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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital ICU receives Beacon Award for Excellence
Sugar Land, TX - 4/15/2014

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), recently recognized the ICU department at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital with a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence.


Prevent a stroke—free stroke awareness seminar
Sugar Land, TX - 4/11/2014

While diseases such as heart disease and breast cancer seem to get the bulk of attention these days, don’t forget about the third leading cause of death in this country and the No. 1 cause of disability: stroke.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors Organ Donor Awareness Month by lighting the hospital green
Sugar Land, TX - 4/11/2014

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is honoring all organ donors and organ recipients during Organ Donor Awareness Month with green lighting on the front of the hospital building throughout the month of April.


Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Partners with Klein ISD Athletics, Providing Athletes and Coaches with Comprehensive Care and Coverage
Willowbrook, TX - 4/9/2014

HOUSTONHouston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located on the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital campus partners with Klein Independent School District (Klein ISD) Athletics in an agreement that will prove a win-win for the Northwest Houston community.

The partnership provides team doctors and consultative, educational and specialized sports health services to the Klein ISD Athletics program. The elite team of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists and primary care sports medicine physicians of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, already serving families throughout the community, now provide comprehensive sports medicine resources to the young athletes involved in Klein ISD athletic programs.


Spine Specialist, HoSun Hwang, MD, of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Talks About Back and Neck Pain in Upcoming Seminar
Willowbrook, TX - 4/8/2014

Orthopedic spine specialist, HoSun Hwang, MD, of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is the featured speaker at a back and neck pain seminar on Tuesday, April 29 to be held at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. The seminar begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Women’s & Children’s Pavilion conference center - first floor. The free event is open to the public and includes light refreshments and door prizes.

Dr. Hwang is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders using minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical programs. He works collaboratively with a specialized team of spine therapists certified in the new Graston Technique and manual therapy in the treatment of a broad range of back and neck injuries and conditions.


Houston Methodist celebrates NanoDay 2014 with games, education
Houston, TX - 4/7/2014

Hundreds of children, parents, and Houston Methodist staff gathered at the Houston Methodist Research Institute Saturday, April 5, to celebrate NanoDay 2014. Future medical scientists ages 4 to 12 played educational games, did mini-experiments, and participated in other activities meant to inspire fascination.

Students from Houston Independent School District's Horace W. Elrod Elementary (Emerging Medical Scholars Magnet) and Henry F. MacGregor Elementary (Science & Music Magnet) schools were special guests.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day – June 6, 2014
Sugar Land, TX - 3/26/2014

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 14 million American cancer survivors in celebrating the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) this year. Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, the cancer survivors help make the celebration possible.


Triple negative breast cancer's progression and relapse pinned to a gene
Houston, TX - 3/24/2014

Scientists from Houston Methodist and Weill Cornell Medical College have found that a gene previously unassociated with breast cancer plays a pivotal role in the growth and progression of the triple negative form of the disease, which can be particularly deadly, with few treatment options. Their research, published in the April 3 Nature (online today), suggests that targeting the gene may be a new approach to treat the disease.

"We are really beginning to understand what initiates the cancer and why cancer cells evade treatment," said coauthor and Houston Methodist Cancer Center Director Jenny Chang, M.D. "Our group learned this pathway was activated in about two-thirds of patients with this type of breast cancer, and we believe we may be able to treat the disease by manipulating elements of the pathway."


A new procedure opens up new world for people who have trouble swallowing food
Houston, TX - 3/21/2014

Six weeks ago 67-year old John Galbreath welcomed death, rather than live one more day. Intense pain in his chest had left him nearly bedridden for four months. Galbreath had a condition called jackhammer esophagus, which made him feel like the name suggests—like a jackhammer was going off in his chest.

"This is a condition where the esophagus spasms out of control and causes the patient to feel like they are having a heart attack 24/7," said Dr. Brian Dunkin, a minimally invasive surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital. "With this condition, the esophagus does not contract properly causing patients to either have terrible chest pain or not be able to swallow food or fluid without it backing up into the esophagus. Now there's an easier way to fix the problem, and we are the only ones doing it in Texas."


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Offers Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits
Willowbrook, TX - 3/20/2014

Suntan lotion can help avoid sunburn, vaccines can prevent chickenpox or measles. And early detection through screening is key to fighting colorectal cancer. In recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is offering free ColoCARE® colorectal cancer screening kits that can be used in the privacy of home. To receive a test kit, call 281.737.2500 and one will be mailed to you.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer (excluding skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States. More than 142,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. If caught early, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Celebrates Certified Nurses Day Wednesday, March 19 by Honoring the 146 Board Certified Nurses on Its Staff
Willowbrook, TX - 3/20/2014

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is celebrating Certified Nurses Day on Wednesday, March 19 by honoring all 146 of its board certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care. This total now includes 35 nurses who earned their certifications this past year. They will receive a commemorative pin in recognition of their achievements.

“Having nurses who pursue advance certifications helps ensure a high standard of care for our patients,” said Sheila Fata, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. “Modern nursing is constantly evolving and their commitment to striving for excellence and being a leader in their specialty contributes to our status as a Magnet facility.”


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Named a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Willowbrook, TX - 3/17/2014

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™ (COEMBS™). To receive this designation, the hospital completed an extensive approval process that included an on-site inspection of the facility, and met rigorous standards for safety, proficiency and volume. The COEMBS program recognizes the hospital for demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to help bariatric surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

“This designation is a great achievement for the physicians and staff at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. It reflects our continued commitment to exceed clinical benchmarks and guidelines so that our community receives the safest and highest quality care possible,” said Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of Houston Methodist.


Houston Methodist discussing academic partnership with Purdue University
Houston, TX - 3/14/2014

The Houston Methodist Research Institute and Purdue University are in talks to develop a formal academic relationship intended to speed the development of new biomedical technologies and help train future biomedical scientists and engineers.

Purdue University president and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, J.D., signed a memorandum of understanding this week with Houston Methodist Research Institute President & CEO Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., which affirms the intention to develop a detailed plan for scientific and educational collaboration.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors outstanding nurse with DAISY Award - Yolanda De Leon
Sugar Land, TX - 3/12/2014

Yolanda A. De Leon, RN, is Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s DAISY Award winner, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses.


Are you experiencing back pain? Free back & neck pain seminar
Sugar Land, TX - 3/12/2014

Unfortunately, bone and joint disorders and deformities are often the underlying cause of serious back pain and can most definitely hurt you. The good news? There are treatments that can help alleviate chronic back pain, including therapies, medication and minimally invasive surgery.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Hosts Challenge Soccer Signing Night
Willowbrook, TX - 3/12/2014

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians recently hosted the Challenge Soccer Club of Houston’s Signing Night to celebrate the accomplishments and future of the graduating players with their families and coaches.

Challenge Soccer, a nationally recognized soccer club for girls, announced February 5 the scholarship signings of 32 of their players with major colleges and universities across the country. Seniors from four Houston-area teams – Challenge 96 ECNL, Challenge 96 Kingwood, Challenge 96 South, Challenge 96 Aggieland – are graduating this year.


Alcohol may ease the nerves that cause atrial fibrillation
Houston, TX - 3/3/2014

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. In the most recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology (online before print), the researchers say the new therapy may dull or stop the transmission of electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation.

Principal investigator Miguel Valderrábano, M.D., chief of cardiac electrophysiology at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, found that adding four or fewer injections of 98 percent ethanol to the catheter-aided radio wave ablation of nerve clusters near the vein of Marshall was enough to damage or kill the nerves. Doing so prevented the doctors from being able to artificially trigger atrial fibrillation using electricity. Electrical stimulation is used during atrial fibrillation procedures to determine whether ablations were successful.


What you can do about chronic headaches – free migraine relief seminar
Sugar Land, TX - 2/24/2014

Who doesn’t get a headache now and then? But for 4% to 5% of the population – about 10 million people – a headache is a daily pain. If you suffer from painful chronic headaches, learn what you can do before the next one hits.


Houston Dynamo select new head physician
Sugar Land, TX - 2/20/2014

The Houston Dynamo named Timothy Sitter, M.D., with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, as their new chief medical officer and head team physician. As the head team physician for the Dynamo, Sitter will be involved in the club’s day-to-day activities to help prevent, evaluate and treat injuries. He will be on the sidelines for all of the Dynamo’s home games at BBVA Compass Stadium.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Athletic Trainer Wins the Logan Wood Award
Willowbrook, TX - 2/14/2014

Mike Pace, ATC, LAT, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Athletic Trainer, was recently honored by the Greater Houston Athletic Training Society (GHATS) with the Logan Wood Award for meritorious service. Pace was presented the award in January at the annual student athletic trainer program hosted by Klein High School.

