Conversation With: Dr. Robert Fine, BSWH’s Palliative Care Whiz, On How Honest Conversations Can Save Hospitals Money

Dr. Robert Fine, the Baylor Scott & White Health physician who has become one of the pioneers in the still-relatively-new field of palliative care, has a new study out about its cost-saving effects. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Fine and others looked at the economics of palliative care for hospitalized adults with serious illnesses. The findings, in a nutshell: palliative care saves hospitals money—about $3,000 per patient. I got Fine on the phone to tell me more. You just published a study on the economics of palliative care. What’d you find? This was a meta-analysis, a pooling of a lot… 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

BUMC Transplant Surgeon Joins Southwest Transplant Alliance as Associate Medical Director

The Southwest Transplant Alliance snapped up a former Baylor University Medical Center Surgeon to serve on its organ procurement team. Dr. Tiffany Anthony will be Dallas-based STA’s associate medical director and an organ procurement surgeon. She specialized in liver and kidney transplants as a transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon for a decade at BUMC. She also directed the robotic donor nephrectomy program for living kidney donors and was involved in the landmark uterus transplant clinical trial. Anthony did medical school and her general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has fellowships from Yale… Full Story

Medical City, UNTHSC To Add 500 Residencies Over Seven Years

Medical City Healthcare and the UNT Health Science Center are partnering to create 500 residency positions, the two sides announced on Monday. The positions will help UNTHSC appease regulators over residency requirements as it seeks accreditation for its new medical school, a partnership with Texas Christian University. The residencies—and regulators’ requirements—address the physician shortage in Texas, a topic of increasing conversation in recent years. “As we continue to add more medical schools, there’s a need to grow more residency training slots in Texas,” says Dr. Michael Williams, UNTHSC’s president. The 500 resident positions will be developed over the next seven… 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

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