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Byron Cryer, M.D.
Byron Cryer, M.D., Associate Dean for the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development (FDD). A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Cryer received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1992 and has focused his efforts as a clinical scholar in gastroenterology, with a specific research interest in the pathogenesis of ulcer disease and the adverse effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Dr. Cryer is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and holds the John C. Vanatta III Professorship.
Before his appointment to FDD, Dr. Cryer served as the Associate Dean for Minority Student Affairs in the medical school from 1997 to 2011. During his time at UT Southwestern, Dr. Cryer has accomplished several notable milestones in diversity. In 2002, UT Southwestern was the highest ranked medical school in the nation in percentage increase in enrollment of African-American medical students by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. In 2007 and 2008, UT Southwestern Medical School was ranked the number one medical school in the U.S. for Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine, with no other Texas medical school matriculating a greater percentage of minority students. In 2010, UT Southwestern received the first place award from the National Association of Minority Medical Educators for having innovative programs which ensure racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions.
Greta Epps, Senior Administrative Associate for the Office of Faculty Diversity & Development (FDD). In addition to managing the day-to-day operations for FDD and coordinating all logistical aspects of the office’s career development and diversity initiatives, Greta works closely with the C.V. Roman Medical Society – Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the National Medical Society to enhance collaboration efforts between the African American physician community and UT Southwestern Medical Center. Greta joined UT Southwestern in 1994 as a part of the medical school’s Office of Student Affairs. From 2002 to 2011, she worked primarily for the Office of Minority Student Affairs, where she provided support and guidance to underrepresented minority medical students and coordinated a number of innovative programs targeting prospective medical students, including UT Southwestern’s Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure (HPREP) program, which has trained over 2000 Dallas Independent School District students since the program’s inception.