This award, dedicated in 2005, honors Logan Wood, one of the pioneers of athletic training in Texas, especially Houston. More than all his other causes and goals, Logan had an unrelenting drive and always pushed for Texas to become one of the first states to have licensing credentials for athletic trainers. The “Logan Wood Award” is presented to a member who has exhibited meritorious service to GHATS.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Melida Tellez
Sugar Land, TX - 2/13/2014

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is pleased to welcome Melida Tellez, M.D., to the staff of Methodist Family Medicine Group.


New live-cell printing technology works like ancient Chinese woodblocking
Houston, TX - 2/10/2014

With a nod to 3rd century Chinese woodblock printing and children's rubber stamp toys, researchers in Houston have developed a way to print living cells onto any surface, in virtually any shape. Unlike recent, similar work using inkjet printing approaches, almost all cells survive the process, scientists report in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers, led by Houston Methodist Research Institute biomedical scientist Lidong Qin, Ph.D., say their approach produces 2-D cell arrays in as little as half an hour, prints the cells as close together as 5 micrometers (most animal cells are 10 to 30 micrometers wide), and allows the use of many different cell types. They've named the technology Block-Cell-Printing, or BloC-Printing.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Angela McCain
Sugar Land, TX - 2/7/2014

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is pleased to welcome Angela McCain, M.D., as she joins Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates.


Making an Imaging Appointment Is Easy with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s New Online Scheduling System
Willowbrook, TX - 2/6/2014

Keep forgetting to call about scheduling your outpatient imaging exam such as a mammogram, MRI, CT or ultrasound? Thanks to Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s new online scheduling system, making an appointment just became a whole lot easier.

The hospital recently unveiled its new user-friendly online scheduling tool for patients. The new system makes it possible for patients to view available appointments, select one that fits their schedule, and confirm their appointment with just a few clicks.


Comprehensive care at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital saves man’s injured leg
Sugar Land, TX - 2/6/2014

Doctors at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently saved the leg of a badly injured patient through a combination of multidisciplinary collaboration and state-of-the-art wound care technology.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers® — 2014 Seminars
Sugar Land, TX - 2/6/2014

A caregiver is someone who has taken on the very selfless role of caring for a loved one. Many times the caregiver has the great responsibility of making sure their loved one’s basic needs are met, which requires work and dedication.

By taking care of his or her own needs, the caregiver will be able to better care for those who depend on them. Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an educational program to help family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions.


Two Houston CHRISTUS hospitals become part of Houston Methodist
Houston, TX - 2/3/2014

The transfer of majority ownership of CHRISTUS St. John Hospital and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital to Houston Methodist is now complete, with the two hospitals officially joining Houston Methodist today. Under this new agreement, CHRISTUS St. John Hospital in Clear Lake will now be called Houston Methodist St. John Hospital and CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital will now be Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital.

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital will continue providing comprehensive care to the greater Clear Lake area. Houston Methodist St. Catherine soon will be repurposed to a long term acute care hospital to complement the services Houston Methodist already offers the West Houston/Katy community. Under this agreement, Houston Methodist has retained CHRISTUS Continuing Care, a division of CHRISTUS Health, to manage St. Catherine.


NIH funds studies of donor organ tolerance
Houston, TX - 2/3/2014

Two National Institutes of Health grants will add support to a Houston Methodist Research Institute scientist's investigations into organ transplant tolerance.

Principal Investigator Xian C. Li, M.D., Ph.D., is receiving about $1.9 million over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the relationship between two genes, foxp3 and ox40, and "T cell exhaustion" in a transplant setting, where the patient's immune system becomes chronically resistant to induction of tolerance to donor organ or tissue -- and also less effective at thwarting infections.


Olive oil component investigated for breast cancer prevention
Houston, TX - 1/22/2014

A major component of olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, is the subject of a Houston Methodist study of women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer.  The study focuses on the changes in breast density after one year of treatment and is the first  of its kind in the United States.

Tejal Patel, M.D., breast medical oncologist with Houston Methodist Cancer Center, leads the clinical study of hydroxytyrosol’s effects in pre- and postmenopausal women.  Recent studies have linked breast density and breast cancer risk, and the primary objective of this study is to show a significant decrease in breast density. 


Hemorrhoids: What you want to know but don’t want to ask - Free Colorectal Cancer Seminar & Screening Kit
Sugar Land, TX - 1/22/2014

Although it’s rarely the topic of polite conversation, it appears that Americans are itching to know more about hemorrhoids. It was the top trending health issue on Google in 2012, and the National Institutes of Health estimates that 75% of people will develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. If you have questions about hemorrhoids, we have the answers.


Mouthguard Myths
Houston, TX - 1/21/2014

After every play, we all see the athletes adjusting their mouthguards, but what do they actually protect? Houston Methodist sports medicine experts discuss important facts about mouthguards.


FORTUNE ranks Houston Methodist among “100 Best Companies to Work For” - 2014
Sugar Land, TX - 1/21/2014

For the ninth year in a row, Houston Methodist has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, remaining the only hospital system ranked in Texas.

Houston Methodist ranks No. 46 on the 2014 list, moving up 21 spots from last year. Houston Methodist is one of five Houston companies to receive the prestigious distinction, and one of 12 Texas companies on the list. Among the other U.S. companies listed, Methodist ranked No. 4 for the percentage of minorities employed. “Our employees and physicians make it possible to be honored as one of the best companies to work for in America for nine consecutive years,” said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist. “Houston Methodist is a great place to work because of our employees’ complete and selfless dedication to our patients and to our values.”


Regenerative medicine grows with $3 million gift to Houston Methodist
Houston, TX - 1/20/2014

A $3 million, four-year gift from the Cullen Trust for Health Care is helping Houston Methodist create the Center for Regenerative Medicine, a research initiative to develop new ways of compelling damaged cells, tissues, and organs to heal themselves.

Cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, and spinal cord injuries are among the dozens of ailments likely to benefit from advances in regenerative medical technologies.


Is your blood pressure too high, too low or just right? - Free heart seminar & screening
Sugar Land, TX - 1/20/2014

High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness, confusion and be a symptom of serious illness. Blood pressure that’s “just right” is an important component of overall good health. So what is “just right” blood pressure and how do you maintain it? “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats,” says Earl Mangin, Jr., M.D., board certified cardiologist with Methodist Diagnostic Cardiology of Houston.

Sometimes called the silent killer, high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, can damage your body for years before it causes noticeable symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one-third of American adults have hypertension and another 30% have pre-hypertension, slightly high blood pressure that is likely to become hypertension.


FORTUNE ranks Houston Methodist among “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 2014
Houston, TX - 1/16/2014

For the ninth year in a row, Houston Methodist has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, remaining the only hospital system ranked in Texas.


Houston Methodist to open city’s first endurance athlete program Jan. 23
Houston, TX - 1/15/2014

Houston's endurance athletes soon will have access to a unique health care program designed to meet their specialized needs.


Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Physicians and Staff Celebrate Accomplishments of Patient and World Champion Gymnast, Simone Biles
Willowbrook, TX - 1/13/2014

Scott Rand, MD, and Travis Hanson, MD, Honored Biles Recently with a Reception Located at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

The physicians, care team and administrators of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospitaland Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine honored Simone Biles, a patient and newly named world champion gymnast, at a reception held recently in the Swadesh Khurana Healing Garden on the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital campus.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Hosts Meet the Primary Care Physician Event
Willowbrook, TX - 1/13/2014

Looking for a primary care physician (PCP) for yourself or your family? You can get acquainted with many of the PCPs on the medical staff at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital at the free Meet the PCP Event on Thursday, January 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The open house will be held in the Pathway Café, which is located in the Women’s & Children’s Pavilion on the hospital campus at 18220 State Highway 249. Attendees can meet internal medicine physicians, family practice doctors, obstetrician/gynecologists, and pediatricians and get acquainted with them prior to scheduling an appointment. Doctors will be available to discuss their areas of expertise, patient care philosophy, office hours and locations, insurances accepted, and other general medical practice information.

“In past years, this event has been very well attended because it gives people the opportunity to identify a primary care physician and establish a relationship with them,” said Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of Houston Methodist. “It’s important when pursing a healthy lifestyle to have a physician who can be your wellness partner and help you make positive choices that lead to a longer, healthier, more active life.”


