Independence Day closures
UTMB schools, business areas, administrative offices and most clinics will close Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day. John Sealy Hospital and the Trauma Center will be open, along with pediatric urgent care clinics at 2027 61st St. in Galveston and 3023 Marina Bay Drive in League City. Also open will be UTMB’s new urgent care clinic in the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes. All three urgent care centers will open from noon to 8 p.m. For more information about UTMB clinic hours, services and locations, visit or call the UTMB Access Center at 409-772-2222 or 800-917-8906.

Transplant support
The Texas Transplant Center support group meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Multispecialty Center at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South, in League City. Visit

Diabetes support group
“Technology update: A report from the ADA” is the topic for this month’s meeting of the UTMB diabetes support group on Monday, July 8.  The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Suite 9 of the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. To reserve a place, call 832-505-2300.

The Lunch Bunch
“Wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer, oh my!  Care of aging skin” will be presented by Dr. Cris Berlingeri Ramos, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the next meeting of the Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 9 at the UTMB Health Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For questions about this or future sessions, call 832-505-1600 or email A schedule of future programs can be found at

Gastrointestinal cancer support group
Wellness program coordinator Julie Dial will discuss exercise during cancer treatment and ways to stay healthy to decrease the risk of cancer at the next meeting of the GI cancer support group at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

OLLI summer oncology lecture series
UTMB faculty physicians who are experts in oncology prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship will share the latest in evidence-based medical knowledge. The series, from 10 a.m. to noon on four Wednesdays this month, kicks off July 10 with “Breast cancer screening and risk reduction: Know your risk” presented by Drs. Techksell McKnight Washington and Angelica Robinson. Other presentations will include breast surgery and reconstruction; new and improved treatment for breast cancer; and Integrative oncology. These free lectures will be held at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 4700 Broadway and registration is requested to ensure seating. Call 409-763-5604 or email

National occupational therapy honor society inducts new members
The Nu Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon recently inducted new members from the UTMB Class of 2014: Lisa Abrameit, Joanna Baczek, Faye Barnhart, Jaclyn Collins, Cody Cooper, Christie Escobar, Katelyn Fore, Ana Garibay, Ashlyn Hudson, William Juch, Brittney Miles, Jenna Potz-Nielsen, Lauren Patton, Haley Smith, Jeremy Stovall, Jacob Wardell, Aubrey Worlow and Kelly Zipp.