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Physician Spotlight

Local Doctor. Global Impact.

BY MINDI SZUMANSKI, Publisher and Editor, Medical Journal – Houston

March 2017

It was a typical Saturday afternoon in Houston when hundreds of physicians and medical professionals gathered together in a local arena for the Mobilizing Medical Missions Conference. Many were weighted down with life, but spirits were lifted as singers from developing countries, in their native attire and their mother tongue, sang “Amazing Grace.” Following the singing, Dr. Todd Price took the stage and delivered his heart for changing the world through medical missions. This physician was not trying to make the headlines of major newspapers or exposure on the next nightly news show. He merely wanted to affect and change the world one child, one village, one country at a time using the skills he had acquired through medicine. As he so emphatically spoke, in his delivery, the small things that crowd people’s minds seemed to fade away. His words completely disintegrated the premise that it takes the masses to reach the masses.

Dr. Price speaks his passion in the following interview.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What made you decide to become a physician?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: When I entered my senior year in high school, I realized that I better decide what I wanted to do with my life. So, I prayed. Over time I felt strongly impressed to pursue medicine. That was the first of my many prayers: I was naive at the time and didn’t really know what I was getting myself in to. I believe that it was God who made it possible for me to choose the right path and helped me overcome many obstacles to make it. And even today He is still helping me.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What made you decide to specialize in Infectious Disease?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: While in college, I typically worked on my holidays and summers to pay my way. But one summer I was given the opportunity to be one of five students from my college to travel to Southeast Asia, helping various humanitarian efforts. It was my first trip outside of the USA, and I learned that I didn’t know a whole lot about the real life struggles that most people in the world face on a daily basis. I was exposed to many situations. I worked in a Vietnamese refugee camp (it was just after the conclusion of the Vietnam conflict); I worked in a leprosy colony; I visited prisons and slums and schools; I learned about the lives and struggles of the common people; I even had the opportunity to travel to The Peoples Republic of China before the USA had normalized relations. There were many more experiences and daily basis even today. But there was one experience that rises above all the others. One week we took a slow boat from Manila to Samar, one of the smaller islands in the Philippines. When we arrived, our hosts pointed out to me many children, aged 6-12 years old that had a parasitic infection, called Schistosomiasis. These children had distended abdomens, yellow skin, and appeared very cachectic. I was told that they had developed liver failure because of this parasite and all of them soon would die. There was nothing, they said, that could be done for them. I kept thinking that they were just children who wanted to have a chance at life. That was the day I decided that I would specialize in infectious disease.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: How would you describe yourself?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: It depends upon the day. But one thing is that I am not satisfied with what I have done, and I am hoping to do much more in the future.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: Describe your leadership style.

Todd M. Price, M.D.: It is best to treat everyone with the same respect no matter what station in life they may currently hold.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What do you attribute your success to?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: When I first started practicing medicine, I was told that in order to become accepted in the medical community and in order to become a good consultant in which other physicians bestow trust, I would need to give lectures, meet as many physicians as possible, get my name out. So, I began to do just that. But I had a wife and a family, and it just wasn’t right for me to be away from them most nights. I also wanted to go back to the Philippines and many other places to provide aid. I was fortunate that I had a wife (a nurse) that also had this same desire, and was willing to work hard right along side of me. So, I decreased my attendance at the meetings and limited my talks.

My wife and I at that time agreed that we would begin to go to the world. We packed our bags with medications and took our two boys back to the Philippines, and to Nepal, and elsewhere, where we were able to address some of the health needs in these places. For the first three years of my practice, I worked for another physician. Our trips, therefore, occurred on my vacation time. But when I went out on my own into a solo practice, there was even more pressure to stay here and develop a growing practice.

Again, I was fortunate to have a wife who was willing not only to continue to go with me on these trips, but also to stay behind when it was necessary for her to do so to take care of both the family and home as well as the growing practice.

It didn’t make sense that I would be able to grow my practice in that way. It didn’t make sense that I would become successful that way. But as it turned out, each time we would go away, we would come back to even more patients and more respect from the medical community.

My success is due to God’s principle of giving and receiving. Every time we gave our time away, or our expertise, or took time to treat the poor or indigent, God gave back to us.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: Do you have a mentor? If so, please explain.

