Nesbitt enriching campus community with minority outreach

By LaKisha Ladson / March 13-20, 2011

As the new Associate Dean for Minority Student Affairs, Dr. Shawna Nesbitt is eager to extol the rich scientific research exposure and clinical learning the university offers to minorities who have not taken advantage of these opportunities.

Dr. Nesbitt, associate professor of internal medicine, will partner with Drs. Angela Mihalic and James Wagner, both associate deans for student affairs, in reaching out to new students to join the UT Southwestern community.

Dr. Shawna Nesbitt

“Dr. Nesbitt has distinguished herself as a dedicated and committed teacher who has given unselfishly of her time to help the institution attract and retain the finest underrepresented minorities,” said Dr. Greg Fitz, executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of UT Southwestern Medical School. “These experiences, combined with her commitment to education, provide Dr. Nesbitt with an excellent foundation as well as the tools to help UT Southwestern attract and nurture a high-caliber and diverse student body.”

Dr. Nesbitt, a hypertension specialist, has participated in both the college mentor program and admissions committee.

“I’ve enjoyed my work with students and am looking forward to working with students in a closer fashion and helping the institution in a larger way by bringing broad, high-quality students to the school and ensuring their happiness and success while they are here,” she said. “These are important keys to building our pipeline of diversity at
UT Southwestern.”

A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College and the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Dr. Nesbitt joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2001. Her research interests include clinical trials and the epidemiology of hypertension and cardiovascular risk, particularly in the African-American community.

Dr. Nesbitt, director of the hypertension clinic at Parkland Memorial Hospital, has led national clinical trials and sits on several national committees and panels, including the American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research and the National Institutes of Health Red Dress campaign. She is current president of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks.

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Dr. Fitz holds the Nadine and Tom Craddick Distinguished Chair in Medical Science and the Atticus James Gill, M.D., Chair in Medical Science