New pathology department chair to begin July 1
Dr. Michael Laposata
has been named the new chairman of the department of pathology at UTMB.
He has been serving as the executive vice chairman of pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as well as director of the division of laboratory medicine and clinical laboratories.
Laposata received his medical and doctoral degrees in the biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology program from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral research fellowship and residency in clinical pathology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Laposata’s research has focused on fatty acid metabolism, and his distinguished academic background includes more than 170 publications.
In 2005, he was recognized by the Institute of Quality in Laboratory Medicine of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for innovation the interpretation of laboratory data.
He will begin in his new role on July 1.

The Lunch Bunch
UTMB’s Dr. Tristi Muir, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the director of urogynecology and Daily News columnist, will present “Hormones: The good, the bad and the ugly” at today’s meeting of the Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m. today at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City.
Call 832-505-1600, email or visit

National accreditation
The UTMB Center for Sleep Disorders received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The center had to meet or exceed all standards for professional care in areas such as patient care, personnel, policies and procedures and quality assurance to receive the five-year accreditation.

St. Vincent’s annual benefit concert
Each year, UTMB students display their talent at the concert to benefit the St. Vincent’s House clinic.
This year’s concert at The Grand 1894 Opera House begins at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds support the St. Vincent’s free, student-run clinic., which provides a range of services for Galveston residents without access to health care.

Gastrointestinal cancer support group
“New drugs on the horizon” will be presented by UTMB’s Dr. Bagi Jana at the GI cancer support group meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets.
Contact Robert Webster, 409-789-5074 or

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