HSC well represented in service to national organizations

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

John Calhoon, M.D., has served on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery since 2003 and is currently chair. The board formulates the standards for the board examination taken by the nationís thoracic surgeons for certification.clear graphic
John Calhoon, M.D., has served on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery since 2003 and is currently chair. The board formulates the standards for the board examination taken by the nationís thoracic surgeons for certification. 

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By Will Sansom

Faculty members from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio are nationally recognized experts and frequently serve on national boards and with other professional organizations that maintain the bar of excellence in their disciplines and subspecialties. Below is a sampling of nearly 100 faculty members who are leaders in their specialty organizations and influence their fields:

School of Medicine

  • J. Jeffrey Andrews, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in the School of Medicine, is secretary of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

  • Antonio Anzueto, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Disease, serves on the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) International GOLD Committee.

  • Steven Bailey, M.D., FSCAI, FACC, chair of the Janey and Dolph Briscoe Division of Cardiology, professor of medicine and radiology, and occupant of the Janey Briscoe Distinguished University Chair in Cardiovascular Research, is past president of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention; serves on the Executive Committee, Appropriate Use Criteria, for the American College of Cardiology; and is editor-in-chief of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Intervention.

  • Kelly Berg, Ph.D., associate professor/research in the Department of Pharmacology, is secretary/treasurer of the International Society for Serotonin Research. Her four-year term ends in 2017. Previously, Dr. Berg held the position of councilor-North America on the organizationís board.

  • Lois Bready, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and senior associate dean for graduate medical education, recently concluded a six-year term on the anesthesiology review committee, including two years as chair.

  • John Calhoon, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the School of Medicine, is chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, which formulates the standards for the board examination taken by the nationís thoracic surgeons for certification. Dr. Calhoon has served on the board since 2003.

  • Andrea J. (A.J.) Carpenter, M.D., Ph.D., professor and thoracic residency associate program director in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, is a member of the Adult Cardiac Writing Committee for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She has served three years in this capacity. Dr. Carpenter is vice president of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

  • John Cornell, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is associate editor for Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Lynette Daws, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology, is chair of the Neuropharmacology Division of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). ASPET is a 4,800-member scientific society whose members help develop new medicines and therapeutic agents to fight existing and emerging diseases. Dr. Daws is also vice president and president-elect of the International Society for Serotonin Research, an association for biomedical scientists who are interested in any facet of research on serotonin. The society was founded in 1987 and has a worldwide membership of more than 600 basic and clinical scientists. Dr. Daws is an associate editor for the prestigious journal, Pharmacological Reviews.

  • Donald Dudley, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is chair of the Data Monitoring Committee, Obstetric Pharmacology Research Units Network for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The purpose of the committee is to monitor participant safety and data quality and evaluate the progress of the studies.

  • Paul Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, is executive editor of Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

  • Charles France, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, is a councilor of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He was elected to a three-year term in 2012. Dr. France has held other national elected positions including chair of the Behavioral Pharmacology Division of ASPET, president of the Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs, and president of the Behavioral Pharmacology Society.

  • Alan Frazer, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology, is secretary of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The collegeís principal function is to further research and education in neuropsychopharmacology and related fields. He is serving a second five-year term that ends in 2015. Dr. Frazer is editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, the official publication of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum. He is serving as an elected councilor to the organization through 2014. Dr. Frazer was also elected to the scientific advisory board of the Brain and Behavioral Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports research in major depressive orders and schizophrenia.

  • Annette Fothergill, M.A., M.B.A., associate professor/clinical in the Department of Pathology, is secretary-treasurer of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas, an international society promoting research and education in medical mycology.

  • Lisa Gerak, Ph.D., assistant professor/research in the Department of Pharmacology, assumes duties as secretary/treasurer-elect of the Behavioral Pharmacology Division of ASPET in July 2013.

  • Julie Hensler, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, is serving as immediate past president of the International Society for Serotonin Research and presided over the 2012 meeting in Montpellier, France. Dr. Hensler is actively involved in the planning of, and obtaining sponsorship support for, the 2014 meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Carlos Jaťn, M.D., Ph.D., in May was elected chair-elect of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Jaťn is professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine; the holder of the Dr. and Mrs. James L. Holly Distinguished Professorship, which supports and promotes a model of patient-centered primary care and education; and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics.

  • Thomas Jansson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is president of the Placental Association of the Americas.

  • David Jimenez, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, recently served on three committees of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies: the Communication & Education, Reimbursement and Workforce committees.

