News from the Department of Surgery
A great big Thank you! to General Surgery Resident Timothy Abston, MD, who has very generously donated his meal card funds to purchase toys for the Trauma Toy Chest, helping to stock up for the injured children in South Texas. Started in 2008 by surgery residents, the Trauma Toy Chest provides soft fuzzy new stuffed animals for our smallest patients, providing a distraction from the frequently unpleasant medical procedures they must go through. If you'd like to contribute to the Trauma Toy Chest and help us keep it full for our little patients, please click here to go to our online donation site. (6-25-14)
South Texas and San Antonio are planning to celebrate the San Antonio Spurs 5th NBA Championship today June 18th, and the Department of Surgery will start the celebrations with our own faculty and staff! Many Surgery employees gathered for a group Spurs gear photo Wednesday morning, as part of the preparation for the city's big Spurs Celebration parade at 8 p.m. Wednesday June 18th. The parade starts at the Arneson Theater and on to the Alamodome for the main event at 10 p.m. (6-18-14)
Lillian Liao, MD, Trauma physician, talks with Fox News Focus on South Texas — Local physicians working to prevent heat stroke in
our children: According to Safe Kids Worldwide, heatstroke is the leading cause
of non-crash vehicle-related deaths for children. Health teams and providers are meeting to talk about preventing needless child deaths in
San Antonio and South Texas, and educating our health providers and the public about the dangers — a newborn left in a hot car can suffer fatal damage in about 5 minutes.
See video, read story on Fox 29 | UT Trauma | More about Dr. Liao (6-11-14)
UT Transplant surgeons featured in Austin's MD News: Since the first liver transplant at the University
Transplant Center 22 years ago, our transplant programs have continued to evolve. "We built a program that followed
a structured progression to introduce liver transplant capabilities to University Health System and have since
performed more than 1,000 liver transplants," says Glenn Halff, MD, Director of the University Transplant Center
and Professor of Surgery at UT Medicine.
Read story in Austin MD News, April 2014 | UT Transplant Center (6-10-14)
CDC's Heads Up app helps parents and others learn to spot hte signs and symptoms of a concussion and
explains what to do if they think their child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain
injury. This app will also teach you about helmet safety and features information on selecting the right helmet for your
child's or teen's activity, including information on what to look for and what to avoid. The
app is availble through the Apple App Store and Google play.
Visit the CDC website's Injury Prevention & Control page | Department of Surgery Trauma Division (6-10-14)
Surgery is an option to control diabetes: Richard M. Peterson, MD, Medical Director, Christus Weight Loss Institute at Westover Hills, interviewed by News 4 WOAI San Antonio's
Randy Beamer about surgery as a means to control or even eliminate type 2 diabetes. Not a guaranteed 'cure', weight loss surgery has been shown
to have a positive impact on patients with diabetes. Generally speaking, a body mass index of more than 35 with diabetes will qualify
the patient for one of three effective weight loss surgeries - gastric bypass, gastric band, and sleeve gastrectomy.
