Gilbert Handal, MD, received a TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine at the Gold Level, on April 30, 2015, at the TMA Council on Medical Education meeting. This meeting was held as part of TMA’s TexMed 2015 conference at the Hilton Austin.
Dr. Handal is a professor of pediatrics infectious disease and holds the Maria Cuellar Chair for Child Advocacy at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Paul Foster Medical School in El Paso. He has been involved in teaching for 44 years. In Dr. Handal’s nomination for the award, he was described as an advocate for children’s health who has shared his passion for adequate health care for children with many students. He is a great example of a teacher who inspires his students.
The multilevel award program, created in 2012 by TMA’s Subcommittee for Academic Physicians, is designed to recognize academic physicians who are consummate teachers, role models, and medical professionals. Physicians can self-submit applications or nominate others for bronze-, silver- and gold-level recognition, based on their years in an academic position and professional accomplishments.
Dr. Handal was among 18 physicians who were recognized by TMA at its annual meeting through the academic award program. A total of 45 academic leaders have been recognized through the program over the past three years.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.