  • Marsha Kinney, M.D., professor in the Department of Pathology, is serving a two-year term as president of the 700-member Society for Hematopathology. The society is open to physicians and scientists whose work focuses on research and treatment of blood diseases and disorders.

  • Ellen Kraig, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology, is a member of the board of directors of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB), an association comprised of 26 scientific societies collectively representing more than 100,000 biomedical researchers. Dr. Kraig represents the American Association of Immunologists.

  • Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, M.D., FRCS, is serving a four-year term on the American Academy of Family Physiciansí Commission on Health of the Public and Science. Dr. Kumar is vice chair of medical student education and clerkship director in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

  • Yui-Wing Francis Lam, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacology, is a Scientific Council member of the Pacific Rim Association for Clinical Pharmacogenetics.

  • Stephanie Levine, M.D., is president of the CHEST Foundation of the American Association of Chest Physicians.

  • Michael Lichtenstein, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine, serves on the NIH National Institute on Aging Clinical Study Section. Dr. Lichtenstein has been a regular study section member since 2003 and will chair the study section in 2013 and 2014. He is also the immediate past president of the Association for Clinical Research Training and is president-elect of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.

  • Feng Liu, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, is the founding president of the Chinese American Diabetes Association. Its mission is to promote research in diabetes and related areas and to encourage the advancement of biological and medical knowledge while facilitating professional contact among its members, especially mainland China and North America.

  • Philip LoVerde, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and pathology, is editor of Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology.

  • M. Philip Luber, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and assistant dean for graduate medical education in the School of Medicine, is a member of the Review Committee overseeing psychiatry residency programs.

  • Bettie Sue Masters, Ph.D., D.Sc., M.D. (Hon.), professor of biochemistry and the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor in Chemistry, is president-elect of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST). This organization brings the state's top scientific, academic and corporate minds together to further position Texas as a national research leader. Dr. Masters, a member of the Institute of Medicine, will serve as TAMEST president in 2014. She is also chair of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  • Jennifer Milton, B.S.N., M.B.A., clinical assistant professor and administrative director of the University Transplant Center, is a board member for Donate Life America. DLA develops evidence-based strategies to improve donation registries and awareness of donation and transplantation in the U.S. Milton also serves on the Membership and Professional Standards Committee for the United Network for Organ Sharing, which is the governing body of transplantation and donation in the United States. The committee ensures compliance by all members with national bylaws and patient safety standards.

  • Charleen Moore, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology, is past-president of the American Cytogenetics Conference. This group is an educational organization composed of cytogeneticists in all aspects of human, animal and comparative cytogenetic research and clinical practice. The biennial conference held in San Antonio last year had almost 300 attendees from 18 countries. Dr. Moore's term expires in 2014.

  • Jay Morris, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine, is serving on the steering committee for the Graduate Research Education and Training Group at the American Association of Medical Colleges and is a liaison within this group to the National Postdoctoral Association.

  • Leslie Myatt, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is chair of the Career Development and Diversity Committee and director of advancement and liaison for the Society for Gynecologic Investigations. He is also the executive treasurer of the International Federation of Placenta Associations.

  • Bruce Nicholson, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry, is serving a three-year term on the board of the Association of Medical and Graduate Departments of Biochemistry, and will be chairing the committee to draft a white paper on future directions in graduate education.

  • Babatunde Oyajobi, M.B.B.S. (M.D. equivalent), Ph.D., M.B.A., associate professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, is a charter member of National Cancer Institute Subcommittee F (Institutional Training and Education). His term expires in 2013. Dr. Oyajobi is also a member of the Membership Engagement Committee of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. This is the premier national and international society for both basic science and clinical researchers in the bone and mineral field. Dr. Oyajobi will also be serving this summer on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Standard Setting Panel, convened by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

  • Deborah Parra-Medina, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, and researcher at the Institute for Health Promotion Research, is serving a two-year term on The Obesity Societyís Pediatric Obesity Section, which supports scientific efforts to understand child obesity and inform the public of its treatment and prevention.

  • Jan Patterson, M.D., M.S., associate dean for quality and lifelong learning in the School of Medicine, professor of medicine and pathology, and director of the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy, was appointed in 2012 to the Subspecialty Board on Infectious Disease of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

  • Thomas Patterson, M.D., professor of medicine and division chief of infectious diseases in the School of Medicine, recently concluded a multiple-year term on the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Infectious Disease.

  • Jay Peters, M.D., is a member of the Board of Regents of the CHEST Foundation and is past chair of the Council of Networks for the American Association of Chest Physicians.

