HSC Media Report
Photo by Fernando Serna
Dr. Bankole Johnson,
Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, discussed his study of ondansetron
and early onset alcoholism with at least 46 media callers logged below:
Thursday, August 17
Cindy Tumiel, San Antonio Express-News
Rob Stein, Washington Post
Friday, August 18:
Holly Firfer, Cable News Network
Wendy Rigby, KENS-TV
Louise Daly, Agence-France Presse
(international wire service)
Mike Santangelo, United Press
International, New York
Salynn Boyles, WebMD (online), Nashville
Monday, August 21
Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press, Chicago
Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle
Mary Ann Roser, Austin American-Statesman
Janice Horowitz, TIME Magazine, New York
Mike Conlon, Reuters News Service, Chicago
Merritt McKinney, Reuters Health (online)
(a separate branch of Reuters)
Patty Neighmond, National Public Radio, Los
Bruce Bower, Science News
Victoria Griffith (based in Boston),
Financial Times of London
Hong Mautz, CBS Health Watch (online), New
Bijal Trivedi, Genome News
Network (online), Rockville, Md.
Roberto Rivera, San Antonio Medical Gazette
Sandra Renrick, WSPA-TV, CBS affiliate in
EurekAlert (Web site), item posted by
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
WTXF-TV (FOX), Philadelphia
Tuesday, August 22
Maria Flores, ABC World News Tonight
Tonya Burress, CBS Radio Network
Janice Karkel, ABC Radio
Ira Dreyfuss, Associated Press Radio
Delthia Ricks, Newsday
DeeAnn Glamser, OnHealth.com, Seattle
Rune Cristofferson, VG (daily newspaper),
Theresa Waldrop, Bloomberg News Service,
Adam Marcus, HealthSCOUT (online), New York
Lennie Kirkman, WOAI Radio
Tony Cantu, Texas Public Radio
WTOP Radio, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, August 23
Katie Kiefer, KMOL-TV
Rebecca Corral, CBS Radio, San Francisco
Tony Trupiano (radio show heard in 80
Thursday, August 24
Eliza Sonneland, KTSA Radio
Leena Khor, Pink Sheet
Tom Clay, KENS Radio
Friday, August 25
Tuesday, August 29:
Jessica Berman, Voice of America
Brian McAlarney, Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
Thursday, August 31:
The Media Report
National & International
ABC News.com and WebMD
interviewed Dr. Mary MacDougall, dental dean’s office/pediatric
dentistry, about tooth "farming." She told ABC that at least 25
different genes have been found to prompt teeth to grow in humans. Dr.
MacDougall was interviewed on the same topic by the Wall Street Journal,
Business Week, KTSA Radio, KLIS Radio in Dallas, KWEX-TV and Delta
Boston’s Marketplace Radio Show interviewed
Dr. Martin Meltz,
radiation oncology, about the safety of cell phones. Dr. Meltz also was quoted
in a Wall Street Journal article about a cell phone risk standard adopted
The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes quoted
Dr. Douglas Barber,
rehabilitation medicine, in a segment about injuries that could be caused by
An article in USA Weekend on the
health effects of mold in schools included quotes from Dr. Claudia Miller, family
ABC World News Tonight asked Dr.
Robert O’Rourke, medicine/cardiology, about new guidelines on Electron
Beam Computed Tomography, issued by the American Heart Association and American
College of Cardiology.
An article written by Dr. H. Ralph
Rawls, restorative dentistry/ biomaterials, was published in the
MIT Magazine of Innovation
Ivanhoe Broadcast News of Florida
interviewed Dr. Gregory Mundy, medicine/endocrinology, about antlers and
bone growth factors.
Newsweek interviewed Dr. Chris
Johnson, pediatrics, about milestones in children’s development.
USA Today spoke with Dr. Lawrence
Harkless, orthopaedics/podiatry, about why lower-extremity amputation rates
are higher in South Texas than in other parts of the country.
The Laredo Morning Times ran a
photograph of Dr. John P. Howe, III, president, and representatives of
the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust
Foundation on the presentation of
an oversized check to announce the Hachar Foundation’s $2 million commitment
to the Health Science Center’s Laredo Campus Extension.
A subsequent story in the Times quoted President Howe.
The Valley Morning Star (Harlingen)
reported the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC). KGBT-TV in Harlingen, KNVO-TV in McAllen
and KURV-AM in Edinburg also aired segments on the RAHC ceremony.
