SPOTLIGHT

Accolades

Houston Methodist congratulates our leaders, scientists, innovators and teachers who have been recognized since the beginning of 2020.
Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, Cardiology, Outcomes Research
Khurram Nasir, MD, MPH, co-director, Center for Outcomes Research, Department of Cardiology and DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, received the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) Arthur S. Agatston Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Award. He was selected in recognition of his extensive contributions to cardiovascular disease prevention through the assessment of risk factors, particularly coronary atherosclerosis. Read the press release.
Dina R. Mody, MD, medical director, cytopathology director, cytopathology fellowship program associate director, pathology residency program, and professor, Department of Pathology & Genomic Medicine, was awarded the Gene and Jean Herbek Humanitarian Award. Gene Herbek, MD, past president of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and his wife Jean established the CAP See, Test and Treat program to provide free cervical and breast cancer screening for underserved women in this country, offering real-time interpretation of pap tests and immediate colposcopy if the pap is abnormal. Mody led the first of the CAP See, Test & Treat programs in the Houston area in 2012 and has provided leadership in the years since. The programs are a multidisciplinary effort involving gynecologists and local organizations, including collaboration with BioReference Labs. More than 1,000 women have benefited in Houston and surrounding areas since Houston Methodist has been involved.
Suzanne Powell, MD, professor and program director, Anatomic & Clinical Residency and Neuropathology Fellowship, Department of Pathology & Genomic Medicine, Kenneth R. Peak Brain & Pituitary Treatment Center, has been named recipient of the 2021 Emory University Pathology Residents’ Choice Award. The prestigious award is given annually to an outstanding non-Emory pathologist. Powell will be presented with the award when delivering Grand Rounds at Emory early in 2021. Powell has held numerous leadership positions at the national level, including the Association of Pathology Chairs head of Residency Program Directors (PRODS) and the Pathology Residency Review Committee (RRC).
William Zoghbi, MD, Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health, chair of the Department of Cardiology and professor of cardiology, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, was one of 16 members recently inducted into the Association of University Cardiologists (AUC). Zoghbi, who was president of the American College of Cardiology in 2012, is a board-certified cardiologist and cardiac imaging specialist. At the event, Zoghbi discussed his research related to “Mitral Valve Deformation during the Cardiac Cycle in Health and Disease.” This presentation provided insight into the underlying mechanisms and treatment of mitral valve disorders using novel technology developed at Houston Methodist. These findings allow more precise determination of the best therapy to prevent the progression of mitral valve disease and guide the most optimal surgical approach when required.
Muralidhar Hegde PhD
Muralidhar Hegde, PhD, associate professor of radiation oncology, Neurosciences Research Program and Cancer Center, was awarded the Senior Scientist Award by the Association of Biotechnology and Pharmacy - India. He was awarded the gold medal on Dec. 22, 2019, at Vignan University, which includes the Foundation for Science, Technology & Research in the Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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