First in Fort Bend to use stem cells in orthopedic surgery - 1/9/2014
Sugar Land, TX - 1/9/2014

Sugar Land orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Maffet of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is the first orthopedic surgeon in Fort Bend County who is using stem cells to help accelerate healing and recovery after surgery.


Understanding Gestational Diabetes Important for a Healthy Pregnancy
Willowbrook, TX - 1/8/2014

A woman’s body goes through tremendous physical changes during pregnancy. There’s the obvious weight gain, morning sickness and lower back pain, as well as the occasionally less noticeable joint instability, posture changes and fatigue. Some women also may develop a condition called gestational diabetes in the second trimester that could lead to complications if not diagnosed and treated properly.

“Women are routinely screened for gestational diabetes as part of their prenatal care so the condition can be successfully managed to ensure a healthy pregnancy,” said Jonathan Russell, M.D., obstetrics/gynecology (OB/Gyn) on the medical staff at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. “It’s important for a woman with gestational diabetes to follow a treatment plan that may include controlling blood sugar levels, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and taking prescribed medications. Appropriately managing the condition can prevent complications, such as high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose levels, and, in extreme cases, kidney failure.”


Community Stroke Seminar Well Attended at Houston Methodist Hospital
Willowbrook, TX - 1/8/2014

The message that stroke is the third most common cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States came through loud and clear at a recent stroke seminar hosted by Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. More than 50 people came to hear Amy Naquin-Chappel, M.D., neurologist, and learn more about their chances of having a stroke and how to prevent and treat one.

The event was sponsored by the Khurana Endowed Fellowship in loving memory of Swadesh Khurana, who passed away suddenly from a stroke in 2007. To honor her legacy, the Khurana family provided philanthropic support to advance stroke care, research and education at the hospital. Their gift enabled Houston Methodist Willowbrook to become a certified stroke center and provide continuing stroke education to the Northwest Houston community.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Sugar Land, TX - 1/3/2014

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.


Are you ready to seek treatment for varicose veins? Free varicose and spider vein seminar.
Sugar Land, TX - 1/2/2014

Varicose veins can be unsightly and may cause discomfort or pain. In some cases, they can even lead to serious health problems. Understanding more about varicose veins can help you decide how to better deal with them. Ulises Baltazar, M.D., board certified vascular surgeon with Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates, answers some commonly asked questions.


Have a safe new year workout
Houston, TX - 12/31/2013

With the coming of the new year, many people will vow to get in shape after overindulging during the holidays. However, not knowing the proper way to work out might do more harm than good.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital celebrates new services with physician office staff
Sugar Land, TX - 12/20/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital celebrated another successful year of delivering Leading Medicine to the Fort Bend community and surrounding areas by hosting a special luncheon for the often “unsung heroes” of medicine – office managers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and other professionals who keep physician offices running smoothly and provide the first level of patient care.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors outstanding nurse with DAISY Award
Sugar Land, TX - 12/12/2013

Suresh Thampi, RN, is Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s DAISY Award winner, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses.


The Houston Methodist Human Performance Lab Launches Innovative Study on Triathletes, Investigating the Effects of Aging and Training Variables on Triathlon Performance
Willowbrook, TX - 12/12/2013

HOUSTON – The Human Performance Lab at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine on the campus of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital will soon report findings of an innovative research study examining the effects of aging and other physiological variables on the endurance and exercise efficiency of male and female triathletes.

The study, directed by Primary Care Sports Medicine (PCSM) physician, Dr. Scott Rand, FAAFP, CAQSM, and senior exercise physiologist, Mark Morrison, MS, is a pilot study investigating specific aspects of the triathlete population for which little scientific data currently exists.


Pumps & Pipes unites Houston's top three industries
Houston, TX - 12/6/2013

Long-term space travel, 3-D "bioprinting," and the fountain of cardiovascular youth are among the topics scientists, engineers, and doctors will discuss next week at the seventh annual Pumps & Pipes on Dec. 9 at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.


Houston's best artists perform a different work: healing
Houston, TX - 12/4/2013

Artists from the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Houston Ballet will unite on Dec. 6 at Houston Methodist Hospital to perform Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and other seasonal favorites at the Center for Performing Arts Medicine's annual Holiday Concert.

Performances are scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. on Friday in Crain Garden (Main Building, first floor) and will last about an hour. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and some space will be reserved for patients.


How to be jolly and heartburn free
Houston, TX - 12/2/2013

Compaq co-founder Canion: getting new medical technologies to market faster
Houston, TX - 11/25/2013

Invesco Ltd. Director and Compaq co-founder Rod Canion will present his ideas about how to improve the process of bringing important medical discoveries quickly and safely to patients.

In his talk, "Open Standards: Lessons on Balancing Risk and Potential," he will discuss how his experiences at the Compaq Computer Corporation and at Invesco have helped shape his views on how to develop new technologies -- particularly when to embrace risk. The event takes place Dec. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Houston Methodist Research Institute Auditorium (6670 Bertner Ave. in Houston).


Safe Skiing
Houston, TX - 11/20/2013

Before heading out on a ski vacation, most people prepare by reserving a room, booking a flight, packing their winter clothes and, of course, their skis. However, if they do not prepare their body, they might end up spending more time in the doctor’s office than on the slopes.


Helping rotator cuffs heal
Houston, TX - 11/19/2013

Nearly half of all rotator cuff injuries do not heal completely, even with physical therapy and surgery. But a new procedure that uses a patient’s stem cells during rotator cuff surgery is proving to be an effective way of helping these injuries heal properly.


Breast cancer's early stages could soon be diagnosed from blood samples
Houston, TX - 11/14/2013

What could someday be the first blood test for the early detection of breast cancer was shown in preliminary studies to successfully identify the presence of breast cancer cells from serum biomarkers, say the Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists who are developing the technology.

With a New York University Cancer Institute colleague, the researchers report in an upcoming Clinical Chemistry (now online) that the mixture of free-floating blood proteins created by the enzyme carboxypeptidase N accurately predicted the presence of early-stage breast cancer tissue in mice and in a small population of human patients.


DVT Ruins Holidays
Houston, TX - 11/13/2013

Many people will hop on a plane or get into their car and travel long distances to see family members over the holidays. They will worry about presents, food and the weather, but most will not give a second thought to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition that could kill holiday fun in an instant.

DVT is a condition where blood clots form in the deep vein of the lower legs and thighs. Sitting for long periods of time, either in an airplane or car can limit circulation in the legs, leading to a blood clot forming in the vein. The clot can travel unnoticed through the blood stream and lodge in the brain, lungs, heart and other areas causing severe damage to organs, and in some cases, death. The good news is that you can avoid the problem very easily.


Houston Methodist hires international neuroimaging expert to lead Alzheimer’s center
Houston, TX - 11/13/2013

Joseph C. Masdeu, M.D., Ph.D., the first physician-scientist to detect an early imaging feature of Alzheimer’s disease, joins Houston Methodist Hospital as director of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center. He starts Dec. 30.

Masdeu brings more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, researcher and leader in Alzheimer’s and neuroimaging, having led neurology departments in New York and his native Spain. He comes from the National Institutes of Health, where he served the past six years as a senior staff physician and scientist in the Section of Integrative Neuroimaging of the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch.


Flu and Pertussis Immunizations Important for Pregnant Women
Willowbrook, TX - 11/11/2013

A woman who is pregnant can do a lot to ensure both her health and that of her baby. She can eat right, drink plenty of fluids, have regular prenatal checkups, not smoke and get enough rest. It’s also important to have flu and pertussis vaccinations to safeguard against potential complications caused by influenza and whooping cough.

“A pregnant woman should have a flu shot to protect herself against this viral illness that can increase her risk of hospitalization and even death,” said Jonathan Russell, M.D., board certified OB/Gyn on the medical staff at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. “She can have the flu shot – not the nasal spray – in October through May at any time during her pregnancy because this provides protective effects after birth until the baby can get a flu shot at six months of age. However, women who are allergic to eggs or have had a reaction to a vaccine in the past should talk with their doctor about getting a flu shot.”


New FDA proposal trying to eliminate trans fat
Houston, TX - 11/11/2013

Experts from Houston Methodist Hospital address the recent FDA proposal to eliminate trans fat from the food supply.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital breaks ground in Missouri City
Sugar Land, TX - 11/7/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital began groundbreaking on a new 9,600-square-foot emergency care center on Highway 6 in Missouri City, between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities—signifying their first development in Missouri City.  The facility is scheduled to open in summer 2014, and will house 10 treatment rooms and the latest technology in diagnostic imaging equipment.

