appointed to academy of nursing
Divina Grossman and Rachel Rodriguez, faculty members in the School of
Nursing, have been appointed to the American Academy of Nursing, the
highest honor granted in the field. They will be inducted in November.
Grossman, appointed chair of the Department of Chronic Nursing Care in
1998, received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Before joining the Health Science Center, she chaired the Adult/Gerontological
and Psychiatric Nursing Department at Florida International University’s
School of Nursing. She presented her most recent research at the
International Nursing Research Congress in London.
Rodriguez, a graduate of the Health Science Center’s School of Nursing
and an associate professor in the Department of Chronic Nursing Care,
earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. Her most
recent project was a study of domestic violence among migrant farm
workers, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pruitt leads American Surgical
A. Pruitt Jr., M.D., clinical professor of surgery, is the new president
of the American Surgical Association (ASA). He was installed during the
association’s 119th Annual Meeting earlier this year in San Diego,
presidency of the American Surgical Association is the highest honor one
can achieve in American surgery,” said John L. Cameron, M.D., ASA
secretary, in a letter announcing Dr. Pruitt’s appointment. The ASA,
established in 1878, is the oldest surgical association in the United
many years Dr. Pruitt was commander and director of the U.S. Army
Institute of Surgical Research (ISR), which operates the world-renowned
Army Burn Center in San Antonio. Military personnel and others worldwide
are transferred to the center for specialized and innovative burn
is an unexpected honor that recognizes the fruitful collaboration
existing between the ISR and the Health Science Center,” Dr. Pruitt
said. “I share this honor enthusiastically with the people of both
Burgardt heading emergency
J. Burgardt, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medical technology,
was recently elected president of the Alamo Area Emergency Physicians.
group examines delivery of emergency medical care in the Bexar County
meeting includes an intellectual program on an aspect of emergency care,
such as new antibiotics for infectious diseases, new cardiac medications
for heart attack and stroke, and new resuscitation techniques and other innovations in the
care of trauma victims,” Dr. Burgardt said. “We cover the whole
breadth of topics—any situation that occurs in an emergency room or
Burgardt has served on the Health Science Center faculty since 1992. She
received her medical degree from The University of New Mexico in
teaches emergency medical technicians,
paramedics, firefighters, and
medical students and residents through the Department of Emergency
Medical Technology at the Health Science Center.
Dr. Burgardt serves as the assistant medical director of the San Antonio
Fire Department Emergency Medical Services.
Nowlin named VP of AADS council
P. Nowlin, D.D.S., has been appointed vice president for sections of the
American Association of Dental Schools (AADS).
Nowlin, professor and head of the Division of Occlusion, has been active
in the AADS since 1986. He has served as an officer in the Section of
Dental Anatomy and Occlusion and as an officer in the Council of
Sections for many years. As vice president, he looks forward to
representing his colleagues.
Council of Sections of the AADS is concerned with programs, workshops,
and curriculum and teaching issues. It is one of seven AADS councils,
each of which is headed by a vice president, who together with the
president of the AADS make up the executive committee.
addition to other duties, Dr. Nowlin will be actively involved in
planning and preparing for the upcoming annual session of the AADS in
April 2000 in Washington, D.C.
Nowlin received his D.D.S. degree from The University of Texas Dental
Branch at Houston in 1970. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army
Dental Corp as a captain.
received several honors during his military service and left the Army in
1973 as a major. In 1976, he joined the Division of Dental Anatomy,
Department of Restorative Dentistry, at the Health Science Center as a
clinical assistant professor. A move to the Division of Occlusion in
1977 led to his current position as head of the division.
his tenure with the Health Science Center, Dr. Nowlin has received the
Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Accreditation Award
for Leadership during the 1989-1990 ADA Accreditation Self-Study and
Site Visit, and the Outstanding Service Award, Restorative Dentistry.