News, Honors, and Awards

2019 Patriot Award


Congratulations to Drs. Ethan Halm and Bethany Agusala on receiving an award from the UT Southwestern Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in recognition of the GIM team’s support of Mandell Butler, Jr., DNP, APRN, FNP-C, a Lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve. The UT Southwestern Veterans Support office presented Drs. Halm and Agusala with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award on Tuesday, September 24th in a brief ceremony on West Campus. The ESGR is a Department of Defense program to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to assist in an employee’s military commitment. 

This is a really a General Internal Medicine clinic team recognition award, so a big “Thank you” to all of our providers and staff who provide coverage and of course a big “Thank you” to Mandell for his on-going service to our country.

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Former faculty featured in New York Times


Congratulations to former UT Southwestern faculty member Dr. Anil Makam on the work he did here at UT Southwestern, on poor prognosis of patients discharged to Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) featured in the New York Times. Only 45% of Medicare patients were alive one year after discharge to an LTAC and  spent two thirds of their remaining life as an inpatient. More robust discussions of goals of care and end of life planning are warranted in these very sick individuals. 

Dr. Howell-Stampley featured in Dallas Medical Journal


Dr. Temple Howell-Stampley featured in the Dallas Medical Journal special issue on "Women in Medicine: Breaking Barriers." Congratulations to Dr. Howell-Stampley on this honor and her legacy as a leader in medicine at UT Southwestern and in Dallas including being the first African-American Department Chair at UT Southwestern. Check out the cover and the interview on page 22.

GIM Welcomes Dr. Cagnazzi to the Team


Dr. Lianne Cagnazzi was raised on Long Island in New York, completed her Internal Medicine residency training in Chapel Hill at UNC and now joins the UTSW Division of General Internal Medicine as a faculty member. Her academic interests & experience include undergraduate and graduate medical education. Her clinical interests include chronic disease management, LGBTQ health, and mental health and her practice emphasizes patient-centered care.

Dr. Brinker presents top rated Internal Medicine Grand Rounds in 2018


Stephanie Brinker, M.D. – Top Internal Medicine Grand Rounds presentation in 2018 – “The Internist’s Role in the Gun Violence Public Health Crisis”

Dr. Kirk to become inaugural Chief Accreditation Officer for ACGME


Thank you to Dr. Lynne Kirk for her three decades of outstanding leadership and service at UT Southwestern. Best of luck to her in her new role as the inaugural Chief Accreditation Officer for the ACGME. In addition to her new position at ACGME, Dr. Kirk has been named Professor Emeritus here at UT Southwestern's Department of Internal Medicine, joining an elite group of educators, clinicians and leaders in Internal Medicine.

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Dr. Balis talks with Dallas Observer about smoking


Dr. David Balis quoted in a recent Dallas Observer article on the Texas State Legislature increasing the legal smoking age to 21.

Recent MedBlog post by Dr. Betancourt


Dr. Arlene Betancourt recently release a med blog article on the UT Southwestern Patient Care website, "Mindful meditation can reduce stress, risk of cardiovascular disease" in which she explains how meditation can help reduce cardiovasular disease.

Cancer-Focused Urgent Care Reduces ER Visits


Cancer urgent care clinics can reduce emergency department (ED) utilization, new research indicates. The researchers examined the ED-visit impact of a cancer urgent care clinic opened at Dallas-based University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in May 2012. The cancer urgent care clinic is available to patients during standard weekday business hours—8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An urgent care center checks off a lot of boxes in terms of what cancer patients are looking for," said Arthur Hong, M.D., an assistant professor of internal medicine and clinical sciences at UT Southwestern.

Dr. David Balis discusses Smoking Cessation


Dr. David Balis recently contributed to the publication The Vanguard in an article titled "Quitting Time." 

“Smoking is still the number-one preventable cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, I don’t think we put enough emphasis on getting people to quit. It’s hard, but we have very effective counseling tools and medications. If someone is interested in quitting, we can really help them. It’s the part of my job I love the most. If I can get somebody to quit, that makes an enormous difference in their life.” – DAVID BALIS, M.D.