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Surgeon selected for teacher award (10/28/97)

Longtime San Antonio surgeon and educator Carlos Pestana, MD, PhD, has been selected as one of the 1997 winners of the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award.

The awards will be presented during the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. the first week of November.

Pestana, a native of the Canary Islands, has been on the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio since before its medical school opened in 1968. A professor of surgery and associate dean for academic affairs, Pestana has chaired the medical school admissions committee, served on the National Board of Medical Examiners, and written books including a diet book and a book of encouragement for rejected medical school applicants.

Dr. James Young, dean of the Medical School, states "Dr. Pestana represents the crucial link between our graduates and our Medical School. Every student has been touched by his teaching excellence and most of our alumni seek him out at reunions. I can think of no faculty member more deserving of this prestigious award. He is truly a dedicated surgeon and scholar exemplar."

Dr. Pestana was the first faculty member elected to the San Antonio Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honorary society, in 1975 and has won more than a dozen teaching awards including statewide honors.

The Glaser award recognizes the "significant contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers." Each of four winners receives $10,000 and the awardee's institution receives $5,000. Robert Glaser was the executive secretary of Alpha Omega Alpha and editor of their journal, *Pharos,* until his retirement this year.

Contact: Jan Elkins (210) 567-2570