Watch WOAI News4 video | More about Dr. Peterson | Visit UT Weight Loss website | Visit CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Weight Loss Institute website (6-3-14)
2014 University Health System Medical Miracle Honoree cared for by Dan Dent, MD, Professor of Trauma Surgery: In February of 2012, San Antonio Police Department officer Jonathan Esquivel was hit by a pickup truck while working a traffic accident on 410. A primary member of his trauma surgical team was Dr. Dan Dent. Esquivel had suffered a brain injury, broken ribs, shattered pelvis, shoulder, neck and other internal injuries. "These doctors are incredible," said Officer Esquivel. ""hey said themselves, they have never had a patient with the injuries that I had, to the extent that I had. They had never done that surgery before. They worked a miracle, they deserve this award." View video More about 2014 UHS Medical Miracles Gala | More about Dr. Dent | UT Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. Pictured right: Jonathan Esquivel and his two young sons, after a long period of healing. Officer Esquivel's wife waited til his appearance was less scary before they allowed the boys to see their daddy. (5-20-14)
Congratulations to Lois Killewich, MD, Vascular / Endovascular Surgery, on her appointment to the editorial board of Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, a state-of-the-art publication on all aspects of vascular health care, published in association with the Society for Vascular Surgery. Each edition of this reference manual is extensively revised by many new authors to meet the needs of surgeons, interventionalists, and vascular medicine specialists. More about Dr. Killewich | Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery (5-14-14)
2014 Free AAA screening huge success: Held on Saturday May 10, 121 San Antonians attended this year's free screening — two aneurysms were found, potentially saving the lives of two San Antonians. AAA is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that carries blood to the lower part of your body. If you missed our free screening opportunity this year, and you are a white male over 60, you need to be screened. It can, literally, save your life. Thank you to faculty and staff from the Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery who volunteered their skills and time to assist with this event! Special thank you to our professional Vascular staff - Diane, Vero, Angel, Vanessa, Rachel, and Sue - as well as to Dr. Matthew Sideman, who served as Medical Director of the event. Dr. Sideman was recently interviewed by Fox San Antonio, alongside former AAA patient, well-known South Texas auto dealer Ken Batchelor. Click here to view Fox-29 interview | More about Dr. Sideman | Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery (5-13-14)
Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, Chief of UT Surgical Oncology / Endocrine Surgery, interviewed by Texas Public Radio: Dr. Jatoi discussed the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held each December, which has grown to become the largest gathering of breast cancer experts in the world. This year's meeting drew more than 8000 attendees. According to Dr. Jatoi, the growing conference has allowed developing countries to participate in research in ways that will affect global health. Read complete article | More about Dr. Jatoi | UT Surgical Oncology / Endocrine Surgery (5-6-14)
Dog attacks, bites increasing problem in San Antonio — According to an article April 14, 2014, in the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio has consistently been one of the worst cities in the U.S. for dog bites. In December 2013, a 75-year-old Canyon Lake widow was attacked by dogs in her neighborhood, eventually dying at University Hospital from the attack without regaining consciousness, according to Natasha Keric, MD, UT Division of Trauma surgeon. Another dog-bite patient at University Hospital died over the past weekend; she had been assaulted in her own backyard by a neighbor's dog. Stephen Cohn, MD, another UT Trauma surgeon, has been vocal in his criticism of local laws regarding 'potentially dangerous dogs'. Read article in Express-News (for subscribers only) | More about Dr. Keric | More about Dr. Cohn | More about the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (4-15-14)
Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, Chief of Surgical Oncology / Endocrine Surgery, interviewed for SA Biz Journal article on San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium economic impact on city: But, more than the economic impact, the symposium has become an international platform with global impact on the care of patients with breast cancer. "It is the largest breast cancer meeting in the world — and the most important gathering of key opinion leaders in breast cancer research," says Dr. Jatoi. A very interesting article on the impact our conference has had on breast cancer research, locally and worldwide. Read article in San Antonio Business Journal | More about Dr. Jatoi | UT Surgical Oncology / Endocrine Surgery (4-15-14)
SA Scene magazine announces UT Surgeons named to list of San Antonio's Best Doctors for 2014: In the Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery, Boulos Toursarkissian, MD, Division Chief, Matthew Sideman, MD, and Lori Pounds, MD, were all nominated and chosen by their peers here in San Antonio. In the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Chairman of the division, and Lillian Liao, MD, were also selected as Best Doctors for 2014. (4-8-14)
