Class Notes – December 2013

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 In Memoriam
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In Memoriam


Medical School
Muriel K. Brahinsky, M.D. ('46)
Samuel W. Swindell, M.D. ('54)
Charles R. Crane, M.D. ('64)
Karl Dan Moser, M.D. ('69)


H. Wayne Jones, M.D. (Anesthesiology)
William Ward Sheehan, M.D. (Pathology)

School of Health Professions
Delilah E. Taylor ('06)



Medical School Announcements

Class of 1969: Catalina García, M.D., was honored recently as a Latina Living Legend by the DFW Hispanic 100, a service organization focused on leveraging the power of women. One of the first Mexican-Americans to graduate from UT Southwestern Medical Center, the anesthesiologist was recognized both for her medical trailblazing and her community service. Dr. Garcia is a founding member of the Dallas Women’s Foundation. She served on the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and as an officer in the American Medical Women’s Association. She’s also one of the early donors to the city’s Latino Cultural Center and teaches English to immigrant women. The award is the seventh the group has presented. Others have gone to women in the arts, law, journalism, and politics.

Class of 1973: Daniel J. Ostergaard, M.D., was awarded the 2013 Thomas W. Johnson Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians for outstanding contributions to family medicine education at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels.

Class of 1978: Tyler G. Hughes, M.D., is Chair of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Rural Surgery and is an at-large director for the American Board of Surgery.

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Class of 1979: Stanley A. Herring, M.D., is a team physician for Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners and the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks. Dr. Herring, the Director of Sports, Spine, and Orthopaedic Health at University of Washington Medicine, also serves on the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, which is co-chaired by Dr. Hunt Batjer (’77), Chairman of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern. In 2009, Dr. Herring’s efforts helped pass Washington’s state law in regard to youth athletes returning to play, considered the toughest concussion standard in the U.S.

Class of 1986: Brett P. Giroir, M.D., former Associate Dean at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was named Interim Executive Vice President for the Texas A&M Health Science Center, effective Oct. 1. He will be nominated by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp to become the Interim CEO for the Health Science Center at the next meeting of the A&M Board of Regents. “Dr. Giroir brings a wealth of experience that spans health care, biomedical sciences, and academia, which ideally positions him to serve as a visionary leader for our health science center,” said Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, President of Texas A&M University. Dr. Giroir, an internationally renowned physician-scientist whose work has focused on life-threatening infectious diseases, joined the A&M System in 2008, most recently serving as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives.

Class of 1986: Scott T. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D. recently retired from his position as physician/surgeon at the Vacaville Psychiatric Program, Department of State Hospitals, in California, in order to devote time to his private rheumatology practice and volunteer faculty activities at University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson and his wife Camille, and children Luke and Sophia, live in the Green Valley area of the northern California wine country.

Class of 1987: Arthur Hawes, M.D., joined the medical staff of Cox Medical Center in Branson Mo., as an independent provider on Oct. 31. He completed his plastic surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. The 165-bed hospital, formerly known as Skaggs Regional Medical Center, became part of the Cox Health network in January 2013.

Class of 1988: Andrew B. Dossett, M.D., is a spine consultant for the Dallas Cowboys for 2013. He also serves as a health care provider for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Dr. Dossett, who practices at the Carrell Clinic, also completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at UT Southwestern before securing a fellowship in spine surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Class of 1990: William C. Daniel, M.D., has been appointed chief quality officer of St. Luke’s Health System in St. Louis. Dr. Daniel will oversee Saint Luke’s quality departments and work closely with physicians and clinicians in leading integrated quality initiatives across the organization. A cardiologist, Dr. Daniel joined Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants in 1998. In addition to his patient care responsibilities, he served as the practice’s medical director for quality, electronic medical records, and the Vein Treatment Center. A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Daniel completed his residency at Washington University/Barnes Hospital and his cardiology fellowship at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He completed a year of advanced cardiovascular interventional fellowship training at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute.

Class of 1993: Robin Johnston, M.D., has joined USMD Affiliated Services as a member of the obstetrics and gynecology team at the Arlington and Mansfield clinics. Part of USMD Holdings, a physician-led integrated health care system, Irving-based USMD is a network of physicians serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dr. Johnston completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Class of 1993: Dan McCoy, M.D., has been elected to the Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board of Directors. The board governs Texas CASA, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides training, technical assistance, and funding to CASA programs across the state to recruit, train, and support volunteer advocates who speak up for abused and neglected children. Dr. McCoy is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

Class of 1996: Karen Klatte, M.D., has joined USMD Affiliated Services as the second cardiologist at USMD’s Midlothian location. After medical school, Dr. Klatte completed her fellowship in cardiology at St. Louis University Hospital and her residency in internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center.

Class of 2003: Amit T. Darnule, M.D., has been named a 2013 “Top Doctor” by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. Dr. Darnule, a spine pain anesthesiologist, works for Spine Team Texas in Southlake.

