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Professionalism program launches
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Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo is announcing a new program for the Medical School, beginning this month, emphasizing professionalism.

Extending to all students, faculty, staff, and residents, the UT*Pro program reminds all members of the Medical School community that we uphold commitments to compassion, integrity, respect, and collaboration.

More information will be forthcoming via email with a link to a new website that contains resources and a form to submit feedback—where users can submit links to professionalism sites, or provide examples of colleagues’ professional behavior.

Special badges will be distributed by each Medical School department chair to their respective faculty and staff, and residents and students also will receive badges.

“It is important that this program is carried out at a local department level, and I hope to see everyone wearing these new UT*Pro badges with pride and professional intent,” Dean Colasurdo said.

— Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

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Dean makes leadership announcements

Dr. Carmel Dyer, starting top left, clockwise, Dr. David Gorenstein, Dr. Thomas Murphy, and Dr. Osama Mikhail

Dr. Carmel Dyer, starting top left, clockwise, Dr. David Gorenstein, Dr. Thomas Murphy, and Dr. Osama Mikhail.

Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo recently has made several leadership announcements for the Medical School, including some that are being filled on an interim basis.

Dr. David Gorenstein has been named interim chair of the Department of NanoMedicine and BioMedical Engineering and associate dean for research, basic science. Gorenstein joined UTHealth in January 2009 as professor and deputy director of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM). He is also holder of the James T. Willerson Distinguished Chair and director of the IMM Center for Proteomics and Systems Biology.

Dr. Carmel Dyer has assumed the role of interim chief of staff for Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital following the announcement of the departure of Dr. Steve Brown, whose last day was June 30. Dyer currently serves as division director for Geriatric and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and leads the interdisciplinary Consortium on Aging as well as the Center for Healthy Aging clinic with UT Physicians. She has a long history of service with the Harris County Hospital District. A national search soon will be under way to identify the best candidate to fill this role on a permanent basis.

Dr. Osama Mikhail, senior vice president for strategic planning and professor of management, policy and community health at the School of Public Health, has been named the new executive vice president of planning for UT Physicians. Mikhail has been at the School of Public Health since 1989 and involved in strategic planning for 30 years at the Mead Corporation, Eli Lilly, the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. He also has been a consultant on strategic planning at Westchester Medical Center in New York, at Duke University, and at Vanderbilt University Medical Centers, as well as for several large physician groups in Houston.

Dr. Tom Murphy started with the Medical School in January as a special assistant to the dean for community affairs and health policy. In this role he brings with him a wealth of experience as a successful clinician and team builder as the owner of a robust clinical practice in the Clear Lake area.

— Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

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Bynon to head immunology, organ transplant

Dr. J. Steve Bynon Jr.

Dr. J. Steve Bynon Jr.

Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo has announced Dr. J. Steve Bynon Jr. as the new director of the Division of Immunology and Organ Transplantation in the Department of Surgery, effective July 1. In his role, Bynon will be responsible for leading the programs in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation. He also will serve as Abdominal Organ Transplant Program director at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

“Dr. Bynon is renown is his field and exemplifies the UT spirit of caring. I have no doubt he will lead our program to new heights and his outcomes will be second to none,” Dean Colasurdo said.

Bynon comes to the Medical School from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he served as director of the Liver Transplant Program for 17 years at the UAB Hospital and as the director of the Pediatric Renal and Liver Transplant Program for 18 years. He held the Arnold G. Diethelm Endowed Chair of Transplantation at the UAB School of Medicine from 2005 to 2011.

He has been involved with more than 3,000 transplant surgeries, including over 1,500 liver transplantations, and his renal and pancreatic transplant experience includes nearly 1,700 patients. Bynon’s transplant experience also includes almost 300 pediatric renal transplants and over 150 pediatric liver transplants during his tenure at UAB. His outcomes for patient and graft survival have been statistically higher than national benchmarks.