Free AAA Ultrasound Screening - SATURDAY May 10 — Help support early detection of abdominal aorta aneurysms (AAA). AAA is a ballooning of the abdominal aorta, the artery that supplies blood to the lower part of your body. AAA can be a life-threatening condition, and research suggests that more than a million people are living today with an undiagnosed AAA. Please join us on Saturday May 10 from 8 a.m. til noon for a free screening at the Robert B. Green clinic campus (2nd floor). Thank you to our Vascular faculty and staff for giving of their skills, time, and their Saturday to assist with this event — Thanks to Angel, Vero, Diane, Vanessa, Rachel, and Sue, as well as Matthew Sideman, MD, who is serving as medical director for this event. Please note! Pre-registration and FASTING required for this free scan. Beginning April 15, please call 210-567-5715 for additional information. Download flyer for more information | More about the Division of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery (4-1-14)
Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgical Oncology and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, was an invited speaker at the 2014 Kyoto Breast Cancer Consensus Conference held in Kyoto, Japan February 20-22, 2014. Dr. Jatoi spoke on 'Management of the clinically node negative axilla in primary breast cancer,' and also participated as a panelist in the consensus discussions. Learn more about the Kyoto Breast Cancer Consensus Conference 2014 | More about Dr. Jatoi | Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (3-11-14)
Lillian Liao, MD, Assistant Professor of Trauma Surgery and Pediatric Trauma Medical Director interviewed on News 4 San Antonio: Pediatric trauma is the number one cause of death for our children. Dr. Liao discusses when you really need to bring your child to the ER, services provided by the Pediatric Trauma team at University Hospital, the only certified pediatric trauma center in South Texas. View interview on News 4 San Antonio | More about Dr. Liao | More about Pediatric Trauma (3-11-14)
Congratulations to Thelma Hurd, MD, Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, whose paper, 'Towards a unified taxonomy of health indicators: Academic health centers and communities working together to improve population health,' has been e-published in the February 2014 edition of the journal, Academic Medicine. This national Clinical and Translational Science Award project paper proposes a unified taxonomy of community heath indicators to enable academic health centers and communities to improve population health. directly addressing one of three Affordable Care Act components for health improvement. Pubmed link to paper | More about Dr. Hurd | Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (3-4-14)
Basil Pruitt, Jr., MD, Professor of Surgery and world-renowned burn surgeon, receives award from Tufts University School of Medicine: Dr. Pruitt was honored this year as a Distinguished Alumnus. A 1957 graduate of the medical school, Dr. Pruitt has been called "the father of modern burn care", and over his long career, has witnessed major changes in burn treatment. The biggest revolution in burn care that Dr. Pruitt had a hand in was the development of a topical cream that prevents infection in the burn and also prevents the spread of bacteria to other tissues, dramatically increasing burn patient survival rates. For more than 50 years, Dr. Pruitt has been an innovator in the field of trauma and burn management while caring for thousands of American soldiers and citizens. Read announcement in National Trauma Institute news blog | Tufts University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni | More about Dr. Pruitt (2-19-14)
Chew on this — Lifetime effect of food battles: A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics shone a bright light on food-related parenting strategies that can mess with a child's relationship with food. Playing 'Food Police' with your children can backfire. Even parents with the best of intentions can mess up their kids' eating habits, according to Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, medical director of UT Weight Loss and the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Weight Loss Institute at Westover Hills. "My average patient is about 45 years old, and they're from the generation that was told to clean their plate because there were starving kids in Africa," said Peterson, who is also a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center's medical school. "Then they'd be told they couldn't have dessert unless they finished their food. So in order to eat more of what they wanted, they had to eat more." No wonder so many of these kids grew up to be overweight adults. This is an interesting article and well worth your time to read, whether you are a parent or one of the overweight generation from the Clean Your Plate era. Read article by Richard A. Marini in the Express-News | More about Dr. Peterson | Visit UT Weight Loss website | Visit CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Weight Loss Institute website (2-11-14)
Congratulations to General Surgery Resident Travis Holloway, MD, and Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, whose research manuscript, "Personalized management of breast cancer", has recently been published as an ebook by the Future Science Group, an objective and authoritative provider of information on medical advances , including scientific, clinical, economic and policy issues confronting modern healthcare professionals. Click here to view complete ebook on futuremedicine.com | More about Dr. Holloway | More about Dr. Jatoi (2-5-14)
2014 Texas Burn Survivor Fuego 5K Run/Walk: Please join the physicians and the professional clinical staff
in the Pediatric Burn unit at University Hospital for the
2014 Texas Burn Survivors Society 5K run/walk on Saturday, February 8, 2014! This is a family event for kids as well as the adults.
The Texas Burn Survivor Society provides assistance for
the families of the kids who are being treated in the Pediatric Burn unit. UT Trauma and University Hospital registered a
run team last year and had so much fun they're doing it again this year! Registration fee is $20 and includes a free T-shirt and
breakfast. Jenny Oliver, pediatric trauma manager, is a board member and is facilitating team
signups — Click here to email Jenny for sign-up info!
