Five UTHSCT employees achieve recognition; physician assistant joins Department of Surgery

Monday, October 31, 2011

Five employees of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have achieved recognition in their respective areas of expertise. In addition, the Department of Surgery has added a physician assistant.

The employees are William J. Hyman, MD, an assistant professor of medicine; Tim Allen, MD, JD, professor of pathology and chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Dexter E. Jones, public affairs representative; Amanda Wickman, outreach education coordinator for the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education; and Rebekah Steger, clinical research coordinator. Also, Angela Harden has joined the Department of Surgery as a physician assistant.

Dr. Hyman has been recertified in medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

He has been a cancer specialist in Tyler since 1990 and is also board certified in internal medicine, as well as hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Allen, one of about 100 pulmonary pathologists in the world, was elected president of The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The council consists of members from each of the six health institutions and nine universities in the UT System. It makes recommendations about faculty issues to the UT System Board of Regents, as well as providing leadership for UT System faculty development.

Mr. Jones was elected chair of UT System’s Employee Advisory Council (EAC) for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The EAC is made up of representatives from each of the institutions in the UT System. It meets annually with the Board of Regents to present information and make recommendations about issues of importance to UT System employees.

Ms. Wickman and the Southwest Ag Center were recently honored with a 2011 Rural Health Outstanding Program Award from the Texas Rural Health Association for “Right from the Start: Safety Awareness for the Next Generation of Livestock Producers.”

The award recognizes rural health projects that make a significant difference in improving the health of residents in Texas communities.

Ms. Steger has received her clinical research coordinator certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Clinical research coordinators organize and coordinate medical studies that involve people, such as testing the safety and effectiveness of a new drug. They recruit, screen, and enroll study participants; schedule tests and procedures; and collect study data, among other tasks.

Ms. Harden, a certified physician assistant, has joined the Department of Surgery. She is a surgical assistant, providing wound care and inpatient post-surgical care and consultation.

Ms. Harden has a bachelor’s of science in nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler and a master’s in physician assistant studies from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the university health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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