Brown-Elliott joins noted journal’s board; Mickey Slimp named to national council; doctor, PA renew credentials

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Four staff members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently have achieved distinction in their respective fields. They are Barbara Brown-Elliott, MS, research assistant professor in microbiology and supervisor of the Mycobacteria and Nocardia Lab; Mickey Slimp, Ed.D., director of the Northeast Texas Consortium (NETnet); David Shafer, MD, internal medicine specialist; and Gerald Brown, physician assistant (PA).

Brown-Elliott has been named to the editorial board of the prestigious Journal of Clinical Microbiology (JCM). Her three-year term begins in January. Clinical microbiology is the study of germs – bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that cause human illness – and their role in disease.

JCM contains articles about the latest research in the field of laboratory diagnosis of human and animal infections. It is published by the American Society for Microbiology.

The United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) has appointed Dr. Slimp to the U.S. UCAN Council of Internet2, an advanced nonprofit networking consortium led by the U.S. research and education community.

The 10-member council will advise Internet2 on how advanced broadband networks can connect community institutions such as colleges, K-12 schools, hospitals, public safety agencies, museums, and other government organizations to a national network.

Internet2, originally created to serve higher education institutions, is expanding through U.S. UCAN to reach many community agencies.

Dr. Slimp was appointed to the council because of his work with community colleges throughout the United States, his involvement in technology based health-care delivery at UTHSCT, and his past leadership of ConnecTyler, a community network serving the Tyler area.

Finally, both Dr. Shafer (left) and Brown have renewed their status as certified diabetes educators. They successfully completed the continuing education required by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).

The NCBDE oversees a rigorous certification and renewal process. To become a certified diabetes educator, Dr. Shafer and Brown had to show they had the specialized knowledge needed to improve the quality of care for people with diabetes.

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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