Emre Ozcan, General Manager Linbeck Group, LLC; Mike Smith, Houston Methodist Director of Facility Planning; Lowell Stanton, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CFO; Scott Stover, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Emergency Department Director; Scott Rivenes, M.D., Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director; Chris Siebenaler, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO; Janet Leatherwood, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CNO and Craig Fredrickson, Vice President Linbeck Group, LLC.


Faster recovery after meniscal tears
Houston, TX - 11/7/2013

A new study determined that putting the knee through a normal range of motion shortly after surgery to repair the meniscus speeds up the recovery process and gets people active faster.


Houston Methodist enhances myelodysplastic syndrome treatment, research
Houston, TX - 11/5/2013

Clinicians and researchers at Houston Methodist recently received a $2 million donation to help the fight against an incurable form of blood cancer.

Dottie and Jimmy C. Adair donated the money in support of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) treatment and research at Houston Methodist Cancer Center. Jimmy Adair passed away in early 2013. The gift establishes a distinguished chair in hematology as well as a fund to further research, education and clinical activities focused on MDS. Dr. Lawrence Rice, a hematologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, leads this program.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Again Earns an “A” Patient Safety Score
Willowbrook, TX - 11/4/2013

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has again received an “A” Hospital Safety Score SM from The Leapfrog Group, an employer-based coalition advocating for improved transparency, quality, and safety in hospitals. The A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Only 26 percent of hospitals in Texas and 32 percent of hospitals nationwide received an A rating.

The Hospital Safety Score is determined by hospitals’ performance on 28 safety measures using data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Hospital Association’s annual survey. Scores are compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and are designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® Recognition from The Joint Commission
Willowbrook, TX - 11/1/2013

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America for the second year in a row. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for several conditions including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical outcomes.

“We are proud to receive this prestigious recognition once again from The Joint Commission that acknowledges the commitment of our staff to ensuring positive outcomes for our patients,” said Beryl Ramsey, chief executive officer of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of Houston Methodist. “Patients have come to expect quality care at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, which is why we are the hospital of choice for the Northwest Houston community.”


Finding joy during the holidays
Houston, TX - 10/30/2013


For families living with Alzheimer’s, finding joy during the holidays can be challenging. By managing expectations and planning early, holidays can still be happy and memorable for every family.


Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services begins education and training collaboration with Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, UAE
Houston, TX - 10/29/2013

Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, the global subsidiary of Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, United States of America, has entered into an agreement with Dubai Healthcare City to provide education and training initiatives at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center is the education and research arm of Dubai Healthcare City. The facility is a dedicated academic complex that houses a number of facilities to support continuous professional development programs and research that promote Dubai Healthcare City’s healthcare education and research mission.


Second annual Pretty in Pink raises funds for cancer patients
Sugar Land, TX - 10/28/2013

The community charity event, Pretty in Pink—Town Square, raised more than $114,000 to benefit local cancer patients through the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer fund.


Train Your Body
Houston, TX - 10/28/2013

For avid runners, training for the next marathon never stops. While it's important to focus on running faster or farther, Houston Methodist physicians encourage runners to expand their training regimen and are providing the following tips for training and protecting the entire body.


New ALS drug headed for phase II trial at Methodist
Houston, TX - 10/25/2013

Houston Methodist Neurological Institute researchers will soon begin phase IIa clinical trials of TDI-132, a drug that in animal models has shown promise in reducing the inflammation associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The purpose of the phase IIa trial is to determine the safety and tolerability of TDI-132 in ALS patients. Individuals in the research group will receive .5 mg of TDI-132 each day for four weeks.


Just two weeks in orbit causes changes in eyes
Houston, TX - 10/24/2013

Just 13 days in space may be enough to cause profound changes in eye structure and gene expression, report researchers from Houston Methodist, NASA Johnson Space Center, and two other institutions in the October 2013 issue of Gravitational and Space Research.



Debunking myths about how cancer spreads
Houston, TX - 10/24/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital plans major expansion
Sugar Land, TX - 10/23/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is embarking on a major expansion that will add a new 6 story patient tower and include its first development in Missouri City.


Two Houston Methodist pathologists earn national awards
Houston, TX - 10/22/2013

Philip T. Cagle, M.D., a lung pathologist in Houston Methodist Hospital's Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, was named Pathologist of the Year at the College of American Pathologists' annual meeting in Orlando last week. Cagle was also given a Distinguished Patient Care Award. Jordan A. Roberts, M.D., a second-year pathology resident, received a Leadership Development Award.

According to the college, Cagle was recognized "for his outstanding contributions as editor of the College's... peer-reviewed journal, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine" and for his role in developing guidelines for deciding how lung cancer biomarkers should be used to diagnose disease. The college said Cagle's recent work has helped "mark a significant breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer." Cagle is the S. Donald Greenberg Chair and Director of Pulmonary Pathology at Houston Methodist Hospital.


Scary risks of cosmetic contact lenses
Houston, TX - 10/22/2013

If your Halloween costume includes changing your eye color, think twice before wearing cosmetic contact lenses.

Cosmetic, or decorative, contact lenses are commonly used throughout the year to change someone's natural eye color, but the popularity of these lenses soar at Halloween. When cosmetic contact lenses are not properly fitted by an eye care professional, the wearer may be at risk for infection, corneal scarring, or even blindness.


Clements High School varsity football team donates breast cancer shirts
Sugar Land, TX - 10/21/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Breast Center received a donation of shirts from the Clements High School varsity football team along with their proud head coach Keith Knowles.


Houston Methodist Provides a "Service of Remembrance"
Baytown, TX - 10/14/2013

Whether it be a family member, friend or close companion, the death of a loved one can be difficult to handle. Grief is typically a response to a major loss. To help those suffering from grief, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital will provide a “Service of Remembrance” on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. The service will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Baytown.

The remembrance is open to families, caretakers and friends who have recently experienced the death of a loved one at Houston Methodist San Jacinto, and anyone else in the community suffering from a recent loss. There will be several readings, a candle-lighting ceremony and a performance by a soloist. David Sanders, St. Mark’s organist/pianist, will also provide musical selections. A small reception at the church will follow the service.


Houston Methodist cuts ribbon on Clear Lake physical therapy clinic
Houston, TX - 10/11/2013
Members of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce join the Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physical therapy clinic in Webster for a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 2. The clinic is located at 16969 North Texas Avenue and specializes in helping local athletes return to play. To schedule an appointment, call 832-667-5695. ... More

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital first in Fort Bend to use PFO closure
Sugar Land, TX - 10/7/2013

As a baby develops in the womb, a hole in its heart provides oxygen-rich blood from the mother. This hole usually closes naturally when the baby is born. However, about 25 percent of the time, it does not close and becomes known as a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO). Most people do not experience any symptoms with a PFO and grow up without knowing they have one. However, in some instances, a PFO may contribute to a stroke or a heart attack.


Pelvic cancer study focuses on more effective treatment options for patients
Sugar Land, TX - 10/2/2013

A trip to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s emergency room for a swollen leg uncovered a major surprise for Pauline Stevens - a pelvic tumor about the size of a soccer ball.


Houston Methodist welcomes new sports medicine surgeon
Houston, TX - 9/25/2013

Dr. Joshua Harris, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy, is joining Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

Harris will begin accepting patients on September 30 at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 4000 Garth Road, Suite 200 in Baytown, as well as at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.


Balloon pumps placed in a new way through the arm
Houston, TX - 9/24/2013

A tweak in how a life-saving balloon pump is placed inside the aorta could help some heart failure patients survive long enough to get a heart transplant and improve outcomes, said a team of doctors from Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure (now online). This is the first time to the authors' knowledge that a minimally invasive version of the procedure has been reported.

Balloon pumps improve blood flow and are usually used temporarily with patients who are receiving treatment for advanced heart failure and are already very sick. The pumps are used to keep patients alive while they wait for a new heart. Traditionally the pumps are inserted into the aorta through the femoral artery near the leg. But that approach has disadvantages, the doctors said.


4 superfoods for the fall season
Houston, TX - 9/23/2013

Autumn is approaching fast and that means a new crop of seasonal nutrient-dense fruit and vegetable "superfoods" will soon be harvested. Superfoods increase our overall wellness and nutrition, and help support a healthy lifestyle.

