In the News — May 2011

UT Southwestern is the best hospital in Dallas area, ‘U.S. News’ says — UT Southwestern was rated No.1 in North Texas, according to a study by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking aims to recognize more than 600 hospitals near 52 major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties. “We are committed to excellence in all of our clinical programs,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. “It is clear that we are connected to innovation and research.” UT Southwestern ranks nationally in more of the magazine’s 16 specialties than any other hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth. The story was covered by almost 290 media outlets, including the Austin Business Journal, Dallas Business Journal, San Antonio Business Journal, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Huffington Post, NY Daily News, Reuters, Dallas/Fort Worth television outlets WFAA (ABC), KTVT (CBS), KXAS (NBC), stations in Waco, Temple, Denison, Lufkin, Tyler, Midland-Odessa, Lubbock, Bryan-College Station, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and more than 145 other television affiliates.

Russell elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
— The AAAS’ election of Dr. David Russell to membership brought UT Southwestern’s current total to 15 faculty members serving in the esteemed organization. “Being selected says that your work is recognized by people who have made contributions in multiple fields, including science,” said Dr. Russell, professor of molecular genetics, vice provost and dean for basic research at UT Southwestern. News of the honor appeared in more than 225 media outlets, including the Dallas Morning News, Denton Record-Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Austin Business Journal, Houston Business Journal and television affiliates in Waco, Wichita Falls, Lubbock, Temple, Bryan-College Station, Denison, Tyler, Amarillo, Midland and Beaumont.

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CPRIT awards $36.7 million in grants to UT Southwestern for cancer research
— The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced in late March that investigators at UT Southwestern had been awarded more than $36.7 million in new grants to support cancer-related projects. These awards, made after a rigorous peer-review process, resulted in UT Southwestern receiving the most funding of any individual Texas institution in CPRIT’s latest round of grants. The story was covered by more than 30 media outlets, including the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and Bryan-College Station Eagle.

Fort Worth patient gives doctors a pep talk before face transplant
— In the solemn minutes before he underwent a face transplant, Dallas Wiens summoned his doctors into his Boston Hospital room to give them a pep talk and to express his gratitude. “He thanked everybody, including the donor, for what we were about to do,” said Dr. Jeffrey Janis, associate professor of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern who had flown to Boston to assist the 30-member transplant team. “It was an emotional pep talk, and it served as a guiding force for the transplant. It was just an inspiration.” Wiens underwent a 15-hour surgery that replaced his missing facial features – from his forehead to his neck – with the face of an unidentified deceased donor. Also was covered by Dallas/Fort Worth television outlets KDFW-TV (FOX), KTVT-TV (CBS), KXAS-TV (NBC), WFAA-TV (ABC) and Texas Cable News.

Dark secret: Selecting right rich gift can benefit heart
— If you can’t resist eating chocolate or giving it as a gift, you should know that choosing the right type of treat can benefit your heart. Lona Sandon from UT Southwestern pointed out that dark chocolate is rich in flavanol, an antioxidant that may help protect arteries from damage, maintain healthy blood flow and fend off heart disease. “Research suggests that drinking a cup of dark hot chocolate can be equated with drinking a glass of wine in protecting the heart,” said Ms. Sandon, who urges people to eat and drink in moderation. The tip was reported by more than 60 media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and MSN Health.

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