Faculty Appointments — October 2009

Dr. Attanasio

Massimo Attanasio, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of internal medicine – nephrology and in the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development. His research interests are genetics and the molecular biology of inherited kidney diseases.

Dr. Attanasio earned his medical degree from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Parma in Italy. He completed postgraduate training in pediatric nephrology at the University of Padua in Italy, and neonatology and nursery at the University of Parma.

 Dr. Banerjee

Rahul Banerjee, M.D., F.A.C.S., has joined the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital and Health Systems. Dr. Banerjee recently served in the Air Force, where he was the chief of orthopaedic surgery for the 49th Medical Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamagordo, N.M. During his years of service, Dr. Banerjee was also the chief of orthopaedic trauma at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, as well as assistant professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, also in El Paso. In addition, he served in Iraq, where he cared for soldiers and civilians with severe orthopaedic injuries.

Dr. Banerjee earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic residency at Brown University. He completed his fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Brown.

Dr. Banerjee’s research interests include orthopaedic trauma, pelvic and acetabular fractures, complex periarticular injuries, the care of the polytrauma patient, and improvement of resident education.

Dr. Batra

Pete S. Batra, M.D., has joined the faculty as associate professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery as part of the Comprehensive Skull Base Program. Dr. Batra previously served as section head for nasal and sinus disorders at the Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute, where he was assistant professor of surgery and on staff at the Taussig Cancer Center.

Dr. Batra received the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award in 2009, Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award in 2007. He currently chairs the American Rhinologic Society’s patient advocacy committee and is a member of the society’s scientific program and audit committees. He also is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s rhinology and paranasal sinus committee and its research committee. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and St. Louis University. He completed his residency at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Coulter

Kenneth Coulter has joined the faculty as an instructor of biomedical communications. Mr. Coulter has been an animator, an illustrator, an interactive designer and a trial consultant for a legal support firm in Dallas as well as an independent contractor for clients including Baylor College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Brainwashed Software LLC. He received his Master of Fine Arts in medical illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his bachelor’s degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

At UT Southwestern, Mr. Coulter is responsible for coordinating and teaching all the 3-D courses, which are taught jointly with the arts and technology program at UT Dallas. Mr. Coulter also will lead UT Southwestern’s medical educational gaming initiative with UT Dallas.

Dr. Gill

Franke Gill has joined the faculty as assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences. Ms. Gill earned a master’s degree in analytic chemistry from New Mexico State University. Before coming to UT Southwestern, she worked as a registered medical technologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Dr. Hill

Stacie Hill has joined the faculty as an instructor of medical laboratory sciences. Ms. Hill graduated from the
UT Southwestern School of Health Professions in December with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. While a student, she was inducted into the Alpha Eta Society and received both the Schermerhorn and Barbara Suitor Scholarship awards.

Dr. Tirado

Carlos Tirado, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pathology. His interests are cytogenetics and molecular cytogenetics of hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Dr. Tirado most recently was assistant professor in the department of pediatrics/pathology and director of cytogenetics at
UT Medical Branch at Galveston.

He earned his doctoral degree from Arizona State University and did postdoctoral research in pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and hematological malignancies. He was a visiting scholar at the Jake Gittlen Cancer Research Institute at Penn State College of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in clinical cytogenetics at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Trivedi 

Kavita Trivedi, D.O., has joined the faculty as assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Previously, she completed a fellowship in interventional pain management at the University of Michigan and served as chief resident in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University.

Dr. Trivedi’s medical degree is from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and she completed her residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University-McGaw Medical Center. Dr. Trivedi received the Scholl Recognition Award for Rehabilitation Research in 2007. Her interests include musculoskeletal and spine diseases, electrodiagnostics and pain management.

Dr. Turer

Aslan Turer, M.D., has joined the faculty as assistant professor of cardiology. His research interests include cardiac metabolism and ischemia-reperfusion injury. Dr. Turer earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He also completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Duke, and most recently a master’s of health sciences from Duke and the National Institutes of Health.