"Superfoods are brimming with nutrients and antioxidants," said Kari Kooi, registered dietician at Houston Methodist Hospital. "The benefits of adding them into your everyday meals are numerous. A nutritious diet can really have a positive impact on both your physical and mental health.


Texas Medical Center celebrates World Sepsis Day
Houston, TX - 9/23/2013

Experts from Houston Methodist Hospital and several area medical institutions came together last week to discuss sepsis as part of "Silent Killer: Cruel Lessons, Critical Practices," an awareness event hosted by the Texas Medical Center on World Sepsis Day, Sept. 13.

Sepsis is a serious, life-threatening infection that occurs when bacteria from the skin, lungs, abdomen, or urinary tract enters the bloodstream. Those who survive severe sepsis are more likely to have permanent organ damage, cognitive impairment, and physical disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of hospitalizations for sepsis has more than doubled in the last decade, resulting in longer, costlier hospital stays and more fatal outcomes for patients with the infection.


Surgery for patient’s paralyzed face improves quality of life – first of its kind in Fort Bend
Sugar Land, TX - 9/23/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is proud to announce its first facial reanimation and rehabilitation surgery for a paralyzed face.  The procedure was performed by Dr. Jon Mathy, board certified plastic surgeon on staff at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors outstanding nurse with DAISY Award - Phillip
Sugar Land, TX - 9/20/2013


Phillip Fisher, RN, is Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s DAISY Award winner, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses.


Two Houston CHRISTUS hospitals soon to join Houston Methodist
Houston, TX - 9/18/2013

Two Houston area CHRISTUS hospitals, CHRISTUS St. Catherine and CHRISTUS St. John, will join Houston Methodist when a new partnership between the two faith-based health systems is finalized. This week, the boards of CHRISTUS Health and Houston Methodist took the first step, entering into a letter of intent to transfer majority ownership of the two CHRISTUS hospitals to Houston Methodist.

The transaction also includes the CHRISTUS Provider Network clinics in the Katy and Nassau Bay areas and the CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research.


Houston Methodist adds emergency facility in Pearland
Houston, TX - 9/18/2013

Residents will gain easier access to Houston Methodist care

Pearland residents will soon have access to Houston Methodist emergency care services in their community.


Inexpensive test could reveal liver cancer risk
Houston, TX - 9/17/2013

Scientists from the Houston Methodist Research Institute and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will receive about $2.1 million from the National Cancer Institute to learn whether a small, low-cost device can help assess a person's risk of developing a common form of liver cancer.

The four-year project is based on technology previously developed by Houston Methodist nanomedicine faculty member Lidong Qin, Ph.D., who is the new project's principal investigator. Qin's "V-Chip," or volumetric bar-chart chip, will be used to detect biomarkers for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common cause of liver cancer. The device only requires a drop of blood from a finger prick.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Tarrik Zaid
Sugar Land, TX - 9/12/2013

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Tarrik Zaid to the staff of Houston Methodist Gynecologic Oncology Associates.


Domino Transplant
Houston, TX - 9/12/2013

Making an imaging appointment is easy with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s new online scheduling system
Sugar Land, TX - 9/9/2013

Keep forgetting to call about scheduling your outpatient imaging exam such as a mammogram, MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc.? Thanks to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s new online scheduling system, making an appointment just became a whole lot easier.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Offers FREE FLU SHOTS to benefit Santa’s Exchange
Sugar Land, TX - 9/9/2013

With fall around the corner and the holiday season not far behind, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is once again offering Fort Bend residents the opportunity to “give a gift and beat the flu.”


Pelvic cancer study focuses on more effective treatment options
Houston, TX - 9/4/2013

A trip to a Houston Methodist emergency room for a swollen leg uncovered a major surprise for Pauline Stevens - a 25-centimeter pelvic tumor about the size of a soccer ball.

The mass was determined to be cancerous, and it had spread from Stevens’ uterus to her ovaries. Following surgery to remove the tumor, Stevens, 74, volunteered for an endometrial cancer study sponsored by the Gynecologic Oncology Group. Houston Methodist offers this clinical study to patients at two of its locations. Study results will help determine the most effective treatment options with the least side effects for this group of patients.


Help for Headaches - new Headache Center now open
Sugar Land, TX - 9/4/2013

It can start as a dull ache — barely noticeable — but by the end of the day you’re clutching your forehead in pain. “Most of the time, headaches are a nuisance and nothing to worry about,” says Rajesh Bindal, M.D., neurosurgeon and medical director of the neuroscience program at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “However, if headaches disrupt your life on a regular basis, they should be discussed with a physician.”


Veritas Steak and Seafood promotion to benefit Pretty in Pink
Sugar Land, TX - 9/4/2013

Veritas Steak and Seafood is offering a unique promotion throughout the month of October to benefit cancer patients at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.


5 ways to keep lunches healthy
Houston, TX - 8/30/2013

New project investigates immune system's role in multiple sclerosis
Houston, TX - 8/23/2013

A $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke could help Houston Methodist scientists better understand how the body's own immune system drives multiple sclerosis.

The five-year project will be led by Todd Eagar, Ph.D., an immunologist in the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. Eagar is also the associate medical director of the Histocompatibility and Transplant Immunology program.


Surgery trainees in Houston for cardiovascular "bootcamp"
Houston, TX - 8/23/2013

The fifth annual Cardiovascular Fellows' Bootcamp brought more than 150 cardiovascular trainees from across the United States to Houston earlier this week for hands-on training in and discussion of the latest advances and techniques in cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine. The event was organized by Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education and Training.

Lectures were held at Hotel ZaZa and hands-on training activities were held at the Houston Methodist Institute of Technology, Innovation, and Education (HMITIE). The two-and-a-half day event targeted first-year fellows who are training in vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular medicine, or interventional radiology, and third-year primary certificate vascular surgery residents.


Catwalk on City Walk returns to Sugar Land Town Square September 12
Sugar Land, TX - 8/21/2013

Back by popular demand, Sugar Land Town Square will host its 4th Annual Catwalk on City Walk charity fashion show on Thursday, September 12 from 7-9 p.m. Models will rock the runway to the beats of a live DJ, sporting clothing and accessories from participating Town Square retailers. The show will take place in the first floor ballroom of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Make it a girls’ night out and help raise money for Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Pretty in Pink Cancer Fund!


Treating glaucoma without permanent eye changes
Houston, TX - 8/21/2013

For the more than 2.7 million Americans suffering from glaucoma, traditional treatment options leave much to be desired. Houstonians diagnosed with glaucoma now have access to a promising minimally-invasive treatment option that is only available at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Glaucoma is increased fluid pressure in the eye that can damage the optic nerve and lead to permanent blindness. Some glaucoma patients are treated with eye drops, while others undergo surgery to relieve the pressure. Traditional glaucoma surgery includes cutting a small hole in the eye to allow the fluid to drain to an external chamber.


Crosby Fair and Rodeo Donates $35,000 to Houston Methodist San Jacinto Cancer Center
Baytown, TX - 8/19/2013

The Crosby Fair & Rodeo recently donated $35,000 toward the Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Pink Heals Endowment Fund. The funds were raised during the organization’s Bras for the Cause event held in February.

The Bras for the Cause committee works in conjunction with the Crosby Fair & Rodeo to raise funds, which are donated to the organization of the committee’s choice. A $5000 donation was also made to the American Cancer Society.


Sports injury clinics return for fall
Houston, TX - 8/19/2013


Just in time for the fall sports season, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will open Saturday morning sports injury clinics around the Houston area this weekend to help athletes recover from injuries incurred during a week of practice and games.


Sugar Land Baptist Church POP Camp gives Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital gifts of appreciation
Sugar Land, TX - 8/16/2013

Kim Sprague, Marketing Coordinator; Kaelyn Bujnoch, Marketing Coordinator; Marcia Barham, Physician Liaison; Jill Perez, Sugar Land Baptist Camp Leader with class.
The children at Sugar Land Baptist Church Power of Praise Camp are on a mission to learn and serve. In the camp the kids learned that Jesus cares how we treat one another. He wants us to be willing and ready to meet the needs of others. They also learned the importance of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless and caring for the ill. Acting on what they learned, the kids decorated and gifted mugs to show their appreciation to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital staff for their service to patients and the community. They also made activity packages for children to do while they are here in the ER or visiting family members.


Autism four times likelier when mother's thyroid is weakened
Houston, TX - 8/13/2013

Pregnant women who don't make nearly enough thyroid hormone are nearly 4 times likelier to produce autistic children than healthy women, report scientists from the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and Erasmus Medical Centre in an upcoming Annals of Neurology.

