Parkland cites trio of doctors as Distinguished Physicians

By Russell Rian 

Dr. Karen Houpt

Three UT Southwestern physicians in Parkland Memorial Hospital’s departments of dermatology, orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery were among those recognized for their dedication, compassion and ongoing pursuit of excellence.

The Parkland Health & Hospital System annually recognizes as distinguished physicians those whose contributions have gone above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s Distinguished Physician honorees are:

Dr. Karen Houpt, professor of dermatology, chief of dermatology at Parkland and medical director of Parkland’s dermatology clinic;

Dr. Jeffrey Janis

Dr. Jeffrey Janis, associate professor of plastic surgery, chief of plastic surgery at Parkland, medical director of the hospital’s plastic surgery clinics and program director for the Plastic Surgery Residency Program; and

Dr. Adam Starr

Dr. Adam Starr, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and chief of orthopaedic surgery at Parkland.

The Distinguished Physician Awards recognize physicians for outstanding individual contributions to Parkland, said Dr. John Jay Shannon, associate professor of internal medicine and Parkland’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, who presented the awards.

Dr. Houpt said Parkland, which is the primary adult teaching hospital for UT Southwestern, is an amazing place to work.

“As [Parkland President Dr.] Ron Anderson says, ‘If you catch the Parkland virus, there is no cure for it.’ That happened to me many years ago when I was a resident. It is an honor to work with the Parkland staff and dermatology residents and to provide care for our patients,” said Dr. Houpt.

Under her direction, the Parkland dermatology clinic launched several programs to improve patient care, reduce patient lag times and increase productivity.

“Dr. Houpt is a role model and resource for everyone around her and is truly deserving of this award,” said Dr. Shannon. “She has constantly demonstrated her dedication to patient-centered, patient-valued care.”

In his multiple roles, Dr. Janis has implemented a number of safety- and quality-improvement programs to enhance productivity and patient care.

“It is a true honor and privilege to be able to serve the patients of Dallas County, which we do with compassion, meticulous attention to detail and – above all else – putting the patient first,” said Dr. Janis. “This award is really earned by the faculty, residents, midlevel providers and nurses who all work together as a team to take the best care possible of every patient who comes to this outstanding facility.”

Dr. Janis also established a first-of-its-kind lecture series designed to bring quality education to Parkland’s nursing staff. The series, taught by faculty in the department of plastic surgery, covers an array of topics related to plastic surgery, wounds and postoperative patient care.

“Dr. Janis is persistent in his efforts to constantly improve the quality of care given at Parkland,” Dr. Shannon said. “He expects nothing short of excellence for each and every patient. He is well respected within the community and throughout the United States, bringing distinction to our clinic and hospital.”

Dr. Starr, a 1992 graduate of UT Southwestern, is described by colleagues as passionate about his work and about patient care.

“Dr. Starr is a talented and skilled surgeon, a tireless teacher and a dedicated father and husband,” said Dr. Shannon. “He consistently does what is right for his patients and is always willing to go the extra mile. He is always eager to improve the system and will help in any way he can. In addi-
tion to these many responsibilities, he is a critically important teacher to surgical trainees and contributes to the medical literature his experiences leading the orthopaedic trauma services at Parkland.”

During his time at the county facility, he has led numerous committees. He currently is chairman of the Patient Care Review Committee and is the elected president of the hospital’s medical staff.

“It has been a pleasure to work at Parkland,” said Dr. Starr.