University president named to AMA panel

John P. Howe III, MD, president of the Health Science Center, was elected to the American Medical Association's Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) at its recent biennial convention in Chicago.

"Dr. Howe has proven over the years to be a wonderful man of science. His commitment is borne out in the unparalleled success enjoyed by the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. The American Medical Association is extremely fortunate to be gaining his services on our scientific council. We expect he will serve with distinction and contribute to the sound clinical judgments the Council on Scientific Affairs is depended upon to render," said Dr. Joseph Painter of Houston, president of the AMA.

Since its inception in 1978, the CSA has developed more than 125 scientific reports on subjects ranging from HIV infection and organ donation and transplantation to lasers in medicine in surgery. It is considered one of the most prestigious councils of the AMA and plays an important role in the development of the scientific aspects of public health and medical policy.

Dr. Merle Delmer, chairman of the pathology department at Baptist Memorial Hospital System in San Antonio, was vice chairman of the Texas delegation to the AMA meeting and the senior delegate to the AMA from South Texas. Dr. Delmer said, "The Texas leadership had Dr. Howe identified early on as an outstanding medical leader and an extremely effective spokesman. He is certainly one who has much to offer to the field of medicine and the advancement of patient care, even beyond his role as president of the UT Health Science Center."