Click here to learn more about the Texas Burn Survivor Society (1-14-14)
For some, surgery may be key to healthy weight loss: Losing weight is a frequent New Year's resolution, but if you are obese, losing weight may not be as simple as just eating less and exercising more. There are many complex factors that can make it hard for persons with obesity to lose weight, says Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS. Dr. Peterson directs the UT Medicine San Antonio Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and the CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills, a collaboration between UT Medicine and CHRISTUS Santa Rosa. The institute, which opened in 2011, recently reached the milestone of helping 201 patients lose more than 10,000 pounds. Read HSC News article | Visit UT Weight Loss website | Vist CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute - Westover Hills | More about Dr. Peterson (1-8-14)
Richard M. Peterson, MD, Medical Director, Christus Weight Loss Institute at Westover Hills, interviewed by News 4 WOAI San Antonio in early January 2014: Since opening the clinic in 2011, Dr. Peterson has treated more than 200 patients, and their combined weight loss has exeeded over 10,000 pounds! In the interview, he also discusses his clinic's process for interested patients to learn more about bariatric surgery and ways in which how surgery might be a patient's answer to other health problems including diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, etc. The Christus Weight Loss Institute offers free seminars to learn more – please call 438-8446 or visit whyweightsa.org to learn more! View story on 4 News San Antonio website | Visit UT Weight Loss website | More about Dr. Peterson (1-7-14)
Congratulations to Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, Chief, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and Director, UT Weight Loss at Westover Hills, who was recently elected as the president of the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery (TABS), the state chapter of the Association of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Learn more about the Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery | Visit UT Weight Loss website | More about Dr. Peterson (1-7-14)
The Department of Surgery and Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Surgery Chairman, are pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Richart, MD, as Program Director for our new General Surgery Residency Program in Edinburg. Dr. Richart's responsibilities will include leadership and administration of the residency program, oversight of all affiliates, curriculum development and obtaining and then maintaining ACGME accreditation. Read complete announcement from Dr. Stewart | More about our General Surgery Residency Program (12-26-13)
Congratulations to Wayne Schwesinger, MD, Professor of Surgery, and Kenneth R. Sirinek, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs and Professional Development and JB Aust MD, PhD, Chair in Surgery, who have both been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 Best Doctors in America® database. This group of select physicians includes only the top five percent of US doctors. More about Dr. Schwesinger | More about Dr. Sirinek | More about Best Doctors® (12-18-13)
San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) held Dec. 10-14: Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, Chief of the Department of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, and member of SABCS Executive Committee, moderated a panel discussion on "Global trends in breast cancer incidence and mortality" at SABCS. Along with important public health issues, speakers also addressed novel approaches to breast cancer treatment. The SABCS is presented by the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, The American Association for Cancer Research, and Baylor College of Medicine. For more information on speakers and topics during this year's SABCS, please visit the SABCS 2013 conference website. | Read HSC News article | More about Dr. Jatoi | Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (12-17-13)
Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, Chief of the Department of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, was recently interviewed on Ireland's Highland Radio Shaun Doherty Show regarding DCRA and breast cancer. Dr. Jatoi's interview was prior to his guest lecture at the Donegal Clinical Research Academy's 3rd Annual Research Symposium in Donegal, Ireland. Listen to/watch interview on YouTube | More about Dr. Jatoi | Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (12-10-13)
