• Celebrating 37 years of Compassion to Patients and Dedication to Teaching

    February 24, 2011, 09:43 AM by Julia Essex

    In honor of Dorothy Trevino’s 37 years of providing patient care and educating tomorrows doctors in behavior medicine, Family Medicine gave tribute to Dr. Trevino by hosting her retirement party on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 in UTMB’s Caduceus Room.

  • UTMB's Family Medicine and The Jesse Tree: Collaborating to Help the Bolivar Community

    February 14, 2011, 16:38 PM by Julia Essex

    The Jesse Tree / UTMB Family Medicine Collaborative resulted from the need on the Bolivar Peninsula for medical access following Hurricane Ike. There is still a very strong community in Bolivar and the Jesse Tree resumed its Friday Food Fairs, providing fresh fruits, vegetables and social service information every other Friday.

  • Congratulations to Family Medicine Alumni, Eric Nolen, MD, MBA

    February 14, 2011, 15:54 PM by Julia Essex

    Eric Nolen, MD, MBA has been appointed Director of Physician Relations and Medical Staff Performance Improvement for the UTMB Health System. In this role, he will provide leadership for the UTMB Health System’s continuous quality improvement efforts relating to the medical staff. Additionally, he will lead the operations of the Medical Staff Services Office.

  • Family Medicine Clinics Delay Opening Friday to 1 p.m.

    February 3, 2011, 18:59 PM by Julia Essex

    UTMB Health has declared a weather-related emergency for Thursday, February 3 and Friday, February 4. Our three family medicine clinics, Stewart Road Family Health, the Family Medicine Clinic on UTMB's main Galveston campus, and Dickinson Family Health Clinic, will all remain open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, but will delay opening until 11 a.m. on Friday, February 4.

  • Dr. Barbara Thompson installed as President of the Galveston County Medical Society

    January 20, 2011, 10:02 AM by Julia Essex

    Dr. Barbara Thompson, Chair of Family Medicine, will be installed as the President of the Galveston County Medical Society on January 20, 2011. A reception and dinner to introduce and honor the new slate of officers will be held at the San Luis Hotel with the evenings guest speaker, Ben Raimer, MD, UTMB Health’s Senior Vice President for Health Policy and Legislative Affairs.

  • It Feels Great to Give! The 2010 Salvation Army Angel Tree Adoption Project

    December 15, 2010, 17:27 PM by Julia Essex

    “Family Medicine has the biggest heart and acts such as these make me feel proud to work here!” Leah Fanuiel, LMSW Family Medicine and Medical Humanities opened their hearts and their wallets to make sure boys and girls were joyful this Christmas. Twenty-eight Galveston County children were adopted by Family Medicine faculty, residents and staff as part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree Adoption Project.

  • Healthy Holidays, Healthy Gut! Learn to avoid annual weight gain and digestive issues

    December 3, 2010, 10:47 AM by Julia Essex

    Change Magazine, Dec. 2, 2010 Learn to avoid annual weight gain and digestive issues with “The Healthy Gut Workbook” by UTMB’s Dr. Victor S. Sierpina. “I encourage enjoying food — celebrating it in fact. I explain how food choices, eating patterns and portion size, plus sensitivities to foods or cravings, can identify dietary and lifestyle factors leading to inflammation, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s. Mindfulness and the awareness of how stress and other emotions affect our gut and overall health is another important topic explored in depth. These are all necessary aspects of breaking socially conditioned and personal habits of unhealthy eating.” An article on the same topic appears in the November issue of Medical Journal – Houston.

  • New Family Medicine Doctors recognized at a reception at The Texas Seaport Museum

    October 29, 2010, 15:45 PM by Julia Essex

    Doctors Cassandra Arceneaux and Tricia Elliot were introduced by Family Medicine chairman, Barbara Thompson, to a crowd of their peers on October 26th at a New Faculty Welcome Reception overlooking the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA at The Texas Seaport Museum. The reception was honoring all of the new School of Medicine faculty and was hosted by the Office of the Executive Vice President/Provost and Dean of Medicine, Dr. Garland Anderson.

