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Dean’s Report 2010


Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Dean’s Report 2010

Vital Signs Message from the dean


ince I began serving as the College of Medicine’s sixth dean on August 1, 2010, I have many times repeated the Chinese proverb, “May you live in interesting times.” Indeed the months and years ahead will be nothing short of interesting, and they will bring many challenges, both fiscal and educational, but we will persevere, and we will be stronger for it. We will seek out catalysts for change, and we will adjust in the face of adversity, much like a small group of farmers did nearly 100 years ago.

• developing more interdisciplinary research within the college, with the Texas A&M Health Science Center, The Texas A&M System, Scott & White and the VA.

In 1916, with cotton crops besieged by boll weevils, farmers in Enterprise, Alabama, wondered what could be done to combat the pest and its damage to their livelihoods. One man, H.M. Sessions, defied decades of tradition and suggested they instead grow peanuts, which were resistant to the boll weevil. Many disagreed and refused to consider the idea. Sessions finally persuaded another farmer to back his plan … and they succeeded. Wildly.

• emphasizing stewardship of our finances and resources to maximize each program, activity and opportunity not only for our students, but for our communities as well.

By studying the benefits and analyzing the risks, Sessions changed the community’s minds from “business as usual” to “why not?” The peanuts were plentiful, and the farmers learned to diversify their crops thus bringing new wealth to the community. All because a small group of people took the road less traveled and dared to try an unconventional idea. Like the farmers of Enterprise, we could be satisfied with the current state of affairs, but instead we choose to be the ones leading the charge for new knowledge and new ways of thinking.

• creating a culture of excellence in all that we do. From the lectern, the bench and the bedside, it will take daily diligence to raise the bar. We’ve come a long way from the basement of the Olin E. Teague Research Center in 1977 to the 132,000-square foot Health Professions Education Building on the Health Science Center’s new Bryan campus today. Every day, we are building the physical and academic infrastructure required to maintain and improve the rigors of medical education. With these imperatives in mind, we continue to enrich the learning opportunities for our students, enhance research avenues for our faculty and elevate the level of care in all of our communities. Our success is entirely dependent on our exceptional students, physicians, scientists and faculty and the support of former students, alumni and friends like you. Looking forward to the future,

We do this by: • focusing on teaching and learning. We are a medical education enterprise, and as such, it will remain our primary mission to educate future physicians and to encourage lifelong learning for all. • emphasizing primary care and rural medicine to serve the needs of Texas and the nation as a public medical school.

T. Sam Shomaker, M.D., J.D. The Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of Medicine and Vice President for Clinical Affairs for the Texas A&M Health Science Center

• seeking diversity in our students and faculty thereby honoring our obligation to train a workforce that mirrors the population it serves. Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Dean’s Report 2010



Number of Grant Applications




COM Research Expenditures

Value of Awards

Number of Awards

*Due to ARRA stimulus funding

Millions 25

Millions 40






30 250




100 200





10 85






Institutional Research Expenditures FY 2010












112 20


Direct costs Indirect costs




FY10 Funding Source Distribution







Total Number of Faculty by Campus Bryan-College Station 342

Millions 25

NSF 1% DOD 5%


Temple 775

USDA <1%


Round Rock 250


nsf Houston 49 15


dod Corpus Christi 96

Other 30%


NIH 64%



TOTAL 1512*

nih 200








*Includes adjunct faculty

5 1.96 0



Number of Students Enrolled in 2010—2011 by Class

VA 120

Class Size (Number of Students by Year)

64 32




150 150





97 76

40 28










20 13 1977





College Station Temple Round Rock








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11 0

2011 (M4)

2012 (M3)

2013 (M2)

0 2014 (M1)


M2s Esther Eng and Wyntrea Cunningham practice clinical skills on a “Sim Baby” in the Bryan Campus’ new Simulation Center.

THE VIEW FROM HERE: Continued Educational and Physical Growth


ith 152 members in the Class of 2014, one of the largest entering classes in college history, the College of Medicine is now home to more than 540 medical students studying and training from Bryan-College Station to Temple, Round Rock, Houston, Corpus Christi, Fort Hood, Beeville and Holland. Bryan Campus Opens A crowd braved the heat on July 22, 2010, to dedicate the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Bryan campus, specifically the four-story, 132,500-square foot Health Professions Education Building (HPEB), home of College of Medicine and College of Nursing administration. The HPEB houses a Simulation Center, lecture halls, small group rooms, a learning resource center, library and administrative offices.

