May 15, 2012
Recently, Baylor College of Medicine selected its outstanding educators for 2012. These faculty members included 15 physicians from the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC).
VA staff who received the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for teaching and evaluation included Daniel Anaya, M.D., a surgical oncologist, the director of the Liver Tumor Program, and an investigator with the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence (HSR); Ursula Braun, M.D., M.P.H., a geriatrician and director of Palliative Care in the Extended Care Line and an investigator with the Houston HSR; Charlie Lan, D.O., a physician in the Pulmonary Section of the Medical Care Line; Glenn Levine, M.D., a physician in the Cardiology Section; Venkatara Ramanathan, M.D., FASN, a physician in the Renal Section; Anuradha Subramanian, M.D., a physician in the Operative Care Line; and Suryakanta Velamuri, M.D., FCCP, a physician in the Pulmonary Section.
The Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for educational leadership was presented to Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, M.D., a physician in the Mental Health Care; Joseph Kass, M.D., J.D., a physician in the Neurology Care; Michael Kauth, Ph.D., a psychologist in the Mental Health Care Line, co-director of the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, and an investigator with the Houston HSR; Aanand Naik, M.D., a physician in the Research Care Line and an investigator with the Houston HSR; Barbara Trautner, M.D., Ph.D., associate chief of the Medical Care Line and an investigator with the Houston HSR; Velamuri; and Daniel Yoshor, M.D., a neurosurgeon in the Operative Care Line.
VA staff who received the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for development of educational materials included Anaya; Rajani Katta, M.D., a physician in the Dermatology Section; and Naik.
The 2012 Graduating Class Outstanding Faculty Award went to Richard J. Hamill, M.D., a staff physician in the Infectious Diseases Section. This is the fourth year he has been recognized in this category.
For more than 50 years, the MEDVAMC has provided clinical training for health care professionals through its major affiliate, Baylor College of Medicine. MEDVAMC operates one of the largest VA residency programs with 269.7 slots in 40 sub-specialties. Each academic year, more than 1,972 students are trained through 144 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning in 19 states. Health care students from fields such as nursing, dietetics, social work, physical therapy, and a wide variety of medical specialties receive training here each year. Affiliation agreements also include training opportunities for health care administration, health information technology, medical records billing and coding, and health education students. This responsibility serves to enhance the quality of care provided to our Veterans. The vast majority of MEDVAMC physicians are also faculty members of Baylor College of Medicine.
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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 130,000 Veterans in southeast Texas and provides some of the most complex care within the VA Health Care System. The DeBakey VA employs nearly 3,600 staff and is one of 49 institutions within the prestigious Texas Medical Center, one of the largest health and research centers in the world. The DeBakey VA is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; $26.8 million Research and Development Program; and Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center. The hospital offers sophisticated, cutting-edge technology such as PET/CT imaging, the Evident™ microwave ablation system, a CyberKnife®, a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, a Philips Wide Bore Computed Tomography Simulator, the OR•Control System, the Abiomed Impella 2.5 catheter-based heart pump, and the Sapien heart valve. For more than 60 years, the DeBakey VA has served as the primary teaching facility for our major affiliate, Baylor College of Medicine and operates one of the largest VA residency programs in the nation. Each academic year, more than 2,179 students are trained through 194 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, Richmond, and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged almost 1.3 million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2011.
For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit www.houston.va.gov or