Garland Anderson honored for lifetime of achievements

For immediate release: May 3, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - Dr. Garland D. Anderson, dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, was presented with a lifetime achievement award on April 13 at the 78th Annual Joint Meeting of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Texas Section ACOG in Houston.

The Baden-Gibbs Award is presented annually to a member of the organization who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to foster and stimulate improvements in women's health care and within the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology, and who has exhibited outstanding leadership in medicine in Texas. The award, founded in 1998, is named after two pioneers in Ob/Gyn in the state who worked diligently to meld three different specialty organizations into the association that exists now.

Before being appointed dean in October 2006, Anderson led UTMB's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 17 years. During his tenure, the department has consistently ranked among the top 20 in National Institutes of Health research funding, and most recently was ranked fourth in the nation.

Anderson earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He came to UTMB from the UTCM where he served as the director of resident education, as well as division chief of Maternal and Fetal Medicine and professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Anderson's current research focuses on the adult consequences of fetal disease and on finding ways to reduce racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes. He has worked to enhance the research environment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, increasing opportunities for basic and clinical studies.

Anderson spearheaded the expansion of a 12-clinic satellite program into the university's highly successful Regional Maternal and Child Health Program. Today, this network of 30 clinics provides 347,000 patient visits annually to women and children from more than 123 counties in medically underserved parts of South, Southeast and East Texas.

Anderson was recently named a Texas Super Doc by Texas Monthly, and has previously been named in The Best Doctors in America. He has also sponsored more than 20 visiting faculty and fellows, and is the author or co-author of more than 102 papers. In addition, from 1990 to 1994, he served as chair of UTMB's Medical Service, Research and Development Plan with responsibility for primary care clinics, University Hospital Clinics and Physicians Billing Service. Under his leadership, the plan more than doubled its collections. Anderson has received numerous awards, including the Nicholas and Katherine Leone Award for Administrative Excellence at UTMB and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Award for Research Excellence.

A strong advocate for women's and children's health, Anderson is active in his profession at the national level. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has served as board member and president of the Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, and he is the current president of the Council of University Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology. From May 2003 to March 2006, he was steering committee chair of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Maternal-Fetal Units Network.
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