Grants and Research

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.

Dr. Hong receives NCI grant to assess cardiovascular risk in cancer survivors


Dr. Arthur Hong received a supplemental grant from the NCI to assess cardiovascular risk and risk reduction among low income cancer survivors.  He will be working with Dr. Simon Lee and Dr. Bijal Balasubramanian in the Deptpartment of Population and Data Sciences and School of Public Health who have a parent NCI grant focused on survivorship among Parkland patients with cancer.

Drs. Bowen and Albin receive grant on Virtual Culinary Medicine for Low Income Patients


Dr. Michael Bowen and Dr. Jaclyn Albin received a big grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas & Caruth Foundation for a 2-year project that will conduct a pragmatic trial to examine the impact of on-line culinary medicine classes vs. standard of care, office-based nutrition visits on glycemic control in patients with Type 2 Diabetes. This builds on a lot of great multisector work they and their colleagues have done to extend UTSW’s impact into the community.

Optimizing Emergency Department Use for Adults Newly Diagnosed with Cancer


Arthur Hong, M.D., received a three-year grant from the American Cancer Society.  This grant will help fund research of adults newly diagnosed with cancer who often need urgent medical care, because they can get sick both from their cancer and from cancer treatment. This means many people with cancer visit an emergency department (ED). Prior research shows that at least half of these ED visits result in a hospital stay, even though many of these hospitalizations could be avoided. ED visits are time-consuming, disruptive, increase the risk of infections, and can be very expensive even for patients with insurance, adding to the financial burden of having cancer.

Dr. Hong will be interviewing Parkland Cancer patients to understand how they decide to come to the ED and if they would use the cancer urgent care clinic as an alternative, as well as interviewing Emergency physicians, cancer doctors and cancer nurses.

BUILD’s Third Cohort Awardee


BUILD 3.0 Awardee: Advancing Community Partnerships to Increase Food Access in Southern Dallas. This cohort was chosen from more than 130 applicants looking to join this growing effort to move resources, action, and attention upstream. Each awardee group consists of a community based organization that will lead the effort, a hospital, health system, or payer that will provide a match in funding and resources to BUILD’s support; and the local public health department. The team from UT Southwestern includes Dr. Michael Bowen, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Population and Data Sciences;  Dr. Sandi Pruitt, Associate Professor in Population and Data Sciences; and Dr. Jaclyn Albin, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Balis recently published


Dr. David Balis and Dr. Bret Moran and colleagues have recently published and article  on the Parkland lung cancer screening program.

Expansion of Diabetes Prevention at Parkland


Dr. Michael Bowen recently received a grant from the AMA,  American College of Preventive Medicine, and Black Women’s Health Imperative to support the expansion of a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for Parkland patients with prediabetes. This will be a partnership between UTSW, Parkland, and the Baylor Health (which has an existing DPP in their South Dallas Juanita Craft Recreation Center). This grant will help fund expansion of this DPP program so that uninsured patients in the Parkland Hatcher Station Community Oriented Primary Care clinic with prediabetes can be referred to this certified diet and lifestyle modification program that has been proven effective in preventing progression to diabetes.  This was one of three awards just granted by this mechanism. 

Five-year K23 Grant awarded to Dr. Oanh Nguyen


Oanh Nguyen, M.D., M.A.S., receives a five-year K23 grant from NHLBI entitled, “Addressing Social Vulnerabilities to Prevent Hospital Readmissions in Adults with Cardiovascular Disease.” It focuses on understanding and reducing the risk of hospital readmission among Parkland patients admitted for heart disease (heart failure and ischemic heart disease). Her work will develop better predictive analytics to identify those at high-risk patients for both medical and social reasons, and develop a pilot intervention addressing both determinants of adverse post-hospital outcomes.

Inaccurate respiratory rates could impact patient safety, researchers say


Patients’ respiratory rates are often not accurately recorded in the hospital, researchers in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) have found. 

Hospital-acquired anemia more common, increases risks


 One in three patients hospitalized for medical problems experienced a drop in their red blood cell count due to the hospitalization – a concept called hospital-acquired anemia, new research showed.