Honors, Awards, and News

Visits with primary care doctor result in more colon cancer screening and better follow-up of abnormal results, research shows

June 24, 2016 – People who visit their primary care physicians are more likely to get potentially life-saving colon cancer screenings and follow-up on abnormal stool blood test results – even in health systems that heavily promote mail-in home stool blood tests that don’t require a doctor visit, a study involving UT Southwestern population health researchers shows.

“These findings help underscore the continued importance and effectiveness of visits with primary care physicians in a brave new world of virtual care and population health outreach,” said Dr. Ethan Halm, Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, and a member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This result is important because screening for colon cancer can result in an early diagnosis and improved survival.”

TMA recognizes faculty with Excellence in Academic Medicine awards

Jun 16, 2016 – Dr. Lynne Kirk, Professor of Internal Medicine and of Family and Community Medicine, has received the 2015-2016 Platinum Award, the top honor in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine program. She and three other UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty members – Drs. Robert Haley, A. Marilyn Leitch, and Bradley Marple – were among 10 physicians who were recognized with Gold Awards by the TMA.

The Relationship Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Bone Mineral Density in Men: A Cross-sectional Study.

April 2016 – Wanstein, HM,et al., The Relationship Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Bone Mineral Density in Men: A Cross-sectional StudyMayo Clin Proc. 2016 Jun;91(6):726-34. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.02.025. Epub 2016 Apr 14.

Often-ignored glucose value in routine blood tests correlates with risk of type 2 diabetes

March 4, 2015 – Glucose values obtained during routine blood tests are often overlooked, but could provide valuable insight into whether someone is at risk for having type 2 diabetes, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

Study finds no reason for cancer survivors to be excluded in advanced stage lung cancer trials

Feb. 9, 2015 – The common practice of excluding patients with a prior cancer diagnosis from lung cancer clinical trials may not be justified, according to a study by researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center. Having previously had cancer did not impact clinical outcomes in advanced lung cancer patients and these patients therefore should be considered for inclusion in clinical trials seeking new therapies, according to the study, appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Predicting Diabetes Risk Using Glucose Data in the Electronic Medical Record

Michael Bowen, M.D., M.P.H. – "Predicting Diabetes Risk Using Glucose Data in the Electronic Medical Record,” Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Reinventing Primary Care

November 2014  Patients of Village Health Partners in Plano may not know they are walking into a carefully constructed medical home. But founder and family physician Christopher Crow, M.D., wants them to feel at home. For internist Temple Howell-Stampley, M.D., it also means having a diverse care team at the ready. She is Associate Professor and Medical Director of Outpatient Services for the General Internal Medicine ambulatory practice sites at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of several medical home initiatives there. See the cover story in the November issue of Texas Medicine.

Testing of ER patients for heart attack in absence of symptoms widespread

November 17, 2014 – Emergency rooms are testing many patients for markers of acute coronary syndrome who show no signs of having suffered a heart attack, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

Inappropriate testing for heart attacks increases the cost of treatment; increases the number of false positives, which could lead to further testing and unnecessary consultations; and adds to patient anxiety, said Anil Makam, M.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and first author of the study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.