  • Marilyn Pollack, Ph.D., professor of pathology, is president of the American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics, which is the major society in this country representing individuals involved in laboratory testing for organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and for immunogenetics. Dr. Pollack is also on the board of directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing. She directs the University Health System Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory.
    Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She also is a member of the Minority Scholar Awards Committee of the Minorities in Cancer Research Council of the American Association for Cancer Research, as well as the Komen Scientific Advisory Board and other  national panels.clear graphic
    Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She also is a member of the Minority Scholar Awards Committee of the Minorities in Cancer Research Council of the American Association for Cancer Research, as well as the Komen Scientific Advisory Board and other national panels. 

     

  • Brad Pollock, M.P.H., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is president of the Association of Clinical Translational Statisticians and chair of the Biostatistics/Epidemiology/Research Design Key Function Committee of the national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium.

  • Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., professor of biostatistics and epidemiology and founding director of the Institute of Health Promotion Research, is a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM). The institute provides information and advice to the nation concerning health and science policy. Dr. Ramirez is also a member of the Minority Scholar Awards Committee of the Minorities in Cancer Research Council of the American Association for Cancer Research. She is a member of the Komen Scientific Advisory Board, as well, and a chair, co-chair or member of other national panels.

  • Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology, senior career research scientist with the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and the founding director of the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, is a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging.

  • Nicole Riddle, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, is serving on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Society, is an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association for the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology, is serving on the Membership Committee of the Digital Pathology Association, and is on the Resident Forum Executive Committee and the Council of Membership and Professional Development for the College of American Pathologists.

  • Corinna Ross, Ph.D., research instructor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology and member of the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, serves on several committees for the American Society of Primatology: co-chair of the Media and Information Committee, member and former chair of the Education Committee and member of the Program Committee, which reviews abstracts submitted for inclusion in the annual meeting program. Dr. Ross is also a member of the Steering Committee for the International Marmoset Research Association. The associationís goal is to bring together scientists, veterinarians and research staff who work with marmosets.

  • Robert Schenken, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a director and treasurer of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Review Committee.

  • Mark Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of physiology, is associate editor of the Journal of Neuroscience.

  • Francis E. Sharkey, M.D., professor of pathology and director of surgical and autopsy pathology, serves the following positions with the College of American Pathologists: vice chair, Commission on Laboratory Accreditation; editor, Laboratory Accreditation Manual; state commissioner for West Texas; and inspector. The College of American Pathologists is the leading standard-setting organization for laboratory medicine, both nationally and internationally.

  • Paula Shireman, M.D., professor of vascular surgery in the Department of Surgery and vice dean for research in the School of Medicine, is a member of the American Heart Associationís National Research Committee.

  • James Stockand, Ph.D., professor of physiology, is associate editor of BMC Physiology and Frontiers in Physiology.

  • Brent Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of cellular and structural biology and pharmacology, is serving on the Scientific Affairs Committee for the American Association of Anatomists. The committee assesses research directions in the discipline of anatomy.

  • Ian Thompson, M.D., professor of urology and director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, is serving on the American Board of Urology and will be its chair in the future. The CTRC is one of four National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers in the state of Texas.

  • Glenn Toney, Ph.D., professor of physiology, is senior editor of the Journal of Physiology, a Steering Committee member for the American Physiological Society, organizer of the Science Research Conference program for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Editorial Board member for the American Journal of Physiology, and member of the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute study section of hypertension and microcirculation.

  • Philip Valente, M.D., professor of pathology and obstetrics and gynecology, is serving on the executive board of the American Society of Cytopathology.

  • Kristine Vogel, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, was appointed as a scientist member in 2010 to the Integration Panel (Programmatic Review and Vision Setting) for the Neurofibromatosis Research Program of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (U.S. Department of Defense). Her term expires in 2014.

  • Susan Weintraub, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, is president of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Membership includes more than 8,500 scientists involved in research and development. Members come from academic, industrial and governmental laboratories. Dr. Weintraub is associate editor of the Journal of Proteome Research and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Chromatography.
School of Nursing
  • Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, is president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She will serve as president from 2014 to 2016. The association is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing, representing more than 690 member nursing schools at public and private institutions.

  • Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Systems, serves on the Bylaws and Policy Committees of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and completed a term on the NAHN Board of Directors. She is also the incoming chair of the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment.
Dental School
  • Irene Bober-Moken, D.M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor/clinical in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, is a member of the National Board Patient Management Test Construction Committee, which formulates questions used by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations in assessing the knowledge of dental students in the provision of dental care.

