Long Island physician-scholar selected
as dean of Medical School
Dr. Steven A. Wartman, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, has been named
dean of the Health
Science Center's Medical School, announced Dr. John P. Howe, III,
president. The appointment is effective this spring. Dr. Wartman succeeds
the retiring dean, Dr. James J. Young.
"After an extensive nationwide search, we have found the right person to lead our Medical School into the new century," Dr. Howe said. "Dr. Wartman is an
outstanding medical academician and scholar with a thorough understanding of graduate medical education. The Medical School's first 30 years have been remarkable years of
progress. Now, under Dr. Wartman's leadership, that progress will reach an unprecedented level of excellence for our community and country."
Dr. Wartman currently occupies the Edward Meilman Distinguished Chair of Medicine and is physician-in-chief at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is also
director of the Center for Quality Research of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The Health Science Center's Medical School has an annual budget in excess of $250 million and employs 586 full- and part-time faculty. "As its dean, Dr. Wartman will play
an important role in San Antonio's leading industry, the biosciences," Dr. Howe said.
The Medical School is affiliated with 1,500 clinical faculty and dozens of institutions in South Texas. Medical School faculty provided $94.4 million in charity care to
the medically indigent during the 1998-99 fiscal year.
Dr. Young, a distinguished U.S. Army general, directed exponential growth of the Medical School over the last decade, including development and implementation of
expanded health professions initiatives throughout the South Texas/Border Region.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University in 1966, Dr. Wartman received his medical degree in 1970 from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in sociology
from Johns Hopkins in 1979. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed an internship at Stanford University Medical Center and residency
at Yale-New Haven Hospital, both in internal medicine, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins from 1976 to 1978 while doing a senior residency
in internal medicine at Baltimore City Hospital.
At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Wartman was an International Fellow in Health Care in Yugoslavia (1969). Subsequently, he was a Henry Luce Scholar in Indonesia (1975-76). In
1991 the U.S. Public Health Service selected him, as the nominee of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), for its Primary Care Policy Fellowship. His other
honors include a Leadership and Achievement Award in 1997 from the Society of General Internal Medicine, of which he is also a past president, and the U.S. Health Resources
and Services Administration's 1999 Award for Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Interdisciplinary Collaboration for his role as co-director of the Interdisciplinary
Generalist Curriculum Project.
Dr. Wartman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Before joining the Long Island Jewish
Medical Center in 1995, he was professor of medicine at the University of Miami and director of medical services and chairman of medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center
in Miami Beach. Prior to that he spent 13 years on the faculty at Brown University, where he founded the Division of General Internal Medicine and served as residency
Dr. Wartman has authored or contributed to more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, book chapters, letters and other publications. His long-standing
professional interests include health care delivery, health policy, medical ethics and medical education.
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Wartman, 55, is married to Gina Caliri. He has two grown sons. His hobbies and interests include music, literature, tennis and fitness.
HSC to receive $1.6 million
The Health Science Center will receive $1.6 million over the next four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the institute announced Wednesday,
Dec. 15. The award will enable Health Science Center researchers to find new ways of translating basic biomedical research into breakthroughs in clinical treatment.
from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Hughes award, the second for the Health Science Center in four years, is especially significant because it boosts the San Antonio center's ability to recruit top-flight
"Good young people are coming out of the best training programs and are recruited by many programs including ours," said Dr. Robert A. Clark, principal investigator for
the HHMI grant, professor of medicine and the Dan F. Parman Chair in the Health Science Center's Department of Medicine. "This helps us offer more funding to start
their laboratories, to acquire equipment and to hire personnel. The Howard Hughes Research Resources Program has been a major boost for us."
In 1995, the HHMI granted $80 million to 30 medical schools including
the Health Science Center. The first HHMI grant allocated $1.6 million to
research and enrichment at the Health Science Center. Faculty supported in
this way subsequently received external grants valued at $13.7 million--more than an eightfold return
"We have been impressed with the U. T. Health Science Center at San Antonio's achievement," said Dr. Joseph G. Perpich, HHMI vice president for grants and special
programs. "The Health Science Center has done an excellent job of recruiting outstanding junior faculty who have gone on to win outside research funding, continuing the
work that HHMI support helped to start. The university also has done a fine job of recruiting underrepresented minorities to the faculty. The review panel
considers your institution as having an upward trajectory, and we anticipate that this grant will help the Health Science Center keep that momentum going."
Of the 43 awards made to Health Science Center investigators during the first HHMI grant period, 12 went to women and nine to minority scientists. The grants aided
researchers such as Dr. Sunil Ahuja, Department of Medicine, who received start-up funding for studies on the role of chemokine receptors in HIV cell entry. In 1998, Dr.