Congratulations to Thelma Hurd, MD, Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, whose paper, 'Costs and outcomes evaluation of patient navigation after abnormal cancer screening: Evidence From the Patient Navigation Research Program,' has been e-published in the October 2013 edition of the journal, Cancer. This is the first paper to report on the cost and outcomes for cancer screening in the National Patient Navigation Research Program. This study demonstrated only modest benefit for patient navigation for underserved, high needs populations and has significant policy implications for patient navigation nationally. Pubmed link to paper | More about Dr. Hurd | Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (12-10-13)
In its 92nd year working to improve the care of the injured, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma Board of Regents has announced the appointment of Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, as the next Chair of the Committee on Trauma. Dr. Stewart has served the Committee on Trauma (COT) as Chair of the South Texas State Committee on Trauma, followed by a term as Chief of Region 6 (Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas) and is the Southern Surgical Society's representative to the American College of Surgeon's Board of Governors. He also serves as the Board Chair of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma. In October 2013, Dr. Stewart was awarded the National Safety Council's Surgeons' Award for Service for Safety. Dr. Stewart will begin his term as the 19th chairman of the COT at the end of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma. Overview of the ACS Committee on Trauma | Read article on National Trauma Institute blog | Read article in La Prensa San Antonio | Read story in HSC News | More about Dr. Stewart (10-30-13; updated 12-3-13)
The UT Department of Surgery is pleased to announce our participation in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Transition to Practice Program (TTP): Led by our chairman, Ronald M. Stewart, MD, this program is a 6th year of training – participants will obtain enhanced experience in broad-based general surgery, working with our program partners here in San Antonio, General Surgical Associates. Co-directors of the program are Kent Van Sickle, MD, Chief of UT General and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Russell L. Woodard, MD, General Surgical Associates, a large San Antonio private practice. For more information on this exciting new opportunity for surgery residents, please visit our TPP information page or email Dr. Stewart. ACS Transition to Practice Program | More information on our Transition to Practice Program (11-20-13)
Congratulations to Kenneth R. Sirinek, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs and Professional Development for the UT Department of Surgery, who was selected as the 2014 Executive Committee 2nd Vice President during the November 2013 Annual Meeting, held in Salt Lake City, UT. More about the Western Surgical Association | More about Dr. Sirinek (11-25-13)
Basil Pruitt, Jr., MD, Professor of Surgery and world-renowned burn surgeon, to speak at 2013 annual meeting of Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on November 7: Dr. Pruitt's talk will explore a significant chapter in San Antonio's history – the treatment innovations developed at the Army Burn Center that have revolutionized care and improved the survival of massively burned patients. Read HSC News article | More about Dr. Pruitt (11-5-13)
In its 92nd year working to improve the care of the injured, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma Board of Regents has announced the appointment of Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, as the next Chair of the Committee on Trauma. Dr. Stewart has served the Committee on Trauma (COT) as Chair of the South Texas State Committee on Trauma, followed by a term as Chief of Region 6 (Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas) and is the Southern Surgical Society's representative to the American College of Surgeon's Board of Governors. He also serves as the Board Chair of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma. In October 2013, Dr. Stewart was awarded the National Safety Council's Surgeons' Award for Service for Safety. Dr. Stewart will begin his term as the 19th chairman of the COT at the end of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma. Overview of the ACS Committee on Trauma | Read article in La Prensa San Antonio | Read story in HSC News | More about Dr. Stewart (10-30-13; updated 12-3-13)
Congratulations Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chairman of the
Department of Surgery, who received the National Safety Council Surgeon's Award for Service to Safety at the recent annual
meeting of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This award is sponsored by the National Safety Council and nominated
by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma in odd-numbered years, and the Committee on Trauma in even years.
To be eligible for the award, an individual surgeon or surgical organization must make outstanding contributions to
the prevention of accidents, establish or demonstrate methods and results adaptable to other individuals or groups, or
stimulate others to undertake or take part in safety projects or programs.
