John Sealy Hospital detour
On Wednesday, May 1, the main entrance to John Sealy Hospital will close in order to complete renovations to the main hospital lobby and concourse. A temporary entrance will be constructed to the left of the main entrance. Once inside the hospital, detour signs will provide direction around the construction area. The visitor elevators located in the lobby will not have service to the first floor during this time; signs will provide direction to the staff bank of six elevators. In addition, the hospital gift shop and the pastoral care office will be relocated to the south wing of John Sealy Hospital. The renovations should be complete by July.  

GSBS commencement
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will award 31 degrees during its 45th commencement ceremony Friday, May 3, in Levin Hall. The commencement speaker is Professor Anthony Martin Gerdes, chairman of the department of biomedical sciences at New York Institute of Technology and the recipient of the GSBS Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2013. Gerdes graduated from the GSBS in 1978.

Stroke certification
UTMB was recently awarded certification by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Launched in December 2003, the program was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute-care hospitals. This certification recognizes the best practices for stroke care.

Summer clinics
The Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments at the UTMB School of Health Professions will hold two, week-long clinics this summer providing free therapy for people with neurological disease and injury, including but not limited to stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The clinics take place the weeks of June 24-28 and July 8-12 at the School of Health Professions, 1114 Mechanic Street. For more information and to register contact Jill Seale at 409-772-3068.

Plastic surgery series
Dr. Linda G. Phillips
will present “Get ready for bathing suit season,” a lunchtime discussion of tummy tucks and liposuction, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City. For more information, call 832-505-1800.

Transplant support
The Texas Transplant Center support group meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at the Multispecialty Center at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. The group is open to all pre- and post-transplant patients. For more information, go to

Practice conference
“Learn, launch, lead: EBP today and into the future,” was the theme of a two-day conference on evidence-based practice held on the island last week that looked at challenges and opportunities for nursing.

Imaging seminar
Friday is the deadline to register for the 18th annual Medical Imaging Seminar at UTMB. Organized by the department of radiology, the all-day event begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 in Levin Hall, located at 10th and Market Streets. For more information, contact Ma’Lisa Thomas at or 409-772-2434. To view the seminar program, go to

Student Research Forum
“The future of biomedical research” was the topic of Dr. Alan E. Guttmacher, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He was on campus to present the 2013 Abreu Memorial Keynote Lecture at the 54th National Student Research Forum.