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GALVESTON, Texas The University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery has been granted full approval as a Level 1a Accredited Bariatric Center by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network.

The UTMB center is one of only three in Texas with the Level 1a designation. Level 1a centers have demonstrated they have the capacity to manage and have committed resources to provide complete bariatric surgical care. These hospitals have high-volume practices and can manage the most challenging and complex patients.

Changing state of Texas

Karl Eschbach, professor in preventive medicine and community and former Texas state demographer, will address The changing demography and changing health care needs of Texas from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the clinical science auditorium, room 362.

This is the third lecture in a series sponsored by the UTMB Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs and the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities.

Hurricane Conference

Michael Mastrangelo, program director for institutional preparedness at UTMB, is a panelist for the conference on U.S.-Cuba cooperation in defending against hurricanes.

Presented by the U.S. Center for International Policy, the conference brings together a variety of experts to learn from Cuba s expertise, cited as a model by the United Nations and the Red Cross.

Registration for the conference, which is open to the public, begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the San Luis Resort and Conference Center, 5222 Seawall Blvd.

Happy Feet For The Holidays

Collection boxes for new socks are in the reception area of the John Sealy Tower, the lobby of the School of Nursing-School of Health Professions building and the administration building.

Support staff professionals have undertaken the project to give back to the community, and the collected socks will be distributed to patients in the hospital Dec. 16. Any children s socks not distributed will be given to the Ronald McDonald House.

Caregiver Seminar

This educational seminar is designed for caregivers of people with memory loss. The three-hour presentation starts at 1 p.m. Friday at the Galveston Geriatric Clinic in the UTMB Health Eye Center at 700 University.

The seminar is free, but preregistration is required. For information or to register, contact Adele Herzfeld, Geriatric Clinic social worker, at 409-948-8862 or asherzfe(at)utmb.edu.

Presentations

The Global Health lecture series featured Drs. Matthew Dasco and Premal Patel who spoke on The global health paradigm: Skeptical optimism from the field.

Bruce A. Luxon, professor in the departments of biochemistry and molecular biology, addressed Trends in informatics for the organization of biomedical and health information.

Visiting On Campus

Dr. Stefan Schoenberg, professor and chairman in the department of clinical radiology and nuclear medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim at the University of Heidelberg in Landau, Germany, was on campus Monday as a Cooley Visiting Professor for presentations on magnetic resonance imaging.

New Faculty

New to the anesthesiology department are Drs. Michelle Simon and Meera Gangadharan, who will practice at the Driscoll Children s Hospital in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Tricia Elliott has joined the family medicine practice, and Dr. Olga Swanson has joined obstetrics and gynecology in Galveston.

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