More about Dr. Stewart | ACS Clinical Congress News, p.10 | More about the National Safety Council (10-29-13)
Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, receives 2013 American College of Surgeons Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy: Created by the American College of Surgeons to honor Arthur Ellenberger, the award 'recognizes a career of outstanding leadership and distinguished service and commitment to protecting patients' access to high quality surgical care by their involvement with their state's legislative and regulatory process.' Dr. Stewart was presenting the award during the 2013 annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons. More about Dr. Stewart | (10-22-13)
Thelma Hurd, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology, research project highlighted by the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine: Dr. Hurd's project, 'A logic model for community engagement,' was published in the August 2013 Institute of Medicine Report: The CTSA Program at NIH: Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research. This model is guiding the development of community engagement metrics that will be used to assess the impact of academic health care center-community partnerships on clinical and translational research and community health systems at the local, regional and national levels. | More about Dr. Hurd (9-24-13)
Congratulations to surgery's 2013 Best Doctors! Nine of our faculty were selected for the San Antonio Magazine 2013 list of the Best Doctors in San Antonio: Kenneth R. Sirinek, MD, PhD, and Wayne Schwesinger, MD, General and Laparoendoscopic Surgery; Boyce Oliver, Jr., MD, Surgical Oncology / Endocrine Surgery; Trauma & Emergency Surgery faculty Drs. Brian Eastridge, Daniel Dent, Deborah Mueller, John Myers, and Stephen Cohn; and Glenn Half, MD, Transplant Surgery. Read HSC News story (9-10-13)
Congratulations to Basil Pruitt, MD, Clinical Professor of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, who has been invited to
become an honorary member of the International Society of Surgery:
In April 2013, the Executive Committee of the Swiss-based International Society of Surgery (ISS) voted
unanimously to award a prestigious honorary membership in the ISS to Dr. Pruitt.
In August 2013, an award ceremony will be held during the ISS
International Surgical Week in Helsinki, Finland.
The ISS represents five integrated surgical societies, as well as surgeons from more than 100 countries, with a goal of
international surgical education in developed and developing countries throughout the world.
More about Dr. Pruitt | Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery | Learn more about ISS (8-20-13)
Robert Esterl, MD, Professor of Transplant Surgery, UT Transplant Center, Department of Surgery, selected as recipient of
prestigious 2013 Leonard Tow
Humanism in Medicine Award:
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award for a
faculty member who best demonstrates the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the
delivery of care, respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues, as well as
demonstrated clinical excellence. Dr. Esterl also served as the
keynote speaker at the School of Medicine's 2013 Convocation and White Coat Ceremony on Sunday
July 21, 2013.
More about Dr. Esterl | More about the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award | UT Transplant Center (7-23-13)
Basil Pruitt, MD, Clinical Professor of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, to speak at American
College of Surgeons (ACS) Centennial celebration in October 2013 in Washington, DC: As part of the Centennial celebration, ACS will pay tribute
to renowned medical illustrator Frank Netter, MD, who passed away in 1991. Dr. Pruitt and William C. DeVries, MD, FACS, cardiothoracic surgeon
from Rockville, MD, will reflect on their experiences working with Dr. Netter.
More about Dr. Pruitt | Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (7-16-13)
Many thanks to our General Surgery Residents, who once again have given generously to our Trauma Toy Chest: Using their end-of-the-year meal card money, our residents purchased all the toys pictured to the right for the Trauma Toy Chest. Started in 2008 by surgery residents, the Trauma Toy Chest provides soft fuzzy new stuffed animals for our smallest patients, providing a distraction from the frequently unpleasant medical procedures they must go through. If you'd like to contribute to the Trauma Toy Chest and help us keep it full for our little patients, please click here to go to our online donation site. (7-9-13)
American Medical Association — Obesity now recognized as disease: Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, Director of UT Weight Loss and the UT Center for Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, speaks with KSAT-12 regarding the recent American Medical Association (AMA) announcement that obesity will now be categorized as a disease, rather than a condition. According to Dr. Peterson, obesity is a multi-factorial disease, and this announcement by the AMA will enable them to more easily treat their obese patients, and patients will receive more funding from their health insurance providers. This decision opens the doors for patients to seek help and treatment from dietitians, personal trainers, and other health professionals not previously covered under health policies. View KSAT story | Visit UT Weight Loss website | More about Dr. Peterson (6-25-13)
