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Dr. Carolyn Utsey from PT inducted as inaugural AMC member and will serve on the Executive Committee.

The Academic Enterprise and the Provost's Office are pleased to announce the creation of the Academy of Master Clinicians (AMC), a major initiative to celebrate the contributions of our gifted clinicians across the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and School of Health Professions who epitomize the highest standards of clinical care in terms of skill, expertise, experience, compassion and efficiency.

In keeping with the vision, mission and values of UTMB, the main focus of the AMC is to recognize and promote distinction in all clinical domains by fostering excellence in patient-centered care, with a commitment to developing future leaders through the tenets of the Hippocratic oath, art of medicine, empathy, education, scientific rigor, professionalism, mentorship and collaborative team work.

The AMC will complement the mentoring and faculty development programs that presently exist through our Academy of Research Mentors and Academy of Master Teachers. Membership in the AMC will be the highest recognition for UTMB clinicians, and will be honorific and by nomination.

Development of the AMC website is ongoing. It will provide details regarding criteria for membership, opportunities for growth and development for clinical faculty members, workshops and seminars, awards and recognition.

Linda G. Phillips, MD, Truman G. Blocker, Jr., MD, Distinguished Professor and Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, has been appointed to serve as Director of the AMC for a two-year term.

The following faculty members will serve on the Executive Committee and will be inducted as inaugural AMC members:

Masood Ahmad, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, FACC, FAHA, FASE
Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Endowed Professor in Cardiology
Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Echocardiography Laboratory

J. Sean Funston, MD
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Operating Rooms

Gloria Brandburg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC
Edgar and Grace Gnitzinger Chair in Geriatric Nursing
Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Luis Pacheco, MD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology and Anesthesiology
Divisions of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Surgical Critical Care

Jennifer R. Raley, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Janak A. Patel, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director/Chief, Division of Infectious Disease and Immunology

William J. Mileski, MD
Chela and Jimmy Storm Distinguished Professorship in Surgical Research
Elaine Mantooth Fleming, MD, Professorship in Emergency Medicine
Professor, Department of Surgery
Chief of Trauma Services
Emergency Medical Director

Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions

Michael M. Stone, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director of Inpatient Services

Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, FACS
Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
Chief of Division, Foot & Ankle Surgery

Sandra "Sunny" Hatch, MD, FAACS, FACCS, FACR
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Irma Labardini Mendoza and Jesse Jesus Mendoza Distinguished Chair in Radiation Oncology
Ruth Levy Kempner Professor
Director of Clinical Operations
Residency Program Director

Michelle Mercatante, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Physician, Community Based Clinics

If you have any questions pertaining to the AMC, please contact:

Anish Bhardwaj, MD, MBA, CPE, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FANA
Chair, Department of Neurology
John Sealy Chair of Neurology
Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience & Cell Biology
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
anbhardw@utmb.edu