Newsmakers - March 2013


Dr. Jere Mitchell, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology, delivered The Physiological Society’s Paton Prize Lecture at its recent annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. The lecture typically concerns a historical aspect of physiology and is later published in Experimental Physiology. Dr. Mitchell traced medicine’s understanding of neural control of circulation during exercise, discussing studies that suggested neural mechanisms were responsible for matching the cardiovascular response to physical activity. At the Society’s meeting last year, Dr. Mitchell was the keynote speaker at a symposium held in his honor. He was recognized for being one of the most cited authors in the Journal of Physiology. Dr. Mitchell, a 1954 graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School and a member of the faculty since 1962, holds the S. Roger and Carolyn P. Horchow Chair in Cardiac Research.

Dr. Joan Schiller, Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Deputy Director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Inductees are selected who have “shown extraordinary dedication for their voluntary efforts that benefit the Society, the specialty of oncology, and, most importantly, the patients whom we serve.” Dr. Schiller holds the Andrea L. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research.

Dr. John Zuniga, who leads the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was honored recently at the 94th Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions, and Exhibition of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Zuniga, who holds the Robert V. Walker, D.D.S. Chair in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, received the William J. Gies Foundation Award in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, an award given annually to an educator for distinguished achievement in this field. A faculty member since 2006, his research interests are concentrated in chronic and acute orofacial pain and neurosensory disorders.