Faculty Appointments — Holiday 2009

Dr. Andrew Bird
Dr. Bird

J. Andrew “Drew” Bird, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics and a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care. A 2003 graduate of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, he completed his pediatrics residency and a two-year allergy and immunology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Bird also completed a year of food allergy research at Duke University Medical Center.

His research focuses on food allergies, tolerance and anaphylaxis. Dr. Bird, who joined the faculty in July, is also working with colleagues in pediatric allergy/immunology to develop a food allergy center at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Dr. Carolyn Cannon
 Dr. Cannon

Carolyn Cannon, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics. A 1993 graduate of the UT Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Cannon completed her residency in pediatrics as well as a pediatric pulmonary fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Her research focuses on the pathogenesis of lung infections in cystic fibrosis and the development of novel silver-based therapeutics. Dr. Cannon, who previously earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering, also holds a doctorate in physiology and cell biology from the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Science in Houston. She joined the faculty in August.

Dr. Ian Corbin
Dr. Corbin


Ian Corbin, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Advanced Imaging Research Center. Dr. Corbin’s research centers on developing novel approaches, such as molecular imaging and nanoparticle-based delivery systems, to improve our capacity to detect, characterize and treat liver disease. He was previously a scientific associate with University Health Network in Toronto.

He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Manitoba and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Pennsylvania’s radiology department. Dr. Corbin joined the faculty in September.

Dr. Andrew Koh
 Dr. Koh

Andrew Koh, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. A 1996 graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Koh completed a residency in pediatrics as well as fellowships in infectious diseases and hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital in Boston. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Koh also held the chief residency at Children’s Hospital. His research interests include studying the molecular mechanisms of life-threatening fungal and bacterial infections in cancer and bone marrow transplant patients. Dr. Koh joined the faculty in July.

Dr. Phuong Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen, M.D., has joined the faculty as an instructor of pediatrics. A 2006 graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Nguyen completed her pediatric residency at UT Southwestern and at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. She joined the faculty in August.

Dr. Martha Stegner
 Dr. Stegner

Martha Stegner, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor in pediatrics. A 2003 graduate of UT Southwestern, Dr. Stegner completed her pediatric residency followed by a three-year fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at UT Southwestern and at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Her research interests include invasive fungal infections in pediatric patients treated for malignancy, and her clinical interests include adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Stegner joined the faculty in July.

Dr. Phuong Nguyen
Dr. Szuszkiewicz-Garcia

Magdalene Szuszkiewicz-Garcia, M.D., has joined the faculty as an instructor of internal medicine. A 2000 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Szuszkiewicz-Garcia completed her residency at Georgetown University’s Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., followed by a three-year endocrinology and metabolism fellowship at UT Southwestern. Her research interests include insulin resistance, adipose physiology and gestational diabetes. She joined the faculty in November.

Dr. Gomika Udugamasooriya
 Dr. Udugamasooriya

Gomika Udugamasooriya, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Advanced Imaging Research Center and biochemistry. Dr. Udugamasooriya’s research interests include biochemistry, combinatorial chemistry, cell and cancer biology, and targeted imaging with the goal of developing molecules that could potentially be used in the clinical setting as both therapeutic agents and imaging-agent carriers. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and his doctoral degree in bioorganic chemistry and biochemistry from Wayne State University. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher for Dr. Thomas Kodadek, chief of translational research, before joining the faculty in September.

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