UT Southwestern Named Top Hospital in DFW, Second in State by U.S. News

UT Southwestern Medical Center again took the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth, topping Baylor University Medical Center and Medical City Dallas. UT Southwestern came in as the second best hospital in the state, and it was nationally ranked for seven specialties: Geriatrics (No. 18), Diabetes & Endocrinology (21), Neurology & Neurosurgery (21), Nephrology (25), Urology (34), Pulmonology (43), and Orthopedics (49). The annual Best Hospitals listings from U.S. News are a product of an analysis of data from about 5,000 medical centers, and survey responses from more than 30,000… Full Story

Baylor University Medical Center Gets A New President

Baylor Scott & White Health named a new leader of its flagship Dallas location on Monday. Steven Newton, who’s been with the system since 2004, will become the new president of Baylor University Medical Center. Former president T. Douglas Lawson took a job in February as head of Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives’ Texas market, which includes Houston-based CHI St. Luke’s Health (the Houston Business Journal has more details there). The job has been filled on an interim basis by Scott Peek since then. Peek, chief operating officer at BUMC, will continue to serve in that role following the move. Newton… Full Story

After Investigation On Houston’s St. Luke’s, A Look At How DFW Heart Transplant Centers Stack Up

The once renowned heart transplant program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston has seen its performance slip in recent years, to the detriment of its patients, the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica report. The publications teamed up on a deep dive into the center’s sinking survival metrics. The nut ‘graph: But in recent years, the famed program has performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths or unusual complications, has lost several top physicians and has scaled back its ambition for treating high-risk patients, all the while marketing itself based on its storied past, an investigation by the… Full Story

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

Baylor University Medical Center, Texas Oncology Introduce Car-T Therapy

Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Oncology are the first in North Texas to offer one of the two FDA-approved CAR-T cell therapies. The specific treatment, known as Yescarta, is geared toward diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. CAR-T (Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cell therapy) is a cancer treatment in which a patient’s immune cells are removed from the body, genetically re-engineered, and then put back into the body so that they can attack the cancer. At BUMC, it will be used on adult patients who have not responded to other treatments or who have relapsed after two other kinds of treatment,… Full Story

BUMC Critical Care Nurse Named to Board of National Nursing Association

A critical care nurse at Baylor University Medical Center has been named to the board of directors at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, an organization that represents more than 70,000 clinical nurse specialists. Susan Smith was named to the board at the association’s annual conference earlier this month. Smith is the chair of Baylor Scott & White’s Critical Care Council, and served as president of the Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists from 2013 to 2014. She’s also a former winner of a D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award. “We are so pleased to have Susan join our board of… Full Story

How A Nurse’s Perceptions Changed When She Became the Patient

In the March issue of D Magazine, Online Editorial Director Matt Goodman—the fella’ who used to run the very site you’re on now—has a good one on nurse Kathleen Shuey. One of five clinical nurse specialists at Baylor University Medical Center, near downtown Dallas, Shuey has spent her professional life researching and fighting cancer. In January of 2015, however, a mammogram and biopsy found that the disease had struck Shuey herself. She had breast cancer. The story dips into Shuey’s career path and all the ways, big and small, that her perception of cancer and cancer treatment changed once she… Full Story