Newsmakers — June 2011

Dr. Ponciano Cruz Jr. has been named holder of the Paul R. Bergstresser, M.D. Chair in Dermatology. The chair, which was established in 2009 in honor of the department’s longtime chairman, fosters skin-disease research and clinical care programs. Dr. Cruz is vice chair of dermatology and directs the dermatology residency training program at UT Southwestern. He serves as chief of dermatology at the Dallas VA Medical Center and directs the allergen clinic at UT Southwestern for the diagnosis of contact dermatitis and use of contact allergens to treat alopecia areata and warts. Dr. Cruz is the editor of Dermatitis and founder and leader of the Dermatology Teachers Exchange Group. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants for research and teaching, including the Excellence in Education Award and the Stelwagon Prize from the American Academy of Dermatology. In 1979 he earned his medical degree cum laude from the University of Philippines College of Medicine, where he was valedictorian, and completed an internal medicine residency at Kettering Medical Center/Wright State University in 1984. Following a dermatology residency and immunodermatology fellowship at UT Southwestern, he joined the medical center’s faculty in 1990.

Dr. Lisa Halvorson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, received the President’s Achievement Award from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI), a leading organization in the reproductive sciences and women’s health with 1,187 members throughout the world. The award, made annually to a member “whose record in scientific investigation is outstanding and assures a continued productive career in research,” was presented at the SGI’s annual meeting March 18 in Miami Beach, Fla., and includes a monetary gift of $2,000. “Receiving this award is a great honor, and reflects the support that I have received from my department and the institution throughout my time at UT Southwestern,” said Dr. Halvorson. “It is particularly gratifying to have my work recognized by long-term colleagues and collaborators.” Dr. Halvorson focuses her research on anterior pituitary gland function and reproductive aging. A 1982 graduate of Vassar College, she completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University in 1987. She received postdoctoral fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School; New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine; and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Halvorson joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2002.

June 2011 /