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Three UT Health Northeast faculty members achieve recognition in their respective fields

February 3, 2014

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David Coultas, MD

Two physicians at UT Health Northeast and an assistant professor in its Department of Occupational Health Sciences recently were recognized in their respective fields. They are David Coultas, MD; Thomas Belt, MD; and Shannon Cox-Kelley, Ed.D.

Dr. Coultas, senior vice president for clinical and academic affairs and physician-in-chief, was featured in an article about the need for more medical residency programs in Texas that was published in the November 2013 issue of Texas Medicine.

The magazine is a publication of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), a professional nonprofit organization representing more than 47,000 physicians and medical students. Dr. Coultas is a member of TMA’s Council on Medical Education.

UT Health sponsors three residency programs: a family medicine residency program and an occupational medicine residency program at UT Health, as well as an internal medicine residency program located at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

Thomas Belt, MD

Thomas Belt, MD

Dr. Belt has been appointed to the state of Texas’ Health Information Technology Task Force by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Dr. Belt was involved in UT Health’s transition from paper to electronic medical records.

The task force was established by the 2011 Texas Legislature and has 11 members, including at least two physicians. It is responsible for improving patient access to electronic medical records while protecting patients’ health information.

Shannon Cox-Kelley, Ed.D.

Shannon Cox-Kelley, Ed. D.

Dr. Cox-Kelley, an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences, was elected to the Division Board for Professional Development of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

NCHEC administers a national competency-based examination to certify health education professionals and develops professional standards for the field.

The purpose of Dr. Cox-Kelley’s committee is to promote professional development through continuing instruction for health education professionals. Her four-year term began in January.

For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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