Texas Health Physicians Group Recalibrates Leadership As Executive Departs For Cleveland Clinic

A Dallas healthcare executive who’d been serving as chief medical officer at the Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) has left the system for the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Adam Myers had also served as chair of the Clinical Integration team pairing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources with Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center (a collaboration known as Southwestern Health Resources). He’ll be the chief of population health and director of Cleveland Clinic Community Care at the high-profile, Cleveland-based medical center. Dr. Shawn Parsley, president of THPG, is expanding his role to include chief operations officer following the move. Dr. Lynn Myers—no relation—becomes chief… Full Story

UT Southwestern Tops List For High-Quality Research Output

UT Southwestern Medical Center sits atop a new Nature Index list for high-quality research output among academic medical centers. Dallas-based UT Southwestern tops Columbia University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which come in at No. 2 and No. 3 on the list, respectively. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston sits at No. 7. The Nature Index is a product of the scientific journal Nature, and it looks at research article output among 82 high-quality science journals (which are chosen by a panel of scientists that are independent of Nature). The index’s top 100… Full Story

Meet The 2018 Winner Of The Most Prestigious Accolade A UT Southwestern Student Can Receive

Philip Tolley’s journey to medicine began with a broken collarbone. After injuring it while playing football in high school, Tolley’s interest in becoming a doctor piqued as he experienced the long recovery process. “That forced me to be see the medical side of it,” Tolley says, “and made me realize that I wanted to be a part of that.” Last month, Dr. Tolley accepted the Ho Din Award, the most prestigious accolade a UT Southwestern Medical Center student can receive. Recipients represent the “ideal physician,” who demonstrates academic excellence and compassion within their communities. Tolley will receive the award—given out… Full Story

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

UTSW Tests 200,000 Chemicals on Lung Cancer Cells, Finds 170 Candidates for Development

UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center has completed a five-year project during which researchers tested more than 200,000 chemical compounds on lung cancer lines. The early results showed 170 potential candidates for development into drug therapies for what is the most common cause of cancer death, according to the National Cancer Institute. Researchers were after chemicals that would kill cancer cells without harming normal lung cells. The research was unique in that it began with the compounds, UT Southwestern says. “Almost all cancer research is gene-first, or target-first,” says Dr. Michael Roth, a professor of biochemistry and member of the Simmons… Full Story

UT Southwestern Publishes Results of Pediatric Cancer Treatment Trial

Researchers with UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center found during a recent trial that Larotrectinib, a cancer-treatment drug targeting a specific gene fusion occurring in certain types of cancerous tumors, was 93% effective in treating pediatric cancer cases. The report, published in The Lancet Oncology, covered 24 cases between Dec 21, 2015, and April 13, 2017, that involved a specific gene fusion wherein tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) fuses with another gene inside the cancer cell, causing uncontrolled TRK growth. The subjects underwent trials with Larotrectinib. Although TRK fusion occurs in a small amount of common adult cancers, higher… Full Story

Panelists from Baylor Scott & White, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Weigh In On Hospital Innovation

On Monday afternoon, some innovation-minded hospital administrators gathered at Factory Six03, a trendy spot in downtown Dallas’ West End, to talk about hospital innovation. And they didn’t disappoint, offering some straightforward thoughts on topics ranging from a trend toward smaller, community hospitals, to telemedicine, to navigating a tricky transition period between fee-for-service and value-based care. With myself asking the questions, the panelists for the Dallas Startup Week event were Matthew Chambers, chief information officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; Suresh Gunasekaran, VP and chief of operations at UT Southwestern Health System; and Julie Hall-Barrow, VP of virtual health and… Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program Receives Accreditation

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a collaboration with Children’s Health, has earned its accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association. The program becomes one of just 17 across the country and the second in the state—the other is in Houston—to be accredited. The criteria include medical services and personnel requirements and a rigorous accreditation process, UT Southwestern says. “Our ACHD program involves a very strong collaboration between UT Southwestern and Children’s Health and is a team effort with multiple care providers, including both adult and pediatric cardiologists (including six board-certified ACHD cardiologists), cardiac and pediatric cardiac… Full Story

UT Southwestern Receives More Than a Third of Latest Round of CPRIT Grant Funding

UT Southwestern Medical Center has been awarded $27,827,022 in grant funding, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced last Wednesday. Through 22 awards, UT Southwestern received 38% of the $73.5 million in total grant money disbursed. CPRIT spread the money across 57 payments to 11 different institutions. UT Southwestern had received 258 taxpayer-funded grants through CPRIT prior to this round. “Texas taxpayers’ support of CPRIT furthers research by UT Southwestern basic scientists, physician-scientists, and clinical investigators to learn more about how cancer occurs, to develop improved cancer therapies, and to step up prevention efforts,” Dr. Carlos L. Arteaga… Full Story