Two clinicians appointed to endowed professorships

Two UT Southwestern clinicians, Drs. John R. Richmond and Belinda Vicioso, have been named first holders of professorships given in memory of practicing Dallas physicians.

Dr. Richmond, associate professor of family and community medicine and director of the department's residency program, is the first holder of the Stanley Gilbert, M.D., Professorship in Family Practice.

Dr. Vicioso, associate professor of internal medicine, is the first holder of the Jose Garcia, M.D., Professorship in Internal Medicine.

Both professorships were made possible by an anonymous donation to Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Dr. Shelley Roaten, chairman of family and community medicine and holder of the Perry E. Gross, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Family Medicine, said the honor recognizes Dr. Richmond's longstanding commitment to education and to the institution and noted that Drs. Gilbert and Richmond "both were outstanding and loyal members of the St. Paul medical staff."

Dr. Richmond said, "Dr. Gilbert was always an inspiration to me. Even though I was much younger, he always treated me with respect, was very helpful and friendly, and, because of that, I am very honored and touched with this appointment."

Dr. Richmond joined the staff at UT Southwestern in 1995 to help establish the residency program. He established a private medical practice at what was then St. Paul Medical Center more than 25 years ago.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he completed his residency at Memorial Medical Center in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Vicioso, a general internist who specializes in geriatrics, joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1995. She has organized, opened and directed the UT Southwestern/St. Paul Senior Health Center, Zale Lipshy Transitional Care Unit, Parkland Geriatrics Acute Care Unit and Parkland Geriatrics Clinics. Dr. Vicioso, who received the Parkland Distinguished Physician Award in 2002, is currently medical director of the geriatrics clinics at the county hospital.

"I am delighted to be the first recipient of the Jose Garcia, M.D., Professorship in Internal Medicine," she said. "As a Latina, I am especially moved to honor the memory of a distinguished clinician who was also an outstanding role model and mentor to many generations of Dallas physicians."

Dr. Vicioso received her medical degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. She completed her fellowship training in geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified in internal medicine.

She is past president of the Texas Geriatrics Society and a member of several professional organizations.