Top legislative leaders from near and far,
U. T. System officers, Health Science Center officials and the
Regional Academic Health Center’s partners—Valley Baptist
Medical Center, Su Clínica Familiar of Harlingen and the South
Texas community—celebrated the RAHC groundbreaking Aug. 28 in
The Monitor (McAllen) quoted
Dr. Jaime Garza, surgery/plastic & reconstructive, about the intangible
ingredients, such as work ethic, that students will need in becoming
physicians. Dr. Garza was one of several Health Science Center speakers at a
Med/Ed pre-med workshop
The Houston Chronicle interviewed Dr.
Sanford Miller, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, about
the prominence of San Antonio’s Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research.
San Antonio Express-News
An editorial lauded the establishment of
the Regional Academic Health Center and was accompanied by
a rendering of the RAHC Medical Education Division.
The daily quoted Dr. Bettie Sue Masters,
biochemistry, as saying that university scientists studying the human genome
will greatly benefit from $7 million in new equipment acquisitions on campus.
A lead editorial praised the Health Science
Center for making great strides in creating the Children’s Cancer Research
Dr. Francisco Cigarroa,
surgery, and President Howe were interviewed about the first pediatric
small bowel transplant in South Texas history, performed earlier this year by
Dr. Gary Guest, dental diagnostic
science, was quoted about the Dental School’s transition to an electronic
curriculum, beginning with incoming students this fall.
Dr. Celia Kaye, pediatrics, and Dr.
Henry Perkins, medicine/general medicine, were interviewed about ethical
issues surrounding the deciphering of the human genetic blueprint.
The daily quoted Dr. David Shelledy, respiratory
care, about asthma trends and statistics in San Antonio and Bexar County.
Separate articles about the summer heat’s
effect on the elderly quoted Dr. Toni Miles, family practice, and Dr.
Donald Gordon, emergency medical technology.
Jack Maguire, former special
assistant to President Howe, was honored in an obituary about his many
The Express-News reported that the
first building of the Laredo Campus Extension will be named for late Laredo
businessman D.D. Hachar.
KENS, Channel 5, asked Dr. Mark
Funk, obstetrics & gynecology, to comment on a published report that
annual Pap smears may not be
necessary for most women.
KENS also interviewed Dr.
Edward Lefeber, medicine, about preventing colds by taking zinc, and
dentistry, about preventing cavities.
Dr. Maria Lopez Howell,
KMOL, Channel 4, invited Dr.
Laura Collins, medicine/cardiology,
to discuss "silent" heart attacks. The station also interviewed Dr.
Autumn Dawn Galbreath, medicine/cardiology, about the risk of heart problems
in younger women and about a major Health Science Center congestive heart
KSAT, Channel 12; KABB, Channel 29; KVDA,
Channel 60; and KENS covered the news conference for the first
pediatric small bowel transplant in South Texas history.
KMOL and KABB mentioned the
distribution of laptop computers to incoming Dental School students starting on
an electronic curriculum.
WOAI-AM interviewed Dr. Leonel
Vela, medical dean’s office, about the Regional Academic Health Center
groundbreaking. The station also aired a segment about incoming dental students
receiving laptop computers.
- KONO-AM quoted Dr. Douglas Barber about
tires and potential injuries.
- Texas Public Radio, WOAI and KTFM interviewed
Lee, molecular medicine/Institute of Biotechnology, about his team’s
discovery of a link between two genes that, when defective, are involved in
development of breast cancer.
- WOAI and Texas Public Radio covered the
news conference for the first pediatric small bowel transplant in South Texas
- The KLUP-AM "Prime Plus" show with Mary
Dr. Toni Miles, family practice, about health care for well elders; Dr.
Michael Lichtenstein, medicine/geriatrics and gerontology, about
single-payer systems for health care and elder care; and
Dr. Roger McCarter, physiology, about the biology of aging.
- KTSA-AM spoke with Dr. Alexander Miller, surgery,
about procedures to remove melanoma.
- The San Antonio Medical Gazette carried numerous
stories and photos, including the first pediatric intestinal transplant in South
Texas and an Emergency Medical Services accident simulation for third-year
- The San Antonio Business Journal interviewed Dr.
Research Center, about the ways in which tobacco settlement funds are being
spent in San Antonio.
- La Prensa ran a photo and caption about
scholarships presented to incoming medical students by the Mexican American
- The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise ran
a story about tooth regeneration, quoting Dr. Mary MacDougall.
- The Hill Country Recorder (Boerne) ran an item
about a LASIK eye surgery seminar being held at the Health Science Center.
- The Standard Radio-Post (Fredericksburg)
mentioned Dr. Peter John Hart, biochemistry, who received a grant to find
the cause of the inherited form of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
— Compiled by Will Sansom