Gifted early-career clinicians named Dedman Family Scholars

Dr. Michael Bowen, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Clinical Science, and Pediatrics, and Dr. Donald Glass, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, have been appointed Dedman Family Scholars in Clinical Care, an endowed program focused on recruiting talented clinician-scientists early in their careers.

The Dedman Foundation made a landmark $12 million gift in 2009 to establish the Dedman Family Endowed Program for Scholars in Clinical Care at UT Southwestern. The gift, made to Southwestern Medical Foundation, was matched to create a $24 million endowment, which aids in recruiting the most promising early-career physicians to the medical center and launching their careers under the mentorship of senior clinicians and clinical scientists.

 A Tennessee native, Dr. Bowen has a strong interest in primary care and chronic disease management, including the screening and management of type 2 diabetes. Following a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he completed the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program, where he received training in health services research and quality improvement. In addition, Dr. Bowen received the Kaufman Prize in Medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in recognition of the qualities of humaneness, dedication, and unselfish service in the study of medicine.

His research focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of electronic medical record-based interventions to improve health outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. He is currently using data available within the electronic medical record system to develop an approach to identify patients at risk for diabetes and to develop clinical decision support within the electronic medical record to promote diabetes screening in clinical practice.

Originally from the Bahamas, Dr. Glass received his medical and doctorate degrees from Baylor College of Medicine. He interned at Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts before training in the Department of Dermatology at UT Southwestern, completing his residency in 2011.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Glass studies keloids (exuberant scarring of the skin), how they occur, and in finding the genes that predispose people to develop keloids, which can be can be painful and itchy as well as disfiguring. He has an interest in studying diseases that affect patients of color, and keloids occur disproportionately more often within these groups. Developing keloids can be an inherited trait within families, and Dr. Glass is compiling a registry of individuals as well as affected families affected in order to collect samples and information for further study. There is no current treatment to prevent keloids from occurring or from reforming if they are surgically removed. By better understanding why these scars occur, Dr. Glass said he hopes to devise more effective preventative treatments for keloids.