Ahuja's groundbreaking work was mentioned on the front page of the
New York Times.
HHMI funds also supported innovative pilot research--new research projects that needed preliminary data before the scientists could compete for outside funding. These included
a novel study by Dr. Pudur Jagadeeswaren, Department of
Cellular and Structural Biology, to identify genes involved in blood coagulation.
The Health Science Center is one of four medical schools in Texas and 41 nationwide to be selected for HHMI grants totaling $92 million this year. Proposals from more
than 100 medical schools were considered.
Cholesterol drugs, RAHC
among items making headlines
National & International
Dr. Greg Mundy, medicine, and his findings about cholesterol-lowering "statin" drugs and their possible use in treating osteoporosis were featured on the
National Public Radio program "All Things Considered."
An Associated Press article on the same topic was carried in newspapers nationwide, including the
New York Times, the Wall Street
Journal, the Washington Post and the
Los Angeles Times. Discover magazine quoted
Dr. Robert G. Brzyski, obstetrics and gynecology, for a piece on what determines a baby's sex.
The New York Times interviewed Dr. Julio Palmaz,
radiology, on the stent he invented. Hispanic Outlook
magazine included the Health Science Center in its annual listing
of the best schools for Hispanics.
The Dallas Morning News listed the Health Science Center as one of the medical schools in the state in which women make up more than half the first-year medical
school class. The paper also mentioned the Health Science Center in a story on construction funds recently approved by the Board of Regents.
The Health Science Center's portion of the tobacco settlement was mentioned in a
Houston Chronicle piece on the slump in tobacco sales.
A letter to the editor by Dr. John P. Howe, III,
president, appeared in the Valley Morning Star
(Harlingen). The letter concerned the Regional Academic Health
Center (RAHC).The Star also mentioned Dr. Leonel Vela,
regional dean, and Dr. James Young, Medical School dean, in a separate article on RAHC progress.
The RAHC also was the subject of articles in
The Monitor (McAllen), the
Brownsville Herald, the Edinburg Daily Review,
the Galveston Daily News, the
Alice Echo-News, the Weatherford Democrat,
the Abilene Reporter-News, the
Clute Facts and the Lufkin Daily News.
The Health Science Center's Pain Management
Center and its director, Dr. Somayaji Ramamurthy,
anesthes-iology, were featured in an article on managing chronic
pain. James Griffin, anesthesiology, was pictured treating a patient.
Dr. Craig Witz, obstetrics and gynecology, was interviewed for an article on discussing menstruation with one's children.
Dr. Daniel Hale, pediatrics, was quoted in a
front-page story on discolored necks in children as early markers of diabetes.
The daily interviewed Dr. Jean Smith, medicine, regarding shingles testing being conducted in San Antonio.
Dr. Gustavo Román, medicine, and Dr. Donald Royall,
psychiatry, were featured in a story on the Health Science Center's new Memory Disorders Clinic.
Dr. Brian Herman, cellular and structural biology, associate director
Dr. Vickie Frohlich and the Optical Imaging
Center were the subject of an article on new imaging technology to view human cells.
Medical School Dean Dr. James Young was quoted in an article on the RAHC.
Dr. Ross Lawler, family practice, was mentioned for his award for the best article published
in a journal by a family physician. Drs. Greg Mundy
and Bettie Sue Siler Masters, biochemistry, were mentioned in "Campus News" on their selection as 1999
La Prensa wrote about the Health Science Center's
A Su Salud program in an article about preventing fires. The
San Antonio Business Journal listed Drs. Greg Mundy,
Bettie Sue Siler Masters and Ross Lawler
in its "Awards & Achievements" section.
KSAT-TV, Channel 13, spoke with Dr. Angela Thyer,
obstetrics and gyne-cology, about a new study conducted for women who are not ovulating.
KENS, Channel 5, interviewed Dr. Joel Baseman,
microbiology, about a new sexually transmitted disease clinic;
Dr. Stan Nelson, restorative dentistry, about occlusion;
and Dr. Robert Schenck, orthopaedics, on heel pain.
Also appearing on KENS were Dr. Glenn Gross,
medicine, who discussed gallstones; Dr. Ron Grimwood,
medicine, on new treatments for spider veins; and
Dr. Connie Mobley, community dentistry, on the benefits of Vitamin E.
Dr. Huw Thomas, pediatric dentistry, discussed cavities in children on
KENS; Dr. Janet Williams, pediatrics, was interviewed about headaches in children; and
Maria Montez, medicine, spoke about diabetes symptoms.