Todd M. Price, M.D.: I do not nor have I ever had a specific mentor. Yet I know that those who had taught me all along the way have made me who I am. And these were not only my professors or attending physicians. They also include my wife and two boys, my patients, and colleagues.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What is the one thing you would change about healthcare if you could?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: I assume the question refers to healthcare in the United States, not elsewhere. In the USA, everybody should step back and realize that the goal is providing healthcare and not limiting it.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What is something that you think your peers probably do not know about you?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: There are many things. But probably the most surprising is what we have been able to do worldwide. In 1993, after volunteering for various humanitarian aid organizations up until that time, we established an NGO, International Medical Outreach (IMO). Since that time, we have had projects in 40 countries, distributed deworming medications to over 50 million children worldwide, provided medications, medical supplies, medical equipment valued at close to a billion US dollars to various locations around the world.

We now are intimately involved in community development projects in Uganda and Burundi. These projects were initiated when we decided to take a more active and personal role in the lives of those in rural communities, where the five basic health care problems (lack of clean water, lack of education, lack of resources, mismanagement of human waste, malnutrition) were not being addressed. When we started in Uganda, over 75% of the children had intestinal parasites, most were anemic, and almost all were m a l n o u r i s h e d . Some were so malnourished that they were stunted. Now after just one year the incidence of parasitic infections has dropped to 50%. We have augmented public health instruction in the schools. We have converted over 90 pit latrines to compost toilets that clean up the environment so that enteric disease transmission is decreased. And we have just bought 50 acres of prime farmland where we will demonstrate how to grow nutritious products and also provide the same for school feeding programs.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What motivated you to get involved with medicine overseas?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: I think I answered that in question number 2. But also from a very young age, I developed a compassion for people around the world. I remember working extra small jobs to raise $15 per month to support a poor girl in Taiwan from the time I was about 12 years old. Since I became a physician, I just expanded what worked for me then.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What do you enjoy doing for fun or outside of being a doctor?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: I like to paint/ draw pictures (watercolors, pastels, pencil, etc). Reading about just about everything (but especially history, literature and the evolution of religious thought - not just Christian, yet the Bible is an everyday read) is also very enjoyable. I write too. Finally, I like to exercise outside either on a bicycle or on foot (hiking trails), and of course, I enjoy being with my family.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: What can you tell us about your family?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: I met my wife, Sue in college where she received her nursing degree. We were married after my second year of medical school and therefore went with me to California where I was a resident at UCLA. When we came to Houston for my infectious disease fellowship at Baylor she continued to work full time until we began our family. When I went into solo practice she stepped in to manage my office. She also utilizes her excellent managerial skills to serve as the Executive Director of IMO.

Andrew is 29, and after he graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Sociology, he stepped in to help at IMO. Initially, he volunteered by taking over the logistics of our 20,000 square foot warehouse which at the time was full of items that needed a place to go. By the end of a year he had organized and distributed almost all, and continued to do so over the next few years. At that time, we were shipping out containers with medications and supplies worth multi-millions of dollars (we had years in which we distributed a value in US dollars of 200 to 300 million plus). These he was able to clear through customs with our partners in various overseas locations. Most recently he has been our Chief Operating Officer and by working closely with Sue has been instrumental in developing our community-based programs as outlined above. He has decided recently that he would like to pursue a master’s in Public Health to expand his knowledge base. He has been accepted in several wellknown programs around the USA and will b e g i n his studies in the upcoming fall semester. He also will be marrying Gabby in April. She is a nurse who has been w o r k i n g in the intermediate care unit at Texas Children’s Hospital for the past several years.

Austin will turn 26 this month and married Mindy in December. She has her master’s in Public Health and currently works as a researcher at the University of Texas. Austin graduated from Emory a few years ago with a degree in History and African Studies. He also completed a course in Patagonia with NOLS (National Outside Leadership School) where he pursued his interest in sea kayaking and surviving the glacier wilderness of the high country. He is a writer and a photographer and has interned in New York City for World Vision, and worked in Burundi for a local NGO, among other jobs. Most if not all of the stories and photos on our website are his, as he has also traveled extensively with us. He is now pursuing a master’s in Photojournalism with an emphasis on Environmental Studies at the University of Texas.

Mindi Szumanski, MJH: How do you balance work and family?

