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UTHealth faculty members earn Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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Ten faculty members at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have been recognized for teaching excellence by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

"These amazing educators are responsible for helping to prepare the next generation of great leaders," Regents Chairman Paul Foster said. "The efforts of these faculty members significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students."

This year's recipients from UTHealth include:

  • Andrew Bean, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology and anatomy at UTHealth Medical School and associate dean of graduate education at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
  • George Delclos, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology, human genetics and environmental sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health and medical director of UT Health Services
  • Herbert DuPont, M.D., director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the UTHealth School of Public Health, the Mary W. Kelsey chair in the medical sciences at UTHealth and also a faculty member of the graduate school
  • Raymond Koeppen, D.D.S., M.B.A., associate professor, chair and holder of the Yun J. Ahn and Song Ahn Professorship in implant dentistry at UTHealth School of Dentistry
  • Michael Lorenz, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at UTHealth Medical School and also a faculty member of the graduate school
  • Pedro Mancias, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion and assistant dean of admissions and student affairs at UTHealth Medical School
  • Christine Markham, Ph.D., associate professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences and associate director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Joanne Oakes, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine and assistant dean for educational programs at UTHealth Medical School
  • Evan Pivalizza, MBChB., professor and vice chairman of academic affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology at UTHealth Medical School
  • Han Zhang, M.D., associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at UTHealth Medical School

Established in 2008, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards recognize faculty members at the nine academic and six health institutions in The University of Texas System who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in instruction.

"These awards are the highest honor UT System bestows upon teaching faculty," said Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., president, H. Wayne Hightower distinguished professor in the medical sciences and Alkek-Williams distinguished chair at UTHealth. "These 10 recipients represent the very best in health care education. We are truly fortunate to have such talented and committed educators serving the students of UTHealth."

Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards include a $25,000 monetary award and underscore the Regents' commitment to ensuring the UT System is a place of intellectual exploration and discovery, educational excellence and unparalleled opportunity.

"With a total award of more than $1.9 million dollars this year, no other university system in the nation is making this kind of an investment in rewarding outstanding faculty," Foster said.

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