A Message from the President Every day it is an honor for me to lead our Health Science Center. Today, I am especially proud to recognize you â€“ the men and women who make our university one of the nationâ€™s finest academic health science centers. As recipients of the Presidential Awards, you represent exceptional achievement in your fields. Through your creativity, perseverance and leadership, you elevate our Health Science Center as a beacon of hope for the sick, the exciting home of healing discoveries and a stimulating environment for students. Congratulations on your accomplishments. Sincerely and with great respect,
William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP President Professor of Medicine UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
Awards 2012 Presidential Awards Welcome
Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S. Special Assistant to the President
Presentation of Awards Employee Excellence in Service Clinical Excellence Teaching Excellence Junior Research Scholar
Distinguished Scholar Award Closing
Employee Excellence in Service The Presidential Employee Excellence in Service Award honors Health Science Center employees who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the university. These individuals regularly and consistently exceed expectations. Their overall performance reflects a high level of service, trustworthiness and respect. By developing new processes or improving existing ones, these individuals have significantly improved productivity and cost savings for the university.
Editor of HSC News and HSC Express on the portal Office of Communications Rosanne serves the Health Science Center community with unmatched pride, commitment and enthusiasm. Youâ€™ll find her at nearly every event on campus taking notes and capturing just the right photo to highlight the accomplishments of others in our publications for audiences across the world. She works tirelessly behind the scenes so others can shine. This time, Rosanne deserves to be featured and honored for the pride she takes in her work and for her remarkable dedication to the Health Science Center. Natalie A. Gutierrez, M.A., director of publications and editor of Mission magazine, Office of Communications
Gloria A. Matthews
Business Administrator Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine Gloriaâ€™s ability to calculate costs effectively and efficiently directly led to improved staff and faculty productivity. Her work afforded us the ability to focus time and resources on the research mission. In her inimitable fashion, Gloria has made it her mission to understand the National Instituteâ€™s of Health grants management process. With humor and professionalism, she has put systems in place to manage this massive undertaking. Jane L. Lynch, M.D., professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Richard M. Ongkiko, M.S.
Database Administrator â€“ Associate Office of the Dental Dean The work Richard has provided to the Office of the Dental Dean and to others is exceptionally vast. His work has enabled us to reach out to internal and external users across the country and other nations through the use of the Webbased projects he has developed and fostered. We are proud he has remained committed to making a difference in the Dental School for which he has been a part for 17 years. Lydia Leos, assistant dean for administration, Dental School
Susan K. Stappenbeck, M.Ed., M.P.H.
Rebeccaâ€™s organizational skills in establishing the processes and procedures for the revised Interdisciplinary 5000 course curriculum are beyond compare. She solves student course issues as they are encountered, allowing faculty time for teaching and/or research. When the university has smart, resourceful individuals like Rebecca, the ultimate result is increased productivity resulting in cost savings.
Susanâ€™s exceptional work was pivotal in the creation of the Translational Science Ph.D. program. She coordinated and organized the input and work of dozens of faculty, administrators and staff at four University of Texas System institutions and effectively interfaced with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Simply put, without her dedication, professionalism, diplomacy, common sense, intelligence and hard work, this new Ph.D. program would not exist today.
Senior Project Coordinator Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Office of the Vice President for Research
Janice L. Smith, assistant to the dean, Office of the Graduate Dean and Vice President for Research
Senior Project Coordinator Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)
Michael J. Lichtenstein, M.D., M.Sc., co-principal investigator, IIMS; professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine; and the Carter Pannill Professor in Internal Medicine, School of Medicine/UT Medicine San Antonio
Clinical Excellence The Presidential Clinical Excellence Award honors full-time faculty of the Health Science Center who provide clinical services as part of their appointments. These clinicians have distinguished themselves through exemplary and sustained expertise, and they represent the very finest in quality patient care. By building relationships with patients, family members, professional colleagues, residents, students and staff, these awardees demonstrate collaborative teamwork, independent leadership and compassionate care.
M. Rosina Finley, M.D., CMD
Associate Professor/Clinical Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine/ UT Medicine San Antonio When my dear mother, Nieves, was in need of skilled nursing-home care, my family and I chose to admit her to a long-term care facility where Dr. Finley practices. Dr. Finley took the time to learn about our relationships with our mother and each other to provide personalized care. We feel very fortunate to have had her on our beloved motherâ€™s journey with us during our motherâ€™s last few months of life. Judy Hernandez, LMSW
Deborah Jo Levine, M.D.
Associate Professor Division of Pulmonary Critical Care, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
A diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension can be daunting, and medical challenges are often rivaled by financial challenges. However, Dr. Levine created an internationally recognized program with a multidisciplinary team so that improvements in the clinical and financial management of the patients are always evident. Her patients describe her as “part of their family” and their respect and love for her is extraordinary. Jennifer Milton, CCTC, M.B.A., administrative director and clinical assistant professor, University Transplant Center
Randal Robinson, M.D.