Todd M. Price, M.D.: We are very close and enjoy doing things together. We each have individual personalities and interests. Balancing medicine is sometimes very hard, and although I attended most of our boy’s games in sports and scholastics when they were growing up and made all their important events, still I missed some things which I wish I had not.

As I alluded to above, Sue and I decided early on that we would include the boys in all that we were involved. Our first trip overseas together was when Andrew was almost three years old, and Sue was six months pregnant with Austin. That trip was to Nepal. When I went inside the Infectious Disease Hospital in Kathmandu, Sue and Andrew stayed outside. But they went everywhere with me when we were providing medical care to the rural communities. This was our pattern and when the boys became older, we put them to work too. They grew up in our NGO as our NGO matured. It was just a part of their life. I guess that is why even though they are rising in their own individual career paths, they remain intimately involved in all our work overseas.

This one doctor has caused a huge ripple in the lives of the indigent masses. His life epitomizes the notion that one person can make a difference, a major difference, when they pursue their purpose and not notoriety. Instead of entertaining excuses, he rolled up his sleeves, packed his suitcases with medications, traveled across the world, and answered his calling. Obstacles are treated as yield signs and opportunities rather than red lights or closed doors. His tenacity and compassion have meant the difference between life and death for thousands.

Overseas Medical Projects

2016 Uganda (3), Burundi

2015 Malawi, Uganda (2), Burundi, Haiti

2014 Burundi (3), Uganda, Honduras

2013 Uganda, Burundi, Nicaragua, Vietnam

2012 Uganda, Perú, Guatemala, Jordan, Ukraine

2011 Nicaragua, Uganda, Perú

2010 Guatemala, Kuwait, Haití, Ukraine, Tanzania (2), Egypt

2009 México, Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya (2), Tanzania (2), Ukraine

2008 Kenya, Tanzania (2), Mexico (2), Ecuador, Ukraine

2007 Kenya (2), Honduras, Mexico

2006 Ukraine, Nicaragua, Honduras

2005 Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine, Nicaragua, Ecuador

2004 Armenia, Honduras, Ukraine, Peru, Botswana, Ecuador

2003 India, Ukraine (2), Kenya, Republic of Georgia

2002 Uganda, Ecuador, Ukraine, Tanzania

2001 Guatemala, Russia, Ukraine (2), Moldova

2000 Perú, Ukraine, Ecuador, Peru 1999 Philippines, Ukraine, Botswana, Nepal

1998 India, Ukraine, Botswana, Nepal

1997 Ukraine

1996 Ukraine

1995 Philippines, Brazil

1994 India (2), Philippines

1993 Bulgaria, Sri Lanka

1992 Nepal

1990 Nepal (2), India, Thailand

1987 Philippines, Dominican Republic

“He is one of the most impactful people in Houston and yet is not known by anyone in the Houston medical community. The irony is not lost on many of us that have come to know him. For him to be able to distribute $250 million in medical goods around the world, and yet people walk down the hall and don’t know who he is, is a testament to his character. He is unassuming, and yet has a boldness from his faith which has allowed him to perform great acts of charity around the globe.” -Roger Schultz, M.D.

* *OVERSEAS MEDICAL PROJECTS are those projects sponsored by International Medical Outreach, a humanitarian aid organization recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C) 3 nonprofit corporation. Each project consists of providing health care in hospitals, temporary or permanent clinics, or mass treatment programs (several days to several weeks), in rural or urban centers (chosen by local authorities as areas of need) where indigent peoples are provided medical examination, medication, surgeries and/or other services.

Best of the Best 2010 - Houston Doctors

2010 best of the best

By Stacy Shilling
Medical Journal-Houston

As another Winter Olympics has drawn to a close, new world records were set and amazing athletes made their countries proud. So it is that time of year that the Medical Journal – Houston looks back over the year at the accomplishments of the Best of the Best 2010. Each one is the best in his field and is making strides in the medical community for the world to take notice.

Ready to make his impact on the world, Dr. Tweardy, at Baylor College of Medicine, is not only passionate about his clinical work but his research as well. With multiple positions and responsibilities, he has also fostered a group of world class investigators in infectious diseases and he is on the cusp of developing a drug therapy based on his research of STAT 3 cells in cancer patients to increase their survival rate.