Adjacent to the HPEB, the four-story, 131,000-square foot Medical Research and Education Building is slated to open in spring 2011 and will house laboratories and an imaging lab for the departments of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics and microbial and molecular pathogenesis. It also will house offices for those departments and the College of Medicine’s associate dean of research and graduate studies. Bryan-College Station In 2009–2010, the Bryan-College Station campus clinical affiliations grew to more than 40, including hospitals, clinics and various practices. The number of permanent third-year students more than doubled from 10 in 2009 to 26 in 2010, and 20 visiting third-year students rotated through a complete complement of clerkships in 2010. Fifteen fourth-year students, an increase of 50 percent from 2009, chose to do electives

in Bryan-College Station, and students from all College of Medicine campuses are choosing to complete various rotations and electives in Bryan-College Station. Additionally, fourth-year elective offerings grew by 33 percent in 2010, totaling 40. Under the leadership of Regional Associate Dean Christopher Cargile, M.D., 15 directors, regional associate chairs and clerkship directors guide educational activities in Bryan-College Station. Round Rock In just three years, the Round Rock campus has gone from a handful of visiting students and a few dozen faculty members to 71 fulltime and visiting students and 250 faculty members. Thirty-two spots are occupied by permanent, full-time third-year students, and 12 spots are occupied by permanent, full-time fourth-year students.

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and Corpus Christi. Residents interact extensively with clinic staff physicians and have numerous didactic sessions from which to choose on a weekly basis, ranging from core curriculum to research. In each community, residents have access to a diverse patient population.

Left to right: M3s Sang Joon Park, Lan Vu and Charlie Horn in the Round Rock Campus library.

Additionally, the college has implemented permanent fourth-year electives in emergency medicine, and adult, neonatal and surgical intensive/critical care. In 2010 the Round Rock campus signed affiliation agreements with Austin Regional Clinic, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Dell Children’s Hospital, Seton Medical Center Austin, St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, bringing its total number of clinical affiliations to more than a dozen. Under the leadership of Regional Associate Dean Kathryn J. Kotrla, M.D., 11 clerkship directors and regional chairs guide educational activities in Round Rock. Temple Since the College of Medicine’s founding in 1977, its partnerships in Temple with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System and Scott & White have bolstered clinical education and research for each institution. Under the leadership of Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs William Harper, M.D., the VA continued to expand its clinical and translational research enterprise and more than doubled its number of residents and fellows from 25 to nearly 60 in 2010. Under the leadership of Vice Dean Donald Wesson, M.D., the Temple campus’s graduate

medical education program was accredited for five years with no citations in April 2010. Temple also has instituted a selective rural health rotation in Holland, Texas in which first-year medical students work with impoverished families in a rural area. Dallas: A New Partnership In January 2011, the College of Medicine signed an affiliation agreement with Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas) to establish clinical rotations for third- and fourth-year students. Pending Liaison Committee on Medical Education approval, 25 third-year students will begin rotations in academic year 2012 at Baylor Dallas in internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. Fourth-year students will begin rotating in Dallas in academic year 2013.

Seventeen of the college’s residency programs are offered at Scott & White in Temple, from internal medicine and general surgery to diagnostic radiology and orthopedic surgery. LCME Preparations In addition to the daily activities required to keep the College of Medicine running, preparation efforts are well underway for the college’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation visit in February 2012. The college’s continued accreditation signifies that its education program meets national standards for structure, function and performance. Accreditation also establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs. Additionally, the college’s students and graduates are eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination, enter residencies and become licensed in most states.

As the flagship hospital for the Baylor Health Care System, Baylor Dallas is a Level I Trauma Center, and its more than 1,200 physicians care for more than 300,000 people each year. Graduate Medical Education The College of Medicine continues to maintain 40 residency programs throughout the state of Texas. The college’s Family Medicine Residency is firmly established in Bryan, Sugar Land

Anne Marie Eschberger, M.D. ’10 graduated from the College of Medicine and is now completing her first year at the college’s Family Medicine Residency in Bryan. See more at

See more campus news on pages 13–15.