Thelma Hurd, MD, Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery, presents at 11th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Towards Social Justice Meeting in Houston, TX: Dr. Hurd's presentation topic, 'Building trust in the era of outcomes based health care', was a panel presentation of initial EMPaCT (Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials) project for the workshop at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. More about Dr. Hurd | More about the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (6-25-13)
Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, Chief of the Department of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery, was an invited speaker at the recent meeting of the Top Ladies of Distinction in San Antonio, a professional humanitarian organization whose goal is to enhance and enrich the lives of youth and adults through community-based programs. Dr. Jatoi presented a slide program and talk titled 'Management of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer'. More about the Top Ladies of Distinction | More about Dr. Jatoi | More about the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (6-19-13)
Fat on the inside even worse than fat on the outside: In an interview on WOAI Radio, Richard M. Peterson, MD, MPH, FACS, Director of UT Weight Loss and the UT Center for Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, discusses the difference between fat on the outside and fat on the inside of your body. "Though outside fat is unattractive, it's even uglier inside," Dr. Peterson says, and he knows — he regularly sees how excess fat curls around vital organs and getting in the way of their functioning. Read more: WOAI Radio story | Visit UT Weight Loss website | More about Dr. Peterson (6-13-13)
New treatment offered for isolated sarcomas & melanomas:
Alfredo Santillan, MD, MPH, Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery, is providing a new minimally invasive
procedure with a shorter healing time to treat serious arm and leg sarcomas and melanomas. Isolated limb
ischemia (ILI) can reduce the need for limb amputations in some patients. "The results are much
easier on the body," says Dr. Santillan. Still a new treatment, ILI offers many significant
advantages for our patients, and is considered to be a new and improved treatment option.
Read HSC news story | More about Dr. Santillan | More about the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery (6-12-13)
Kent Van Sickle, MD, appointed chief for General and Laparoendoscopic Surgery:
Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chairman of UT Surgery, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kent Van Sickle, MD,
as the new chief of General and Laparoendoscopic Surgery, effective the first of July. Dr. Van Sickle received his medical
degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994 and completed his surgical residency training at
Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. Dr. Van Sickle completed a two-year fellowship in Advanced
Laparoscopic and GI Surgery at Emory University. He joined our faculty in 2005 and currently serves as
Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division. Dr. Van Sickle also serves as the Director of the Johnson
Center for Surgical Innovation. He is a leader and innovator in minimally invasive surgery and
simulation. He serves on the Executive Council and is the past President of the Texas Association of
Surgical Skills Laboratories. Dr. Van Sickle has consistently been selected as one of San Antonio's best surgeons by his peers and
his patients. He has admirably served for the past two years as the Surgery Clinic Director at the
On behalf of the entire department, Dr. Stewart would like to express his thanks, gratitude and appreciation to
Dr. Wayne Schwesinger for serving as Interim Division Chief for the last three years.
More about Dr. Van Sickle | Division of General & Laparoendoscopic Surgery (6-5-13)
Please join all of us in Surgery welcoming Brian Perry, MD, as Associate Program Director for our General Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Perry received his undergraduate degree from LSU and his MD from Duke. Following his general surgery training at Wilford Hall Medical Center, he did a colorectal fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. He brings a wealth of experience in education as he served in a variety of educational leadership roles at Wilford Hall Medical Center and the San Antonio Military Medical Center prior to taking the position as the Chief of General Surgery at Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital. The Department of Surgery and the General Surgery Resident Education Program would also like to thank Maureen Sheehan, MD, for her past service as Associate Director of the program. More about the General Surgery Residency Program | More about Dr. Perry (5-29-13)
Press Conference Friday May 24, 2013 — University Health System unveils findings in trauma report: In 2012 alone, University Hospital saw 4,217 patients who were treated for serious injuries — a 16% increase over the 2011 patient volume. Additional findings include a 30% increase in pediatric injuries in motor vehicle accidents, 58% increase in gunshot victims, and a 40% increase in adult motor vehicle injuries with 4% of those injuries involving substance abuse or no seatbelt. Health officials hope they can gain some useful insight from the trauma data and prevent future injuries, and help to make our community safer. Trauma faculty pictured include 2nd from left Dr. John Myers, Chief of UT Trauma and Emergency Surgery; Dr. Lillian Liao, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director, and Dr. Brian Eastridge, University Hospital Trauma Medical Director. University Health System - read more | Download 2012 Trauma Report (pdf) | KENS5 news story, video | SA Business Journal story | (5-28-13)
