Newsmakers – February 2014

Karp selected to lead Rheumatology Research Foundation

Dr. David R. Karp, Chief of Rheumatic Diseases, was recently named President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Dr. Karp, who has worked with the foundation for nearly a decade, officially began his two-year term in October. He began serving on the foundation’s board of directors in 2007 and became vice president in 2011. Dr. Karp joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty in 1991 and directs clinical and translational research in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. He holds the Fredye Factor Chair in Rheumatoid Arthritis Research and the Harold C. Simmons Chair in Arthritis Research.

Powell to hold the Rose Distinguished Professorship in Neurology

Dr. Craig Powell, Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics and Psychiatry, has been named holder of the Ed and Sue Rose Distinguished Professorship in Neurology. Dr. Powell, who arrived at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2001, is also a faculty member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Powell has conducted seminal research on the molecular mechanisms of cognitive disorders including autism, intellectual disability, and Alzheimer’s disease. After earning his medical degree with honors and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Powell completed his residency and chief residency in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. He was recently elected Chair of the Department of Defense Autism Research Program Integration Panel for 2013-2014.

Pediatrician among first certified nationally in clinical informatics

Dr. Timothy Brannon, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, was among the inaugural group of more than 400 physicians nationwide to pass the first board certification exam in Clinical Informatics. The exam, administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, enables physicians to work as medical informaticists to develop and implement Electronic Health Record (EHR) software, Computer-based Provider Order Entry systems, clinical decision support tools, and health information exchange systems. A 1988 graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Brannon received his certification in January. In 1996 he implemented a computer-based clinical documentation system in the neonatal ICU at Baylor University Medical Center, an early-generation EHR and the first system of its kind in North Texas. Dr. Brannon joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty in 2008 to work on implementation of the Epic Systems HER, adapting it for the special needs of neonatal medicine. In 2010 he earned a master’s degree in health care informatics from the School of Biomedical Informatics at UT Health Science.

Hofmann, Pandita recognized by selection as 2013 AAAS fellows

Two UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty members – Dr. Sandra Hofmann and Dr. Tej K. Pandita – have been named 2013 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Hofmann, Professor of Internal Medicine and of Molecular Genetics and a faculty member since 1986, was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of biochemistry and a mechanistic understanding of the causes of childhood-onset neurodegenerative disease.” Her laboratory staff demonstrated that the most severe form of the hereditary brain disease commonly called Batten Disease is caused by a failure to metabolize fatty acid-modified proteins. Dr. Pandita, Professor of Radiation Oncology who joined the faculty in 2009, was named for “seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of radiation signaling in order to improve radiation-based cancer therapies.” His research employs radiation genetics and biology to study the relationship between DNA sequence and sensitivity to ionizing radiation. They are among 388 new fellows listed in the Nov. 29 issue of the journal Science, published by the AAAS. They will also be honored at a ceremony on Feb. 15 during the group’s annual meeting in Chicago.

International journal led by Rohrich garners citations, recognitions

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a global plastic surgery peer-reviewed journal led by Dr. Rod Rohrich, has more than doubled citation ratings and has garnered several major journalistic awards since he became editor. The latest Journal Citation Reports, which measures the frequency by which journal articles are cited, showed another recent substantial increase in impact factor. PRS now ranks 13th among 198 surgery journals. Dr. Rohrich became the journal’s Editor-in-Chief in 2006. “PRS is in truly elite company – the top 7 percent of surgery journals, with an impact factor more than double that of the next closest plastic surgery journal,” said Dr. Rohrich, holder of the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. “Everyone involved with the journal should be proud of these accomplishments and its growing recognition.” The journal recently was awarded two top Awards for Publications Excellence (APEX), based on graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications excellence. PRS was recognized as an outstanding journal in two of 12 categories among nearly 2,500 entries. Earlier in 2013 the American Society of Healthcare Publications Editors awarded PRS its prestigious Gold Award for Best Peer Reviewed Journal, and it was named a finalist for the Medical Marketing & Media Awards for Best Healthcare Professional Media Brand.

Quiceno honored with 2013 Outstanding Women of Today award

Dr. Mary Quiceno, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, was recently honored with a 2013 Outstanding Women of Today award by the nonprofit service organization Altrusa International. Dr. Quiceno was one of 26 local professionals who received honors for exemplifying outstanding leadership and dedication in their respective careers. Dr. Quiceno’s clinical focus areas include geriatric neurology, dementias, movement disorders, and normal pressure hydrocephalus. She also serves as the Education and Outreach Core Leader for the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Quiceno graduated from the University of Miami Medical School in 1999, then trained at UT Southwestern (internal medicine internship, neurology residency, movement disorders fellowship) before joining the faculty in 2006.