Pediatrician at UT Health Center at Tyler now board certified in sleep medicine; other employees achieve distinction

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Susan Barrows, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently passed an exam to become board certified in sleep medicine.

The American Board of Sleep Medicine awarded Dr. Barrows her certification. Dr. Barrows, whose specialty is pediatric pulmonology, is also board certified in pediatrics. She is one of a very few pediatricians in the region who are board certified in sleep medicine.

Masroor Khan, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at UTHSCT, recently passed exams to renew his board certifications in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He also is board certified in interventional cardiology. Dr. Khan’s specialty is cardiology.

Kyle James, MD, an associate professor of family medicine at UTHSCT, has been selected to serve on a statewide committee of physicians charged with improving the mental health care of adolescents. The project, called the Texas Adolescent Mental Health Initiative, is designed to help primary care physicians assess adolescents’ mental health. The initiative is supported by Texas Health Commissioner Eduardo Sanchez and is part of President Bush’s Healthy People 2010 project.

Sandra Fly, RN, has been named director of Quality Services at UTHSCT. She will be responsible for clinical quality management, patient safety, and making sure UTHSCT is ready to meet all standards required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or Joint Commission. Before coming to UTHSCT she spent more than 11 years as director of quality and Joint Commission for Henderson Memorial Hospital and Trinity Mother Frances Healthcare System.

Gail Lewis and Jeanne Ward recently passed a four-part exam to reach the status of certified internal auditors. Lewis is the director of UTHSCT’s Internal Audit Department and Ward is senior auditor of the department.

Two programs at UTHSCT also recently were re-accredited. The Texas Medical Association resurveyed the Health Center and awarded it accreditation to offer continuing medical education courses to physicians for another four years. The Health Center received two exemplary commendations during TMA’s site visit, said Dr. Jonathan MacClements, director of medical education at UTHSCT.

In addition, the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists re-accredited UTHSCT’s Mycobacteria/Nocardia Laboratory. CAP representatives congratulated Dr. Richard Wallace, the lab’s director, and Barbara Elliott, the lab’s supervisor, on the “excellence of the services being provided.”

The potentially disease-causing microorganisms studied in this biomedical research lab are mycobacteria and nocardia, which can cause pulmonary and skin diseases. The lab was first accredited in 1990 and has been cited for excellence at each inspection since that date. CAP inspectors evaluate the lab every two years.

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