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New professorship honors longtime physician (2/14/97)

The O. Roger Hollan, MD, Professorship in Internal Medicine has been established at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The professorship was created by family, former patients and friends to honor the renowned San Antonio physician's more than 40 years in practice. The new endowment was announced during a reception Feb. 13 during which donors who contributed to the $100,000 professorship gathered to recognize Dr. Hollan for his dedicated service to his patients and his profession.

"Dr. Hollan has been widely recognized and appreciated for his commitment to excellence in caring for his patients and teaching medical students, interns and residents," said John P. Howe III, MD, president of the Health Science Center. "His quietly effective leadership in the medical community and his gentlemanly but firm adherence to principle in all his undertakings and relationships are exemplary. We are very pleased to join in honoring Dr. Hollan in a way that will help inspire future health care professionals in San Antonio and South Texas."

Born in Sinton, Texas, Dr. Hollan graduated from The University of Texas and Yale University Medical School. His years of San Antonio medical practice included founding of the San Antonio Medical Associates, still located in the Nix Professional Building downtown, and presidency of the Bexar County Medical Society, the Texas Society of Internal Medicine, the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine, the staff at the old Robert B. Green Hospital, the Santa Rosa Medical Center and the Nix Hospital.

In addition to serving patients in the region, Dr. Hollan has been a clinical professor of medicine in the Medical School for more than 25 years. Along with his teaching and patient care responsibilities, Dr. Hollan has published numerous scientific and non-scientific articles in a variety of publications. He and his wife, Edith, are the parents of five children.

The first Hollan Professor was introduced during the reception. He is Andrew K. Diehl, MD, professor of medicine and assistant dean for primary care in the Medical School. "It is a great honor to be named to the Hollan Professorship," said Dr. Diehl. "Dr. Hollan has served for many years on our clinical faculty and is an inspiration to his students. The Hollan endowment will allow us to expand our educational programs in general internal medicine."

Dr. Diehl earned his MD degree from Harvard Medical School and a master of science from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine in San Antonio at the Health Science Center and has been on the faculty since 1977.

Contact: Judy Wolf (210) 567-2570