  • David P. Cappelli, D.M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., professor and director of the Research Division, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, is a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation, Dental Public Health Review Committee, and is a dental public health site visitor.

  • David Cochran, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., M.M.Sci., Dr. h.c., professor and chair of the Department of Periodontics, is president of the Academy of Osseointegration. The academy consists of more than 6,000 professionals and provides a focus for the rapidly advancing biotechnology involving the natural bond between bone and certain reconstructive materials.

  • William Dodge, D.D.S., dean of the Dental School and professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, is a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

  • Kevin Donly, D.D.S., M.S., professor and chair of the Department of Developmental Dentistry, is a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

  • Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., FACP, professor and director of the Advanced Education and External Affairs Division, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, is a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Prosthodonticsí Review Commission, and is a CODA consultant and site visitor for advanced education programs in prosthodontics.

  • Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics and USAA Foundation Presidentís Distinguished University Chair in Neurosciences, is a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Endodontists. The board is the policy-making body of the association and has responsibility for and authority over all policy matters concerning the association. Dr. Hargreaves has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Endodontics since 2003. He is also a professor of pharmacology, physiology and surgery at the Health Science Center.

  • Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S., FAAHD, DABSCD, professor of comprehensive dentistry, is a member of the Special Care Dentistry Association Executive Board. The association sponsors the American Board of Special Care Dentistry with proficiencies in hospital dentistry, geriatric dentistry and care of patients with special needs.

  • Mary Jacks, M.S., RDH, associate professor and acting director of the Dental Hygiene Division in the Department of Periodontics, serves on a regional board exam test construction committee called the Process of Care Examination for Dental Hygiene written by the Western Regional Examining Board.

  • David Lasho, D.D.S., M.S., assistant professor/clinical in the Department of Periodontics, is an examiner for the American Board of Periodontology.

  • Jeffrey Mabry, D.D.S., M.S., associate professor/clinical in the Department of Developmental Dentistry, is serving on the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

  • Brian Mealey, D.D.S, M.S., professor, graduate program director and director of the Specialist Division in the Department of Periodontics, just completed a term as chair of the Board of Periodontology, served six years as a director of the American Board of Periodontology, is an examiner with the American Board of Periodontology, and is a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

  • Michael Mills, D.M.D., M.S., clinical associate professor of periodontics, is an examiner with the American Board of Periodontology and serves on the Periodontics Review Committee for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

  • Thomas Oates, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Periodontics and assistant dean for clinical research of the Dental School, is director of the Southwest Region of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. He also serves as co-director of the South Texas Oral Health Network (STOHN). Dr. Oates is an accreditation consultant for basic science and research for the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and is a consultant for the CSW Computer Simulations LLC/Western Regional Examining Board periodontal exam.
School of Health Professions
  • Martha Acosta, Ph.D., PT, GCS, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is the item writer coordinator for the Geriatric Council of the American Physical Therapy Association, which sets the standards for geriatric physical therapists and provides educational guidelines for therapists aspiring to be a geriatric specialist.

  • Cheryl Burns M.S., MLS(ASCP)cm, Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, serves on the Clinical Chemistry Examination Committee, Board of Certification, for the American Society for Clinical Pathology. This board is responsible for writing, reviewing and editing test items for the Technologist in Chemistry examination, the Specialist in Chemistry examination, and the chemistry test items for the Medical Laboratory Technologist and Medical Laboratory Scientist examinations. The board also reviews statistics and performance of each of these examinations and every five years completes a practice analysis for each examination category. She is also serving on the societyís 2013 Annual Meeting Abstract Review Committee and has recently completed a term on the Student Research Paper Review Committee.

  • Steven Dallas, Ph.D., D(ABMM), assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, is a member of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) and is a committee chair responsible for job task analysis to reformulate the ABMM board examination. Dr. Dallas is currently serving on the American Society for Clinical Pathology CheckPath Committee, which is responsible for writing peer-reviewed pathology cases for continuing education of pathologists, medical laboratory scientists and medical laboratory technicians.

  • Betty Dunn, M.S., CG(ASCP), associate professor and program director of cytogenetics in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, recently completed her term as president of the Association of Genetic Technologists. She also completed a term on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Scienceís Standards Revision Task Force.

  • Greg Ernst, PT, Ph.D., ECS, SCS, ATC., assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is the communications chair for the Central District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association, the state division of the American Physical Therapy Association.