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Research Valley BioTEch Corridor Courtesy of The Texas Tribune and The New York Times November 25, 2010


ne hundred miles from the nearest major city, where there was nothing but flat earth seven months ago, a 145,000-square-foot facility has sprung up on the Texas A&M Health Science Center campus. Starting in January, its rooms will be filled with racks of tobacco-like plants expected to produce as many influenza vaccines in a single month as a traditional lab does in one year, at a fraction of the cost. And, Dr. Brett Giroir, the vice chancellor for research at the Texas A&M University System, says, “It’s in Bryan. Go figure.” Now, the city is courting biotech companies. Indeed, Bryan-College Station is an active partner in what has become a public-private effort—a proposed 3,500-acre biotech research corridor.

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Student Body

M3 Carson Fairbanks examines an orthopedic model with Clinical Assistant Professor Barry Veazey, M.D.

The Doctor’s Doctor “Knowing that my classmates believe in me like that—it was just amazing.”


s a Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) participant, third-year medical student Carson Fairbanks interviewed at all eight Texas medical schools, including the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, while still an undergraduate. Having met the academic requirements, he was guaranteed admission to the school of his choice. From there, his journey through medical school has been nothing short of impressive.


Fairbanks has served on the College of Medicine Admissions Committee, the Christian Medical Association and the surgery and emergency medicine interest group. He even was asked to mentor firstyear students in the gross anatomy lab. According to administrators, Fairbanks’ enthusiasm and dedication are obvious, and apparently many of the young man’s classmates feel the same. At the annual Cadaver Ball in 2009, Fairbanks not only received the Vesalius Award, an honor bestowed upon the student with the highest academic achievement in his or her first year, but also recognized by his peers as the class’s physician of choice.

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Visibly moved, he said, “Knowing that my classmates believe in me like that—it was just amazing.” Between his first and second years of school, a summer elective took Fairbanks to the Texas Brain and Spine Institute in Bryan. While there, he co-authored a paper with J. Bradley White, M.D., assistant professor of surgery and of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics, that was accepted for publication in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. The paper was published in October 2010. See more at For more on the Joint Admission Medical Program, contact the Office of Admissions at (979) 436-0237.

FINDING ANSWERS THROUGH RESEARCH “I want to be in research to find answers, not just to treat a symptom or disease.”


s a student in veterinary school in Iran, Arezoo Mohammadipoor, DVM, volunteered with researchers while studying animal physiology, and from that experience, a love of research was born. “I have always wanted to help, to do more,” she says. “And helping any creature—animal or human—is so great.” Mohammadipoor joined the team at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2009 to study adult mesenchymal stem

Arezoo Mohammadipoor, DVM, is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Scott & White in Temple.

cells (MSCs) in different disease models, cell therapy, cellular mechanisms and therapeutic applications. “Everyone here is from different scientific backgrounds, and they all are willing to help,” she says. Add excellent facilities to that collegial attitude, and you’ve got the makings for some dynamic research. “I will continue to work in cell therapy,” she says. “I want to investigate the mechanisms involved, the potential for drug delivery by MSCs and protein therapies. All of this is the next evolution of medicine, the next frontier of translational medicine.” For more information on graduate programs, visit medicine.tamhsc. edu/education/graduate-studies.

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Commencement 2010 At Commencement on Saturday, May 22, 2010, the College of Medicine graduated 74 medical students, two M.D./Ph.D. students and five doctoral (Ph.D.) students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. During the ceremony, Mrs. Sue Stamper Reynolds, the widow of Joe H. Reynolds who died in December 2009, was presented a

“May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.”

special plaque in her husband’s honor. As one of the College’s earliest champions, Joe Reynolds was instrumental in ensuring a home for the College on the Texas A&M campus, as evidenced by his namesake, the Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building. Graduate Evan Hardegree was honored with the Helen Salyer Anderson Award, which is presented to the outstanding senior for the highest achievement in four years of medical school. The award was established in 1980 by Frank G. Anderson, Jr., M.D., in honor of his mother, Helen Salyer Anderson. Graduate Mooseung Lee was honored with the Graduate Research Award for outstanding research achievements. The Oath of Hippocrates was administered by Dr. J. T. Lamar McNew.

