Reception honors long-time pediatrician Dr. Barbara Huggins for being named professor emeritus by UT System

Friday, May 18, 2012

Barbara Huggins, MD, a long-time pediatrician at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, was honored with a reception Friday, May 18, 2012, in the Red and Kim Little Conference Room at UTHSCT.

Approved by the UT System Board of Regents, the title of professor emeritus is awarded to an exceptional individual who has retired from his or her faculty position, but retains the honorary title.

Dr. Huggins was recognized with a plaque from the UT System Board of Regents and UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun. Dr. Calhoun and Jonathan MacClements, MD, chair of UTHSCT’s Department of Family Medicine, each spoke briefly praising Dr. Huggins for her commitment to improving the health of children. Shown are (left to right) Dr. Calhoun, Dr. Huggins, and Dr. MacClements.

Dr. Huggins spent 19 years at UTHSCT before retiring in 2010. She served as professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 2000 to 2007. Dr. Huggins is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board certified in pediatrics.

In 1995, she collaborated with health professionals from local hospitals to develop the first Pediatric Advanced Life Support program in Northeast Texas. From 2001 to 2010, she was medical director of the “Reach Out and Read” program at UTHSCT, which promotes reading by providing new books to children and making parents aware of the importance of reading out loud to their children.

Dr. Huggins was “Dr. Mom” from 2003 to 2007, serving as the writer, reporter, and managing editor of a weekly TV medical news report produced by UTHSCT Media Services that aired on KLTV-Channel 7, Tyler’s ABC affiliate.

Her significant contribution to medical journalism was recognized in both 2007 and 2008 by the Texas Medical Association when they honored Dr. Huggins with the Anson Jones Award for Physician Excellence in Medical Reporting.

She also worked with CBS 19 from 2008 to 2010 educating viewers about important children’s health issues in a program called “Dose of Health.”

Dr. Huggins earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she also completed her residency in pediatrics.

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. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded $118.6 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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