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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is proud to take on the roles of educators of both the current and next generation of health care providers, providers of cutting edge clinical care, as researchers unlocking the doors to new knowledge and advocates for our society's most precious asset — our children.

Pediatrics Highlights

2018 Asthma Summit

Asthma Summit speakers

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, chair of City Council's Community Health and Equity Committee with Dr. Mandie Svatek (Inpatient Pediatrics, UT Health and organizer of Asthma Summit)

The 2018 San Antonio Pediatric Asthma Summit, held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the San Antonio Food Bank, was attended by over 60 community stakeholders, including asthma specialists, and representatives from public and private schools, health care organizations, San Antonio MetroHealth Department (SAMHD), and community organizations. The purpose of the Summit, organized by Dr. Mandie Svatek, was to identify health disparities in children with asthma, difficulties faced by families and potential solutions to improve their asthma care. Dr. Colleen Bridger, Director of SAMHD, shared data on the high prevalence of pediatric asthma hospitalizations in Bexar County. Dr. Pamela Wood (Clinical Professor, Pediatrics) and Dr. Mandie Svatek (Associate Professor, Pediatrics) shared information on the citywide Asthma Action Plan and a Clinical Respiratory Scoring protocol for the schools. Dr. Ed Brooks (Professor, Pediatrics) provided an update on exercise-induced asthma, a significant issue in schools, and Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst (Specialist, Department of Pediatrics) shared his expertise on insurance and health care funding for children with asthma.

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, chair of City Council's Community Health and Equity Committee with Dr. Mandie Svatek (Inpatient Pediatrics, UT Health and organizer of Asthma Summit)

Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, who chairs the City Council's Community Health and Equity Committee, provided an update on air quality in San Antonio. During the "Knowledge Market," participants had the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of community groups and organizations that provide services for children with asthma, including health plans, YMCA, CPS customer response unit, SAMHD, Alamo Area Council of Governments, "Aunt Bertha" (platform that allows individuals to search for resources and social programs), University Health System, CHRISTUS Home Health Services, HASA (Health Information Organization). The Summit closed with a panel discussion by four individuals who have worked to improve the health of children with asthma in our community: Dr. Linda Hook (University of Incarnate Word), Diane Rhodes (Northeast ISD), Virginia Mike (Executive Director, CareLink and parent of a child with asthma) and Dr. Trisha Favila (Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Community First Health Plan). Future plans developed from this Summit include organized meetings with the South Texas Asthma Coalition to develop specific strategies to help children with asthma here in San Antonio.


Pamela R. Wood, M.D
1 of 5 faculty honored with 2017
Regents Outstanding Teaching Award

Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D. Endowed LectureshipPamela R. Wood, M.D., clinical professor, Department of Pediatrics, was one of five distinguished members of the faculty at UT Health San Antonio honored with the 2017 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System. From left to right is Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Steven Leslie, Ph.D.; Chancellor William H. McRaven; Chairman Paul Foster; Pamela R. Wood, M.D.; and Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.


Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D. Endowed Lectureship

Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D. Endowed LectureshipRajam Ramamurthy, M.D. is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology at the UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine. She was an active faculty member of the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics from1977 to 2014. In the early years she worked in neonatal polycythemia to establish management criteria. She held a tenured professorship and was clerkship coordinator for neonatology. In 2000 she became the first fulltime director of the 'Premature Infant Development Premiere Program' the first such program in South Texas established in 1981. During her tenure she held the Rita and William Head endowed, distinguished Professorship. In the medical field she is considered teacher par excellence having received the Presidential Teaching Award in 1991 as well as the University Of Texas Board Of Regents Outstanding Teaching award in 2013. In 1984 she was inducted to the San Antonio Woman's Hall of Fame. Dr. Ramamurthy established an endowed lectureship upon retirement. The first, Tonse N.K. Raju, M.D., DCH, Chief, Pregnancy Perinatology Branch, NICHD-NIH, was the keynote speaker for her retirement event. That summit created a collaborative of the NICU survivor follow-up programs for Texas and Oklahoma.


Patrick Catalano, M.D.

Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D. Endowed LectureshipPatrick Catalano, M.D. is former Chair and currently Professor of the Department of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center. Doctor Catalano's research interests include obesity, diabetes and metabolism in pregnancy. His research includes the longitudinal evaluation of women before and throughout pregnancy to determine the short and long term effects maternal obesity and diabetes on both the mother and her fetus. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Society for Gynecologic Investigation, American Diabetes Association and the Perinatal Research Society among others. He was the previous Chair of the American Diabetes Association Council on Pregnancy and Women's Health. Dr. Catalano has served as a Co-Chair of the NICHD Scientific Vision Group on Pregnancy. Dr. Catalano was on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee to review the weight gain in pregnancy guidelines. Awards include the Norbert Freinkel award from the American Diabetes Association, the Jorgen Pedersen award from the Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the Agnes Higgins award from the March of Dimes and the Charles Best lecture form the University of Toronto. Receiving his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he is certified in general Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications and continuous National Institute of Health funding since 1987. As the second Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D. endowed lecturer, Dr. Catalano will be presenting, "Maternal obesity in pregnancy, short and long term effects on the offspring" on October 13, 2017 at 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Room 409L of the medical school.


Congratulations to our 2017 Presidential Award Recipients!

Distinguished Junior Research Scholar:

  • Andrew D. J. Meyer, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Division of Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Clinical Excellence Awards:

  • Sylvia Leal-Castañon, MD, Associate Professor/Clinical, Department of Pediatrics – Ambulatory Care, School of Medicine

Employee Excellence Awards:

  • Beth Payne, MAEd, C-TAGME, LSSBB, Director, Academic Programs, Associate Program Director, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine


Dr. Ramamurthy named San Antonio Peace Laureate

Pediatric Residency Graduates Featured on AAP National Conference Video

Rajam Ramamurthy, M.D., emeritus professor in the Department of Pediatrics, has been named the 2017 San Antonio Peace Laureate. She was initiated as the laureate at the 11th Annual Blessing of the Peacemakers event Feb. 5, at the Whitley Center. Read more


The Department of Pediatrics would like to congratulate distinguished alumni, Leah Jacobson, M.D., on her installation as the 2017 President of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Pediatric Residency Graduates Featured on AAP National Conference Video For a message from the president click here.