Next was the introduction of Dr. Steven Petak, whose work goes beyond the doors at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Whether it is the research he does on bone density for NASA astronauts or advocating for patients rights in Washington, DC, this doctor is the champion for the many who encounter him. Although he practices medicine, he knows that in order to be affective in this ever changing practice, he needs to be versed well in the law. For that reason, he is a sign of progress both inside and outside the medical community.

Aside from the numerous awards, leadership positions and over forty years of experience, Dr. Robert Grossman is not only devoted to research in the field of Neurology, but bringing other fields together in the Neurology Institute at The Methodist Hospital to provide the maximum benefits for the patients that walk through the doors. He has also had the honor to work with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to network hospitals for the development of new treatments for spinal cord injuries. He is bringing hope to those that did not even dare to dream of such just a few decades ago.

The Medical Journal- Houston also featured Dr. Brent King who saves lives on a daily basis at Memorial Hermann Hospital Emergency Center and LBJ Hospital and trains future physicians to be prepared for the unexpected at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. His leadership and dedication to his profession have created a pool of greatly trained physicians prepared to offer hope to those that enter Emergency Rooms across the country. “Dr. King has developed an outstanding Department of Emergency Medicine at the busiest trauma center in America. In addition he has an outstanding training program, sought after by trainees from all over the country. He has done all this while maintaining a busy clinical effort and serving as Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs,” stated Dr. Richard Andrassy, Denton A. Cooley, M.D., Chair in Surgery, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Jack H. Mayfield, M.D., Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Dr. R. Thomas Solis, an 8th generation Texan, has not only been recognized by the Medical Journal -Houston, but by his peers as well. He is one of the many that have helped Houston earn its reputation for quality healthcare such as his involvement with the Sleep Lab, Respiratory Care Service and Respiratory Disease Section at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. His contributions to internal, pulmonary, and sleep medicine have been invaluable to the Houston area.

Next, the Medical Journal-Houston introduced Dr. David L. Callender. As President of The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, his mission is to resurrect the institution to provide for the quality care of patients and education of future physicians following the devastation from Hurricane Ike. “Dr. David Callender is very personable and is also the consummate physician/surgeon leader who is blessed with infallible judgment and the ability to inspire others.” Bobby R. Alford, M.D., Chancellor, Baylor College of Medicine. The future is looking bright for this institution to become one of the best medical schools in the nation because of Dr. Callender’s resolve to accomplish this goal.

Despite the overwhelming issues with the current healthcare system, Dr. Martin Grabois transcends it and still recommends the profession to those willing to pursue becoming a physician. Not only is he well known in the Houston area, but internationally as well. He was won numerous awards both nationally and internationally for his professionalism and dedication to the field of medicine. As the Chairman of the PMR department at Baylor College of Medicine, he and his staff are providing excellent care for those needing rehabilitation.

Dr. Kenneth Mathis shared many innovative breakthroughs in Orthopedics within the last century and has given many people the hope of recovering from once debilitating injuries. With a strong focus on his patients’ needs, his innate passion for his field has proven rewarding for those that look to recuperate and reclaim their former daily activities. Dr. James Muntz commented, “I have had the honor of working with orthopedic surgeons for the last 30 years, not only in Houston, but across the country. I can truly say Dr. Ken Mathis is not only one of the finest orthopedists I have encountered, but he is truly a notch above...an excellent surgeon, and an all around talented doctor, providing incredible care to his patients 24/7.”

Dr. Vic Sierpina is impacting the medical world in an unusual way. This physician has practically written textbooks on integrating alternative medicine into the mainstream. In a world where technology dominates, Dr. Sierpina has challenged the medical community to look to the past and apply alternative techniques to maximize the benefits for the patient’s healing process. He treats his patients on many levels rather than one focused method

In the arena of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Dr. Lawrence Chan is making a cure of type 1 diabetes become a reality and not a dream for those that suffer from this disease and giving hope to those with atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes with successful treatments. He has also brought to Houston an NIH funded Diabetes Center where the fruition of his work will have a lasting impact. “When we finally have the answers, Dr. Chan’s research will be among the most important in helping us solve the national epidemic of diabetes,” commented Herbert L. DuPont, MD, Chief of Internal Medicine, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.