The association emerged from a study of more than 4,000 Dutch mothers and their children, and it supports a growing view that autism spectrum disorders can be caused by a lack of maternal thyroid hormone, which past studies have shown is crucial to the migration of fetal brain cells during embryo development.


Arabian Nights 3rd Annual Gala for Hope Endowment presented by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Sugar Land, TX - 8/8/2013

Hope Endowment is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which fundraises for three specific orphanages or group homes for impoverished children in India.  Our Mission: To empower children in India to transcend poverty by providing a safe, caring, compassionate home and prepare these children with education and social development. By blending these services we hope to provide a lifetime commitment to their growth in the world we live in today.


Dr. Kozak joins Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Sugar Land, TX - 8/8/2013

The Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine physicians – Fort Bend’s leading doctors for general and sports-related orthopedic care – are pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Kozak, to their staff.


A Hospital Machinist
Houston, TX - 8/1/2013

Many drive by his office every day, but no one ever stops. The entrance does not draw a second glance from visitors driving through the second level of the Outpatient Center parking garage of Houston Methodist Hospital.

Through those doors is a machine shop run by Juan Fernandez. With advancements in technology being made every day, the fate of traditional machinists may be unclear. But not for Fernandez, whose talent with his hands is leading to solutions for physicians and their patients


Save My Limbs
Houston, TX - 7/30/2013

When trying to unclog a drain, plumbers will insert a device from the top and guide it down to push through whatever is causing the blockage. Endovascular surgeons use the same technique when trying to open up the vessels of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). However, sometimes the vessels become so hardened that it’s impossible to push through. A new technique called retrograde access now gives surgeons an additional path from below.

There are three arteries that branch off into smaller arteries and supply blood to the legs and feet,” said Dr. Hosam El-Sayed, an endovascular surgeon with Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Over time, plaque develops in the walls of the arteries and completely blocks blood from flowing to the lower extremities. These patients can develop severe conditions such as non-healing sores or gangrene and could eventually face amputation.


Multi-million dollar gift addresses reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, other digestive disorders at Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX - 7/29/2013

As many as 70 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders. In order to address the growing burden of digestive disorders, Houston Methodist Hospital has created a comprehensive center that provides care for everything from reflux to irritable bowel syndrome to Crohn's disease.

David M. Underwood, Methodist's longest-serving board member and a longtime board member of the Texas Medical Center, and his wife, Lynda, recently designated a multi-million dollar gift to create The Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders at Houston Methodist Hospital.


Prepare young athletes for a safe sports season
Houston, TX - 7/25/2013

After spending the first month of their summer vacation watching television or playing video games, the bodies of young athletes quickly become accustomed to air conditioning.

"Kids need time to adjust to the heat," said Dr. David Lintner, orthopedic surgeon and chief of sports medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. "Going from all-day air conditioning to practicing outside three to four hours a day can put young athletes at risk for heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heatstroke."


5 claims about probiotics and good gut health
Houston, TX - 7/22/2013

Chances are you see pills, powders, drinks and yogurt infused with probiotics every time you go to the grocery store. Marketed as “friendly” bacteria that aid digestion, do these products provide true health benefits or are they simply hype? Dr. Eamonn Quigley, an expert in gut health, heads the gastroenterology and hepatology division at Houston Methodist Hospital. Here he addresses 5 common claims about probiotics.

Probiotics are not a magic bullet, but those that contain live organisms may provide health benefits, like shortening the duration of a cold. They can also help with common intestinal symptoms and decrease urinary tract infections in women. There is even some evidence that probiotics might help you lose weight. There are trillions of strains of probiotics, and some are becoming more common in beauty products like lotions, skin creams and cosmetics. They’re also added to dental products like mints, gums and toothpaste. However, not all have been tested adequately to show that they contain live organisms.


U.S. News ranks Houston Methodist Hospital No. 1 in Texas
Houston, TX - 7/16/2013


Houston Methodist Hospital, formerly known as The Methodist Hospital,  ranked among the country’s top hospitals in 12 specialties in U.S. News & World Report 2013 America "Best Hospitals" issue, and again was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas.


Pocket-sized drug test could quickly identify abusers
Houston, TX - 7/16/2013

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has agreed to award $2.1 million  to Lidong Qin, Ph.D., and Ping Wang, Ph.D., of the Houston Methodist Research Institute to develop a pocket-sized drug test for use in health care settings.

The three-year project aims to modify an existing device that is about as big as a business card and could produce test results in minutes, speeding the treatment of patients in emergency rooms, for example. In previous studies, the device was shown to be sensitive down to the nanogram-per-milliliter level, which is sufficient for drug testing purposes.


Acid reflux drug may cause heart disease
Houston, TX - 7/10/2013

Drugs that help millions of people cope with acid reflux may also cause cardiovascular disease, report scientists from Houston Methodist Hospital and two other institutions in an upcoming issue of Circulation (now online). It is the first time researchers have shown how proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, might cause cardiovascular problems.

In human tissue and mouse models, the researchers found PPIs caused the constriction of blood vessels. If taken regularly, PPIs could lead to a variety of cardiovascular problems over time, including hypertension and a weakened heart. In the paper, the scientists call for a broad, large-scale study to determine whether PPIs are dangerous.


New Technology Treats Common Heart Condition
Baytown, TX - 7/9/2013

It’s one of the most common heart conditions in the United States but most people do not recognize the symptoms. Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, affects 2.7 million Americans and those who suffer from it are five times more likely to have a stroke, according to the American Heart Association.


Dr. Robert G. Grossman receives distinguished service award
Houston, TX - 7/1/2013

Dr. Robert G. Grossman, Professor of Neurosurgery at the Methodist Neurological Institute, Houston, is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award of The Society of University Neurosurgeons for his decades of service as a clinician, teacher and researcher.

Throughout his 50 years as a neurosurgeon, Grossman has devoted himself not only to his patients, but to the medical education of physicians and for improving the treatment of head and spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and epilepsy. He is the principal investigator for the North American Clinical Trials Network, a network of hospitals in the United States and Canada focused on bringing new treatments for spinal cord injury into clinical practice, sponsored by The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.


San Jacinto Methodist Hospital Partners with Legacy Community Health Services
Baytown, TX - 6/27/2013

San Jacinto Methodist Hospital announced today a new partnership with Legacy Community Health Services, that expands outpatient primary care in Baytown and surrounding communities.

Legacy has acquired the Family Medicine Center located on the 4th floor of Independence Plaza II, adjacent to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, and will begin seeing patients in this new location on July 1. Through this collaborative effort, quality primary care will be readily available to more of the Baytown community. Family medicine physicians, along with the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residents, will continue to provide care on the 4th Floor of Independence Plaza II to patients currently seen in the Family Medicine Center, as well as patients in need of a medical home.


Avoiding sports injuries can help young athletes stay in the game – Pre-Participation Physicals and Health Expo
Sugar Land, TX - 6/25/2013

Sports participation offers a host of benefits for children, including weight management, social skill development and team-building skills. But there are downsides as well. Every year, millions of young athletes end up in the emergency room or doctor’s office with a sports-related injury.


A valve inside a valve
Houston, TX - 6/24/2013

Many adult congenital heart patients have undergone multiple heart surgeries by the time they reach their 20s. Each time surgeons operate on the heart, the risk of complications increases. A new valve recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, now gives these patients a new way to manage their disease without having to undergo open heart surgery.

Many adults with congenital heart disease are born with a malformation of the pulmonary valve, which sits between the heart and lungs. Most have undergone open heart surgery during childhood to restore blood flow to the lungs, and often require a second and third open heart surgery to replace this valve. Because of advancements in heart surgery over the past 50 years, more and more of these patients are making it to the adulthood for the first time in history.


Nearly $700,000 to UH and Methodist will help develop brain machine interface technology
Houston, TX - 6/21/2013

The Cullen Foundation and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research are now supporting a brain-machine interface project that University of Houston and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute scientists hope will someday help quadriplegics walk.

The Cullen Foundation has directed $495,000 in philanthropic support to the research project and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation has given $200,000 to purchase Rehab Rex, the latest version of a robotic exoskeleton that helps legs move.


Changes in cell shape may lead to metastasis, not the other way around
Houston, TX - 6/21/2013

A crucial step toward skin cancer may be changes in the genes that control cell shape, report a team of scientists from The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Harvard Medical School in an upcoming issue of Nature Cell Biology (now online).

