Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Houston (September 1, 2015) – On Aug. 19, Herbert L. DuPont, M.D., M.A.C.P., president and C.E.O. of Kelsey Research Foundation was one of 79 UT System professors to receive the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. DuPont is also a professor and director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at UTHealth's School of Public Health. "Teaching has been a life-long passion of mine and receiving this prestigious award validates that in some small way; perhaps my work has helped others grow, learn and improve," said Dr. DuPont. "As an educator, we're planting seeds in our students that blossom at various rates – that's why it's important to keep them interested, make the information easy to understand and always offer yourself up as a mentor."
Since 2008 when the awards were created, the regents have awarded more than $15 million to recognize faculty members who delivered the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, laboratory, field and online.
"Good teachers do what is expected of them. Great teachers go above and beyond what is expected and that is why Dr. DuPont is being recognized by the UT Regents," said Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "His reputation as a physician, researcher and teacher precedes him and we congratulate him for receiving this prestigious award."
Each of the award recipients received a $25,000 cash award from the UT System Board of Regents for excellence and innovation.
About the Kelsey Research Foundation
The Kelsey Research Foundation's mission to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes through research and education began more than a half-century ago. Today, the Kelsey Research Foundation is focused on health services and outcomes research, partnering with physicians, hospitals and universities, as well as the local research community, to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. The Foundation is supported by generous contributions of current and former patients of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, local and national foundations, individuals, and companies concerned with improved healthcare delivery in the Houston area.
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 650 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 36 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 65 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 24 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and one specialty pharmacy, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for seven consecutive years.
Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center and Endoscopy Center.
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