It is no wonder why the physicians that the Medical Journal-Houston featured this year have won prestigious honors such as Best Doctors in America or America’s Top Family Doctor. The country has recognized what the Houston/Galveston Area possesses and that is the Best of the Best!

A Houston physician’s experience in the Texas Air National Guard

BY Richard N.
Bradley, M.D., UT
Health Science Center,
Houston Department of
Emergency Medicine

Not a day goes by when I do not feel thankful for the wonderful job I have. I cannot imagine a better career than that of a physician. Men and women who have devoted their lives to caring for their patients surround me. I am fortunate to be working with a group of colleagues that represent the very best that our specialty has to offer. They are some of the best clinicians, physician administrators and teachers that I have ever met. Not too long ago, they gave me the opportunity to practice medicine in an entirely different environment. They allowed me the flexibility to take a few months off and volunteer for active duty with the United States Air National Guard.

I have been in the Air National Guard for eleven years. During this time, I have participated in several realistic exercises and had the opportunity to deploy for humanitarian missions to provide medical care in Honduras and El Salvador. Nevertheless, this deployment to Iraq was my first time in a combat zone. Although the separation from my family was a burden, the deployment was tremendously satisfying on both a professional and personal level.

While in Iraq, I served as the physician member of a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT). Our team, comprised of an intensivist, a critical care nurse, and a respiratory therapist, had the responsibility to care for critically injured and ill patients during the five-hour flights from Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

During these flights, I was able to talk with several of our service members. One man I met had been part of a team that entered a house to take custody of some suspected enemy personnel. Things did not go as planned and a firefight ensued. One shot severed his rifle sling. Another penetrated his left arm, causing him to drop his rifle. He retreated into the depths of the house and under fire, lost contact with the rest of his team. Even though he received several additional gunshot wounds, he was able to draw his handgun and successfully defend himself against several enemy personnel armed with automatic weapons.

Although awake, his injuries were serious. When I met him, he was just hours out of his first surgical operation, and fitted with an external fixator on his left upper extremity. He had several surgical drains that accompanied his new colostomy. Dark purple bruises marred the skin over his liver and heart – undeniable evidence that his body armor had saved his life. Despite his condition, he was in good spirits, joking about his injuries, looking around the aircraft, and offering words of encouragement to other injured patients. He asked me how long it would be until we could “fix him up,” so he could get back to his unit. He explained that the enemy had killed one of his team members and he wanted to be back in action as quickly as possible to continue his mission and help prevent future American casualties.

I found great satisfaction not only in the excellent men and women like this whom we cared for, but also in the high caliber of the other physicians serving in Iraq. One morning at 3 a.m., while preparing a patient for flight, I had a question about the management of a patient with an open thoracic spinal cord injury. I asked one of the nurses to get the trauma surgeon for me. I expected to discuss the case with him on the phone, but was delighted to see that despite the early hour, he came to the ICU to meet with me personally. In his competent yet unpretentious style, he told me that he had the same question and had consulted the base neurosurgeon just a few hours earlier. Likewise, I always found the staff radiologists happy to discuss their findings at any hour of the day or night.

The professionalism of the Guardsmen serving in Iraq was a source of great pride for me. While all of the other CCATT teams in the country were comprised of active-duty military personnel, all three of the members of my team were from the Air National Guard. Guardsmen have not always interacted so seamlessly with their active-duty counterparts during wartime. During Operation DESERT STORM, after mobilization, rather than filling the combat assignments that they had trained for, highly qualified members of my unit backfilled military hospitals in California and Great Brittan. Given the drawdown in the size of the active-duty military over the past decade, the United States cannot afford to operate like that any longer. Members of the Reserve Component in the combat zone are now indistinguishable from active-duty service members. This is particularly true in the medical fields. Not only are today’s guardsmen and reservists just as well qualified as their active-duty counterparts, they tend to be a bit older. On this deployment, my team had decades more experience than the younger, active duty crews did. My status as a guardsman did not hinder me at all when I found that due to my rank, I was the senior CCATT physician in Iraq.

Our service in Iraq gave us unmatched professional benefits. Throughout my career, I have been interested in disaster medicine. Military airlift is an important resource for civilian disasters. It was critical during the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, yet few physicians understand its capabilities and limitations. My new first-hand knowledge of the aeromedical evacuation system, from both a professional and an administrative perspective, will allow me to contribute more to planning for the medical response to catastrophic disasters in my own community.