Match day 2010: Students participate in annual Match Day, a first in B-CS Medical students in the Class of 2010 at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine learned where they will spend their residency training after graduation as part of the nationwide “Match Day” on March 18, 2010. For the first time, two Match Day ceremonies were held, one in Temple at the Cultural Activities Center and one in Bryan at the Brazos Center. Envelopes containing residency letters were distributed to the 74 medical students individually, nine at the Bryan ceremony and 65 in Temple. Match Day organizers in Bryan and Temple coordinated via text message to ensure that all envelopes were opened at the same time.

specialties. Eight students (11 percent) matched in emergency medicine, six in anesthesiology, four each in radiology and psychiatry, three each in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, two in ophthalmology, and one in pathology. Forty-three students (58 percent) matched to residencies in Texas, followed by five students in Missouri, and three each in Oklahoma, North Carolina and Minnesota. In all, College of Medicine students matched to residencies in 20 states.

This year, 18 College of Medicine students (24 percent) were matched to residencies in surgery and surgical specialties like neurological and vascular surgery. Internal medicine with 14 students (19 percent) and family medicine with 10 students (13.5 percent) were the next most popular 10

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Above: Janelle Perrone, M.D., ‘10 places her sticker on a map of the United States. Left: Nine students received their letters at the first Match Day ceremony in Bryan-College Station.


Called to “Take Their Burdens”: How a lifetime of service led one former student around the world and back “We would find a clear space— any space that wasn’t covered in rubble—and set up a clinic to treat survivors.”


he stats were nearly off the charts.

With a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3, the earthquake off the western coast of Indonesia became the third largest ever recorded on a seismograph. It lasted nearly 10 minutes, the longest duration of faulting ever observed, and it caused the entire planet to vibrate as much as one centimeter. It even triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska.

Far from over, the earthquake generated hundreds of aftershocks and a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing more than 230,000 people in fourteen countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet high. It remains one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Nearly four months after the December 26, 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Indonesia, Dane Robinson, M.D., ’88, Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine and Texas A&M Physician for the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, arrived with a team of doctors, nurses and translators. With the country

in ruins, it had taken them that long to coordinate logistics and arrange for travel. “We would find a clear space—any space that wasn’t covered in rubble—and set up a clinic to treat survivors,” Dr. Robinson remembers. “Every day we battled the rain, humidity, stench and debris, and yet survivors kept coming.” Those survivors’ stories were heartbreaking. Giant waves crushed homes, ripped children from their mothers’ arms and wiped out entire families. One man, his back heavily lacerated from being drug across the roof of his own house, told of walking out the door that morning to continue work on the construction of his home. Hammer in hand, he heard the wave approach, and before he

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hiring staff, coordinating doctors and nurses, and setting up three temporary clinics over nine months.”

could react, it lifted him, finally depositing him miles inland. His family was gone. “Through it all, the most important thing I did,” Dr. Robinson recounts, “was to ask each and every survivor, ‘What happened to you?’” That simple question, he said, allowed survivors to share what they had experienced for the first time. “They needed someone to take that immense burden off their shoulders so that they could begin to heal emotionally and physically.”

Again, being in the right place at the right time proved beneficial for Dr. Robinson. He, his wife and his four children ended up staying in Turkey for nearly 10 years. While in Turkey, the Robinsons founded an international school where Dr. Robinson taught biology. Because of his language skills, he became involved with aid efforts in northern Iraq called Operation Comfort, and for three years he coordinated teams of doctors, nurses, technicians and teachers for that initiative.

Amidst all the destruction and chaos, Dr. Robinson knew he was right where he needed to be. That knowledge of being in the right place at the right time is something that’s followed Dr. Robinson throughout his life. As a child he always loved science but was initially intimidated by medical school. Once he began, though, the idea of being the allaround doctor appealed to him.

After the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, in the summers of 2005 and 2006, Dr. Robinson returned to Texas to fill in part-time at the College of Medicine’s Family Medicine Center in Bryan at the request of long-time colleague Dr. David McClellan, director of the College of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency and acting chair of Family & Community Medicine in BryanCollege Station. The two met in 1986 when Dr. Robinson was a second-year medical student and Dr. McClellan was a new doctor in town.

