New professorship honors longtime gastroenterologist Schenker

Dr. Steven Schenker addresses the audience after the announcement of the Steven Schenker Endowed Professorship in Medicine.

San Antonio (Nov. 30, 2004) – Steven Schenker, M.D., professor of medicine and pharmacology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and former chief of the divisions of gastroenterology at both the Health Science Center and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, is being honored with a new academic endowed professorship established in his name.

Colleagues from the Health Science Center and the local private practice community announced the Steven Schenker, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Medicine at an awards dinner Nov. 6 at The Vault, the elegantly restored lobby of the historic Alamo National Bank Building. Many of Schenker’s past trainees, including several members of the Bexar County Medical Society, contributed to the new professorship.

(L-R) Dr. and Mrs. Steven Schenker celebrate with Dr. Glenn Gross and Dr. and Mrs. Elliot Weser at an awards dinner Nov. 6.

Dr. Schenker, a native of Poland who trained at Harvard, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Cincinnati, has practiced medicine for more than 40 years, including 22 years at the Health Science Center. He has made large contributions to the clinical understanding of liver disease, including the effects of alcohol on the adult and fetal liver.

Also at the dinner, Glenn Gross, M.D., Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, announced that additional funds have been donated to the Elliot Weser, M.D., Lectureship Endowment, established in 1998 to honor the longtime Division of Gastroenterology faculty member.

Awards were presented as well to six private practice San Antonio gastroenterologists who serve as clinical faculty at the Health Science Center. They are Drs. Delbert Chumley, Ravi Botla, Gabriel Magraner, Shailesh Kadakia, Steven Hearne and David Stump.

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