UTHSCT president joins graduate medical education council; researcher and physician promoted

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, has been named to the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) of the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition, Anna Kurdowska, Ph.D., has been appointed director of research at UTHSCT, and Robert Tompkins, MD, has been named program director of the Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Calhoun, who has been president of UTHSCT since 2002, is one of 17 members of COGME, which was established by Congress in 1986 to evaluate the supply and distribution of physicians in the United States. His term expires March 31, 2016.

He is a former chair of the executive committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Dr. Calhoun also has served on the State Health Services Council and the Teaching Hospitals of Texas’ executive committee.

As director of research, Dr. Kurdowska will oversee the Biomedical Research Center, its 28 faculty, and associated lab and clerical staff. She joined UTHSCT in 1991 and currently is a professor of biochemistry.

She has a master’s in molecular biology and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Dr. Kurdowska has served on review panels for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Kurdowska studies inflammation and lung disease. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Tompkins will supervise the family medicine residency program, which began in 1985. The program gives new physicians the training and experience needed to treat people in all stages of life, from infancy to old age.

He is an associate professor of medicine and has been an instructor in the Family Medicine Residency Program since 1997.

Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Tompkins served his residency at UTHSCT and received his medical degree at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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 more than $120 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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