In the News
Dr. Won Lee honored as 'outstanding' educator
Dr. Won Lee, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and a Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been recognized with the UT System’s highest educational honor – the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award – for his academic prowess and mentoring talent.
UT Southwestern now has more than 50 faculty members who have been honored with the Regents Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching, mentoring, and personal commitment to students and the learning process.
Remembering Dr. Eugene P. Frenkel
Dr. Eugene P. Frenkel, an internationally recognized cancer researcher and admired clinician and educator who pioneered UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Division of Hematology and Oncology, died June 21, 2019. He was 89.
Dr. Frenkel was a National Cancer Institute Investigator known for discoveries linking vitamin B12 metabolism and cancer, and he remained committed to translational cancer research throughout his career. He also was revered for his compassionate bedside care and was highly respected as an academic mentor who supported the career development of countless students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty during a remarkable 57-year career at UT Southwestern. Dr. Frenkel, Professor of Internal Medicine and Radiology, was a Master of the American College of Physicians, a distinction bestowed for the excellence and significance of contributions to the science and art of medicine.
Dr. Johnson Inducted into 2019 Giants of Cancer Care
Fifteen world-renowned leaders in hematology and oncology whose research has improved and extended the lives of millions of patients make up the 2019 class of Giants of Cancer Care. This year's recipients include physician–scientists who have conducted groundbreaking clinical trials, made important discoveries in cancer genetics, and who are developing cutting-edge therapeutics to provide personalized patient care. Dr. David H. Johnson, Chair of Internal Medicine was named the winner in the Lung Cancer category.
Recent study published in JAMA Cardiology by Dr. Khera and team
What if your blood donation held clues to a dangerous genetic cholesterol condition that could also affect the health of your loved ones?
Cardiologists know that familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), a condition that causes extremely high levels of cholesterol at an early age, is genetic. When one person is diagnosed, other family members can be identified. However, only an estimated 10 percent of those with FH are diagnosed, leaving many others at risk.
“For someone with FH, the risk of heart disease is higher because their clock started early. They’ve been bathed in high cholesterol since birth. At the same time, they may not know their kids are at risk,” said preventive cardiologist Dr. Amit Khera, Principal Investigator for the study and Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Sometimes by identifying one patient with FH, we find as many as eight or 10 more family members who are at risk.”
2019 Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Congratulations to Dr. Rodney Infante an Assistant Professor in the Center for Human Nutritionas well as the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases, on being one of the recipeints of the 2019 Burrough Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists (CAMS). The CAMS is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.
Readmission penalties drop for safety-net hospitals
Readmission penalties against hospitals providing care to socioeconomically disadvantaged patients have dropped 14 percentage points under new rules adopted in 2019 that more equitably account for low-income populations being served, according to a new analysis led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard researchers.
Hospitals serving low-income populations have traditionally been disproportionately penalized for hospital readmissions under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program designed to reduce health system costs, explained Dr. Ambarish Pandey, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern and senior author. The new rules adopted in 2019 instead compare similar hospitals, such as groups of large safety net hospitals
Dr. Levine announced as Director of newly funded NIH Project
Amid growing concern about pathogens becoming more drug-resistant worldwide – and emerging new pathogens that have no current treatment – UT Southwestern has been selected to lead a five-year investigation into a promising new approach for controlling infections funded by a grant of up to $37 million.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded program will be headed by Dr. Beth Levine, Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Autophagy Research and a Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology. She will serve as Program Director over five separate research projects at UT Southwestern and across the country – all focused on the potential to exploit a cellular process known as autophagy to destroy invading bacteria and viruses.
Recent "Nature" publication from Dr. Hill's Research Team
Nearly half of current hospital admissions for heart failure are caused by a type of the disease with no treatment options. Cardiology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center are changing that reality with a fresh approach, recently published in Nature.
“There are two types of heart failure. One is called HFrEF, for which we have a number of therapies, including medications, devices, and transplants. The other – HFpEF – has zero options,” explained UT Southwestern Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology Dr. Joseph Hill.
Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit
The statistics can be staggering: Only two percent of doctors are black men, and fewer black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978. UT Southwestern physician Dale Okorodudu, M.D. recently held a Black Men in White Coats youth summit to inspire and encourage a generation of doctors as diverse as the patients they’ll care for.
To reverse the trend of declining black men in medicine, we need to convince more black boys to pursue careers in the field. Several years ago, I launched “Black Men in White Coats” to inspire more of these individuals to consider medicine as an occupation. It is a series of videos featuring black physicians from my medical school, UT Southwestern, and others who shared stories and perspectives on how race has influenced their careers. We hope these testimonials will show young people that with hard work and dedication they can overcome obstacles and become the positive role models our society needs.
2019 Women Who STEAM Award
Three UT Southwestern faculty, along with four other honorees, are being recognized as phenomenal leaders in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics “while also serving, teaching, excelling, aspiring, and mentoring” in the community.
Dr. Nesbitt is a Professor of Internal Medicine, the Associate Dean in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the Medical Director of the Parkland Health & Hospital System Hypertension Clinic.