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Appointments and Awards

November 2005

Kay Avant, Ph.D.

Kay Avant, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Family Nursing Care


Dr. Avant has been appointed as the chair of the department of family nursing care. Prior to her appointment at the Health Science Center, she was an associate professor in the department of parent-child nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also served as chair of that department. Dr. Avantís research interests include maternal-infant issues such as breast-feeding and the effects of stress on maternal and infant outcomes. She is certified by the Board of Nurse Examiners and has earned numerous awards and honors throughout her career.






Pedro L. Delgado, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professionalism in the Medical School


The Health Science Center welcomes Dr. Delgado as professor and chair of the department of psychiatry and associate dean for faculty development and professionalism in the Medical School. Prior to joining the Health Science Center, he served as chairman of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Dr. Delgado is board certified in psychiatry and has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" every year since 1996. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 1983 and was awarded a master of arts in pharmacology the following year. He completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.





Pedro L. Delgado, M.D.
Adrianne D. Linton, Ph.D.

Adrianne D. Linton, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chronic Nursing Care


Dr. Linton has been appointed as the chair of the department of chronic nursing care. She has been a member of the Health Science Center faculty since 1977. Dr. Linton earned her B.S.N. from the University of Southern Mississippi, her M.N. (medical/surgical) from the University of Mississippi and her Ph.D. in education from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lintonís research expertise focuses on behavioral symptoms associated with dementia in older adults, and the development of professional values in nursing students. She co-authored two nursing textbooks: Matteson, McConnell and Lintonís "Gerontological Nursing" and Linton and Maebiusí "Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing." She has earned numerous research and education awards.

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