News from the Department of Surgery
Congratulations to Shari D. Lawson, MD,
General Surgery Resident on receiving the,
2014 Heritage Award for Outstanding Transplant Resident
In 2014 the John D. and Debra Heritage endowed award for excellence in transplantation was established. This would be a permanent endowment and shall be used for the benefit of the School of Medicine Transplant Center. Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to provide a yearly award for excellence to a surgical resident on the transplant service. The award would be called the “Heritage Award for Outstanding Transplant Resident”. Recipients will be known as “Heritage Scholars”.
John D. Heritage loved life and loved people. The doctors and nurses of the University of Texas Health Science Center gave John the opportunity to live for at least five additional years through their medical expertise and personal commitment and dedication to him as a patient but more importantly to him as a person. It is fitting that a permanent endowment bearing his name be established to honor surgical residents who apply their knowledge and expertise in transplantation giving them the opportunity to touch the lives of hundreds who are also in need of a second chance to live their lives to the fullest. The 2014 “Heritage Award for Outstanding Transplant Resident”, along with a check for $1500 shall be presented to Dr. Shari D Lawson.
More about Dr. Lawson
Congratulations to Ashley E. McGinity, MD for being selected as a Raleigh Ross Scholar
She has been selected for the Spring 2015/Centennial Texaurgical Society meeting in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Raleigh R. Ross, a past president of the Texas Surgical Society, left land, a trust and a directive to the Society to use any funds generated by the trust for the education of Surgical Residents in each of the eight programs in Texas. We have program chairmen select candidates for each of our biannual meetings. You have been chosen as your program's outstanding resident to be honored at our meeting in Galveston, TX, April 10-12, 2015.
More about Dr. McGinity
Congratulations to John Wiersch, MD, General Surgery Resident
He has been awarded an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Scholarship to attend the ACS 2015 Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. The Leadership Summit will convene on Sunday, April 19 and will focus on building leadership and mentoring skills, developing resilience, and chapter development. Dr. Wiersch will join with other ACS leaders to meet with elected officials or their health care policy staff on Capitol Hill.
More about Dr. Wiersch
Congratulations to Abdul Alarhayem, MD and Edward Shipper, MD
They have won the 2015 South Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Jeopardy Competition. Contestants from all 10 Surgery residency programs in South Texas participated in the competition.”
More about Dr. Alarhayem
More about Dr. Shipper
Congratulations to the New Student Leadership of the Student Surgical Society for the 2014 - 2015 Academic Year.
President – Katharine Diaz
Vice-President/Treasurer – Kevin Records
Secretary – Jeremy Rawlings
MS1 Liaison – Jaime Guerrero
View Student Surgical Society
Congratulations to Surgery Department faculty and staff celebrating milestone years of service!
Thank you for your dedication to UTHSCSA.
Kenneth Sirinek, MD, PhD - 35 years of service
Jana Lee Normandin - 20 years of service
Wayne Schwesinger, MD - 40 years of service
Ninfa Alvarado, 20 years of service
Rebecca Ann Holloway 10/10/1952-9/14/2014:
It is with great sadness to report that Rebecca Ann Holloway (Becky) passed away 09/14/2014 after a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Becky is survived by father John L Ray (mother Charlotte Ray, deceased 2005); her Mama's girl and daughter Rachel Holloway (Mark O'Meara), and sisters Mary Overton (Dave Overton, DDS, deceased 2013) and son John Overton; Jenny Rosanbalm (Clifford) and daughter Stephanie Bouvier, MD (Brian), son Glen Lewis, great nieces Corinne and Caroline Bouvier; sister Melissa Isbell, MD (Patrick, MD) and the Isbell kids, Nicholas, Cassie, Sean and Kayla.
Becky was an Army officer's brat, born at Camp Atterbury, Indiana and then lived in Philadelphia, San Antonio, Ft Benjamin Harrison, IN again, Heidelberg, Germany, Ft Leavenworth, KS, Washington, DC area (N Springfield, VA) and finally back to San Antonio. She attended Annandale, VA High School, graduated from Churchill High School, San Antonio and then attended University of Houston and University of Texas, Austin.
Becky was a vibrant, loving and generous person who celebrated life and worked at UTHSCSA as a web master for Surgery for many years but thrived working on her house and yard or cooking for the family. She could barbecue, bake or roast anything. Becky adored her family life and fiercely protected any ill family members throughout her mother's Alzheimer's, her daughter's Crohn's disease, her sisters' and brother in law's cancer or whatever fell the family's way. Never one to mince words, Becky freely shared her opinions if she thought anybody had been wronged but just as freely talked about her love for family and friends. In her loving spirit, Becky was an organ donor who hoped to make life possible for others.
"For decades, Becky has been a great contributor and supporter to the Department of Surgery and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As a highly skilled web master and graphic designer, she was critical to all things in Surgery. She was a great friend and colleague with a wonderful intellect and a tremendous work ethic. She will be sorely missed." - Dr. Ronny Stewart, Dept of Surgery, UTHSCSA
Please join us this Saturday, September 20th for a Memorial Service for this fantastic lady. The service will be held at the home of Patrick and Melissa Isbell (Becky's sister - Please call Molly West at 567-5705 for the address) 11:00 am - 1:30 pm (or so!). Carpooling is encouraged.
We will be outside primarily with the plants and flowers as Becky would have wanted it. Dress is casual. If you would like to share any memories or stories about her, we would love to hear them!
Congratulations to Meeghan Lautner, MD, Assistant Professor / Clinical, UT Surgical Oncology and
on her oral abstract presentation, entitled "Disparities in utilization of breast conserving therapy among breast cancer patients', at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium Sept 4, 2014, in San Francisco. View MD Anderson press release | More about Dr. Lautner | More about the Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery (9-9-14)
Free CME Friday August 15, 2014 - Uvalde:
Boulos Toursarkissian, MD, Chief of Vascular / Endovascular Surgery, will speak in Uvalde, TX, from 6-7 pm for a free dinner CME presentation at the Uvalde Country Club, 407 East Garden Street, Uvalde, TX 78801. Topic is "Peripheral Arterial Disease: When and How to Intervene." Please call ahead for reservations to 210-412-7906 or you can email Lisa Gonzalez at email@example.com. Click here to view or download flyer. (8-13-14)