Newsmakers — August 2010

Dr. Julie Champine, professor of radiology, has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology. Roughly 10 percent of ACR members are named fellows, one of the highest honors the organization can bestow on a radiologist, radiation oncologist or medical physicist. Dr. Champine, who is also vice chair for imaging services at Parkland Health & Hospital System, earned her medical degree from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1988. She then completed a four-year residency in diagnostic radiology at Parkland Memorial Hospital, followed by a year-long fellowship in magnetic resonance imaging at UT Southwestern. She currently serves on the membership committee for the Texas Radiological Society and is a member of the ACR and Dallas County Medical Society.

Dr. Norman Gant, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The award recognizes important contributions within ACOG or in government, research, teaching, or direct patient care. Dr. Gant is immediate past executive director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

A book written by Dr. Fred Grinnell, professor of cell biology, has been selected by the Royal Society as one of the best books about science published in 2009. The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the United Kingdom, chose Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic as one of 12 books under consideration for the Royal Society 2010 Prize for Science Books, one of the world’s most prestigious awards for science writing. The judges said of Dr. Grinnell’s book: “This is the most accessible and comprehensive book on how science is done that we’ve ever come across — indispensable to anyone who wants to understand the science behind the headlines.” The winner of the prize will be announced in October.

Dr. Ralph Mason
, professor of radiology and director of the in vivo cancer cellular and molecular imaging program, has been appointed a member of the Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section, part of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review. He joins the approximately two dozen UT Southwestern faculty members currently serving on study sections covering various basic and clinical topics. As a member, Dr. Mason will review grant applications submitted to the NIH for in vivo, in vitro and clinical studies related to the therapeutic interactions of ionizing radiation, radionuclides, electromagnetic radiation, and heat. At UT Southwestern, his research studies focus on using various imaging methods to gauge tumor development and how a tumor might respond to therapy. Dr. Mason’s term on the study section will run through June 2014.

The nation’s top two plastic surgery societies recently recognized groundbreaking research into facial anatomy by Dr. Andrew Trussler, assistant professor of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery recently presented its highest honor for research, the prestigious Tiffany Award for Best Scientific Presentation, at its annual meeting for Dr. Trussler's study, “The Frontal Branch of the Facial Nerve Across the Zygomatic Arch: Anatomical Relevance of the High SMAS Technique.” The award, presented to one individual at the society’s annual meeting, recognizes research deemed by fellow society members to have significant value to the science and practice aesthetic surgery. The study, which appears in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, defined the depth and boundaries of the facial nerve over the cheekbone and outlined a safe procedure for protecting the nerve.

Dr. Trussler earlier received the Leonard R. Rubin Award for best scientific presentation from the American Association of Plastic Surgery. For that study, Dr. Trussler reviewed 300 cases to identify procedures for managing difficult lower eyelids endoscopically. He presented the study's results to the European Association of Plastic Surgeons in Manchester, England.

“These awards highlight the ability to do high-level anatomic research as it relates to aesthetic surgery at UT Southwestern and the Department of Plastic Surgery,” Dr. Trussler said. “It recognizes us as leaders in the field of aesthetic surgery.”

August 2010