Surgical Oncology chief Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, discusses Angelina Jolie's preventive mastectomy and the BRAC1 and BRAC2 genetic predisposition for breast and ovarian cancer with KSAT-12: In an effort to lower her risk of breast cancer, actress & celebrity Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in February. What might sound quite radical actually is not – Dr. Jatoi explains the role of genetic testing in preventing breast and ovarian cancer, and presents some of the treatment options available to women who have one or both of the genetic predisposition markers. Dr. Jatoi's interview | Angelina Jolie - In her words | More about Dr. Jatoi | UT Surgical Oncology website (5-15-13)
Fox News - Pediatric trauma surgeons pulling double duty to help prevent more teen car crash deaths: In the past four months alone, more than ten local teens have died in preventable car crashes. Lillian Liao, MD, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director, and Brian Eastridge, MD, University Hospital Trauma Director, say these wrecks are hard even for the surgeons and nurses. Trauma surgeons and emergency medicine physicians are now working to help prevent more senseless teen accidents through safety programs such as University Health Systems' 'Drive Now, Text L8R'. Click here to learn more about this program. | Read Fox News story, watch video | Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (5-14-13)
Congratulations to Bruce Adams, MD, and the faculty and staff of what is now the Department of Emergency Medicine. Established as a division of the Department of Surgery in 1993, Emergency Medicine became a Center in the fall of 2012, and has now met all the UTHSCSA, UT System, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reviews, requirements and approvals required to become a free-standing department. More about the Department of Emergency Medicine (5-14-13)
Don't force your kids to 'Clean their plate': Doctors today are warning parents: don't force kids to clean their plate. In an interview on WOAI Radio, UT Health Science Center's bariatrics surgeon Richard Peterson, MD, MPH, says that old adage doesn't apply in an obese society. "You either waste it putting it in a trashcan or you waste it putting it on your waist. If you are putting those calories into your body and aren't expending them, then you are going to gain weight," says Dr. Peterson. Additionally, kids will learn to ignore signals from the stomach to stop eating. Kids today can avoid weight problems if they quit eating when the stomach sends the "I'm full" signal. Read more: WOAI Radio story | Visit UT Weight Loss website | More about Dr. Peterson (4-23-13)
Congratulations to Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, who has been named President-Elect of the Southwestern Surgical Congress. SWSC elections were held during their recent 2013 annual meeting held in Santa Barbara, CA. Founded in 1948, the Southwestern Surgical Conference offers educational programs to stimulate and promote the progress of surgery to general and specialty surgeons in member states. Read HSC Express news article | More about Dr. Stewart | More about Southwestern Surgical Congress (4-2-13)
Basil Pruitt, MD, Clinical Professor of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, in recent New York Times article:
In October 1973, a 4-year-old
Brooklyn boy was terribly burnt when a man threw acid on his face. At the time,
Dr. Pruitt was head of the US Army Institute for Surgical Research, affiliated with BAMC – the only military hospital dedicated to treating
burn victims. And only the military could deal with this kind of injury. Dr. Pruitt sent a team to pick up the child in New York, and bring him to San
Antonio. He knew immediately that the boy's vision could not be saved, and they began the long and extremely
painful process of rebuilding the child's face.
Even after 40 years, the memories are vivid for Dr. Pruitt.
It's an amazing story and well worth a few minutes of your time! — please click here to read NY Times article
More about Dr. Pruitt | Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (3-5-13)
Congratulations to Lillian Liao, MD, Assistant Professor, Trauma & Emergency Surgery: In February 2013, Dr. Liao was honored with University Health System's top award for their staff - The Commitment to Excellence award, given to one staff member who is the best of the best. (Pictured right: Dr. Liao and General Surgery Resident Pedro Pablo Gomez, MD.) More about Dr. Liao | Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (2-27-13)
Miguel Fernández, MD, Director, South Texas Poison Center, quoted in Texas Tribune article: The agency that oversees the state's 911 system and our poison control centers has too much money — and not enough. The Commission on State Emergency Communications provides poison control services for the entire state and 911 services for primarily rural areas; funds are provided by fees paid by every Texas cell phone owner and wireless service user. Click here to read the article in the Texas Tribune. (2-26-13)