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Appointments & Awards

May 2006

Rebecca Huston, M.D., M.P.H.

Rebecca Huston, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Huston is one of only nine local women who were inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame. The prestigious organization was established 20 years ago and honors the city’s most exceptional women in various areas of work.

Dr. Huston was recognized in the health professional category for her continuous service and dedication to the community, and the matchless care she provides for her patients and students.



Mario Ramirez, M.D.
Vice President for South Texas Programs

Dr. Ramirez was the star of Starr County when a new elementary school was celebrated in his honor: the Dr. Mario E. Ramirez Elementary School in Rio Grande City. Dr. Ramirez was born in Starr County and spent more than 50 years practicing family medicine there. He is a former member of the UT System Board of Regents and has dedicated numerous years heading an innovative pipeline program that motivates young people to enter health professional careers.

Dr. Ramirez joined the Health Science Center in 1995 and accepted the challenge to get more students from the Texas/Mexico border into health professions schools. Since the inception of his Med-Ed Program in 1996, he has championed that cause. Last year, 60 students were accepted into Texas medical schools from the border region, more than double the number accepted when Med-Ed began.



Mario Ramirez, M.D.
Robert Cronin Jr., D.D.S., M.S.

Robert Cronin Jr., D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Director of Postdoctoral Prosthodontics

Dr. Cronin was named the Educator of the Year by the American College of Prosthodontics. This is the second consecutive year that a professor at the Health Science Center has received this prestigious award.

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to one educator and recognizes outstanding contributions to the welfare and advancement of the specialty of prosthodontics, achievements in academic dentistry, and contributions to the science and health professions.

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