News, Honors, and Awards

Barker honored with UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award


Blake Barker, M.D., is among 14 educators from across the state system recognized as Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award winners by the UT System Board of Regents.

Students have consistently given him high marks for his teaching and successfully nominated him for membership in both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is also a member of the Southwestern Academy of Teachers, an elite group of UTSW educators who work to foster teaching excellence.

2021 Leaders in Clinical Excellence Award Recipient


Meet the recipeint of the 2021 Leaders in Clinical Excellence Patient and Family Recognition Award. As a specialist in palliative medicine, Padmaja Reddy, M.D., is uncommonly skilled at caring for patients and their family members in what is often the darkest time of their lives. That was true long before anyone had heard of COVID-19, but when the pandemic struck, she took her calling to a new level, as all 15 of her nominators attest in great detail. Part of what Dr. Reddy accomplished early in the pandemic was creating, in conjunction with her critical care colleagues, other members of the palliative care team, and many physician volunteers, the COVID ICU Family Outreach Program at Parkland Memorial Hospital. A crucial part of this program involved providing daily virtual updates to the families of every single COVID ICU patient.

LEAD Participant, Dr. Wang presents at Virtual Sessions


The office of Faculty Diversity and Development recently hosted the 2021 Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program virtual sessions. Winnie Wang, M.D., presented her poster titled, "The Palliative Care Unit: A Tool to Help Close the Gap in Holistic, High Quality Care for the Seriously Ill".

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Associate Vice Chair Position Announced


Reeni Abraham, M.D., has been named the inaugural Associate Vice Chair of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Internal Medicine.

Tipping Point Challenge winners


The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge is a national competition to catalyze the spread of skills, ideas, and solutions that will improve health care delivery for all people living with a serious illness.

Texting to Find the Tipping Point

This team lead by Elizabeth Paulk, M.D., believes that they can detect problems earlier by reaching out to their ambulatory patients, rather than waiting for them to reach them. The population has demonstrated little interest in MyChart or email, but are very comfortable with texting. Due to this, the team plans to send a short weekly questionnaire via text to all ambulatory patients, asking a general well-being score and whether they need a return phone call. The team will use this data to intervene before a crisis occurs in their racially diverse, socioeconomically disadvantaged population.

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Tipping Point Challenge - Bronze Winner


The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge is a national competition to catalyze the spread of skills, ideas, and solutions that will improve health care delivery for all people living with a serious illness.

Mass Production of Compassionate Communication in the Era of COVID-19

The ICU and palliative care teams lead by Padmaja Reddy, M.D., created a novel care model, which facilitated daily communication with families of over 500 patients in the ICU (from March 2020-2021). The team assembled a network of physician volunteers to “adopt” ICU families and generated scripts to facilitate formation of a therapeutic alliance, counseling regarding prognosis and COVID-specific complications, exploration of values, delivery of recommendations regarding treatment options, and provision of emotional support. 

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Abiola Fadayomi publishes blog article


Abby Fadayomi, M.S.N., APRN, recently had an article published in our UTSW MedBlog titled "Giant cell arteritis: When a headache might be something more." The article discibes recognition, diagnosis, and available treatments for the condition.


GIM welcomes Dr. Mulanovich to UTSW


Eduardo Mulanovich, M.D., is originally from Peru and earned his medical degree at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed residency in Internal Medicine (Medical Education track) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed General Internal Medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Master’s of Science in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and joined UT Southwestern faculty in 2021. Outside of medicine, he enjoys cooking and caring for his dogs.

Palliative Medicine welcomes it newest member Dr. Khalaf McStay


Dr. Carla Khalaf McStay completed her residency training at Texas A&M College of Medicine - Baylor Scott and White Medical Center and completed her fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Recent Publication by Dr. Siropades in SMJ


Congratulations to Dr. Caitlin Siropaides and our former UT Southwestern Internal Medicine residents on getting their medical education intervention study published. Their serious illness communication curriculum improved internal medicine resident’s confidence in discussing goals of care and code status. These skills are more important than ever.