Spring 2009

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.

With Greatest Respect: The Cigarroa Presidency

An overwhelming feeling of pride swept across the UT Health Science Center San Antonio campus as faculty, staff, students, donors and community leaders celebrated the Jan. 9 announcement that Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., their president and leader for the past eight years, had been named chancellor of The University of Texas System. As Dr. Cigarroa […]

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Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris, Military

Soldiers of fortitude

Statistics show that more than half of amputations in the United States each year are caused by diabetes and its complications. With diabetes on the rise, the number of amputations is expected to increase. Additionally, amputees are returning home from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of Aug. 1, 2008, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation […]

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Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea: Nothing to snore at

Imagine choking and gasping for air every time you fall asleep. Between 18 million and 20 million people in the United States suffer from these frightening symptoms because of a common disorder called sleep apnea. Because of a lack of awareness among both health professionals and the public, up to 90 percent of sufferers aren’t […]

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sleep apnea

Small device helps sleep apnea sufferers in a big way

Paul McLornan, B.D.S., assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, is the lead investigator of an 18-month study involving sleep apnea patients at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie Murphy Division. Researchers used an oral appliance called the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) to treat those suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea. “What […]

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Home-grown health pros

Home-grown health pros

South Texas prepares professionals to serve its own He likes to say that he was the first medical resident to graduate from the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen. Three other residents graduated alongside Nolan Perez, M.D., in that first class back in 2004, but he jokingly claims the distinction as the first to cross […]

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UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, uthscsa, monument

Health Science Center tops $200 million in external funding

For the first time in its history, the Health Science Center has eclipsed the $200 million mark in grants, contracts and other awards. Despite increasing competition for research dollars awarded by federal agencies, the Health Science Center experienced a jump of 28 percent in funding from the National Institutes of Health during the 2008 state […]

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