“I found myself approaching each new rotation with gusto,” he says, “but then I’d be bored by the end. I really wanted to do a bit of everything, and family medicine just fit.” After graduating from the Texas A&M University (now Texas A&M Health Science Center) College of Medicine in 1988, Dr. Robinson went on to complete his family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa. In 1992, he took over a two-man practice in Norfolk, Nebraska, where, for seven years he lived next door to a hospital and, in his words, “ … delivered a heck of a lot of babies.” After an earthquake struck Turkey in 1999, Dr. Robinson volunteered to go to Istanbul as part of Northwest Medical Teams (now Medical Teams International), a non-profit humanitarian aid and global health organization. “Within 48 hours I was enmeshed,” he says. “I ended up becoming the national director for Northwest Medical Teams in Turkey,


Then in 2007, the Robinsons made the leap and moved back to Texas. “We needed to be closer to family, and I wanted to focus more on practicing medicine and continuing my education as a physician,” he says. “Ultimately, it’s where we needed to be.”

Dr. Robinson treats patients young and old at temporary clinics around Indonesia. To see more of what our former students and alumni are doing and to join the Alumni Association visit institutional-advancement/alumni To learn more about Texas A&M Physicians visit

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When we caught up with Dr. Robinson, he was a far cry from the fields of Turkey and the coasts of Indonesia. Instead, he was on call at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan ready to deliver a baby—right where he needed to be. Editor’s note: This interview was interrupted by the delivery of that baby, but we didn’t mind at all.

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World and local news Students Trek to Uganda For Medical Mission While most students were spending their Spring Break at the beach or lounging poolside, eight Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine first- and second-year students from Bryan-College Station and Temple traveled more than 8,000 miles to Kampala, Uganda, for a medical mission at the New Hope Orphanage in March 2010 as part of the Christian Medical Association (CMA).

M2 Jessica Solis, center, poses with children from the New Hope Orphanage in Uganda.

diagnosed and treated all kinds of ailments. For four-and-a-half days, they treated more than 1,000 patients for everything from broken bones to hypertension, dehydration and malaria.

After nine months of planning, the students, Dr. Eric Wilke â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 and Dr. Thomas Peterson, CMA advisor, landed in Uganda with 11 other volunteers including their own family members and four Texas A&M University undergraduates. After unloading bins filled with donations of clothes, food, school supplies and medicines, the team set up shop in large, open-air tents. The Texas A&M undergrads began to triage the patients and distribute medications. Then medical students took patient histories,

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Annual Summer Research Program Hosts Best and Brightest from Across Nation As it has done for more than 30 years, the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine hosted its annual Summer Research Program on August 18, 2010, at the Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building in College Station. From 150 applicants, the College of Medicine chose 20 current medical students and 10 undergraduate students from across the United States to present their biomedical research. Participants, who started working in February to identify their projects, select mentors and collect data, displayed posters of their work, and a group of more than 100 students, professors and mentors discussed projects on leukemia, prostate cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer disease among others. For the students and mentors, this was the culmination of months of hard work, and Warren Zimmer, Ph.D., director of the Summer Research Program and professor of Systems Biology and Translational Medicine, credits the program’s enduring success to the support of all the faculty mentors.

Student participants discuss their posters at the 2010 Summer Research Program. See more about the Summer Research Program at student/summer-program.html

Texas First Lady Emphasizes Healthy Lifestyles at Magnolia Tea On March 9, 2010, Texas First Lady Mrs. Anita Perry was hosted by the College of Medicine and the Texas A&M System chancellor’s wife, Mrs. Lou Ann McKinney, for the college’s sixth Magnolia Tea luncheon benefiting women’s health research at the college. More than 100 guests showed up at the chancellor’s home, the Reed House in College Station, to celebrate healthy lifestyles and healthrelated research at the College of Medicine. Guests sported brightly colored hats, a Magnolia Tea tradition.

Left to right: President Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., Mrs. Anita Perry and Mrs. Lou Ann McKinney.

For the second year, Mrs. McKinney, Chancellor’s Circle members and friends have raised money for a Magnolia Tea scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding female student in the College of Medicine. This year’s recipient was Lisa Chapa, an M2 from McAllen, Texas.

