Three UTHCT health care professionals achieve distinction

Monday, November 13, 2006

Three health care professionals at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently attained honors in their respective fields. They are Chiagozie U. Nwasuruba, MD, a UTHSCT associate professor of medicine in Internal Medicine; Janet Seliga, RN, coordinator of Nursing Education; and Janet Gouldthorpe, a certified tumor registrar for Health Information Management at UTHSCT.

Dr. Nwasuruba has been elected to Fellowship in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Nwasuruba, who is board certified in internal medicine, currently is a hospitalist at UTHSCT. He joined the Health Center in 1996.

The ACP is the nation’s largest medical specialty society, with about 120,000 members. Its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

Dr. Nwasuruba will be formally inducted into ACP Fellowship at an April 19, 2007, ceremony during the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. Fellowship is awarded to physicians who are recognized by their peers for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship.

Seliga recently had her board certification in nursing professional development renewed for five years, making her one of only 1,400 nurses nationally who have been awarded that distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 2.4 million registered nurses in the United States.

Seliga has a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler and has worked at the Health Center for six years. She will graduate from Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Nursing with a post-graduate certificate as a family nurse practitioner in May 2007.

Gouldthorpe has achieved the status of certified tumor registrar, which is awarded by the National Cancer Registrars Association’s Council on Certification. To be certified, she had to complete a comprehensive written exam about the principles of cancer data abstracting and registry management.

Just 4,000 people worldwide are credentialed cancer registrars. The cancer data they collect is used in the care of cancer patients, in cancer research, and in the development of new treatments for the disease. Gouldthorpe has been with the Health Center for 26 years.

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