Professor Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine/UT Medicine San Antonio Meeting Dr. Robinson has changed my family’s life for the better. Prior to meeting him, I was heartbroken to hear that I needed surgery and wouldn’t be able to conceive children naturally. Looking at the same tests a previous physician had done, Dr. Robinson came up with a different solution and a less-invasive procedure. Thanks to Dr. Robinson, we are now expecting. Kathleen and Aaron Brooks, patients
Teaching Excellence The Presidential Teaching Excellence Award is presented to outstanding full-time faculty members who exhibit the finest principles in education. They possess extensive knowledge of their subject material, maintain an awareness of current developments, and incorporate examples from recent literature or clinical experience in the classroom. These faculty members have distinguished themselves not only through teaching methods in the classroom, but also by serving as role models and mentors to students outside class. They have made a significant contribution to the education and development of future health care professionals.
Gregory Anstead, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine/ UT Medicine San Antonio
Lily Dong, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, School of Medicine
As I am launching into my own career as an infectious disease specialist, I look back on my training with Dr. Anstead and know that I could not have had better preparation in becoming an astute practitioner. Most of all, I have learned that to be a great doctor, I can follow the example that Dr. Anstead set for me: listen like a friend, learn like a scholar and always have a sense of humor.
Dr. Dong shows great interest in the personal growth of the individuals in her lab. Her teaching experiences in the classroom reflect her sincere dedication to the education and development of her students. She highly encourages people to walk into her office whenever necessary for discussions, which have been critical to my development from student to scientist.
Rachel Rivera, M.D., alumna, Class of 2007, School of Medicine
Amanda Galรกn, doctoral student, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Alexandra Loffredo, M.D.
Associate Professor/Clinical Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine/UT Medicine San Antonio
Dr. Loffredo led our class into a new curriculum with her module “Molecules to Medicine.” Her dedication, leadership, organization and reflection contributed to the module’s extreme success and set the tone for our medical education. It forced us to think in new ways, become lifelong and independent learners and stronger critical thinkers. The curriculum directors could not have picked a better person to lead the Class of 2016 into the future of medical education. Kristopher Koch, first-year medical student and president, Class of 2016, School of Medicine
Ridley O. Ross, D.D.S.
Associate Professor Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, Dental School
Dr. Ross has an amazing reputation for his intense desire to see his students perform at the highest level achievable. He is relentless in his pursuit of excellence, and his students respect and admire him for setting the bar high and then helping them learn how to get over it themselves. Besides being an outstanding clinician and educator, Dr. Ross is a model of service to our profession and university. Since his days in the United States Air Force, Dr. Ross has been a leader – one willing to get down in the dirt and get the job done. Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S., professor and director of the graduate program, and director of the specialist division, Department of Periodontics, Dental School
Alan Sakaguchi, Ph.D.
Mark Soucy, Ph.D., RN, APRN
Associate Professor Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, School of Medicine
Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, and Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
I am fortunate that I’ve seen Dr. Sakaguchi in an environment many of his students may not. Not only did I get to know him as a professor and lecturer, but I learned more about him while serving as his teaching assistant. I was privileged to see Dr. Sakaguchi’s immense love for anatomical sciences, his craft, and especially for his students. He taught me how to recognize the strengths of others to better serve their needs, and the words of wisdom he shared instilled a great level of integrity.
The Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service (PCLS) program is held in great esteem primarily because of the quality of teaching provided by Dr. Soucy. He is totally dedicated and committed to providing students the tools and experiences needed for successful learning and transition to clinical practice. I am very pleased that his teaching skills have made it possible for me to hire several graduates from this program over the past several years.
Darrell E. Stafford Jr., master’s program student, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
K. Gail Brenz, M.S.N., RN, manager, PCLS, Methodist Healthcare System, and Doctor of Nursing Practice student, School of Nursing
Junior Research Scholar The Presidential Junior Research Scholar Award honors remarkable investigators at the Health Science Center who began their independent research within the past five years. These scientists demonstrate mastery in their fields and show significant potential for continued success. The award recipients have made major contributions to theory, research and practice, and they have earned national recognition for their outstanding achievements.
Manjeet K. Rao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, School of Medicine Dr. Rao’s promising therapeutic approach for the treatment of aggressive triple-negative breast cancers targets micro RNAs (miRNAs), which were shown to modulate cancer cell growth and sensitivity to chemotherapy. This research made a “big splash” at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting. His cutting-edge research in miRNAs helps to position the institution to contribute to this burgeoning area of research related to personalized medicine. Additionally, his innovative approaches have been recognized by numerous private research funding sources and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rao is a true pioneer. Ellen Kraig, Ph.D., deputy chair for faculty development and professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, School of Medicine and Christi A. Walter, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, School of Medicine
The Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award represents the very best in academic achievement. This award honors an individual who exhibits superior scholarship and maintains the highest standards of professionalism. This award also recognizes significant contributions to theory, research and practice, a national or international reputation, a sustained record of extramural support, and major additions to scientific literature and health advancement.