Texas A&M System receives more than $1.1 million from CPRIT for cancer research On March 23, 2010, The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) presented a check totaling more than $1.1 million to The Texas A&M University System to provide support for cancerrelated research by two professors. $199,894 will support research led by Dr. Robert Chapkin, professor in Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and $947,367 will support Dr. Darwin Prockop, professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine and holder of the Stearman Chair in Genomic Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of 14

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Medicine. Dr. Prockop also is director of the College of Medicine Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Temple. “The next step,” Dr. Prockop said of his research, “is to take this idea of manipulating anti-cancer genes from cells to animal models and then to humans.”

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COM and Scott & White Recruit Top Cellular Researcher to Texas

Two Translational Researchers Honored at OTC Awards Luncheon

On April 7, 2010, the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and the Scott & White Hospital Department of Surgery announced the recruitment of M. Karen Newell Rogers, Ph.D., to serve as the Director of the Programmed Cell Death Group where she will coordinate and facilitate the efforts of the group’s investigators. Dr. Newell will also serve as the Raleigh R. White Jr., Endowed Professor of Surgical Research in the Department of Surgery at Scott & White Hospital.

Darwin J. Prockop, M.D., Ph.D., and Jeffrey D. Cirillo, Ph.D., were honored at the Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization Patent and Innovation 2010 Awards Luncheon on April 7, 2010.

Dr. Newell and several members of her research team come to the College of Medicine and Scott & White from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) where Dr. Newell served as professor and the Markert Endowed Chair in the Department of Biology, and as chief executive scientific director of the University of Colorado (CU) Institute of Bioenergetics since 2003. On April 6, 2010, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Texas A&M Health Science Center and UCCS to promote collaborative activities that advance the understanding of cell metabolism, communication and programmed cell death—the natural demise of a cell carried out in regulated processes during an organism’s life-cycle—in an effort to treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease, auto-immune diseases and others.

Global Outreach: Medical Mission to Dominican Republic Amid commands of “Simón dice tocar la naríz!” a group of more than 40 Dominican children and young adults did more than touch their noses in their small, open-air classroom. Through a Spanish version of Simon Says, they learned about parts of the body from a group of Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine students as part of a mission trip to Palenque on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Prockop

Dr. Cirillo

Dr. Prockop, professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, holder of the Stearman Chair in Genomic Medicine and Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple, received two patent awards. Dr. Cirillo, professor of Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis, received one of four Innovation Awards awarded throughout the entire Texas A&M System for “individuals whose research exemplifies the spirit of innovation” for his development of an infectious disease diagnostic platform that may bring a low-cost, highly accurate assay to the global tuberculosis diagnostic market.

Right: M2 Giulia Ippolito, center, removes stitches from a patient’s arm. Below: M2 Sherry Spacek teaches children proper teeth-brushing technique.

For five weeks in May and June 2010, four second-year medical students—Giulia Ippolito, Stacey Mathew, Nikhil Seval and Sherry Spacek—traveled more than 2,000 miles to Palenque. Once they arrived, the students spent the first week planning lessons and activities for patients and children of Palenque. The next four weeks were devoted to seeing patients in a clinic, teaching young people at what the students called the “Healthy Kids Camp” and sharing similar lessons with the community.

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M1 Ryan Elliott, recipient of the Elena Franklin Memorial Class of 1981 Scholarship funded by the generosity of Dr. Jay ’81 and Mrs. Ana Franklin in memory of their daughter.

PARALLEL LEGACIES: One family’s gift, one student’s calling “In receiving this scholarship, I feel that my life’s work and ultimately my legacy, will be intimately tied to Elena’s legacy.”


hen first-year medical student Ryan Elliott graduated from college, his next step wasn’t medical school. As a non-traditional student, he spent several years working as a youth minister, tutor and financial advisor before taking the leap and enrolling at the College of Medicine in 2010.


Elliott says that working with youth is more than a job—it’s a passion. “I have always felt a special connection with young people,” he says. “I believe my life’s calling is to work toward making a difference in their lives.” Funded by the generosity of Dr. Jay ’81 and Mrs. Ana Franklin in memory of their daughter, the Elena Franklin Memorial Scholarship does more than offset the cost of medical school, it connects Elliott to something greater than himself. “Having the Elena Franklin Memorial Scholarship reminds me of why I’m in medical school,” he says. “My education,

