

The medical branch is one of only 19 Level I trauma centers in the state and one of four in the Houston-Galveston region. The medical branch is also the only Level I trauma center in a nine-county East Texas service region.

The medical branch was first designated as a Level I trauma center in 1999. Being a Level I trauma center means the medical branch’s emergency department is able to handle major traumatic injuries, including mass casualty situations, and has 24-hour coverage by general surgeons and care in a number of different specialties such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, internal medicine, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial, pediatric and critical care.

School of Nursing graduates more than 400

More than 400 nursing students received their degrees earlier this year at a ceremony held at the Moody Gardens Convention Center. The School of Nursing has graduated more than 12,000 people since the 19th century.

Faculty members receive top UT System teaching awards

The University of Texas System Board of Regents recognized five medical branch faculty members with the system’s top teaching prize, the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

The medical branch faculty are:

• Dr. S. Lynn Knox, professor, vice chair for education and residency program director, anesthesiology;

• Dr. Ronald S. Levy, professor, anesthesiology;

• Dr. Anita Mercado, associate professor, internal medicine;

• Joan E. Nichols, professor, internal medicine and microbiology and immunology, and associate director of research and operations at the Galveston National Laboratory; and

• Mary E. O’Keefe, professor, School of Nursing.

School of Medicine commencement

Approximately 225 graduates participated at the School of Medicine’s 127th commencement ceremony earlier this month at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston. UTMB’s School of Medicine has graduated nearly 15,000 students since the first class of three in 1892.