Business Journal names Health Care Heroes


Four members of the Health Science Center family have been named winners of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2016 Health Care Heroes awards. The annual awards recognize outstanding achievements by people in the local health care industry.

The winners and their categories are:

  • Lindsey Mette, M.S., MScPH, Outstanding Health Care Practitioner – Non-Physician.
  • Lilian Liao, M.D., Outstanding Physician–Hospital based (University Health System).
  • Ildiko Agoston, M.D., Outstanding Physician–Non-hospital based.
  • Ruth Ruprecht, M.D., Ph.D., Outstanding Medical Researcher (Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Ruprecht holds an adjunct appointment at the Health Science Center).

Mette is a certified genetic counselor at the CTRC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She works with individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer to provide genetic risk assessment and identification of hereditary cancer syndromes, coordinates genetic testing, and educates the patient regarding future cancer risks and medical management options.

Dr. Liao, assistant professor/clinical, Department of Surgery, completed her medical training at the Health Sciences Center in San Antonio in 2004 and her surgical residency in 2010. Her primary clinical and research interests are in vascular trauma, pediatric trauma and burn, and injury prevention/patient education. She is currently the pediatric trauma and burn director at University Hospital.

Dr. Agoston, associate professor/clinical, is medical director of the Cardiology Clinic at UT Medicine’s MARC facility.  She is s founder and inaugural medical director of the Women’s Comprehensive Health Institute, where she provides convenient and tailored services to women of all ages in a one-stop shop experience. She adds critical experience in the arena of cardiovascular non-invasive and nuclear imaging.

Dr. Ruprecht is director of the Texas Biomed AIDS Research Program. At the Health Science Center she is adjunct professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. Her lab studies lentiviral pathogenesis, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1, and AIDS vaccine development.

The winners will be honored at a dinner and awards presentation on Oct. 12 at Pearl Stable. For information and to register to attend, visit the Health Care Heroes event site or contact the Business Journal event staff at 210-477-0855 or

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