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my career and my work will become an extension of Elena’s legacy, and the impact of my life, both professional and personally, will be another chapter written in her legacy.” And the Franklins’ gift doesn’t stop there. Dr. and Mrs. Franklin currently serve as the co-chairs of the College of Medicine Rapport Society, an organization of local and statewide supporters and alumni who raise money for scholarships and serve as ambassadors for the College of Medicine. To find out more about scholarships or the Rapport Society, visit medicine. or

Continuing a Legacy: Through Preceptorship Program and Scholarship Fund, Family and Friends of Dr. O.C. Cooper Help Future Doctors “ This program not only benefits the medical students but enables physicians to pass on their knowledge and experience.”


s a young girl, Joycelyn “Joy” Cooper moved to College Station in the early 1950s when her father, Dr. O.C. Cooper, came to the area as a family practice physician. Now more than 50 years later, Joy, Dr. Cooper, and his friends and family continue to leave a remarkable legacy at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. As founder of the preceptorship program for third- and fourth-year students at the College of Medicine in 1979, Dr. Cooper fostered the development of young future physicians by bringing them right to patients’ bedsides as early in their medical education as possible. As a result, the preceptorship program at the College of Medicine was one of the first programs of its kind in the country. Officially named the O.C. Cooper Preceptorship Program after Dr. Cooper passed away in March 2003, today more than 100 students and 140 physicians participate in the program in BryanCollege Station, Round Rock and Temple. “This program not only benefits the medical students, but enables physicians to pass on their knowledge and experience,” said Joy. In addition to the preceptorship program, the Dr. and Mrs. O.C. Cooper Memorial

Above: Dr. Cooper with his daughters including Joy at far right. Right: Dr. Cooper examines a standardized patient circa 1986.

Scholarship Fund was established by Dr. Robert Jones, a long-time colleague and friend, in 1989. This fund continues to receive donations from many of Dr. Cooper’s past patients, family members and friends, including Joy. “I am blessed to be able to share what I have with others,” she said. “I hope that my donations will enable future doctors to have the same impact on their patients that my father had.”

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our donors Platinum $1,000+ Dr. Lani Ackerman† Dr. and Mrs. A. Nelson Avery Dr. Dionel Aviles Dr. Sue Rudd Bailey† Dr. Mark Barhorst† Dr. and Mrs. Jody Barnard*† Dr. David Bilhartz† Dr. Brent Bost Mr. Tim Bryan BTU – Bryan Texas Utilities Dr. Richard Byrd Dr. A. Joseph Castiglioni† Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Castro* Dr. Terrell Chambless† Dr. George Chiou Dr. and Mrs. Michael Cohen*† Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Colenda Ms. Joycelyn Cooper Dr. Nancy W. Dickey Dr. Sherri Durica Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dusold* Dr. Kathleen Fallon and Mr. Casey Jones Dr. George Fidone First Texas Bank Round Rock Dr. and Mrs. Jason Fisch* Dr. and Mrs. Jay Franklin*† Dr. Jonathan Friedman Dr. Gerhard Friehs

Friends of the Round Rock Higher Education Center Mr. and Mrs. Dennis H. Goehring* Dr. J. Ben Green Dr. Stephen Hamilton† Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Hart Dr. Mary Elizabeth Herring Dr. John Hodges* Dr. Pamela Holder Dr. Larry Holly Dr. William Huffman Dr. Belinda Kohl-Thomas† Mr. Robert A. Lacey Mrs. Brenda Long Dr. Darla Lowe† Dr. and Mrs. Alan Martin* Dr. Christopher Mason† Dr. and Mrs. T. Keller Matthews* Mr. and Mrs. Jack Matz* Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Maupin* Dr. and Mrs. Michael McKinney Dr. and Mrs. J.T.L. McNew Dr. Mike Middleton† Dr. Beth Nauert*† Ms. Cheryl Odom* Dr. and Mrs. Paul Ogden* Dr. and Mrs. Gary Ozier* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pool* Dr. William Price

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Probe* Dr. Darwin Prockop Dr. and Mrs. Mark Rahm*† Dr. and Mrs. William Rayburn* Dr. J. James Rohack Dr. L. Keith Routh† Scott & White Health Plan Seton Family of Hospitals – Austin Dr. and Mrs. Edward Sherwood Dr. and Mrs. Mark Sicilio* St. David’s Community Health Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William Stearman Dr. Ian Steele-Russell Dr. Scott Thomas† Dr. Hai Tran Drs. David and Melody Vander Straten Drs. Robert and Sarah Jane White Dr. and Mrs. Eric Wilke* GOLD $500 Dr. Hugo Caballero Dr. Amalia Cochran Dr. William Griffith Mr. John Lewis

Every effort has been made to ensure the accurate recognition of donors. However, if your information is incorrect, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (866) 645-8492 (toll-free) or (979) 862-3992.


Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Dean’s Report 2010

Mrs. Charles Mattei Mr. and Mrs. Seth McKinney Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust Dr. Jules Viterbo SILVER $250 Dr. John David Dr. and Mrs. Richard DeVaul Dr. Ramon Esparza Dr. Larry Fane Dr. Christopher Hearne Dr. Kathleen Jones Dr. Angela Latham Mr. Sherman Law Dr. Gregory Neal Dr. Paul Neese Dr. JoAnne Pham Dr. Jose Pliego Dr. Barry Solcher Dr. L. Gerard Toussaint

Dr. Kenneth von der Porten Mr. James White BRONZE $100 Mrs. Phil Adams Ms. Patsy Albright Mrs. Dorothy August Mr. John Avery Dr. Lloyd Bailey Ms. Jo Berg Dr. Robert Boyle Dr. William Brady Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. Mrs. Dick Brown Mr. King Buckner Dr. Ruth Bush Mrs. Dennis Christiansen Mrs. Sharon Colson Mrs. Cathy Conlee Ms. Norma Dansby Smith Dr. Abraham Delgado

Mr. Wayne Dickens Dr. Roger Feldman Dr. Katherine Fiala Dr. Alice Friedman Mrs. Tina Gardner Mrs. Cynthia Gay Mr. Henry Gilchrist Mrs. Jill Giroir Ms. Nancy Glenn Ms. Celia Goode-Haddock Dr. Eleanor Green Mr. Brian Hervey Mrs. Benjamin Hinds Ms. Kim Hovanky Dr. Mavis Kelsey, Sr. Mr. Jay Kimbrough Dr. Emily Kirby Dr. D. Craig Klump Dr. Janet Krueger Dr. Michael Krueger Ms. Tracy Kyle Ms. Mary Lainhart Dr. Andrew Laurel Dr. Julian Leibowitz Dr. Fei Liu Dr. Gregory Marchand Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Dr. Robert Milman Dr. Tim Mixon Dr. Stephen Montamat Dr. Rebecca Mouser Dr. Darren Nelson Dr. Khanh-Trang Nguyen Dr. Lori Palazzo Ms. Lila Palmer Ms. Lynn Paris Ms. Gladys Nikki Pederson Dr. Langdon Pegram Mr. and Mrs. Rob Pitts Mrs. Henry Presnal Dr. Jules Puschett Dr. Mendell Rimer Ms. Dianne Ryder Dr. Daniel Scroggins Mrs. T.J. Sera Dr. Philip Shlossman Mrs. Nel Slocum Ms. Charles Smith Dr. and Mrs. Elvin Smith Mrs. Gene Stallings Mrs. Bonnie Tittle Mrs. Linda Waite Dr. Thomas Wenger Ms. Daisy Sloan White Mrs. Ann Wiatt Dr. Van Wilson

ACTIVE $50 Austin Co. A&M Mom’s Club Dr. Mackie Bobo Dr. William Bradshaw Dr. Susan Brubaker Mr. Jesse Burditt Dr. Nancy Clay Ms. Judith Edmonson Mr. Robert P. Fratamico Dr. Guo Fu Mr. Bennie Gordon Mr. Dave Hagler Dr. Don Houston Mr. J.R. Kuehne Mr. Timothy Lanier Mrs. Courtney Liddy Dr. Vincent Lubrano Mr. Leon Millin Dr. Sandra Oliver Dr. Saba Razi-Syed Dr. Roque Ruggero Mr. Stu Shea Ms. Doris St. Cyr Mr. Robert Stuart Mr. Mark Szafarz Dr. and Mrs. Ed Uvacek Ms. Lydia Voncannon Dr. James Whitley Ms. Elizabeth Williams

* Rapport Society Members † Alumni Association Board of Trustees

Special thanks to: the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Ms. Donna Sanchez and the staff of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Simulation Center staff and the librarians and staff of the Medical Sciences Library

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Dean’s Report 2010


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2010 Dean's Report  

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