Nov. 30, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 47


Of Note


And the Oscar goes to …

Orthopaedics, nephrology, urology celebrate Top 50 ranking

Photo of Edmonson, Adkisson, Wolff, Abboud, and Turner (From right) Jeff Turner, president and CEO of the University Health System, congratulates Dr. Hanna Abboud, chief of nephrology at UTHSC, as County Judge Nelson Wolff, County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson and UHS Board of Managers member Joe Edmonson look on.

Physicians, nurses, clinicians, staff and county elected officials gathered Nov. 13 at University Hospital to celebrate "A Night of Stars." The Oscars-like awards reception recognized the University Health System's second consecutive Top 50 Hospitals ranking in U.S. News & World Report and the Health Science Center faculty and staff who in many ways made it possible. The ratio of eligible U.S. hospitals to those listed is 36-to-1.

"The Academy Awards theme is appropriate since we have stellar people to recognize," said Jeff Turner, president and chief executive officer of the University Health System. "We are among the best health care systems in the country and we need to be proud of that. We are proud of our partnership with the UT Health Science Center."

The Health System is home to care rendered in many cases by Health Science Center faculty physicians, nurses and other health specialists. Of the 6,100 health care organizations eligible for ranking in U.S. News, only 168 were listed in the 17 rated specialties. Some hospitals, including the University Health System, were listed in more than one specialty. The orthopaedics service was ranked 14th, the nephrology service was 47th and the urology service was 49th.

"One of the reasons it is wonderful to be president of this Health Science Center is because of collaborations we enjoy, including our partnership with the University Health System," said Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, president. "We are proud of our fine physicians who provide the care that helps make this `Top 50' designation a reality." Dr. Cigarroa was one of many invited leaders in attendance, including County Judge Nelson Wolff, County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, and UHS Board of Managers members Dr. Robert Jimenez, Joe Edmonson, Mary Beth Williamson, Alex Briseño and James Adams.

Dr. Ronald Williams, chairman of orthopaedics at the Health Science Center, recognized Dr. Charles Rockwood, founding chairman of the department, and the orthopaedics faculty. He recalled that Dr. Animesh Agarwal, who was in attendance, pointed out to him the commitment of the department to train orthopaedic surgeons in trauma. Dr. Agarwal is a highly esteemed orthopaedic trauma surgeon.

Dr. Ian Thompson, division head of urology in the UTHSC department of surgery, recognized operative nursing staff, research and prevention program nurses, pathologists including Dr. Dean Troyer, and the talented urology faculty, including Drs. Joel Teichman, LeRoy Jones, Steven Kraus and Joseph Basler. He said the San Antonio urology program is well known in areas such as prostate cancer prevention, treatment of urinary stones, male and female sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence and molecular biology.

Dr. Hanna Abboud, division head of nephrology in the UTHSC department of medicine, recognized the team effort in kidney disease research and management. He highlighted the strong tradition of care delivery and kidney disease research in the institution since its inception. He thanked nurses and technicians and both institutions "for the means to do what we do," and recognized his faculty, including Drs. Balakuntalam Kasinath, Dan Riley, Charles Nolan, Wajeh Qunibi and Robert Kunau.

The ranking criteria include performance in clinical activities, reputation of the departments and nationwide leadership as demonstrated by the departments' physicians. The same three San Antonio departments were recognized last year.