UT Health Science Center San Antonio honors Hanley for work with RAHC Internal Medicine Residency Program

SAN ANTONIO, TX (Jan. 21, 2010) — James F. Hanley III, M.D., director of the internal medicine residency program at the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) and clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, will receive the 2010 President’s Choice Award this evening (Jan. 21) from Health Science Center President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP.

Dr. Hanley is the founding director of the residency program, which began with the RAHC Harlingen campus’ opening in 2002. Eight or more residents are selected for the program annually.

“Through his unselfish and dedicated leadership, Dr. Hanley ushered the RAHC’s internal medicine residency program from its formative stages and accreditation to the highly respected program it is today,” said Leonel Vela, M.D., M.P.H., regional dean and professor in the School of Medicine. “Its graduates maintain 100 percent board passage, and the majority of them remain in the Valley to contribute to improving health in one of the most medically underserved regions in the country. Dr. Hanley’s academic leadership has imprinted an indelible mark that, for generations, will define the culture of teaching and high academic standards at the RAHC.”

The President’s Choice Award honors a part-time Health Science Center employee who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the university. Dr. Hanley is joined as a RAHC faculty member by more than 200 physicians in Valley cities and communities who in addition to their practice duties are RAHC teaching faculty.


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $36 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 25,600 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.



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