Roberto Logroño, MD Lectureship for Professionalism in Academic Medicine 2016

Apr 1, 2016, 12:25 PM by Melissa Harman

The nominees for the lectureship are UTMB faculty members noted for a high level of professionalism in patient care, teaching and/or medical research, and candidates exemplify the principles of professionalism in everyday behavior and in interactions with peers, patients, and students. Nominations can come from students, house staff, faculty and staff. Selections are made annually by the Organizing Committee: Drs. Judith Aronson, Mark Holden, Alexander Indrikovs, Susan McCannon, Juan Olano, and David Walker and Ms. Norma Hernandez.

2016 recipient of the Lectureship for Professionalism in Medicine:

Gerald L. Campbell, M.D., PH.D.

Gerald CampbellDr. Gerald A Campbell is a Professor in the Department of Pathology where he serves many roles as a neuropathologist, autopsy pathologist, educator par excellence of residents, graduate and medical students, and is a highly valued research collaborator.

He earned a BS degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Kentucky, PhD in astrophysics from the University of Texas at Austin, and M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Subsequently he participated in research fellowships in the Laboratory of Preclinical Studies in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology of the National Institute of Mental Health. He completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology and a fellowship in Neuropathology at Duke University prior to appointment to the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1985.

At UTMB he has served as Director of the Division of Neuropathology, Assistant Director of the Autopsy Division, Director of Anatomic Pathology, member of the Pathobiology and Host Defenses and Neuroscience and Human Behavior course committees, and numerous School of Medicine and departmental committees where his contributions are uniformly valuable and significant.

Dr. Campbell epitomizes the attributes of professionalism as exhibited by Dr. Roberto Logrono: altruism, accountability, professional excellence, duty, integrity, respect for others, compassion, patience, calmness, kindness, and commitment to lifelong learning. Clinically Dr. Campbell is a highly knowledgeable and effective diagnostic pathologist for neurosurgical and ophthalmologic cases, autopsy brain examinations, and takes responsibility for full autopsies. He invests time and energy in continuously updating his diagnostic skills and knowledge of disease pathogenesis.

His commitment to teaching is extraordinary. He possesses astonishing knowledge of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroontogeny, neurosciences in general, and clinical neurology. He consistently puts the needs of the trainee ahead of his own. Residents have commented that he is a ”patient teacher” who “enjoys learning and supports an education-friendly environment for residents and medical students”. He prioritizes the needs of the learners and patients at the expense of his own free time and professional and academic advancement. Residents note that he provides criticism in a respectful manner. The recipients of his gently and compassionately given constructive critiques feel invested in rather than diminished.

He is a passionate biomedical research scientist whose personal research has taken a backseat to assisting others to complete their research projects, providing help to researchers when asked and invariably improving the quality of the research project with his insights and ideas gently rendered.

He is a model servant-leader who rises to the occasion and fulfills essential roles that no one else is willing or able to undertake. Our outstanding PhD program in Experimental Pathology owes a debt to Dr. Campbell who stepped up when no one else did and put together the proposal to establish the graduate program that was subsequently approved on campus and by the steep expectations of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Moreover, after hurricane Ike when instability, emotional turmoil, and reduced staffing challenged us, he accepted the role of Director of Anatomic Pathology and fostered better collaboration and coordination among surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsy. He took control and substantially improved the quality of service and engendered a collaborative environment by setting an example, being decisive, but seeking input of the stakeholders. His efforts are always reflections of his empathy for colleagues and trainees and his focus on the mission of the institution.
Gerald Campbell