Using automated high content screening and sophisticated computational modeling, the researchers' screening and analysis of tens of millions of genetically manipulated cells helped them identify more than a dozen genes that influence cell shape. Their work could lead to a better understanding of how cells become metastatic and, eventually, pinpoint new gene therapy targets for cancer treatment.


Births at San Jacinto Methodist keep families together
Baytown, TX - 6/20/2013

When Colt McWhorter bounced into the world at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, there was something unique about his birth. Everything went according to plan and it was “textbook” as far as cesarean sections go. But the book is being rewritten at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, as the maternal-child unit shifts its focus to family-centered care, starting with Colt’s delivery.

Colt is the first child together for Crosby residents Tina and Jason McWhorter. The couple tried to conceive for nearly two years, even enlisting the help of fertility doctors. After finally achieving their goal of having a child, it was very important to Tina – as with most expectant mothers – that everything went perfectly with this pregnancy.


Pretty in Pink charity event returns!
Sugar Land, TX - 6/7/2013

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League are coming together once again for the second annual Pretty in Pink-Town Square – presented by local breast surgeons Dr. Sandra Templeton and Dr. Kelly Dempsey – back for the second year.


San Jacinto Methodist and Baytown police offer free child ID kits
Baytown, TX - 6/6/2013

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – to have a child go missing. And yet, it is a harsh reality that more than 2,000 children go missing each day, according to statistics from the U.S. Justice Department.

A child identification kit is one of the most important tools used by law enforcement when searching for missing children.


Two biomarkers predict increased risk for "silent" strokes
Houston, TX - 6/5/2013

Two biomarkers widely being investigated as predictors of heart and vascular disease appear to indicate risk for "silent" strokes and other causes of mild brain damage that present no symptoms, report  researchers from The Methodist Hospital and several other institutions in an upcoming issue of Stroke (now online).

The researchers found high blood levels of troponin T and NT-proBNP were associated with as much as 3 and 3.5 times the amount of damaged brain tissue, respectively. The findings are part of the large-scale Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Methodist Sugar Land is first in county to offer stroke-preventing procedure for atrial fibrillation patients
Sugar Land, TX - 6/5/2013

Methodist Sugar Land is the first hospital in Fort Bend County to offer the LARIAT procedure to treat patients who have atrial fibrillation and are at increased risk of stroke. The LARIAT procedure is nonsurgical and noninvasive—performed in a catheterization lab instead of an operating room.


The Methodist Hospital adds innovative robot to patient safety arsenal
Houston, TX - 6/4/2013

The Methodist Hospital has added a five-foot-five Star Wars-like robot to its germ-killing arsenal.

The TRU-D, or Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection, will further increase patient safety by targeting common germs found in hospitals. The robot produces natural ultraviolet light that modifies the DNA structure of a cell so that it cannot reproduce. Germs that cannot reproduce cannot harm patients.


Dr. Jafarnia Helps Rice Volleyball Star Get Back on the Court
Willowbrook, TX - 6/1/2013
Dr. Korsh Jafarnia of The Methodist Hospital for Orthopedic Hand Specialists helps get a Rice University volleyball star back on the court. Jillian Humphrey fracturered her hand in three places, an injury that Dr. Jafarnia says can usually result in permanent damage. “When she made a fist, (her fingers) were scissoring, meaning that the fingers were turning sideways when she was trying to make a fist,” said Dr. Jafarnia to Channel 2 News in Houston. “To have all three broken is pretty se... More

San Jacinto Methodist earns stroke award for three consecutive years
Baytown, TX - 5/30/2013

San Jacinto Methodist Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

This marks the third consecutive year that San Jacinto Methodist has been recognized with the Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award. San Jacinto Methodist is the only hospital in the Bay Area, and one of only two hospitals in the greater Houston area, to have received three consecutive Stroke Gold Plus awards (as of May 29, 2013).


Department of Defense awards $2 million to spinal cord injury research
Houston, TX - 5/28/2013

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is pleased to announce a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to further support the expansion of translational research to find treatments for individuals living with spinal cord injury, including servicemen and women.

The DOD awarded the two-year, peer-reviewed grant to the Reeve Foundation’s North American Clinical Trials Network (NACTN), a consortium of university hospital neurosurgical and neurorehabilitation teams to bring promising therapies into clinical trials. Led by Dr. Robert G. Grossman, professor of neurosurgery at the Neurological Institute at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, NACTN gathers and documents patient medical information in a data registry to better understand the body’s natural course of recovery after injury; uses standardized patient assessment protocols and develops new ones; and conducts new trials of therapy for spinal cord injury.  NACTN recently concluded a Phase 1 safety study of the drug Riluzole. NACTN’s research was featured prominently in a recent Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine supplement that provided unique insights into the development of translational research for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injury.


Sports Physicals
Houston, TX - 5/20/2013

“All student athletes are required to have a sports physical before they set foot on the field of play,” said Dr. David Lintner, an orthopedic surgeon with the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine and medical director of the event. “This is a great way to be seen by doctors, athletic trainers and other providers who have years of experience in performing physicals.”

The students will not only receive a physical, but if a problem is detected, they will be evaluated by a specialist on site.


San Jacinto Methodist Honors Cancer Survivors
Baytown, TX - 5/15/2013

National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) is Sunday, June 2, 2013. This 26th annual celebration of life will be held in hundreds of communities worldwide. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals will unite to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive, and inspiring.

The San Jacinto Methodist Cancer Center is hosting a luncheon on Friday, May 31 at 11:30 a.m. in the Reilly Pavilion (main lobby) to commemorate NCSD, and you’re invited.


San Jacinto Methodist Earns an "A" in Patient Safety
Baytown, TX - 5/15/2013

San Jacinto Methodist Hospital was recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“This is the second consecutive time that San Jacinto Methodist has received a score of A,” said Donna Gares, president and CEO. “Our ability to achieve this score is unequivocally related to the employees and physicians who work and practice here.”


Southland Conference Baseball and Methodist Center for Sports Medicine in Sugar Land team up!
Sugar Land, TX - 5/14/2013

Four Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians have been selected to serve as medical directors for the upcoming Southland Conference baseball tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.


Methodist microgravity experiment gets funding, may go to International Space Station
Houston, TX - 5/13/2013

A microgravity experiment designed at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute will be funded by The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to fly aboard the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.

The proposal to study the diffusion of drug-like particles will receive about $200,000 from CASIS, which is directed by Congress to manage, promote, and broker research for the orbiting U.S. National Laboratory. If all goes well on Earth, the experiment will go to the International Space Station as early as 2014.


Fish oil doesn't seem to help age-related macular degeneration
Houston, TX - 5/13/2013

A large-scale National Eye Institute study has shown fish oil supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids do not alter the progression of age-related macular degeneration, says a national team of researchers including David M. Brown, M.D., an retina specialist at The Methodist Hospital who ran Houston's part of the study.

Another key finding of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2, or AREDS 2, is that lutein and zeaxanthin may be safer than beta-carotene in reducing risk of disease progression.


Be aware of the sun’s invisible damage
Houston, TX - 5/10/2013

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Surgery training should use array of approaches, study suggests
Houston, TX - 5/3/2013

By developing a new way to compare techniques for teaching robotic surgery, doctors at The Methodist Hospital and the University of Southern California report in an upcoming issue of the British Journal of Urology International that surgeons training in robotic surgery learned best when three different teaching methods were used.

Performances in each of three simulation environments – virtual reality, inanimate tasks, and in vivo training -- were compared.


Methodist Sugar Land Hospital opens new sports medicine fellowship program
Sugar Land, TX - 5/3/2013

Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital are now offering an accredited primary care sports medicine fellowship program, designed to provide new physicians with the in-depth training needed to care for today’s athlete.


From frostbite to diabetes ulcers: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at MSLH’s Advanced Wound Care Clinic offers hope
Sugar Land, TX - 4/25/2013

Peter Fenelon of Sugar Land traveled more than 8,000 miles for the adventure of a lifetime.  But when his trip was cut short due to a medical emergency, he found the specialized care he needed right in his home town, thanks to Dr. Nicholas Desai and the Advanced Wound Care Clinic at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.


Multi-million dollar gift establishes brain tumor center at Methodist
Houston, TX - 4/23/2013

Brain and pituitary tumor patients will soon have access to a state-of-the-art facility at The Methodist Hospital, a result of a $10 million dollar commitment from a Houston oil executive.

