late J. Kent Trinkle, M.D., a pioneering cardio-thoracic transplant
surgeon and Health Science Center professor who characterized himself as
“just a country doctor,” left $250,000 in his will to increase an
endowment fund he established in his name in 1993.
Dr. J. Kent Trinkle Professorship in Cardiothoracic Surgery endowment
will ensure ongoing support for teaching and research within the
Division of Thoracic Surgery, now headed by John Calhoon, M.D.
Trinkle joined the Health Science Center in 1972 as chief of the
division and headed the team that performed the first heart, heart-lung,
and single-lung transplants in South Texas. Under his direction, San
Antonio became one of the four most active centers in the world for
1995 the University Health System and the Health Science Center
dedicated a new 25,000-square-foot transplant center in his name: The
Dr. J. Kent Trinkle Center for Transplant Sciences.
Trinkle’s widow, Barbara, said, “Kent was so committed to his
patients and students. He wanted to leave a meaningful legacy. This is a
wonderful way to do that.”
creates endowment to honor father’s memory
memory of their beloved husband and father, a Texas family has created
an endowment to fund resident education for the Department of
Ophthalmology in the Medical School.
Michael Nisbet, M.D., a retina specialist in Corpus Christi, and his
mother, Helen D. Nisbet of San Antonio, are honoring his father and her
husband’s memory by establishing the Alfred A. Nisbet Resident
Education Endowment at the Health Science Center.
late Alfred A. Nisbet, M.D., arrived in San Antonio in 1940 to begin his
private ophthalmology practice.
father was one of the early clinical faculty members when the Health
Science Center first started. He really enjoyed working with the
residents,” said Dr. Michael Nisbet. “As a way to continue his work with residents, we decided to create
the resident education endowment to fund resident research and to help
residents travel to national meetings to present their research
endowment funds will be used at the discretion of Wichard A.J. van
Heuven, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. In addition
to the endowment, the Nisbet family’s longstanding affiliation with
the Health Science Center is continuing through Michael’s son, Alan
Nisbet, a second-year medical student.
the annual White Coat Ceremony on July 4, the Mexican American
Physicians Association (MAPA) awarded scholarships to 30 first-year
Mexican American medical students at the Health Science Center.
Ramos, M.D., MAPA president, and Ernesto Parra, M.D., MAPA
president-elect, were on hand for the presentation of the scholarships.
scholarships paid for medical instruments required during the first-year
“Introduction to Physical Diagnosis” course.