UTHCT physician receives first Texas Medical Association award for Physician Excellence in Reporting

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Barbara W. Huggins, MD, professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, is the first physician in Texas to receive the Texas Medical Association’s Anson Jones Award for Physician Excellence in Reporting.

The award, presented to Dr. Huggins on April 28 at the annual meeting of the Texas Medical Association in Dallas, recognizes the physician who exemplifies excellence in reporting general interest health news to the public.

The scope of the award encompasses all Texas media markets and includes radio, TV, and print journalism.

Dr. Huggins was honored for two episodes of “Dr. Mom,” a health news series that airs each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. on KLTV, the ABC-affiliated television station based in Tyler.

One of the segments, entitled “A Brother’s Love,” told the story of a family where one brother reached out to his overweight brother to help him make good choices in nutrition and physical activity.

By using a real-life case of a man in his 50s, the other segment, “Adult Pertussis,” illustrated how people with pertussis or whooping cough are often misdiagnosed, resulting in the spread of the disease to infants who have not yet been vaccinated.

Dr. Art Klawitter, chairman of the TMA Council on Health Promotion, expressed his thanks to Dr. Huggins, saying, “Though all physicians teach their patients about health, one visit at a time, you have called upon both your medical training and storytelling skills to teach patients, thousands at a time, through your news stories.”

Dr. Huggins said, “It is very gratifying to know that what we are doing in East Texas has been recognized as the top reporting being done by physicians across the state. We are very proud to receive this award.

Dr. Huggins is the reporter and managing editor of “Dr. Mom,” which is produced by the Media Services Department at UT Health Science Center.

Scott Berkley does the videography and editing, and Monya Rucker serves as assignments editor and co-producer.

Dr. Huggins, who is board certified in pediatrics, is a member of the National Association of Medical Communicators and is a regular spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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