Division News

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Shivani Desai on SGIM TEACH Certificate Program


Congratulations to Dr. Shivani Desai, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, who completed requirements for the SGIM TEACH Certificate program and graduated at the SGIM Annual Meeting on May 8-11. The TEACH certificate focuses on expanding teaching skills through a year long program with individualized learning, online mentored learning groups, and feedback on teaching performance.

Gold Humanism Honor Society inducts GIM faculty


The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recently inducted 33 medical student members, four faculty members, and four residents into the ranks of its UT Southwestern Medical Center chapter. General Internal Medicine had two of its faculty members inducted into the GHHS, Dr. Blake BarkerAssociate Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Dr. Elizabeth PaulkProfessor of Internal Medicine. 

Attendees at the induction ceremoney heard a keynote address by Dr. Reeni Abraham, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, over “Compassionate Care: Reviving the Heart of Medicine.”

Impact of a Cancer Urgent Care Clinic on Regional Emergency Department Visits


Congratulations to Dr. Arthur Hong on new publication showing how the UTSW Cancer Urgent Care Clinic reduced ED visits: Providing more patient-centered care that can lower costs?! 

Impact of a Cancer Urgent Care Clinic on Regional Emergency Department Visits
Arthur S. Hong et al. Journal of Oncology Practice, 2019

High use of ED visits & predictors of hospitalizations among patient with newly diagnosed cancer at Parkland


Congratulations to  Dr. Arthur Hong on a paper of his that has been published in the Journal of Oncology Practice, shining the light on patterns of ED visits and predictors of hospitalization among patients with newly diagnosed cancer. 

Characteristics of Emergency Department Visits and Select Predictors of Hospitalization for Adults With Newly Diagnosed Cancer in a Safety-Net Health System
Arthur S. Hong et al. Journal of Oncology Practice, 2019

What to do if you feel the hospital is discharging you too soon


Research on the impact of vital sign instabilities on hospital readmission risk by  Oanh Nguyen, M.D., Anil Makam, M.D.,  and Ethan Halm, M.D., cited in a US News and World Report article.
"What to do if you feel the hospital is discharging you too soon."