A native of Tennessee, Bynon received his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. He completed his residency in surgery at UAB Hospital and a fellowship in organ transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Bynon’s honors include The Award of Excellence for Exemplary Commitment to Caring from the University Hospital, Alabama Honoree for Outstanding Achievement in the Treatment of Liver Disease from the American Liver Foundation, and he is recognized in Best Doctors in America. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Society of Transplantation, International Liver Transplantation Society, and the Society for Organ Sharing.

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National quality committee recognizes UT Physicians family medicine clinic

Dr. J. Steve Bynon Jr.

Dr. Carlos Moreno, left, Dr. Olasunkanmi Adeyinka, and Akber Mazhar are recognized with the award.

The UT Physicians Family Medicine clinic in the Texas Medical Center has received a special designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a model for patient-centered care.

The Family Medicine clinic was designated a NCQA Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home, a model of healthcare delivery that aims to improve quality and efficiency.

“This honor is the result of the hard work of everyone here on the staff,” said Dr. Carlos Moreno, professor and C. Frank Webber Chair in Family Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “This recognizes our efforts to provide high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care to all of our patients.”

To earn this recognition, the clinic demonstrated the ability to meet the program's key elements, including written standards for patient access and enhanced communications; appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information; responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care; adaptation to patients’ cultural and linguistic needs; use of information technology for prescriptions and care management; use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions; systematic tracking of referrals and test results; and measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance.

In the patient-centered model, each patient’s care is managed by a physician-led care team, which provides for all healthcare needs and coordinates treatment. Expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems are part of the mix. Same-day appointments are normally available.

“We credit our electronic health record system in playing a big role in the Patient-Centered Medical Home designation,” said Dr. Olasunkanmi Adeyinka, clinic director and assistant professor of family and community medicine.

She cited Akber Mazhar, physician office administrator, and Liza Rodriguez, clinic coordinator, as two people key to achieving this standard. “Akber was instrumental in ensuring that the practice’s policies, procedures, and processes reinforced the necessary guidelines as prescribed by NCQA to achieve this prestigious recognition. Liza played a key role in ensuring chart data for our patients met required quality thresholds. The combination of effective electronic medical record utilization and the clinic’s leadership contributed to the practice’s transformation, allowing us to weave exceptional quality care into the fabric of our clinical processes and operations.”

UT Family Medicine is in the UT Professional Building, 6410 Fannin, Suite 170, and may be reached at 832.325.6500.

— Robert Cahill, Office of Advancement, Media Relations

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A day of giving

Tamar Powellan, Department of Pediatrics, donates blood as Jackie Rohrick, a phlebotomist at the Gulf Coast Blood Center, starts the procedure during the Medical School Blood Drive July 6 in the Leather Lounge.

Tamar Powellan, Department of Pediatrics, donates blood as Jackie Rohrick, a phlebotomist at the Gulf Coast Blood Center, starts the procedure during the Medical School Blood Drive July 6 in the Leather Lounge.

— Dwight C. Andrews, Office of Communications, Medical School





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Events to know

July 13

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Gerald Frankel, assistant professor of surgery, presents, “An Update on Female Urology.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

July 14

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Michael Hines, professor of pediatric cardiovascular surgery, presents, “VV ECMO for Adult Respiratory Failure.”
7 a.m., MSB 3.001.

July 20

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Thomas Smith, assistant professor of surgery, presents, “Urologic Emergencies.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

July 26

New Postdoc Orientation: Information regarding Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Postdoc Certificate Training Program, Postdoc Association, Travel Awards, Networking Opportunities.
9–11 a.m., MSB B.610.


2012–2013 Housestaff Association Executive Council
  • President
    Ameet Nagpal, M.D.
    PGY-4, Chief Resident, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • President-Elect
    Kristine Konopka, M.D.
    PGY-3, Pathology
  • Vice President
    Francisco Dofeliz, M.D.
    PGY-3, Family Medicine
  • Secretary/Treasurer
    Andreas Menesses Grossgold, M.D.
    PGY-4 Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Fellowship Trustee
    Pushan Jani, M.D.
    PGY-5, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • Resident At-Large
    Erica Syklawer, M.D.
    PGY-2, Pathology

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