UTHCT’s Dr. Kathryn Akin achieves special pediatrics certification; former UTHCT Chief of Staff Dr. Kenwyn Nelson appointed professor emeritus

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Two physicians long associated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have achieved distinction in their respective fields. Kathryn Akin, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at UTHSCT, has achieved certification as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician. In addition, The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named former UTHSCT Chief of Staff Kenwyn Nelson, MD, professor emeritus.

As a certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Akin is professionally qualified to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents, and youth who are at risk for developmental and/or behavioral disorders or who are at risk for these disorders and are developmentally delayed.

She is certified to treat young patients with conditions such as learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, autism, and mental retardation.

Dr. Akin is board certified in pediatrics and has been with the Health Center since 1999. Before coming to the Health Center, she completed a fellowship in developmental pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Akin graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., where she also received a master’s degree in community health.

Dr. Nelson retired Aug. 31, 2005, after being with UTHSCT for 30 years. In 1982, he was named chief of staff, a position he held until his retirement. He joined UTHSCT in 1975 as chief of surgery. Dr. Nelson is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, surgery of the lung.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Nelson was the first surgeon in East Texas to perform video-assisted, or laparoscopic, lung surgery. He was instrumental in making UTHSCT a center for surgery to treat MAC, Mycobacterium avium complex, an important cause of chronic lung infections.

Dr. Nelson also was at the forefront in East Texas in combining surgery with chemo-radiation therapy to treat lung cancer.

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