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UT School of Public Health San Antonio inaugural dean receives $1.6 million UT System Faculty STARs award

STARs award


Vasan S. Ramachandran, MD, founding dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio, has received a UT System Faculty Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) award for more than $1.6 million to fund infrastructure and renovation to advance public health in South Texas. 

Ramachandran explained how, over a span of more than 20 years, he helped establish a state-of-the-art cardiac imaging laboratory that takes pictures of the heart, along with a vascular laboratory that looks at the function of arteries. A second station looks at the body’s bit-by-bit variation in blood pressure and heart rate in response to daily living activities such as sitting, walking and standing, and a third station he helped establish for cardiopulmonary exercise testing. 

“What the STARs award will allow me to do,” Ramachandran said, “is in a very short period, construct all three stations together under one roof here at UT Health San Antonio.” 


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