Summer 2014

Gerald and Jackson Pineda

A father’s gift

Before Jackson Pineda was born, doctors told his parents, Gerald and Jennifer, that their son’s kidneys would not last past the age of 10. A prenatal ultrasound showed one enlarged kidney and the other, they believed, would not be strong enough to make up the difference. To the couple’s amazement, the doctors’ forecast proved accurate […]

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Haiti group

‘Zafè Kabrit se Zafè Mouton’

It was at once very familiar and all its own: a stage, caps and gowns, smiling graduates and a cheering crowd. But the setting was an off-duty nightclub just outside the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Caps and gowns were often homemade and sometimes held together by duct tape. Graduates ranged from the very young to […]

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PTSD

Curing invisible wounds

While deployed as an Air Force clinical psychologist in Iraq, Lt. Col. Alan Peterson, Ph.D., experienced firsthand the toll war can take on the mental health of service members. Serving in 2004 during the bloody Battle of Fallujah, Dr. Peterson’s mission, with his military medical colleagues from San Antonio, was to establish an Air Force […]

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Capital campaign goal met

We did it

A decade ago we undertook the mission of raising millions of dollars to support the exceptional work we do here, from research and education to patient care and community service. We did not just meet our goal, we surpassed it. We made history. The importance of the work we do here is vital: changing lives, […]

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Dr. Jim L. Story, M.D.

Neurosurgery’s history begins with a “Story”

Neurosurgery’s history in the School of Medicine dates back to the school’s infancy. The Division of Neurosurgery was founded in 1967 by Jim L. Story, M.D., at the Robert B. Green Hospital in downtown San Antonio. In 1974, the residency training program became fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Dr. […]

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Wargovich

Spice for life

As cancer rates rise, researcher goes back to the basics of medicine A gathering place for traditional healers in the Republic of Guinea is in Kankan, one of that West African country’s largest cities—but making the 250-mile trip from the coast means 19 hours of bone-jarring travel over deeply rutted roads. Michael Wargovich, Ph.D., trekked […]

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Santos

Lion’s Heart

Hearst Foundations’ gift supports congenital heart disease patients and their families When Lyla Grace Santos was born, her parents, Matthew and Amy, noticed she was breathing rapidly. But everything looked fine—born at 41 weeks, she was a solid 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Two hours later, she was blue. Within hours, arrangements were made to fly […]

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Veronica Galvan, Ph.D.

A neurological boost

Neuroscience projects receive a $1 million gift Pain is a growing epidemic. More than 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and the numbers are expected to rise as the population ages. It comes at a cost. The Institute of Medicine estimates the annual cost of pain management is around $600 billion a year. So […]

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Hinchey

Building a legacy

The Hinchey name is synonymous with health and service Family and service are at the heart of William Hinchey, M.D., class of ’78. With his father, John, and son, John, also practicing medicine and contributing both time and talent to community organizations, the Hinchey name is well known throughout Texas. Dr. Hinchey is a partner […]

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