Awards and Honors


Rock and Roll marathon 2013

The University of Texas System

Two distinguished faculty members from the Department of Respiratory Care have been selected to receive the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the UT System. The award is the foremost teaching honor in the System, and recognizes excellence of the highest degree.


Healthcare and heroes

Ruben D. Restrepo, M.D., RRT, Professor, Department of Respiratory Care, is a highly respected educator in the areas of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, pharmacology, and mechanical ventilation. His enthusiasm for teaching is evident as he creatively designs his courses and the curriculum in the Respiratory Care Program to be student-oriented and focused on active learning.





Healthcare and heroes

Jay I. Peters, M.D. Professor, Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, also serves as the medical director in the Department of Respiratory Care. His research interests are on asthma, pulmonary infections and optimizing clinical care of critically ill patients with chronic lung disease. He has helped design a new method to administer an immunosuppressant drug for lung transplant patients that goes straight into their lungs.




Congratulations to our 2014 Student Life Awards Winners

Professional Student Leadership Award
Andrew Tate, Respiratory Care


Student Clinical Excellent Award
Heather Cobb, Physician Assistant Studies


Student Community Service Award
Ana Cloninger, Occupational Therapy


Student Research Award
Jennifer Canales & Elizabeth Garcia, Physical Therapy


University Student Leadership Award
Jonathan Zamarippa, Occupational Therapy



Healthcare and heroes

Announcing: San Antonio Health Care Heroes & Finalists 2014

Congratulations to the faculty, staff and students! The School of Health Professions is a finalist in the San Antonio Business Journal’s Heath Care Heroes award in the Educational Champion category. Read a brief article ; a complete article will be published online on April 25.



Dr. Martha Acosta

Congratulations to Dr. Martha Acosta (PT), who was recently honored at a reception at Morningside Ministries (MM) for her service work that she has done for their organization. She was invited to participate in this reception recognizing several HSC faculty who have contributed time and expertise to MM. Martha's main project involved producing a CD with two former PT students on "The Use of Assistive Devices - Information for Caregivers of the Older Adult". The CD is now available on the internet.


Rosemarie (Rosie) Nguyen, a December graduate of the Clinical Laboratory Science program, was recently notified that she had been selected as one of Texas’ Key to the Future awardees. This award recognizes new or young members who have demonstrated responsibility and leadership potential within the organization at the state or national level. She will receive her Key to the Future pin at the national meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) in July.


Rosie and Dr. Linda Smith, Chair of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, were selected for Omicron Sigma, the ASCLS President’s Honor Roll for Outstanding Service at the national level. Only 100 individuals from ASCLS are recognized for service at this level. Rosie was a member of the Student Forum Board in Texas and she served as vice-chair of the ASCLS National Student Forum. Dr. Smith was selected for her service as the ASCLS Past-President and member of the ASCLS Executive Committee.


Dr. Smith was also chosen as the TACLS Member of the Year. This award recognizes an individual who has inspired others, contributed significantly to the profession and who has, by outstanding example, significantly promoted the profession to the public and other health care professionals.


Respiratory Care graduate, Mazen Homoud, MSIS, RRT-SDS, was published for the first time in the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, Volume 12, Number 1. This is the 12th year of the journal's publication with this edition and includes representation from Australia, Canada, and the United States.



The School of Health Professions is pleased to announce one of four faculty at the Health Science Center to receive the Presidential Award for Clinical Excellence.

restrepoCongratulations to Autumn Clegg , Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She is one of four faculty at the Health Science Center to receive the Presidential Award for Clinical Excellence



The School of Health Professions is pleased to announce the
2012-13 Faculty Awards winners:

restrepoRuben Restrepo, M.D. and Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, has been elected as a new of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Science Education.


He was selected by the Academy’s Membership Committee from a large group of outstanding candidates – a true testament to the high esteem in which his peers across the UT System regard his accomplishments in health science education. The induction ceremony for new Academy members will be held in conjunction with the 10th annual Innovations in Health Science Education Conference to be held February 20-21, 2014, in Austin, Texas.


Dr. Ruben Restrepo, Respiratory Care, is the winner of the Spectrum Award, which recognizes all- around excellence as a faculty member.



asmisDr. Reto Asmis, Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, is the winner of the George Kudolo President’s Council Award for Excellence in Health Professions Research.

dallasDr. Steve Dallas, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, is the winner of the School of Health Professions Publication Award, which recognizes an outstanding publication.




The Department of Respiratory Care has been awarded the McCaffree Humanitarian Award for the 2+2 Asthma Education Crew community-based asthma program.


restrepoMike Geelhoed, (Physical Therapy) was re-elected Chief Delegate for Texas to the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates for 2013-2015.


restrepo Helen Sorenson , (Respiratory Care) received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Dana College Alumni Association in Blair, Nebraska.


restrepoSue Cunningham, PhD, RD/LD, CDE, successfully completed a 5-year recertification as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) granted by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).


restrepoLinda Smith, ASCLS President, (Clinical Laboratory Sciences), chaired the annual House of Delegates meeting in Houston in August. She was awarded the Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Education & Research Fund.