• September 2018

    Program Updates

Below are some of the latest updates from various Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs over the last several months.


  • Alan Menter, MD, is the guest editor on the August 2018 “Best of psoriasis” edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Dr. Alan Menter is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is conferred based on career longevity, philanthropic endeavors and lasting contributions to society. Out of 1.5 million biographies, only nine were selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Internal Medicine

The Annual North Texas ACP Clinical Vignette Competition was held at UT Southwestern with Baylor University Medical Center residents earning some of the top honors:

  • Best Poster: “Leprosy: A simple distraction or the main attraction” – Danielle Ivey, MD, and Brooke Mills, MD
  • Best Oral: “A rare cause of intractable nausea and vomiting (Devic’s Disease)” – Dr. Brooke Mills

The oral presentation of PGY-2 resident Connor Griffin, MD, has been accepted for the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Annual Liver Meeting in San Francisco. He is the presenting first author of the presentation Bariatric Surgery Is Associated with Increased Mortality in Compensated and Decompensated Cirrhosis: A Population-Based Study.


Faculty member Wayne Inzer, MD, recently published “Effect of delayed cord clamping on very preterm twins”in the journal Early Human Development. Meanwhile, residentRobert Gladney, MD, had the October “Patient Safety Catch of the Month” for the medical center after discovering and reporting an error in gestational age calculation for some patients in the electronic health record.


  • David Vier, MD, (along with Drs. Jaffe and Royer) published “Unipolar Allograft Reconstruction for Post-Traumatic Avascular Necrosis of the Distal Tibia: A Review of the Literature, Technique, and Case Series” in Foot & Ankle Surgery April 2018.
  • Jimmy Rizkalla, MD, PGY-2 resident, was awarded a scholarship to attend the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) annual meeting in Boston.
  • David Vier, MD, PGY-4, was asked to present at AOFAS.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • Rita Hamilton, DO, et. al. published “Sacral examination in spinal cord injury: Is it really needed?” in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.
  • The manuscript of Sonesh Patel, MD, “Examining the Relationship between Obesity and Mental Health Outcomes Among Individuals Admitted to a Level 1 Trauma Center” (completed during residency) was accepted for publication in Clinical Obesity.


The 14th Annual Department of Surgery Residents Research Day program was held at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple. Baylor University Medical Center residents participated by addressing a number of clinically relevant topics.


Nicole Bedros, MD: “The Impact of Blood Transfusion in the Geriatric Trauma Population Compared to Younger Patients”

Josh Mark, MD: “The Pan Scan Approach Across the Ages”

Jessica Kruger, MD: “Factors Contributing to False Negative Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Patients with Melanoma”


“Endoscopic Removal of Non-eroded Non-adjustable Gastric Bands Using Induced Mucosal Erosion with a Stent; and Review of the Literature” – Tareq Hassan, MD

“Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy A single institution minimally invasive general surgeon experience   1999-2013” – Benjamin Raber, MD


Other Updates

Baylor University Medical Center Medical Staff Featured on the Nov. 5 Cover of TIME magazine

The cover of the Nov. 5, 2018 edition of TIME magazine includes representatives from Baylor University Medical Center’s trauma team and a former patient. All were impacted by the July 7, 2016, shootings in downtown Dallas. The print and online interactive mural project, called “Guns in America,” includes photos and audio recordings of 245 people from across the United States.

The cover, story and interactive online project was revealed by TIME’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, and the photographer and artist who created the mural, JR, on CBS This MorningSee the video. The Baylor University Medical Center team is highlighted in images throughout the six-minute TV segment, and JR speaks specifically about Michael Foreman, MD. Baylor University Medical Center’s featured team members and former patient include: 

  • Brad Blacketer
  • Sergio Castillo
  • Brittany Fairchild
  • Michael Foreman, MD
  • Alan Jones, MD
  • Laura Petrey, MD
  • Nita Tarango
  • Ann Marie Warren, PhD
  • Patient Shetamia Taylor

2018 Graduates

Congratulations to all our 2018 GME graduates!

Abdominal Transplant Surgery

  • Leal Leyte, Maria Del Pilar, MD

Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology

  • Luke Cunningham, MD

Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

  • Alexia Ghazi, DO
  • Daniel Grosser, MD
  • Daniel Hale, MD
  • David Metter, MD

Breast Imaging

  • Callan Mason, MD
  • Robert Yang, MD

Breast Oncology Surgery

  • Stephanie Repole, MD

Cardiology Structural Heart

  • Sibi Thomas, DO

Cardiovascular Disease

  • Aasim Afzal, MD
  • Fayez Raza, MD

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

  • Timothy Ball, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery

  • Rebeccah Baucom, MD
  • Daine Bennett, MD


  • Lauren Dickson, MD
  • Dario Kivelevitch, MD

Dermatology Clinical Research

  • Jillian Frieder, MD

Diagnostic Radiology

  • Michael Achilleos, MD  
  • Jennifer Caero, MD
  • Sean Gipson, MD
  • Bryan Hanus, MD
  • Austin Miller, MD
  • Anthony Onofrio, MD
  • Matthew Weissenborn, MD

Family Medicine

  • David Metzger, DO
  • Kevin Nguyen, DO
  • Crystal Roe, MD
  • Christina Vera, DO

Foot & Ankle Surgery

  • Ermias Abebe, MD
  • Natalie Danna, MD
  • Amanda Fantry, MD


  • Vivian Ebrahim, MD
  • Matthew Soape, MD

General Surgery

  • Sean Arredondo, MD
  • Justin Collier, MD
  • Tai Do, MD
  • Philip Edmundson, MD
  • Jon Harris, MD
  • Robert McCurdy, MD
  • Benjamin Raber, MD
  • Michael Smith Jr., MD
  • Tracy Soledad, MD

Hematology & Oncology

  • Leah Zhrebker, MD
  • Anju Nair, MD


  • Dekmezian Mhair, MD
  • Tuan Tran, MD

Internal Medicine

  • Tiana Endicott-Yazdani, MD, PhD
  • Zachary Freeland, MD
  • Kevin Golden, MD
  • Charles Howard, MD
  • Antoinette Matthews, MD
  • Brooke Mills, MD
  • James Osteen, MD
  • Amie Patel, MD
  • Wei Tang, MD
  • John Watson, MD

Interventional Cardiology

  • Jad Daye, MD

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Soran Mahmood, MD


  • Antonio Gabriel Corona, MD
  • Ravina Patel, DO

Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • Lindsay Breedlove Tate, MD
  • Elise Elliott, DO
  • Swati Joshipura, DO
  • Kathlyn Kight, MD
  • Mallory Thompson, MD

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Ryan Carmichael, DDS, MD
  • Jordan Christensen, DDS
  • Garrett Stigall, DDS, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • Sebastiaan Bens, DO
  • Dwain Robertson, MD
  • Tristan Zhang, MD

Preliminary Medicine

  • Katie Benjegerdes, MD
  • Tyler Enos, MD
  • David Seamont, MD

Preliminary Surgery

  • Edwin Austin, MD                                 

Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine

  • Saad Farooqi, MD
  • Yunhee Im, MD

Surgical Critical Care

  • Ryan Balogh, MD
  • Nicole Bedros, MD
  • Michelle Hagopian, MD

Transplant Hepatology

  • Ashwini Mehta, DO                               

Vascular & Interventional Radiology

  • Almas Syed, MD
  • James West, MD

Vascular Surgery

  • Besem Beteck, MD
  • Kristyn Mannoia, MD