  • Donna D. Gardner, M.S.H.P., RRT-NPS, FAARC, associate professor, chair of the Department of Respiratory Care and the Steven Lloyd Barshop Chair in Respiratory Care, serves as a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for the Respiratory Care. She recently concluded a six-year term as the chair-elect, chair and now past chair of the Allied Health Network of the American College of Chest Physicians; she currently serves as a board trustee for the Chest Foundation in the American College of Chest Physicians. Gardner has also served as president of the Texas Society for Respiratory Care and president of the Texas Society for Allied Health Professionals.

  • Michael Geelhoed, D.P.T., OCS, MTC, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is the chief delegate for Texas to the American Physical Therapy House of Delegates, the policy-making body for the physical therapy profession.

  • Mary Hart, M.S.H.A., RRT, FAARC., assistant professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Respiratory Care, serves as a board member of the National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP) and a Steering Committee member of the Allied Health Network in the American College of Chest Physicians. Hart also served on the board of directors for the Texas Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

  • Emily Kidd, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, serves on the American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Committee and is the project director for the Texas Disaster Medical System in Texas.

  • George Kudolo, Ph.D., FACB, professor of clinical chemistry and director of the Graduate Toxicology Program in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, is serving a third term as the Texas delegate to the House of Delegates, American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

  • Craig Manifold, D.O., assistant professor in Department of Emergency Health Sciences, serves on the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medical Services Committee, the National Association of EMS Physicians Quality Improvement Committee, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís Emergency Medical Services Culture of Safety Project. He is also a member of EAGLES, a Consortium of Emergency Medical Services Medical Directors of the 25 largest municipal EMS programs in the U.S., and the Governorís EMS and Trauma Advisory Committee EMS Medical Directors Committee, and is the senior physician and advisor to the Adjutant General of Texas.

  • Catherine Ortega, Ed.D., PT, ATC, OCS, Distinguished Teaching Professor, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, is past president of the World Federation of Athletic Therapy and Training, which establishes the global credentials and accreditation for sports medicine practice for allied health professionals.

  • Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Ph.D., OTR, Distinguished Teaching Professor and assistant professor of occupational therapy, is past president of the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions.

  • Myles Quiben, PT, Ph.D., DPT, GCS, NCS, CEEAA., assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Diplomate, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, is serving on the Geriatrics Section of the Board of Directors for the American Physical Therapy Association. She has been appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is on the Examination Development Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

  • Richard Rahr, Ed.D., PA-C., adjunct professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, is on the Texas Medical Board and the Texas Physician Assistant Board.

  • Ruben Restrepo, M.D., RRT, professor and director of the Bachelorís Degree Completion Program for the Department of Respiratory Care, is the past chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for the American Association for Respiratory Care, which delineates the standards of practice for the profession of respiratory care. He is also an item writer for the National Board for Respiratory Careís Certification and Registry Examinations. Dr. Restrepo is a member of the editorial board for Respiratory Care, the Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care, and the Journal of Allergy and Asthma.

  • Linda A. Smith, Ph.D., BB, MLS(ASCP)cm, Distinguished Teaching Professor, professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, is president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and just completed her term on the Alpha Mu Tau Honorary Fraternity Scholarship Selection Committee.

  • Helen Sorenson, M.A., RRT, FAARC, assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, serves on the American Association for Respiratory Care 2015 Steering Committee and is the chair of the American Association for Respiratory Careís Geriatric Roundtable. She is an item writer for the National Board for Respiratory Careís Certification and Registered Respiratory Therapy board examinations. She is also on the board of directors of Christian Senior Services in San Antonio.

  • Lance Villers, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, serves as an executive analyst and reviewer for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession and is a member of the Governorís EMS and Trauma Advisory Committee, EMS Education Committee.

  • Richard Wettstein, M.M.Ed., RRT, assistant professor of respiratory care, serves on the Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy (ASRT) to the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) Bridge Programs Committee for the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education. He recently served on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for the American Association for Respiratory Care, which determines the standards of care for respiratory care, and as the Central Region Secretary for the Texas Society for Respiratory Care. He is an item writer for the National Board for Respiratory Careís Certification and Registered Respiratory Therapy board examinations.

  • Leo Wittnebel, Ph.D., RRT, assistant professor of respiratory care, was a consultant for the American Board of Internal Medicineís Choosing Wisely program (Pulmonary Section) in relation to recommendations for the routine use of bronchoscopy in the intensive care unit. He recently served on the Clinical Practice Guideline Committee for the American Association for Respiratory Care.



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