  • Two Family Medicine Community Doctors Named "Top Doc"

    October 29, 2010, 15:41 PM by Julia Essex

    On October 9th, 2010 Doctors James Luecke and Samuel Wang were presented with the Teachers of Distinction (Top Doc) Award in recognition of Excellence in Community-based Education by the UTMB School of Medicine. These "Top Docs" are community faculty with appointments in Family Medicine, and they precept students from our third-year Family Medicine Clerkship on a regular basis.

  • Life Over Cancer Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Lyuba Levine

    October 18, 2010, 14:50 PM by Julia Essex

    For those who missed the 2010 Nicholson roundtable lecture, join us on November 9th for Life Over Cancer: A New Model of Integrative Cancer Treatment. Come and bring your brown bag lunch to this FREE Video-taped Presentation by Keith I. Block, M.D. and Penny B. Block, Ph.D. After the video your questions will be answered by Lyuba Levine, M.D., Assistant Professor, UTMB Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  • Family Medicine Welcomes New Residency Program Director

    October 18, 2010, 08:44 AM by Julia Essex

    The Department of Family Medicine is excited to welcome their newest faculty member, Dr. Tricia Elliott. Dr. Elliott joins Family Medicine as an Associate Professor and will lead the residency program as Director. Additionally, Dr. Elliot will be the Medical Director for the Family Medicine Clinic at UHC.

  • New UTMB Brand Identity Approved

    August 13, 2010, 10:59 AM by Julia Essex

    The Health Affairs Committee of the UT Board of Regents today approved UTMB’s new logo and theme line. This marks a momentous first step in redefining how we view our university and how the communities we serve view us. Plans are underway for an institutional celebration to launch the new UTMB logo and identity system so stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you may see our new logo and theme line start to appear across campus as we begin to implement our new brand.

  • Dr. Sierpina Inducted into UT Excellence Academy

    August 2, 2010, 12:00 PM by Julia Essex

    Family Medicine's Dr. Victor Sierpina is one of four UTMB faculty inducted into the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education, an organization of distinguished scholars recognized for their teaching excellence.

  • Welcome Back Dr. Arceneaux

    July 19, 2010, 11:26 AM by Julia Essex

    We would like to welcome Dr. Cassandra Arceneaux back to The Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Arceneaux graduated from the Family Medicine Residency program in 2005 and now joins us as a faculty member.

  • Dr. Juliet McKee receives award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

    July 16, 2010, 10:35 AM by Julia Essex

    Family Medicine faculty physician, Dr. Juliet McKee is one of four doctors who received this year’s John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching on July 9th at the 9th annual Osler Oration held at the Hotel Galvez.

  • Dr. Victor Sierpina speaks about the importance health and spirituality on Houston's News Radio 740 - KTRH

    July 14, 2010, 10:59 AM by Julia Essex

    "Having a primary care doctor significantly reduces health care costs and improves people's lifestyle... If you don't smoke, don't start; and if you do smoke, quit!" Dr. Victor Sierpina at UTMB says it's equally important to have an active prayer life. "I think having a spiritual community of support - people that care about you and that share your values - clearly is associated with good health."

  • Ask the Experts: Questions about Integrative Oncology- Drs. Victor Sierpina and Sungmi Lian

    July 8, 2010, 15:36 PM by Julia Essex

    On Monday, June 28, 2010 Family Medicine Doctor's Victor Sierpina and Sungmi Lian lectured at the Conquering Cancer Summer Lecture Series. These free lectures are offered all summer by OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at UTMB located at 4700 Broadway. For more information please contact Michelle Sierpina, PhD, Founding Director at (Photos Included)

  • Family Medicine Chair and Physician named UTMB Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni

    July 5, 2010, 14:44 PM by Julia Essex

    As noted in the Galveston Daily News on July 4, Family Medicine’s own Barbara L. Thompson (UTMB class of 1971) was recently honored and received the UTMB Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award. The other honorees are Drs. Fred F. Castrow II, class of 1961; Walter F. Hasskarl (posthumously), class of 1942; and Sanford A. Rubin, class of 1966. They were honored on June 5 at the UTMB School of Medicine class of 2010 commencement. “Because of their dedication and passion for their profession, thousands of people are living better lives,” said Dr. Garland D. Anderson, provost and dean of the UTMB School of Medicine.