• December 2017

    Residency and Fellowship Updates

Below are some of the latest updates from various Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, residency and fellowship over the last several months.

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

The cardiothoracic and interventional cardiology teams performed the 600th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. While it is notable to reach this volume of procedures in just six years, the team’s consistent delivery of quality care and research positions them among the best programs in the country.

Dermatology Residency

Alan Menter, MD, was recently recognized in Dermatology Times magazine as the world’s third top-cited “First Author” and the No. 1 top-cited author overall for publications in the area of psoriasis for the 12-year period, 2000-2012 (3,955 citations).

Diagnostic Radiology Residency

Andrew Lichliter, MD, and Justin McCaslin, MD, were announced as the 2018 chief residents. Dr. Lichliter graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and most recently served as the 2017 junior chief resident. Dr. McCaslin graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and he previously served as the Texas Radiological Society representative for 2016-2017.

The 2018 junior chief resident is Nick Phelps, MD. Dr. Phelps graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He currently serves as the Radiology resident representative for the Baylor Dallas Housestaff Council, as well as the Radiological Society of North America resident representative for Baylor Dallas’ Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program.

Greg dePrisco, MD, is the recipient of the Jerome H. Arndt Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. dePrisco, who completed his MRI Fellowship at Baylor Dallas in 2008, has served as program director for the Body MRI Fellowship since 2016.

The Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award recipient from Baylor Dallas for 2017 is R. Evans Heithaus, MD. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding residents and fellows that have participated in all aspects of radiologic research. Dr. Evans was also awarded the new Baylor Dallas Department of Radiology C. Wallace Hooser, MD, Resident Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Activity/Research.

Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship

The Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship will expand to three fellows starting July 2018 with additional rotations at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving.

Gastroenterology Fellowship

The Gastroenterology Fellowship program recently participated in the 2018 fellowship match. They are excited to welcome Catherine Linzay, MD, from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and Kyle Rowe, MD, from University of Kansas at Wichita. Both currently serve as chief residents in their internal medicine residencies, and both will start at Baylor Dallas in July 2018.

General Surgery Residency

Baylor Dallas was well-represented at the recent American College of Surgeons in San Diego, with several residents (Phil Edmundson, MD, Justin Collier, MD, Sean Arredondo, MD, Sasha Still, MD, and Josh Mark, MD) and faculty (Walter Peters, MD) delivering podium presentations and posters. The number of presentations and papers from the department continues to rise, and the projects are beginning to produce results that are changing patient care. Residents that were also in attendance at the conference included Mark Draoua, Jessica Goodwin, Sarah Kim, Edward Otts, Cory McLaughlin, Drew Farmer, Lauren Kastner, Marissa Mencio and Sean Arredondo.


  • Ben Raber, MD, and Matthew Westmoreland, MD, were recently accepted to publish by the American Journal of Surgery. The title of their article is “Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy: A Single Institution Minimally Invasive General Surgeon Experience 1999-2013.”
  • Jack Squires, MD, is the first author on “Physician Burnout: Are We Treating the Symptoms Instead of the Disease?” It was recently published in the October 2017 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Current surgical critical care fellows, Ryan Balogh, MD, Nicole Bedros, MD, and Moriah Hagopian, MD, have enrolled in the Baylor Scott & White Health Quality Improvement Science for Graduate Medical Education program. This educational program focuses on ensuring that residents and fellows have the knowledge, tools and skills needed to continuously improve how they deliver care and services that are safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered (STEEEP). The course teaches theory and techniques of outcomes management, staff development and multiple approaches to quality improvement (Lean, Six Sigma, and daily continuous improvement). It also enhances skills needed by residents and fellows to lead quality improvement (QI) efforts that improve both processes and outcomes for patients and customers through development and implementation of a QI project.

Transplant Surgery Fellowship

The Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute at Baylor Dallas has beaten its former record, performing more than 500 solid organ transplants in 2017 – the most the surgical teams have performed in any one year since the transplant program began in 1984. The teams achieved 500 procedures on Dec. 11, 2017.