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As we celebrate Black History Month, we’re spotlighting our caregivers, the diversity they bring and the difference they make at UT Health East Texas.

Velvette Davis prides herself on being a role model for others, just as those in her life have been for her.

In fact, it was Davis’ cousin, six years her senior, who inspired Davis’ healthcare career in pharmacy. Even though that cousin didn’t finish pharmacy school because her career took a different path, Davis is proof of the impact of such role models. And she hopes she’s paving that path for the next generation...

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It could be said that Dario Gaona has known what he wants since birth.

Dario decided to surprise his parents, Leobardo Gaona Jr. and Fatima De La Hoya, by arriving six weeks before his scheduled due date. And now, at not even two weeks old, he definitely makes his desires known, especially at mealtime. 

“He’s been very vocal, especially when it comes to his feedings. I love it,” said Sylvia Navarro, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit RN.

Dario became the first patient in the UT Health Tyler NICU when he arrived at 1:41 a.m. Feb. 4, several weeks before his March 16 due...

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we’re spotlighting our caregivers, the diversity they bring and the difference they make at UT Health East Texas.

Shonda Marsh comes from a family where healthcare runs deep. Her mother, uncle, sister, cousins and relatives as far back as they can trace the family tree have had a hand in healthcare professions. But her biggest influence by far is her maternal grandmother, who she credits to inspiring not only her interest in healthcare, but also her drive for advancing diversity and inclusion.

“She grew up in the segregated South...

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As you get older, keeping up with your health becomes much more important. That’s why it’s vital to get the health screenings that can identify serious illnesses, perhaps long become they become severe cases.

For men, the most prevalent form of cancer is prostate cancer, with 3 million cases occurring in the U.S. every year. Fortunately, it can often be diagnosed early in men who undergo a prostate exam.

We’ve asked Dr. Clark Wilson, a board-certified urologist at UT Health East Texas in Tyler, to answer some of the more common questions about prostate cancer.

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Patricia Porter doesn’t miss a beat. As an EKG technician at UT Health Tyler, she performs tests that are used to monitor a patient’s heart rate. She can often help detect heart disease, heart attack, an enlarged heart or abnormal heart rhythms that may cause heart failure in the future....

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Breast Reduction

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction surgery is a surgical procedure that removes fat, breast tissue and skin from the breast. This reduces breast cup size and weight, while at the same time lifting, reshaping and repositioning the nipple/areolar complex to a more youthful position.

While there is a large population of women that may want to augment their breast size by adding volume, there is an equally large number of women that want to reduce the size and weight of their breasts.

Reasons one may consider breast reduction surgery

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we’re spotlighting our caregivers, the diversity they bring and the difference they make at UT Health East Texas.

Carola Erwin knew from a young age that healthcare was her calling.

Erwin fondly remembers sitting around the television set with her family watching the TV series Julia, which earned actress Diahann Carroll an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe in 1969 for her pioneering role as nurse Julia Baker.

“She was an African-American lady and she was a nurse on that show. When I looked at her and looked at the...

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Doctor at UT Health East Texas talks the importance of Kids Ear, Nose, Throat Awareness Month
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As I drop my children off for school, walk through an airport or look out into my office waiting room, I see people of all ages wearing various types of headphones and listening to their phones or tablets. As the surrounding environment becomes noisier and noisier, the volume of the device slowly increases to maintain the clarity of the sound. Currently, the CDC has shown that one out of 10 children aged 6 through 19 is experiencing some level of noise-induced hearing loss. This is why it is important to understand how loud noise exposure affects the inner ear, the ear signs of hearing...

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Tyler, Texas (January 31, 2022) — The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UT Health Tyler is now open, and its neonatology team is providing specialized care for babies who are born prematurely or have other complex care needs.  

The new NICU and renovated nursery is a combined 2,900 square feet and features nine state-of-the-art neonatal beds and the most up-to-date equipment for advanced care and monitoring.

“We are so excited we now have the ability to ensure babies delivered at UT Health Tyler can receive the most advanced care in the rare event they need...

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