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Reunion 2002 a success
Reunion 2002 was held at the Renaissance Houston Hotel April
26-27. Classes celebrating their 5-, 10-, 20-, and 25-year Medical
School graduations were represented, with more than 150 alumni
and families attending. "It was great to see everyone, meet
their families, and hear how their practices are going," said
Sondra Ives, Alumni Affairs. "We had folks from all around the
country returning to see their friends." Reunion 2003 will be
held May 16-17 at the Renaissance Houston Hotel. Call 713-500-5222
for more information.
- Class of 1982, (Front left to right) Jamie Gardner, Mike McCrady,
Carrie Burns, Bob Dowling, Ralph Cox, Stephen Papadopoulos,
Chris Farme. (Back left to right) Andy Watkins, Melanie Mazoom,
Jan Evans Patterson, Thinh Nguyen, Kim Keeland, Barbara Heinrich,
- Class of 1977, (Front left to right) Nan Hale, Louise Davis,
Lem Arnold, Arlyn Hartfiel. (Back left to right) Tom Mueller,
Mary Lee Kott.
- Class of 1992, (Front left to right) Goran Jezic, Tom Spence,
Wendy Lawler Sisler, Kirsten Duncan, Michael Duncan, Frank Lutz,
Liesel Lowell Leedy. (Back left to right) Robin Carder, Amy
Moreland Wilson, Sandy Treybig, Nilesh Kotecha, Mark Chassay,
Sandi Arca, James Young, Bryan Townsend.
- Class of 1997, (Front left to right) Christine Lang, Monica
Powers, Clint Long, William Leighton, Kimberly Buenger, Eric
Haas, Esther Guy Via, Jeni Bepko. (Back left to right) Shannon
Kilgore, Anna Keatin, Nancy Davis, Leslie Ledbetter, Partow
Kebriaei, Karen Meador, Allison Blazek.
Dr. C. Allen Stringer receives 2002 Distinguished Alumnus Award
The highest honor bestowed on an alumnus of The University of Texas
Medical School at Houston, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, recognizes
outstanding contributions to medicine and to mankind.
This year's recipient is C. Allen Stringer, M.D., a 1976 graduate
of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and chief of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
He also is a clinical professor of gynecology at The University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
After receiving his medical degree in 1976, Dr. Stringer was a resident
in UT-Houston's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, serving as chief
resident in 1979-80. In 1980, he joined the UT-Houston faculty as
an assistant professor and served as the director of Obstetrics and
Gynecology at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin for two years.
"A shortage of appropriate clinical experiences in Houston necessitated
our sending many of our OB clerks to Austin. Dr. Stringer led that
program developing an outstanding educational experience for our students,"
wrote his nominee. "Throughout his career he has excelled in teaching,
patient care, administration, and research."
In 1982, Dr. Stringer, a native of Brazoria County, returned to Houston
to a fellowship at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in gynecologic oncology.
Upon completion in 1984, he joined the Medical School's Department
of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and was promoted
to associate professor in 1987.
In 1988-89, he served a joint appointment at M. D. Anderson and has
been certified and re-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in
Gynecologic Oncology. In 1989, Dr. Stringer moved to Dallas and was
quickly named the Outstanding New Faculty Member in Obstetrics-Gynecology.
In 1993, he was named the chief of the Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center, a position he still
A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, he has authored
more than 40 refereed or invited articles as well as several book
chapters. He is a member of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics
and Gynecology and from 1998-2000 was the chair of the Medical Practice
and Ethics Committee of the national Society of Gynecologic Oncology
and remains a member of that committee.
Dr. Smythe receives Benjy F. Brooks, M.D., Outstanding Clinical
Dr. Cheves Mc.C. Smythe has been named the 2001-2002 recipient
of the Benjy F. Brooks, M.D. Teaching Award. Established in
1991 by the Alumni Association, this award is presented by the
alumni of the Medical School to recognize individuals "who complement
and enhance the education program by serving as role models
for students." Dr. Benjy Brooks was the first board-certified
woman pediatric surgeon in the U.S. and joined the Medical School's
faculty in 1973. Until her death in 1998, she remained active
in the life of the School and a dedicated student mentor.
An honors graduate of the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Smythe is a
professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and chief of service
at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, one of the School's two teaching
hospitals. As the first dean of the Medical School, 1970-75, and dean
pro tem 1995-96, Dr. Smythe has had an active hand in the birth and
development of this School throughout its 32-year history. As the
senior member of the School's faculty, he has excelled in teaching
students at the bedside and is widely recognized by students and faculty
alike for his teaching excellence and diagnostic skills.
From 1982-85, Dr. Smythe served as the first dean of the Aga Khan
Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. In 1990-91, he returned to Pakistan
to be a professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine, where
his dedication to teaching and improving health-care delivery worldwide
is now recognized on an international level. In 2000, Dr. Smythe was
named an honorary professor emeritus of the Aga Khan University for
his many administrative and teaching contributions.
More than 20 years ago, Dr. Smythe foresaw what would be a ballooning
demand for health care for the elderly and he has worked to stimulate
the quality of geriatric programs in the Houston area. He has the
certificate of additional qualifications in geriatrics from the American
Board of Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Geriatric