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Housestaff Announcements

Benjamin C. Aaker, M.D., (Emergency Medicine) has joined the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital staff in Yankton, S.D. Dr. Aaker completed his emergency medicine residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2008. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He and his wife, Beth, have two children Aiden (3) and Remy (1).

Clay Cockerell, M.D., (Dermatology - Pathology) has been named Medical Director at Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sensus Healthcare, which provides noninvasive skin cancer treatments as well as keloid scar treatments. He will lead the medical advisory board of the company. Dr. Cockerell, who served as President of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2005, has written more than 500 publications and has been responsible for training more than 40 dermatopathology fellows since 1988. He is a Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at UT Southwestern.

Flora Kim, M.D. (Dermatology) has joined the Cooper Clinic, specializing in Preventive and Cosmetic Dermatology. The clinic is a Cooper Aerobics company based at the Dallas-based Cooper Aerobics Center. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Kim earned her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and her dermatology residency at UT Southwestern. She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Jonathan D. Leffert, M.D., (Internal Medicine) has been elected Secretary of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, a group that represents more than 6,500 endocrinologists in the U.S and abroad. Dr. Leffert is Managing Partner of the North Texas Endocrine Center in Dallas.

Anirban Maitra, M.D., (Pathology) will lead research at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s new Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Dr. Maitra, the center’s Co-Director and Scientific Director, is an expert in the genetics of pancreatic cancer and the development of targeted therapies for the disease. He also will serve as deputy division head for academic science at M.D. Anderson’s Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as well as a Professor of Pathology and Translational Molecular Pathology.

Jim Phelps, M.D., (Orthopaedic Surgery) has joined Southeastern Sports Medicine of Hendersonville, N.C., as a surgeon specializing in treatment of orthopaedic injuries and conditions affecting the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.

Amanda Rizzari, M.D., (Psychiatry) has joined Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis., as a staff psychiatrist.

Evan Sorokin, M.D., (Plastic Surgery) has won his fourth consecutive Philadelphia Magazine “Top Doc” award, an honor bestowed to accomplished surgeons and physicians in the greater Philadelphia area. Dr. Sorokin, a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast enhancement, body-contouring procedures, and liposuction, works at Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery of Cherry Hill, N.J.

Ryan C. Teeple, M.D., (Ophthalmology) is a new partner at Southern Arizona Ophthalmology in Tucson. He joins his father-in-law, Dr. Harry Schlosser, who has been in solo practice since founding the business in 1984. Dr. Teeple grew up in Tucson and studied at the University of Arizona for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at UT Southwestern and spent most of his time at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Teeple specializes in cataract surgery, the treatment of glaucoma, and diabetes-related eye problems.

D. Brent Treicher, M.D., (Emergency Medicine) has been named Chief Medical Officer  at Guthrie Corning Hospital in Corning, N.Y. Dr. Treicher formerly worked as Chief of Emergency Services at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Michael Harold Wall, M.D., (Anesthesiology) has been named the new head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota.

Paul Wendel, M.D., (Obstetrics/Gynecology) recently had an endowed chair in maternal-fetal medicine established in his name at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Wendel, a Professor in the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was recognized in front of family, friends, and colleagues in a ceremony at UAMS. “It’s the highest honor you can receive at an academic medical center,” Dr. Wendel said. “The program should never be about one person, but it’s an honor that the endowment will live on in my name.” Funding for the Paul J. Wendel, M.D., Chair in Maternal-Fetal Medicine initially began in 2007 by seven of Dr. Wendel’s former patients, many of whom had high-risk or abnormal pregnancies. More than 1,500 gifts helped complete the endowment. A 20-year veteran at UAMS, Dr. Wendel attended the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Medicine, then completed both his residency in Ob/Gyn and a two-year fellowship in high-risk obstetrics at UT Southwestern and at Parkland Memorial Hospital. 

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Graduate School Announcements

Class of 1980: Michael Reid, Ph.D., has been named Dean of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance. Dr. Reid formerly served as Chairman of Physiology and Vice Dean for Biomedical Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He earned his doctorate in physiology at UT Southwestern.

Class of 2007: Dru Samuel Dace, Ph.D., has been named Scientific Director at Physicians’ Education Resource (PER), a New Jersey-based source for continuing medical education. Dr. Dace previously worked as Associate Scientific Director at inVentiv Medical and Scientific Communications Group. He holds degrees from the University of Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas, and UT Southwestern.  Dr. Dace has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Immunology and the American Journal of Pathology.

Class of 2009: Joe A. Barrera, Ph.D., has been named Director of UT Arlington’s new Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies. Dr. Barrera earned his doctorate in cell and molecular biology from UT Southwestern and most recently worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UT Southwestern in Pediatrics. His new role involves working with UTA’s Office of Research, faculty, and students, along with building connections with industry and supporting scientists in search of research funding.

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