Three UTHealth faculty members named to prestigious UT academy
Published: March 17, 2011 by Meredith Raine, Office of Advancement
Three faculty members at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) were among a select few elected this year to The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education.
Peter Davies, MD, PhD, provost and executive vice president for research; Donald Molony, MD, professor of medicine; and Vaunette Fay, PhD, professor of clinical nursing, joined 23 other current or former UTHealth educators who are members of the academy. They were inducted during the seventh annual “Innovations in Health Science Education” conference in San Antonio.
“Since its inception in 2005, the UT Academy of Health Science Education has been promoting the goals of advancement of the educational mission and recognition of outstanding health science educators in the six health science institutions in The University of Texas System. The academy is a unique system-wide initiative. There are now 100 members of the academy who are acknowledged educational leaders in our institutions. I am very pleased to recognize the election of three outstanding individuals from UTHealth – Peter Davies, Donald Molony and Vaunette – as new members of our academy,” said L. Maximilian Buja, MD, who served as the first president of the academy and is also on the UTHealth faculty.
Davies, who joined UTHealth in 1979, is the Roger J. Bulger, MD, Distinguished Professor and professor of integrative biology and pharmacology at the UTHealth Medical School. The physician-scientist has a longstanding research focus on the molecular biology and pharmacology of the Retinoid X Receptor, which when activated by certain drugs, has shown favorable effects on diabetes and certain cancers.
Molony is professor of medicine in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the UTHealth Medical School. Board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, he sees patients at UT Physicians, Nephrology. His research interests include investigations of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of distal nephron injury and repair and the resultant clinical syndromes of toxicant-related acute and chronic renal failure. He is currently investigating the effects of metals on chronic kidney disease in Native Americans. He is also recognized internationally for his contributions to evidence-based nephrology and is a leader at UTHealth in the teaching of evidence-based medicine to medical students and residents.
Fay, professor of clinical nursing in the Department of Nursing Systems at the UTHealth School of Nursing, joined the faculty in 1981. Her academic career has focused on nurse practitioner programs and interdisciplinary education. She currently is working with the Houston Geriatric Education Center grant and is a member of the UTHealth Consortium on Aging.
UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Kenneth I. Shine, MD, worked with the presidents and selected faculty from the health institutions to establish the academy in 2005. Only a small number of nominees are selected each year, based on their outstanding contributions in the areas of direct teaching, curriculum development, mentorship, educational scholarship and leadership.