Friends and Mentees Reflect on the Legacy of Dr. Donald Seldin, the “Intellectual Father” of UTSW

After graduating from medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center at the age of 21, and then returning after a stint at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Jean Wilson found himself a 24-year-old professor preparing the year’s first formal lecture to the junior students, on genetic diseases. He’d prepared for something like 50 hours. This was the early 1960s, and five minutes in, right down the middle of the aisle walked the great Don Seldin. Within a few minutes of that, Dr. Seldin, now sitting in the front row, blatantly pinched his nose, alerting to his displeasure. Then, he… Full Story

Dr. Donald Seldin, Known as the ‘Intellectual Father’ of UT Southwestern, Dies at Age 97

UT Southwestern Medical Center broke the news Wednesday afternoon that Dr. Donald Seldin, who joined the med school in 1951 and became its “intellectual father, helping build it into what it is today, has died at the age of 97. Seldin spent 36 years as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was one of the most influential medical figures in Dallas history, and the subject of a 2013 D Magazine feature by Michael Mooney that had a title declaring as much. A taste of that story, called “The Father of Dallas Medicine”: In January 1951, at the age of… Full Story

TMB Suspends Former Baylor Scott & White Doctor Fired After Allegedly Having Child Porn in Desk

The Texas Medical Board on Monday suspended the license of Dr. John Middlemiss Palmer, a former physician at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple. Palmer, 55, a pediatric pulmonologist, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography by the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit. In a news release Friday, the AG’s office said authorities found images of child pornography on a digital storage device during a search of Palmer’s office. The search followed a discovery that child pornography had been uploaded to an online storage account Palmer used, the release said. Palmer denied involvement. Baylor… Full Story

Cleburne Doctor Suspended for Sexual Contact, Financial Involvement with Patients

The Texas Medical Board said Thursday that it has suspended indefinitely the medical license of Dr. John Tai Dang. Dang was a primary care physician in Cleburne, south of Fort Worth. According to the standard press release put out by the Board, which is limited in detail, Dang was found to have engaged in inappropriate behavior with three patients. That includes “sexual contact with two patients” and “becoming financially or personally involved with a patient in an inappropriate manner.” He also “violated the Board rules regarding the treatment of pain.”

Baylor Scott & White Physician Who Led Uterine Transplant Trial Named One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Dr. Giuliano Testa, the Baylor Scott & White Health doctor who led the clinical trial that delivered the first two uterine transplant babies in the U.S., has been named to the Time 100, which features Time’s selections for the most influential people of 2018. Testa is the chief of abdominal transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and the principal investigator of the uterine transplant clinical trial. The first baby was born to a mother with a transplanted uterus in November; the second was in February. The mother of the first baby, who has chosen to remain anonymous, penned… Full Story

Read this D Magazine Feature on Deep Brain Stimulation

If you’re like me—and you’re not, because you’re a doctor or nurse or something else brilliant—you’ll be surprised to hear that it’s actually possible and at times advisable for a surgeon to drill a hole in a person’s head while that person is still fully awake. I am still astonished by that little factoid. It’s one of many that made reporting this feature for D Magazine so fun. To accompany the magazine’s Collin County Doctors series—view the best of them, as selected by their peers, here—I wrote about deep brain stimulation, a procedure once tagged by Smithsonian as “the most… Full Story

Survey from Dallas Firm Says Physicians Favor Work Requirements for Medicaid Beneficiaries

About 57 percent of physicians take a “very favorable” view of new federal work requirements for Medicaid benefits that call for able-bodied beneficiaries to be employed or engaged in job searches or job training, according to a survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins. Another 18 percent say they’re “somewhat favorable” of the new rules, meaning three in four physicians overall are for the requirements. The results come from a one-question national survey by Merritt Hawkins, which received 667 responses. About 10 states have proposed work requirements, and the requests have been approved in Indiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Kentucky’s… Full Story

UNTHSC, Catalyst Health Network Partnership Will Allow Students to Train for ‘The Future of Healthcare in North Texas’

The UNT Health Science Center and the Catalyst Health Network say a new partnership will allow more future physicians and physicians assistants to train in the outpatient settings in which they’ll eventually practice medicine. The agreement, announced Wednesday, will put UNTHSC students into primary care clinical settings under the direction of Catalyst providers. “Catalyst not only aligns perfectly with UNTHSC’s values, it is the future of healthcare in North Texas,” UNTHSC President Dr. Michael Williams said in a statement. While most medical schools are tethered to traditional teaching hospitals, UNTHSC now attaches itself to a three-year-old network of 515 independent… Full Story

A Dallas Doctor Offers Pain Management Programs as an Alternative to Opioids

I missed this a couple weeks ago, but I found it to be a well-reasoned writing approach to a very important topic, so I wanted to pass it along. Dr. Carl Noe, medical director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center, takes on the topics of potential alternatives to prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Here’s Noe: But the convenience of offering a prescription for quick relief won over doctors, and our country’s pill culture appeals to patients. We in the medical community should have known better. There’s no scientific data to show that opioids… Full Story

Dallas Plastic Surgeons, Emergency Docs Make More Than $100K Over National Average

On Friday, I walked through the local numbers from a national study on physician compensation. It shows that Dallas physicians do pretty well for themselves, all things considered. Today, the clinician network responsible for that study sent me some additional Dallas data: The five highest- and lowest-paying specialties for our region. As you’ll see, plastic surgeons and emergency medicine physicians do particularly well in Dallas. Quick context, if you missed Friday’s post (linked above): This is based on a survey of more than 65,000 physicians by Doximity. They compared 50 major metropolitan areas. Physicians in Dallas’ metro area made an average… Full Story