Newsmakers – October 2011

Dr. Brian Casey, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named holder of the Gillette Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, which was established in 1966. Dr. Casey has earned a national reputation as principal investigator and a committee member for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network of the National Institute of Health. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and did his residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. Dr. Casey came to UT Southwestern in 1995, and after completing a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine, he joined the faculty in 1997. He has published numerous research journal articles, textbook chapters and scientific abstracts. In 2007, he was acknowledged by graduating residents for his exemplary teaching and commitment to patient care.  Dr. Casey succeeds Dr. Susan Cox, who now serves as regional dean in Austin.

Marissa Johnson, instructor in radiation therapy, recently was awarded a $5,000 Elekta Radiation Therapy Educators Scholarship. This scholarship assists radiation therapists in pursuing advanced degrees in their fields.

Dr. Robert Lenkinski has joined the UT Southwestern faculty as Vice Chairman of Radiology. A chemist by training, Dr. Lenkinski was previously in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. He was recruited through a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas “Missing Link” grant, meaning the institution’s cancer research team should be capable of great accomplishments with the addition of this “missing link” researcher.  One of Dr. Lenkinski’s major research interests is in clinical applications of in vivo Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. A recent area of interest is in molecular imaging, including development of novel MR, radiotracer and optical-based imaging contrast agents. Dr. Lenkinski, a CPRIT Scholar in Residence, has developed an agent that binds to hydroxyapatite, a form of micro-calcification that is predominantly present in human breast cancer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1968 and completed his Ph.D in chemistry in 1973 at the University of Houston.