KENS also interviewed Dr. Greg Mundy
about his study on statins and Dr. Laura Collins,
medicine, about heart attacks during the holidays.
Dr. Stephen Brannan, psychiatry, discussed his study on antidepressants, and
Dr. Sandra Fox, ophthalmology, spoke about the low vision eye clinic. Dr. Terry LeGrand, respiratory care, appeared on
KENS to discuss the possible effects of the recent hydrochloric acid spill in San Antonio.
KVDA-TV, Channel 31, interviewed Dr. Gustavo
Román about the new memory disorders clinic at Villa Serena.
WOAI-AM, 1200, interviewed Dr. Jan Bruder,
medicine, on osteoporosis and Dr. Huw Thomas
on cavities in children. Dr. Stephen Brannan
discussed his antidepressant study, and Dr. David Shelledy,
respiratory care, was interviewed about San Antonio's recent acid spill.
Dr. Laura Collins was also interviewed about heart attacks during
San Antonio Cancer Institute
An award honoring Dr. Barbara H. Bowman, chair of the Health Science
Center's Department of Cellular and Structural Biology until her death in
1996, is among three
grant initiatives in cancer-related research that will be funded through
the San Antonio Cancer Institute's (SACI) core grant development fund.
research funding deadline is Jan. 7
The SACI, a partnership between the Health Science Center and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), is accepting applications for pilot project funds for
several initiatives targeting cancer prevention research, cancer control and childhood cancer.
The Fourth Annual Barbara H. Bowman, Ph.D., Award in Cancer Prevention Research will provide up to $25,000 to the highest ranked cancer prevention-related
project submitted. Grant money also is available through the Mentored Junior Faculty Award, with up to $20,000 being awarded per project to applicants with a named senior
faculty SACI investigator to serve as a mentor. Applicants for these grants must be current SACI research members or eligible candidates.
The SACI has a new supplemental grant initiative designed to fund proposals for cancer control research projects. Approximately $97,000 is available for projects, with
a maximum of $20,000 awarded for one-year projects and up to $40,000 for two-year endeavors. Eligible applications will include one- or two-year cancer control-related,
cross-disciplinary studies in areas of population-based cancer genetics, molecular epidemiology, cancer survivorship, behavioral research and cancer surveillance research.
A third initiative will fund pilot projects in childhood cancer through the Health Science Center's Children's Cancer Research Center (CCRC). Applications directly
relevant to childhood cancer are being solicited from Health Science Center faculty members, SACI members and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center. Approximately
$750,000 is available for these projects with up to $75,000 per project.
The deadline for applications is Jan. 7. The earliest date of award is
March 1. Application forms and instructions are available on the
site. For more information, contact the SACI administrative office at
Milam is chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
As the newly appointed chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery, Dr. Stephen B. Milam is looking forward to the challenges and
ahead, including creating an environment that will encourage the best
minds in the field to pursue academic careers at the Health Science
Dr. Milam also will focus on devel-oping a link between clinicians and researchers in the department. He said he would like to see a unified team whose work will lead
to solutions to clinical problems.
"Scientists and clinicians speak different languages," he said. "Coupling the clinician with the basic researcher would lead to greater communication and would enhance
both areas of endeavor."
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has established a national and international reputation. A large percentage of the patients Dr. Milam and his colleagues
treat are referred from other states and countries. "We have an outstanding program here. Our undergraduates have scored extremely well on their board exams. Likewise,
graduates of our residency program over the past decade have successfully completed their specialty board exams with a 100 percent pass rate, " Dr. Milam said.
Dr. Milam joined the Health Science Center in 1993 as an associate professor. In 1998 he was named acting chairman of the department. He received a B.A. from
Baylor University, followed by an M.A. in psychology.
He was drawn to dentistry as a career because it combines science and art, two subjects he has always liked. "It's a very technique-oriented profession. You've got to have
good hand skills and an eye for aesthetics," he said.
Dr. Milam earned his D.D.S. degree at Baylor College of Dentistry, followed by a certificate in anesthesiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
and subsequent teaching positions in pharmacology and anesthesiology at Baylor and U. T. Southwestern's Medical School.
In 1986 he had the option of earning a Ph.D. in pharmacology, but says he decided to go into an area he knew the least about, cellular biology. He received his Ph.D. from
the Health Science Center while completing his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He spent two more years on the faculty at Baylor, then returned to the Health
Science Center to establish the research division in his current department. Dr. Milam's research interests include chronic pain and degenerative diseases of the
Barker retires from Health Science Center
after 32 years of service
When Billy J. Barker began work at the then South Texas Medical School in
September 1967, there was only a four-story Medical School building, two
grain silos and
not much else. Nearby stood the six-floor Methodist Hospital and the
seven-floor county hospital that was under construction at the time.
