I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as Executive Vice President and Provost, and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I am proud to be part of an institution with such a rich history and diverse community of people who are working to improve the lives of others.

Message from the Provost

June 30, 2014

Susan McCammom, MD, MBACongratulations to the new William Osler Scholars, Susan Dixon McCammon, MFA, MD, and Patricia A. Rogers, MD, FAAP! The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine recognizes individuals who exemplify Sir William Osler’s ideals of humane, compassionate, scientifically sound, patient-centered care and teaching.

Dr. McCammon is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of Otolaryngology, and serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck. She is holder of the Jehu Matthew Robison Distinguished Professorship in Otolaryngology, Chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery/Foundation (AAO-HNS/F), and is continuing her education as a PhD candidate in the Institute for Medical Humanities.

Dr. Patricia RogersA Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Rogers is a member of the Academy of Master Teachers and is active with state and national organizations including the Texas Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her other honors include the Unsung Hero In Healthcare Award presented by the Galveston NAACP and induction to The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education.

At the 13th annual Osler Oration on July 11, the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine will honor Dr. McCammon and Dr. Rogers, as well as these other outstanding UTMB members:

  • The John P. McGovern Lifetime Achievement Award in Oslerian Medicine: Leonard E. Swischuk, MD
  • Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards: Loretta Lee Grumbles, MD, Hanan Hussein, MD,
  • Michael H. Malloy, MD, and Robert Glenn Smith, MD, PhD
  • The John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine: Mary Elizabeth Murphy, Angie Hamouie, Taylor Baumann and Candace Bailey
  • The John D. and Mary Ann Stobo Award: Jacqueline Stout
  • The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine Student Award: William Green
  • Practice of Medicine 1 Essay Award in Oslerian Medicine: Jillian Patton
  • Practice of Medicine 3 Essay Award in Oslerian Medicine: Mary R. Goodrich and Michelle H. Parmley

Congratulations to all the awardees!

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Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

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June 27, 2014

James Blankenship, PhDWelcome our new Student Ombudsman, James E. Blankenship, PhD! As Student Ombudsman beginning July 1st, Dr. Blankenship will provide confidential and informal assistance to UTMB students. Acting as a neutral party and champion for fair processes, he will facilitate the resolution of concerns and conflicts for students and academic leadership and make recommendations to improve communication at all academic levels.

For roughly four decades, Dr. Blankenship served at UTMB in positions including Ashbel Smith Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology (NCB); Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program; Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS); Director, MD-PhD Combined Degree Program and Member, Marine Biomedical Institute. He received his PhD in Physiology from Yale University Medical School, and stayed at Yale as a Graduate Fellow for the National Science Foundation before completing postdoctoral fellowships at New York University School of Medicine and the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Blankenship’s research focused on the neural control of locomotory behaviors and the neural and hormonal control of reproductive activity in the marine mollusk Aplysia, a well-known model preparation for studies of neurobiology at the cellular and molecular levels. His work earned him honors such as the Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke; The John G. Sinclair Sigma Xi Award for Humanity, Scholarship and Research for the UTMB Sigma Xi Chapter; the Gender Equity Award from the University of Texas Medical School medical student branch of the American Medical Women’s Association; as well as the Distinguished Teaching Award, Excellence in Teaching Award and Distinguished Faculty Service Award from the GSBS.

His commitment to service, prior professional experiences and accomplishments, as well as his dynamic approach to teaching and leadership development make Dr. Blankenship uniquely qualified to succeed as Student Ombudsman.  

Visit Dr. Blankenship during his office hours:

  • Lee Hage Jamail Student Center, conference room 2.110
    Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m.
    Thursday, 12 to 1 p.m.
               
    Students also may contact Dr. Blankenship at jeblanke@utmb.edu, or reach him through Jill Patterson in Student Services, (409) 747-9055.

Sincerely yours,

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Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

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June 27, 2014

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Open Payments), a part of the Affordable Care Act, is requiring domestic drug and device manufacturers to report any payments made to physicians or academic medical centers to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with certain exceptions.

As of June 1st, UTMB clinicians may begin registering with CMS so that they may review their payment information that will be made available for individual review on July 1st, and publicly available in September 2014. It is important that physicians review their data starting in July to ensure the accuracy of data reported on CMS’s website.  UTMB’s Conflicts of Interest office will be providing online materials and in-person training sessions to help faculty members understand their responsibilities under the regulations.  Find a walkthrough of the physician registration process here.

The implementation of Open Payments is an important step towards greater transparency in the provision of health care services. I encourage each of you to familiarize yourself with the regulations and to register with CMS, which enables you to review data reported regarding your activities.

If you have any specific questions regarding Open Payments or would like to request an in-person training session, please contact the COI office at coi.in@utmb.edu.

Sincerely yours,

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Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

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June 20, 2014

AAALAC International site visit: The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) will be visiting animal research areas on campus from June 23 through June 25.  

AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. UTMB’s animal care program has been accredited since 1995. We look forward to working with our visitors to ensure the continued success of our animal program. 

Sincerely yours,

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Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

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June 19, 2014

UTMB has been named the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) Chapter of the Year. The award was presented during TMA’s annual meeting in Fort Worth. The annual Chapter of the Year award began in 1998 to recognize the chapter that excels in furthering TMA-MSS’s goals and policies, and demonstrates leadership, dedication and service to TMA and the American Medical Association (AMA).

UTMB chapter members have been involved with the Galveston community to promote good health and disease prevention, including making presentations to more than 1,200 elementary and middle school students about the dangers of tobacco use. Medical and allied health professions students from UTMB also participated in the local Grandkids Festival to promote healthy living and active play.

Special recognition goes to the students that comprise chapter leadership: president Taylor Baumann, past president Nick Burns, AMA delegate Robert Good and TMA delegate Alexi Bulloch, as well as to faculty advisor, Ben Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP.

Please join me in congratulating them on this honor!

Sincerely yours,

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Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

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June 17, 2014

UTMB is pleased to announce the launch of our new Office of Faculty Affairs website. A result of a joint effort across all four schools (School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences), as well as the Academy of Research Mentors, Academy of Master Teachers and the Faculty Senate, this tool will serve as a central resource for faculty information. Illuminating the processes for appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure, the site provides guidelines, checklists, timelines and review criteria. Additionally, details on campus events including training and teaching activities, upcoming seminars and mentoring opportunities will be posted. 

http://www.utmb.edu/facultyaffairs/

Featured sections include:

  • Appointment, Promotion and Tenure
  • Benefits and Compensation
  • Event Calendar
  • Clinical Activities
  • Faculty Development
  • Mentoring
  • Organizations and Committees
  • Research and Grants
  • Residents and Fellows (GME)
  • UTMB Living, Communities and Schools

With this new support, current and future faculty at UTMB will have easy access to an array of crucial information regarding personal growth and development. Should you have any questions, or if you have upcoming events or news of interest to all faculty, please contact Mary Schlobohm at 409-772-2673.

Sincerely yours,

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Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

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