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Saima Zafar, MD, MBA, is a board-certified cardiologist who sees patients at UT Health East Texas Physicians Athens. “I was always very fascinated with the heart and the many ways it can be impacted with different ailments, whether it is an abnormal heart rhythm, a blocked artery, weak heart muscle or malfunctioning valves. There is so much satisfaction in helping people with heart disease.”

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Jacksonville, Texas (Jan. 5, 2022) — UT Health Jacksonville welcomed the first baby of the new year at 12:19 p.m. Jan. 3, 2022. Sophia Paulina Alvarez was born to Paulina Arredondo and Reyes Alvarez. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.7 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.  

“I wasn’t expecting the new baby of the year,” said Paulina, explaining that her labor originally was scheduled to be induced Thursday, Dec. 30, but a positive COVID-19 diagnosis delayed that until Monday.

Sophia arrived happy and healthy about six hours after labor was induced Monday. “Everything went great...

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UT Health Henderson welcomes first baby of the new year


Henderson, Texas (Jan. 5, 2022) — UT Health Henderson welcomed the first baby of the new year at 5:17 p.m. Jan. 1, 2022. DaBralyn Wofford was born to Areka Wofford and weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 19 inches.

Athens, Texas (Jan. 3, 2022) — UT Health Athens welcomed the first baby of the new year at 3:02 p.m. Jan. 1, 2022. Hector Damian Prado was born to Andrea Govea and Hector Prado. He weighed 5 pounds, 13.5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

“It’s the best feeling. I had a really nice nurse (who was) understanding, kind and patient,” Govea said.

For being the first baby born in the new year, baby Hector received an assortment of gifts courtesy of the UT Health Athens OB Department.

“I feel grateful for the many gifts, but especially for my first baby on the...

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Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, Chairman of the Board of UT Health East Texas and President of The University of Texas at Tyler, and Dr. Julie Philley, Executive Vice President of Health Affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, unveil the plaque commemorating the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccine given in East Texas

UT Health East Texas commemorated the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccination being given in East Texas by hosting a plaque dedication and ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at UT Health North Campus Tyler. 

The location was the first in East Texas to receive vaccines a year ago and later became one of the state’s vaccine hub locations. While the state ceased having mass-vaccination locations when vaccines became more widely accessible, the site continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters and pediatric doses.

“One year ago, UT Health East Texas...

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Henderson, Texas (December 13, 2021) — Surprises weren’t in short supply with the arrival of the first baby born in December at UT Health Henderson.

Mother Meagan Neal said she was shocked and thrilled when nurses brought her a hand-sewn stocking embroidered with the UT Health East Texas logo, a keepsake all newborns will go home with in the month of December.

“It was so adorable when they brought that to me,” Neal said. “I was expecting her to come after Christmas, so it was just perfect.”

Neal wasn’t expecting baby Aliyah’s arrival until at least her Dec....

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Many women of, all ages, contemplate changing the size and or shape of their breasts. This may be to improve perceived beauty, femininity, sexuality or improve body proportions or correct asymmetries. The decision to have a breast augmentation is a very personal decision that only you can make for yourself. It’s about what you want and your quality of life.


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Tyler, Texas (December 7, 2021) — Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, UT Health North Campus Tyler was named a Top Teaching Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for...

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Tune in as Kurtis Kostan, MD, board-certified internal medicine physician with UT Health East Texas Physicians Clinic on Three Lakes Parkway in Tyler discusses Type 2 Diabetes.

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Tyler, Texas (November 10, 2021) — UT Health Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler maintained an ‘A’ rating and UT Health Henderson received its first ‘A’ in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospitals’ achievements protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

This is the third consecutive A rating of UT Health Tyler and the seventh consecutive A rating for UT Health North Campus Tyler.

“UT Health East Texas has been on a journey toward high reliability...

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