Dr. John Fraser Retires

Aug 30, 2013

Dr. John Fraser graduated from medical school at UTMB in 1979 and was a member of the Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity and Vice President of his Senior Class. He completed a residency in pediatrics from the Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1982 and a post-doctoral fellowship in Primary Care Faculty Development from the College of Human Medicine at the Michigan State University in 1989. He served on multiple pediatric, emergency medicine and public health hospital committees during his career. In 1982, Dr. Fraser joined the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as a Lieutenant Senior Assistant Surgeon assigned to the National Health Service Corps until 1984. He later returned to serve in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps in 2002 and served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Dr. Fraser is an active member of Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Pediatric Society, Harris County Medical Society, Houston Academy of Medicine, Houston Pediatric Society, Texas Medical Foundation, Houston Society of Emergency Medicine , Harris D. Riley, Jr. Pediatric Society, American College of Legal Medicine, The Federalist Society, State Bar of Texas, American College of Forensic Examiners, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Texas Public Health Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine and several other professional organizations and committees. In addition, Dr. Fraser has received various honors and awards including the most recent Texas Medical Association Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine (Silver Level) in 2013 and he has several publications and presentations.

During his time at UTMB, Dr. Fraser was a faculty member in the departments of Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Community Health. He served in many roles including staff physician, mentor, teaching faculty in the Master of Public Health degree program, capstone member and chairman, Residency Advisory Committee member for the Preventive Medicine Residencies and as Program Director for the Occupational and General Preventive Medicine residencies.

Congratulations to the 20th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session winners!!

Student Poster Award Winners
Neuroscience – Kara Barber & Claudia Marino
Basic Science – Danelo Cortez
Rehabilitation – Kay Kulkarni
Health Disparities – Jaqueline Contrera Avila & Mary Margaret King
Medical Effectiveness – Keli Perino
Clinical Trials & Implementation – Leyla Akhverdiyeva

Congratulations to the 20th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session winners!!





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Congratulations Naiomi Jamal!!

Jamal, Naiomi

Please join me in congratulating Naiomi Jamal on her 2016 President's Cabinet Award! She received this for her program focused on Parent Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention. This is a very prestigious award - Congratulations Naiomi!

Congratulations LJ Panas on your new job at Kansas Health Institute!!


Lawrence John Panas, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, joined KHI in 2016 after earning a doctorate degree in population health sciences and a master's degree in public Health from UTMB. His work at UTMB focused on community health improvement and also on public health systems and services. Prior to joining KHI, he was a graduate/research assistant at the UTMB. During that time, Lawrence was also involved in a wide range of work related to issues such as aging, disability, mortality, minority health and health disparities.

Congratulations to Zakkoyya Lewis on your new job at Beachbody, LLC.


Zakkoyya (Koyya) Lewis accepted a position at Beachbody, LLC as their Fitness Research Manager in their Fitness and Nutrition Results department. This position is the first of its kind. As the Fitness Research Manager, Koyya is responsible for standardizing the measurement protocols for test groups on new products sponsored by Beachbody. She is responsible for the collection and evaluation of all test group data. It is also her responsibility to ensure that claims on new fitness programs meet scientific standards. In addition to running test groups, Koyya works directly with UTMB alum Erin Glynn, PhD and Research & Development as well as Digital Productions. She works as a liaison between departments to identify ways to improve programs and motivate customers.  

Congratulations Dr. Arcari and Dr. Rudkin!! 

Christine M. Arcari, PhD, MPH

Rudkin, Laura

Please join me in congratulating SOM Year 2 student Lynda Chowdhury and Drs. Arcari and Rudkin on their 2016 President's Cabinet Award! They received this for their application titled Health Fair Kits To Go: Turning Service into Service Learning. This is another very prestigious award for our department - Congratulations Lynda, Dr. Arcari, and Dr. Rudkin!

Please join us in wishing Joseph Saenz, PhD a farewell as he embarks on a new adventure.


 Joseph Saenz Farwell Party_USC

 Joseph Saenz obtained his PhD and is going to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology, working with Dr. Eileen Crimmins and colleagues.

During his PhD stay at UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and SCOA, he published several papers on aging among U.S. Hispanics and Mexicans. He consistently made presentations in local, national, and international professional meetings and conferences, winning several honors and awards.

At SCOA, he also coordinated the MHAS research work group.

We will miss him for his great scholarship, extraordinary citizenship, and personal disposition!

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