Thursday, April 26, 2018

Early Dawn of Medicine in San Antonio

By Jaime Pankowsky, MD, FACS
In 1853, a group of Austin physicians took the initiative for organizing the first Texas Medical Association. San Antonio doctors joined eagerly and one of them, Dr. George Cupples, was elected as one of the officers. The purpose was to unify their voices and actions to promote better care and health for the people of Texas. Dr. Cupples, along with other Bexar physicians, organized the Bexar County Medical Society that same year, the first of its kind in Texas.
Dr. Cupples was to enjoy a long and beneficial professional career in San Antonio. Besides being one of the founders and early presidents of the Bexar County Medical Society, Dr. Cupples was instrumental and very active in convincing the city fathers to create a Committee of Health for the city. At that time, San Antonio suffered a number of severe epidemics which caused hundreds of fatalities: smallpox, measles, cholera and dysentery. The Committee of Health (which later on evolved into the Health Department) was charged with the task of improving the hygienic conditions in the streets and eating places, water purification, and most important at that time, vaccination against smallpox in schoolchildren. Dr. Cupples practiced in San Antonio for many years, spanning the better part of the 19th Century. There is a street in the west part of San Antonio that is named after him.
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Physician Leaders?

By Stephen C. Fitzer, BCMS Executive Director
There are all kinds of leaders. Some appear to be truly born with it or are just gifted. However, many leaders that were not born with it probably acquired the skills through great mentoring. If you accept the premise that there are many kinds of leaders and that physicians can learn the art of leadership, BCMS is setting out to help you become a better leader.
BCMS will soon announce ongoing seminars and presentations to promote basic leadership among physicians. The leadership training will be taught by a variety of business and academic leaders mostly from within our community, but also from outside of our community.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Zika Testing Guidelines

Tricentennial Symposium Agenda

300 years of History and Advances in Health at San Antonio
50 years Celebration of Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
May 12, 2018

7:30am – 8:00am - Registration – Holly Auditorium Foyer, UT Health San Antonio

8:00am - Opening Remarks
Alfonso Chiscano, MD, UT Health SA - (210) 567-6148

8:05am - Opening Statement
William L. Henrich, MD - UT Health SA – Administrative Assistant, Mireya - (210) 567-2050

Welcome by Councilman District 8, Hon. Manny Pelaez - TBD

Greetings by County Judge, Nelson W. Wolff

Presentation of Colors by the Granaderos of Galvez San Antonio

The Flavor of the Medical School Early Years, Carlos Pestana, MD, FACS - (210) 344-5505

9am - Panel of Hospitals

9:00 – 9:10am Christus Health Santa Rosa
Sister Martha Kirk and Sister Teresa Stanley (210) 883-5934

9:10 – 9:20am Baptist Health
Matt Stone, CEO – Secretary is Susie (210) 297-1070

9:20 – 9:30am University Health Hospital
Bryan Alsip, MD – Secretary is Margie (210) 358-4612

9:30 – 9:40am Nix Hospital
Mirhassan Farivar-Moheseni, MD (210) 587-8888

9:40 – 9:50am Methodist health Hospital
Jaime Wesolowski, CEO – Secretary is Sandy (210) 575-4056

9:50 – 10am - V.A. Hospital
Julianne Flynn, MD, Chief of Staff (210) 617-5300, Ext. 15176

10am-10:30 am BREAK – Possible participation of YOSA (Youth Symphony)

10:30am – 10:45am
Bexar County Medicine Early XIX Century, Native Indians – J. Waller, MD (210) 378-8858

10:45am – 11:00am
Bexar County Medical Society - Sheldon Gross, MD, President (210) 301-4363

11:00am – 11:15am
History of Nursing in San Antonio – Norma Martinez-Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN (210) 885-9665

11:15am – 11:30am
History of the School of Dentistry – Ramon Baez, DDS, MPH, FADI (830) 816-2671

11:30am – 11:45am
History of the School of Health Professions - David Shelledy, MD (210) 567-4803  

11:45am - 12:00pm
Military Medical City, USA – Donald Jenkins, MD (210) 743-4130

12:00pm - 12:10pm
Advances of Transplantations - Tarunjeet S. Klair, MD (516) 351-9668

12:10pm - 12:20pm
Cardiovascular Innovations - John Calhoon, MD (210) 567-6147

12:20pm – 1:00pm
Ethics in Medicine: History Lessons to Inform the Future - Ruth Berggren, MD (210) 567-0795

1:00pm - Break and move to the ALTC center for lunch and main Speaker – Room 3.304 (Occupancy 282)

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Health Institutions as the key to Future of San Antonio” - Dr. Henry Cisneros – Secretary – Lucrecia (210) 228-9574

2pm – Adjourn