The Kenneth R. Peak Center for Brain and Pituitary Tumor Treatment and Research will offer personalized neurosurgical and cancer treatment options, and give patients access to novel research studies not available elsewhere. Investigational therapies will include immunotherapy; nanosyringes for drug delivery; mitochondrial “smart bombs” (selective mitochondrial chemotherapy); stem cells; gene therapy; genomic, proteonomic and DNA profiling, and high throughput screening of each person’s tumor to every known drug available for treatment. For example, the nanosyringe program will utilize technology that injects chemotherapy selectively into each tumor cell, sparing normal cells. Researchers believe this technique will limit toxicity and increase effectiveness.


Methodist Cancer Center expands breast screenings in east Houston
Houston, TX - 4/22/2013

By offering free breast cancer screenings and health care to women in east central Houston, Methodist Cancer Center physicians hope to broaden their battle against a devastating disease that disproportionately impacts the poor.

A $100,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women will pay for screening mammograms at the Denver Harbor Breast Clinic. Funds will also pay for diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies; sustain the hiring of a full-time bilingual patient navigator who can help English- or Spanish-only-speaking patients understand their medical options; and support a breast oncology physician, high risk clinic director, and genetic counselor at Denver Harbor Clinic. The Avon grant will also help to identify high risk patients, provide twice-a-year clinical exams, support prevention therapy, and provide medical intervention for identified breast cancer patients.


Dr. Vincent Wang returns home to join staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Sugar Land, TX - 4/19/2013

Dr. Vincent Wang has joined the staff at Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center, located on the campus of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  He will also serve on the medical staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.


Obesity makes fat cells act like they're infected
Houston, TX - 3/5/2013

The inflammation of fat tissue is part of a spiraling series of events that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes in some obese people. But researchers have not understood what triggers the inflammation, or why.

In Cell Metabolism this month (cover), scientists from The Methodist Hospital report fat cells themselves are at least partly to blame -- high calorie diets cause the cells to make major histocompatibility complex II, a group of proteins usually expressed to help the immune system fight off viruses and bacteria. In overweight mice and humans the fat cells, or adipocytes, are issuing false distress signals -- they are not under attack by pathogens. But this still sends local immune cells into a tizzy, and that causes inflammation.


Nanoparticles that look and act like cells
Houston, TX - 1/31/2013

By cloaking nanoparticles in the membranes of white blood cells, scientists at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute may have found a way to prevent the body from recognizing and destroying them before they deliver their drug payloads. The group describes its "LeukoLike Vectors", or LLVs, in the January issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

"Our goal was to make a particle that is camouflaged within our bodies and escapes the surveillance of the immune system to reach its target undiscovered," said Department of Medicine Co-Chair Ennio Tasciotti, Ph.D., the study's principal investigator. "We accomplished this with the lipids and proteins present on the membrane of the very same cells of the immune system. We transferred the cell membranes to the surfaces of the particles and the result is that the body now recognizes these particles as its own and does not readily remove them."


Transplant immune therapy expert joins Methodist faculty
Houston, TX - 1/14/2013

Xian Li, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned expert on therapies that coax the body's acceptance of donor organs, has joined the Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center as its new director of transplant immunology. Li is also scientific director of the Center for Immunobiology Research.

Li will oversee scientific research at Methodist's transplant center, joins Methodist after 16 years with the Harvard Medical School, where he was deputy director of the Transplantation Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston, and was a Harvard associate professor of medicine.


Hu receives Gates Foundation grant to develop fast, cheap HIV test
Houston, TX - 11/2/2012

The Methodist Hospital Research Institute President and CEO Mauro Ferrari released the following statement today (Nov. 2, 2012):


Scientists Identify More Than 500 Genes That May Cause Pancreatic Cancer
Houston, TX - 3/12/2012

A global team led by scientists from The Methodist Hospital Research Institute has identified more than 500 genes that may cause or contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer. This particularly deadly disease has a 1-in-20 survival rate after five years, largely because no effective genetic screening method exists for early detection.

Principal investigators Nancy Jenkins, Ph.D., and Neal Copeland, Ph.D., report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online soon, that the vast majority of the 543 genes they identify in mouse models have identical or highly similar versions in humans, and that 20 of those equivalent genes were found to be strongly associated with poor survival in human pancreatic cancer patients.


Debunking Breast Cancer Myths
Houston, TX - 10/4/2011

Breast cancer awareness has increased over the past decade with walks for the cure, celebrities speaking out about their experiences and proceeds of pink-ribboned products going to breast cancer research. Even with a greater level of awareness, rumors and myths about breast cancer continue to circulate. Dr. Angel Rodriguez, director of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Clinic at the Methodist Cancer Center in Houston, clears up some common misconceptions about breast cancer.

Myth: Breast cancer is only hereditary.


$12 million collaborative grant seeks to improve cord blood transplantation for cancer patients
Houston, TX - 9/28/2011

A $12 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute will help researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital improve outcomes of cord blood transplantation in children and adults with cancer.

The collaboration brings together a team with research  experience in cancer immunology, viral immunology, cord blood transplantation, adoptive T-cell therapy and stem cell biology to the task of improving cord blood transplants for patients in need. 


New Advanced Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center Opens at Methodist Willowbrook
Houston, TX - 8/3/2011

The Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook opens its doors on the Methodist Willowbrook campus. The new, 25,000 square foot orthopedic and rehabilitation facility is unlike anything currently available in northwest Houston, equipped with the latest technology available in orthopedic and sports medicine diagnostics and treatment.

Located on the Methodist Willowbrook campus, the facility is home to an elite team of board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic and sports medicine specialists in the field of hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, hip and spine and sports injuries - many of whom are recognized among Texas’ top physicians by peers and patients and serve as team doctors to professional, collegiate and high school sports teams.


Rice and The Methodist Hospital Win Stimulus Funding Team Will Test Emerging Wireless Applications in Houston´s East End
Houston, TX - 10/13/2009

HOUSTON (Oct. 13, 2009) – A team of wireless researchers and doctors from Rice University and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute have won a $2 million federal grant to design and test next-generation wireless platforms and remote patient monitoring devices in Houston’s working-class Pecan Park neighborhood.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the money to a six-person team of researchers from Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communication (CMC) and from the Abramson Center for the Future of Health, a joint effort by Methodist and the University of Houston. The funding was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


Renowned Stem Cell Researcher Irving Weissman To Speak at TMHRI
Houston, TX - 9/29/2009

HOUSTON (Sept. 29, 2009) – Irving L. Weissman, M.D., director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, will deliver a seminar titled "Normal and Neoplastic Stem Cells," in honor of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute’s first annual Cockrell Foundation Award in Clinical or Translational Research on Nov 11, 2009.

Weissman’s research focuses on the biology and evolution of blood-forming and brain-forming stem cells and progenitor cells. His pioneering work with stem cells has led to his founding of several successful biomedical companies.


TMHRI Joins GCC´s John S Dunn Chemical Genomics Research Consortium
Houston, TX - 9/3/2009

HOUSTON (Sept. 3, 2009) – TMHRI has been accepted as an affiliate member of the Gulf Coast Consortium’s John S Dunn Chemical Genomics Research Consortium. Members of this group work together to develop a multi-institutional program for high-throughput imaging-based screenings that will facilitate drug discovery in the Texas Medical Center. Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Wong for his work in this effort.

For more information on The Methodist Hospital, see www.methodisthealth.com. For more information on The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, see www.methodistresearch.com.


Surgeon at Houston Methodist West Hospital removes rare tumor from inside heart chamber
West Houston, TX

Surgeon at Houston Methodist West Hospital removes rare tumor from inside heart chamber

HOUSTON, TX—(July 12, 2013)—A surgeon at Houston Methodist West Hospital removed a benign tumor from inside a patient’s heart last month, a first for the hospital.

Local resident Margarita Gomez, 62, initially saw a cardiologist for a fluttering in her chest and swelling she attributed to other causes.


Houston Methodist West Hospital launches lung cancer screening program
West Houston, TX
HOUSTON, TX—(Dec. 6, 2013)—Coinciding with National Lung Cancer Awareness month, Houston Methodist West Hospital launched a community focused lung cancer screening program Nov. 20. More than 50 physicians and health care professionals, including thoracic and general surgeons, pulmonologists, radiologists, otolaryngologists and primary care physicians, came together to hear from Dr. Janet Macheledt, medical oncologist, and Dr. Shanda Blackmon, thoracic surgeon. “The goal of the lung cancer scr... More