September is Women in Medicine Month
The Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and the Office for Inclusion and Diversity are celebrating Women in Medicine Month, held annually in September and promoted by the American Medical Association.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Legacy, Embracing Our Future.” Each week in September will focus on a different area (education, research, patient care and community engagement). The four women here represent education.
The first list of women faculty includes Kristy Y. Kosub, M.D., Lillian Liao, M.D., M.P.H., Barbara Taylor, M.D., and the late Colette Kohler, M.D.
Dr. Kosub, a graduate of the Long School of Medicine class of 1986, excels as an educator. She is a professor of medicine and director of student education in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Kosub has received the UT Health San Antonio Presidential Award, the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award, and the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.
“My learners motivate me to maintain my knowledge and skills at the highest possible level and to create innovative learning formats and purposeful clinical skills practice,” Dr, Kosub said. “They inspire me to maintain the passion for learning.”
Dr. Liao, a pediatric trauma surgeon and assistant professor/clinical, is an alumna of the Long School of Medicine, class of 2004. She is a strong advocate for the Stop the Bleed Campaign, a national effort that “encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.”
Along with her colleagues in the trauma unit at University Hospital, she tended to the victims of the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last December.
Dr. Taylor, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases), is also assistant dean for the MD/MPH program. As a researcher, Dr. Taylor works on improving health outcomes for underserved populations living with or at risk for HIV. She is co-founder of the South Texas Consortium for HIV and STI Research and serves as the medical director for community-based programs to increase screening for tuberculosis and provide HIV care for rural veterans.
The fourth woman is Dr. Colette Kohler, a UT Health Science Center founding faculty member who died in 2015. After completing pediatrics training, she entered private practice in San Antonio in 1958. She went on to become San Antonio’s first pediatric oncologist, serving with distinction at both UT Health and Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital until her retirement in 1984.
Next week, faculty women in research will be featured.