I also had tremendous personal benefit from the knowledge that I had truly made a difference. Our military heroes deserved the best care possible – I feel honored and humbled that I had the opportunity to play a small role in the care of our nation’s finest who had sacrificed so much to serve and protect our country. I am thankful to my colleagues who covered my clinical obligations and allowed me to have this chance to serve.

Lawrence Chin Bong Chan, M.D. - Physicians Spotlight

medical practice

By Stacy Shilling
Medical Journal-Houston

In our society, the medical community is always looking for the next cure for the diseases that have plagued so many people. Dr. Lawrence Chan is one of those cutting edge physicians and researchers that is paving the way in the area of Diabetes and Endocrinology. Through his diligent research, he can see a cure for type 1diabetes and successful treatments for atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes in the future.

Dr. Chan’s love for medicine can be traced back to high school when he decided to become a physician. With great role models, such as his uncle who was a popular physician in Hong Kong, he chose medicine because he envisioned it as a satisfying profession where he could help others. His love for a challenge steered him in the direction of endocrinology with its many interesting areas such as hormones and diabetes.

Dr. Chan received his Matriculation degree with a major in Chemistry, Physics and Biology with Distinction in Chemistry in 1961 from the Wan Yan College in Hong Kong in 1961. He earned his Bachelor degrees in Medicine and Surgery in 1966 from the University of Hong Kong. He completed an internship at the University of Hong Kong in 1967, followed by an internship at the Victoria Hospital in Ontario, Canada in 1968. He completed his residency at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri from 1968 to 1970. In 1993, he was awarded his Doctor of Science from the University of Hong Kong. In 2010, he has been honored with the Doctor of Science honoris causa from the University of Hong Kong for his seminal contributions to research on diabetes and genetics of atherosclerosis and lipid disorders.

He has accomplished many great feats during his career in medicine. During his time at Baylor, he has established the government funded Molecular Medicine Scholar Program that trains physicians to be active while pursuing research. He has also successfully brought a NIH funded Diabetes Center to the university. The Diabetes Center located at Baylor College of Medicine has the honor of being only one of 17 NIH funded facilities in the country and the only one to serve the state of Texas and the Southwest. This is a huge responsibility for Dr. Chan and Baylor College of Medicine, since the center must maintain a cutting edge research program to continue receiving NIH funding.

His work in the field of endocrinology and diabetes has not only been recognized by the University of Hong Kong but others as well. In 2009, he was awarded the Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award (Clinical-Translational) at the Baylor College of Medicine. He was also given the Edwin B. Astwood Award from the Endocrine Society for outstanding research in 2007. He is also a MERIT award winner from the National Institutes of Health (1989- 1999). Dr. Chan credits Dr. Bert O’Malley at Baylor College of Medicine for teaching him how to do research and his colleagues who have taught him how to stay active in clinical work and research.

This goal oriented physician’s research has the medical community on the cusp of many major developments. His most recent research has focused on developing new approaches to circumvent the auto immunity associated with diabetes. His recent success in this area has opened the door to a possible cure for type I diabetes in the near future. "When we finally have the answers, Dr. Chan's research will be among the most important in helping us solve the national epidemic of diabetes," commented Herbert L. DuPont, MD, Chief of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. He is also making remarkable strides in researching and developing gene therapies for atherosclerosis and treatments to address obesity which leads to type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Chan advises physicians, “Put our patients as number one priority and deliver the best care.” He also offers his advice to academic physicians to pursue funding for researchers and to “keep up with all the latest research and try your best to try your ideas.” He believes that the ultimate goal of research is for the patient’s benefit.

Not only does Dr. Chan have a successful team to work with at Baylor College of Medicine, he has a successful team player at home. His wife has stood by his side and helped raise his two children who are now physicians as well.

For a man with huge and numerous responsibilities, Dr. Chan’s reward is the lasting impact of his contributions to the fields of Endocrinology and Diabetes

DR. Thomas Solis, M.D.

Everything is bigger and better in Texas” is how the saying goes and it accurately describes the achievements of Dr. R. Thomas Solis.