Originally hired as the director of accounting for the South Texas Medical School, he was housed with other administrative staff members in the engineering building
at Trinity University while construction was under way in the Medical Center.
During his tenure Barker has watched from a variety of vantage points as the institution has blossomed and grown into the Health Science Center of today. Barker
has served as the budget officer, the executive director of financial services and the executive assistant to the executive vice president.
Last year he became executive assistant to the vice president for
administration and business affairs.
"Ever since my arrival at the newly created Health Science Center
fall of 1972, Bill has been one of the most important people in the
Robert Price, executive vice president, who worked with Barker for more
than 12 years. "His role in the development of the Health Science
cannot be overstated and his institutional memory can never be
Barker said he has enjoyed his time at the Health Science
"I have enjoyed watching the place grow," said Barker. "It has been nice to see all of the
accomplishments that have been made."
On Dec. 31 Barker will officially retire from the Health Science Center after 32 years of service. A retirement party is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, in
the auditorium foyer.
"After you have put this much time into a place, it is with mixed emotions that you leave. You always have reservations," said Barker. "The biggest thing I will miss is the
people. I have had a lot of opportunities to meet great people here and learn a lot of different things."
Over the course of three decades, Barker has worked in an
area responsible for the Department of Accounting, Budget and Payroll Services, Purchasing, the Department of
Human Resources, the Bookstore, Mail Services and the Office of International Affairs.
"I would like to thank Bill for staying around a little longer to assist me in my first year at the Health Science Center," said Anthony Ferrara, vice president for
administration and business affairs.
"His knowledge and expertise have been invaluable in my getting acquainted with our faculty and staff and in the business operations at the Health Science Center. We
will miss him in our office not only because of his knowledge, but most importantly,
because of his never-ending smile and his friendship."
With retirement approaching, Barker has no plans to slow down. He intends to travel with his wife, do volunteer work with several local organizations, devote more time
to his woodworking hobby and help out at his son's business.
Barker came to the Health Science Center from Pan American University in Edinburg, where he served as chief of accounting for three years. Before that, he was
employed by Texas A&M University for eight years.
Collaboration yields literary rewards
A shared interest in gerontology and education led Drs. Mary Ann Matteson
and Adrianne Linton of the School of Nursing into a remarkably productive
It resulted in the books Gerontological Nursing: Concepts and Practice,
and Introductory Nursing Care of Adults, first and second
Gerontological Nursing is used in hundreds of nursing schools,
Introductory Nursing Care is the text of choice for licensed
vocational nurse (LVN) education.
for School of Nursing faculty members
Dr. Matteson, the Thelma and Joe Crow Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Nursing Care, considers writing her favorite pastime. She started
writing the first edition of Gerontological Nursing
while a clinical nurse specialist in gerontology at Duke University. She recalls asking a sales representative for publisher W. B.
Saunders for a textbook on the subject and being told, "Why don't you write one?" She did, in collaboration with a colleague, and six years later it was published.
After Dr. Matteson joined the Health Science Center in 1988, she and Dr. Linton, associate professor in the Department of Chronic Nursing Care, co-authored the
introductory text for LVNs and the Gerontological Nursing
text at Saunders' request. "The hardest part of writing is getting started," Dr. Linton said. "But once you get done
with Chapter One, you get on a roll."
"It's good to work as a team," she added. "We could never have done this alone."
The gerontology book is sold all over the world and has been translated into Japanese and Chinese.
"These countries need something like that because care of elders in
Asian societies is beginning to follow the American model, rather than traditional home care."
The authors agree that the LVN text was easier to write because it had a more conversational style than the intensively researched gerontology book. But both were surprised
by how much work was involved in writing a second edition. "We were surprised it was just as hard," said Dr. Matteson. "You have to review everything, update, rewrite
and reorganize to keep up with changes in the field."
Nonetheless, they both said, the benefits far outweigh the "agony you go through," as Dr. Linton put it. "It's so rewarding to complete the book. It gives you a sense of
accomplishment to influence something you care about," she said.
Dr. Mary Ann Matteson, chair of the Department of Family Nursing Care, left, and Dr. Adrianne Linton, associate professor in the Department of Chronic Nursing Care,
display their efforts. Drs. Matteson and Linton worked on Gerontological Nursing: Concepts and Practice, 2nd
Edition, and Introductory Nursing Care of Adults.