Ken M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D. Professor and Chair Department of Endodontics, Dental School Professor Pharmacology, Physiology and Surgery, School of Medicine
Dr. Hargreaves is an established international star with outstanding reputations as both a basic scientist and a clinician-scientist. He has brought great credit to the UT Health Science Center and continues to generate outstanding discoveries that literally offer the potential to change the face of health care. Dr. Hargreaves holds the President’s Council Chair in Dental Research and most recently was named the USAA Foundation President’s Distinguished University Chair in Neurosciences. As the first holder of the neurosciences chair, he will help retain and recruit international leaders and foster interdisciplinary discovery in neuroscience research, a field that spans all five schools and multiple scientific disciplines at the Health Science Center. Since his arrival at the Health Science Center in 1997, Dr. Hargreaves has served as a principal or co-principal investigator on more than $40 million in National Institutes of Health grants, which include a MERIT award and seven R01 grants. He also serves as a co-principal investigator of the Clinical and Translational Science Award and a co-director of the T32 COSTAR training grant and the D.D.S./Ph.D. training track. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Hargreaves has served as a role model and mentor to countless students and post-doctoral fellows. Many of his former trainees have gone on to become faculty members at prominent universities across the country including at the UT Health Science Center. Dr. Hargreaves has played a major role in recruiting top scientists to the university who have gained international recognition for pain and wound healing research in the Dental School. One of his earliest contributions was the “Hargreaves Apparatus,” which measures response to infrared heat stimulus and is now a standard method in pain research. In 2009, Dr. Hargreaves and his lab reported the discovery of a family of endogenous capsaicin-like substances derived from linoleic acid.
The oxidized linoleic acid metabolites (OLAMs) potently activate the body’s major pain receptor, TRPV1, thereby contributing to the development of inflammatory pain. He and his team discovered how to block these capsaicin-like molecules and created a new class of nonaddictive painkillers. Dr. Hargreaves was funded by the Department of Defense for his research on the role of OLAMs in burn pain in wounded warriors. This is simply an outstanding example of translational research ranging from the bench to clinical studies in patients suffering from intense pain conditions. Dr. Hargreaves has since expanded his research to utilize stem cell and tissue engineering methods for improved dental care. He and his research group developed a novel method for determining pharmacological regulation of human nociceptive neurons by superfusion of dental pulp. This method has led to the discovery of peripheral genderspecific differences in peripheral pain mechanisms. He is a fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists; a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontists; and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists. He has also served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Endodontics and has published nearly 200 peerreviewed papers in top-tier journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. In turn, this has generated more than 7,600 lifetime citations. Dr. Hargreaves’ extensive recognition by scientists who cite his work, his development of a major pain testing method used around the world, and the impact of the recent discovery of endogenous TRPV1 antagonists, portray a senior scientist who continues to make landmark discoveries that generate high impact on his field. William W. Dodge, D.D.S., dean ad interim, Dental School
Presidential Clinical Excellence Award Committee
Presidential Employee Excellence in Service Award Committee
Kozue Shibazaki, Ph.D. (Chair, at large)
JoAnn Rios (Chair)
Student Services/Counseling Service
Lynette C. Daws, Ph.D.
Physiology, School of Medicine
Lark A. Ford, M.S.N., RN
Health Restoration and Care Systems Management, School of Nursing
Office of the Dean, School of Medicine
Michael A. Geelhoed, D.P.T.
Office of Accounting
Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions
Stephanie Levine, M.D.
Rebecca A. Mendez
Pulmonary Diseases/Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine
Erica Oliveira, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Comprehensive Dentistry, Dental School
Santos Paniagua Leticia Trevino
Office of the Dean, School of Health Professions
Presidential Distinguished and Junior Research Scholar Award Committee Michael Gargano, Ed.D. (Chair, at large)
Presidential Teaching Excellence Award Committee Michael Gargano, Ed.D. (Chair, at large)
Office for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs
Office for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs
Sara L. Gill, Ph.D., RN, IBCLC
Archie A. Jones, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Family and Community Health Systems, School of Nursing
Periodontics, Dental School
Anthony J. Infante, M.D., Ph.D.
Medicine, School of Medicine
Carlos Orihuela, Ph.D.
Health Restoration and Care Systems Management, School of Nursing
Maureen J. Simmonds, Ph.D., PT
Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions
Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions
Bjorn Steffensen, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S. Periodontics, Dental School
Kristy Y. Kosub, M.D.
Linda Porter-Wenzlaff, Ph.D., RN
Linda A. Smith, Ph.D.
Frank J. Weaker, Ph.D.
Cellular and Structural Biology, School of Medicine
Published on Feb 27, 2013
Recipients of the UT Health Science Center Presidential Awards 2013, represent exceptional achievement in their fields.