Fellows, Residents Notes - May 2014

Cherie Herren, M.D., has joined OU Children’s Physicians and has been named an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Herren is board-certified in neurology and holds special certification in child neurology. The OU College of Medicine alum completed fellowships in pediatric epilepsy and pediatric neurophysiology at UT Southwestern, where she also completed her pediatric neurology residency.

John F. DiPersio, M.D., Ph.D., received the 19th Annual American Association for Cancer Research-Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research at the AACR’s annual meeting in San Diego on April 5-9. The award, established in 1996, recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical cancer research. It is named for the late Dr. Burchenal, honorary member and past president of the AACR, and a major figure in clinical cancer research and chemotherapy. Dr. DiPersio, Chief of the Division of Oncology and Deputy Director of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is internationally recognized for his expertise in T-cell function, stem cell research, and acute myelogenous leukemia. Dr. DiPersio received his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., before completing an internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern. The AACR, founded in 1907, is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure the disease. AACR membership includes more than 34,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates from more than 90 countries.

Todd Pollock, M.D., was sworn in as the Dallas County Medical Society’s 131st President on Jan. 23. Dr. Pollock practices at North Dallas Plastic Surgery. A 1990 graduate of the University of Chicago Medical School, Dr. Pollock completed a residency in general surgery at UT Southwestern before training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital.

Savitha Shastry, M.D., has joined the staff of East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Dr. Shastry completed an endocrinology fellowship at UT Southwestern after earning a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completing her internal medicine residency at Detroit Medical Center.

John David Terrell, M.D., has joined Sparks Urology Group in Fort Smith, Ark. A native of Murfreesboro, Ark., Dr. Terrell graduated with honors from medical school at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 2011, he completed his urology residency and was chief resident at UT Southwestern. Trained in da Vinci surgical procedures, Dr. Terrell works in pediatrics and adult urology.

Tony G. Waldrop, Ph.D., has been named President of the University of South Alabama by its board of trustees. He started his duties in April. Dr. Waldrop earned his bachelor’s, master, and doctoral degrees at the University of North Carolina, where he also won two NCAA track championships as a mile runner. In 1982, he began a cardiopulmonary research fellowship at UT Southwestern, receiving support from the National Institutes of Health for his work at the Harry S. Moss Heart Center. During his career, Dr. Waldrop has served in leadership roles at the University of Illinois, UNC, and at the University of Central Florida.

Shaun C. Williams, M.D., a fertility specialist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, has been selected for Best Doctors in America 2014, a peer-reviewed database representing the top 5 percent of physicians across the country. A UT Austin graduate, Dr. Williams attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston before completing his internship and residency at UT Southwestern.