Through funding provided by generous donors, the UT Health Science Center San Antonio is able to present annual lecture series on campus that bring to San Antonio and South Texas some of the world’s most prominent scientists, humanitarians, educators and biomedical leaders in the field of health care. Students, faculty, staff and the community have the opportunity to interact with and learn from these brilliant minds each year.
Thanks to the leadership support of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., the Health Science Center offers the annual Frank Bryant Jr. M.D. Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics and the Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series.
Frank Bryant Lecture
Presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center this past fall, the 7th annual Frank Bryant Lecture was also funded by the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, Methodist Healthcare Ministries and the Salinger-Forland Endowment. The discussion, “Health Care is Broken: How Do We Fix It?,” attracted approximately 600 guests from the university and the community.
Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs for The University of Texas System, moderated the engaging 90-minute session with a panel of distinguished speakers that included David Hunt, M.D., chief medical officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the Department of Health and Human Services appointed by U.S. President Barrack Obama; Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association, and others. Dr. Shine is also a past president of the Institute of Medicine and chair of the Council on Health Care Economics and Policy.
Topics included the shortcomings of America’s health care system, ethics of health care reform, proposals for increasing access to health care for all Americans, alternative proposals for funding of health care in America, and the use of health information technology to improve the quality of care and reduce health care costs.
Ruth E. Berggren, M.D., director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, said she is grateful to the donors for their collaboration and generosity.
“We would not be able to present the quality of events for which we are known without the support of our community partners,” she said. The Frank Bryant Lecture was named in honor of Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., who was the first medical director of the Ella Austin Health Center and co-developer of the East San Antonio Medical Center.
Presidential Distinguished Lecture
This year’s Presidential Distinguished Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in the Health Science Center Auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. The speaker is Tachi Yamada, M.D., president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Program.
As president of the Foundation, Dr. Yamada oversees grants totaling more than $7 billion directed at applying technologies to address major health challenges of the developing world including malnutrition, maternal and child health, tuberculosis, HIV, malaria and other infectious diseases. He was educated at Stanford and New York University School of Medicine and has authored more than 150 manuscripts in the field of gastroenterology. Dr. Yamada has made breakthrough discoveries relating to hormones and genes involved in the gastric acid secretory process. Among his numerous awards and honors, Dr. Yamada was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Lilia Martinez Lecture focuses on H1N1 virus
In 2005 the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation made a $1 million gift to fund the Dr. Joaquin G. Cigarroa Jr. Distinguished Chair in Medicine at the Health Science Center and to establish the Lilia Martinez Lecture held at the Laredo Campus Extension. The distinguished chair is named in honor of Joaquin G. Cigarroa Jr., M.D., who is a longtime Laredo physician and father of Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., chancellor of The University of Texas System.
This fall, the lecture focused on the timely topic of the seasonal flu and H1N1 viruses. More than 120 Laredo area residents and physicians heard presentations from Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., who is chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the Dr. John M. Smith Jr. Professor at the Health Science Center. A question-and-answer session followed with Hector Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Laredo Health Department and Joaquin G. Cigarroa Jr., M.D.
Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the Dental School, who hosted the evening’s event, thanked Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation representatives Deacon Larry and Maria Luisa Sandlin and David and Millie Slaughter.
“This was the first endowment established from Laredo to support our mission for Laredo and South Texas,” Dr. Kalkwarf said. “We are deeply grateful for the Martinez Foundation and to the late Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez for their leadership and vision to provide vital educational opportunities for the citizens of this region.”
The chair is occupied by Marc Feldman, M.D., professor of medicine and engineering in the School of Medicine’s cardiology division.