Faculty Honors



Two appointed to academy of nursing

Drs. Divina Grossman and Rachel Rodriguez, faculty members in the School of Nursing, have been appointed to the American Academy of Nursing, the highest honor granted in the field. They will be inducted in November.

Dr. Grossman, appointed chair of the Department of Chronic Nursing Care in 1998, received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Health Science Center, she chaired the Adult/Gerontological and Psychiatric Nursing Department at Florida International University’s School of Nursing. She presented her most recent research at the International Nursing Research Congress in London.

Dr. Rodriguez, a graduate of the Health Science Center’s School of Nursing and an associate professor in the Department of Chronic Nursing Care, earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Her most recent project was a study of domestic violence among migrant farm workers, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Pruitt leads American Surgical Association

Basil A. Pruitt Jr., M.D., clinical professor of surgery, is the new president of the American Surgical Association (ASA). He was installed during the association’s 119th Annual Meeting earlier this year in San Diego, Calif. 

“The presidency of the American Surgical Association is the highest honor one can achieve in American surgery,” said John L. Cameron, M.D., ASA secretary, in a letter announcing Dr. Pruitt’s appointment. The ASA, established in 1878, is the oldest surgical association in the United States.

For many years Dr. Pruitt was commander and director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR), which operates the world-renowned Army Burn Center in San Antonio. Military personnel and others worldwide are transferred to the center for specialized and innovative burn treatment.

“This is an unexpected honor that recognizes the fruitful collaboration existing between the ISR and the Health Science Center,” Dr. Pruitt said. “I share this honor enthusiastically with the people of both institutions.”


Dr. Burgardt

Burgardt heading emergency group

Ann J. Burgardt, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medical technology, was recently elected president of the Alamo Area Emergency Physicians.

The group examines delivery of emergency medical care in the Bexar County area.

“Every meeting includes an intellectual program on an aspect of emergency care, such as new antibiotics for infectious diseases, new cardiac medications for heart attack and stroke, and new resuscitation techniques and other innovations in the care of trauma victims,” Dr. Burgardt said. “We cover the whole breadth of topics—any situation that occurs in an emergency room or ambulance.”

Dr. Burgardt has served on the Health Science Center faculty since 1992. She received her medical degree from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

She teaches emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, and medical students and residents through the Department of Emergency Medical Technology at the Health Science Center.

Also, Dr. Burgardt serves as the assistant medical director of the San Antonio Fire Department Emergency Medical Services.


Dr. Nowlin

Nowlin named VP of AADS council

Thomas P. Nowlin, D.D.S., has been appointed vice president for sections of the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS).

Dr. Nowlin, professor and head of the Division of Occlusion, has been active in the AADS since 1986. He has served as an officer in the Section of Dental Anatomy and Occlusion and as an officer in the Council of Sections for many years. As vice president, he looks forward to representing his colleagues.

The Council of Sections of the AADS is concerned with programs, workshops, and curriculum and teaching issues. It is one of seven AADS councils, each of which is headed by a vice president, who together with the president of the AADS make up the executive committee.

In addition to other duties, Dr. Nowlin will be actively involved in planning and preparing for the upcoming annual session of the AADS in April 2000 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Nowlin received his D.D.S. degree from The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston in 1970. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Dental Corp as a captain.

He received several honors during his military service and left the Army in 1973 as a major. In 1976, he joined the Division of Dental Anatomy, Department of Restorative Dentistry, at the Health Science Center as a clinical assistant professor. A move to the Division of Occlusion in 1977 led to his current position as head of the division.

During his tenure with the Health Science Center, Dr. Nowlin has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Accreditation Award for Leadership during the 1989-1990 ADA Accreditation Self-Study and Site Visit, and the Outstanding Service Award, Restorative Dentistry.