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Cizik School of Nursing students give back

Two students with Cizik School of Nursing and a person with West Houston Assistance Ministries put food and supplies into a vehicle.

November 9, 2021

On a recent early October morning, two students from Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) helped hand out food and nutrition education materials to families in an underserved neighborhood in the Westchase district of Houston.



UTHealth Houston welcomes 10 new Development Board members

October 26, 2021

Ten new members joined the ranks of the UTHealth Houston Development Board during the group’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Under the leadership of Virginia L. (Ginni) Mithoff, Development Board chair, this group of more than 150 innovators and leaders from various fields comes together with a passion for the mission of UTHealth Houston. By drawing awareness to the university’s work and increasing philanthropic support, they champion the causes of health education, research, and patient care and help shape the future of the institution.


UTHealth Houston associate professor aims to improve people’s lives in hometowns like her own

Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, pictured with her husband, Troy, and stepdaughters, Abigail and Coral. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD).

October 12, 2021

San Diego, Texas is a quiet two-stoplight town with a strong history in agriculture, ranching, and oil and gas. It’s the kind of place where neighbors know neighbors, and people look out for one another. It’s also a place where health disparities are visible, and the hometown of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, an associate professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).





Scuba diver back to doing what she loves, thanks to heart procedure

Photo of Caroline Wolbrecht diving in Roatan, Honduras. Thanks to her doctor from UTHealth and UT Physicians, Caroline Wolbrecht can once again go scuba diving without worrying about side effects from her PFO. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Wolbrecht)

June 28, 2021

When she isn't working at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), 55-year-old Caroline Wolbrecht of Houston loves to scuba dive. 

However, that hobby was put in jeopardy due to a patent foramen ovale (PFO), a heart condition that she didn't even know she had for years. 




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