UTHSCT’s Dr. Barbara W. Huggins receives Texas Medical Association award for Physician Excellence in Reporting

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Barbara W. Huggins, MD, professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has recently been honored with her second Anson Jones Award for Physician Excellence in Reporting from the Texas Medical Association. She now holds the 2007 and 2008 awards.

The Anson Jones award, presented to Dr. Huggins on Sept. 6, 2008, at TMA’s fall meeting in Austin, recognizes the physician who best exemplifies excellence in general interest health news reporting.

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

Dr. Huggins was honored for an episode of “Dr. Mom,” a health news series that was aired on KLTV, the ABC-affiliate based in Tyler.

The segment, “Kids and Cavities,” reported the significant public health problem of poor dental health in children and what parents can do to protect their children’s teeth from decay.

Dr. James Askew, chairman of the TMA Council on Health Promotion, expressed his thanks to Dr. Huggins, saying, “The best surgery or medication in the world may be compromised by a patient’s lack of knowledge and understanding of his condition. Thus educating patients has a direct influence on their health.”

Dr. Huggins said, “As a reporter, I have a responsibility to the viewer, or reader, to present medical news that is accurate, significant, and sensible. To have that effort recognized by my peers for two consecutive years is a thrill."

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

She shares the credit for this award with Scott Berkley, videographer and editor, and Monya Rucker, 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.

She will be launching a new medical program for the local CBS affiliate in Tyler called “Dose of Health” in October.

For more information or to view the winning news segments, visit the "Dr. Mom" Web pages

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