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Mayes joins Office of the Medical Dean

Dr. Thomas Mayes

Dr. Thomas C. Mayes, professor of pediatrics, has been appointed assistant dean for clinical affairs in the Medical School. Dr. Mayes received his Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University and his M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

He completed his residency in pediatrics at Wilford Hall Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Texas Childrenís Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. After fellowship training, while stationed at Wilford Hall, he served on the clinical faculty in the departments of pediatrics of the UTHSC and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He joined the full-time pediatrics faculty of the UTHSC in 1994 to lead the development of the new division of critical care and clinical programs in the pediatric ICUs at University Hospital and Christus Santa Rosa Childrenís Hospital.

"Iím quite honored to have been selected by Dr. Wartman for this position, and I look forward to continuing to serve the Medical School during this time of remarkable change, challenge and opportunity," Dr. Mayes said.

He was recently named a fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. The college honors achievements in multidisciplinary critical care medicine that have been recognized on both the national and world levels. An extremely selective process determines which candidates are worthy of the fellowship.

In September, Dr. Mayes will assume the position of vice chairman for clinical operations in the Department of Pediatrics, complementing his new position in the medical deanís office.

"Dr. Mayes brings to this position considerable energy, talent and enthusiasm. His strong clinical background and clear administrative and interpersonal skills, along with his familiarity with our institution, make him an ideal person to assume this important position," said Dr. Steven Wartman, dean of the Medical School.

Virginia Bowden honored by Medical Library Association

Dr. Virginia Bowden, right, receives a certificate from MLA President Frieda O. Weise.

Dr. Virginia M. Bowden, director of the Briscoe Library, was one of five fellows inducted into the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference in Vancouver in May. MLA is a scientific and educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,800 individual members in the health sciences information field. "I am very honored to have been selected as a fellow," she said.

A "Distinguished Member" of the MLA Academy of Health Information Professionals, Dr. Bowden has been active on national MLA committees and has twice been elected to the MLA Nominating Committee. In 1990 MLA recognized her work with one of its most prestigious awards, the Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences.

Dr. Bowden has been a librarian at UTHSC since 1970 and was appointed library director in 1985. She received her Ph.D. in library and information science from U. T. Austin.

Of library science over the years, she said, "Itís much more complex than it used to be. There have been tremendous changes in the past 20 years and they have accelerated because of electronic publishing." Dr. Bowden was a computer programmer when she decided to study library science, and she believes that has helped her keep abreast of the many technological changes in the field.

"Increasingly we can provide remote electronic access to journal articles and books, but I strongly believe there will always be a need for libraries," she said.