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Did you know that being overweight can significantly increase your risk of heart disease? Tune in as we talk with Dr. Charles Keith about how bariatric surgery can help.

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Dr. Charles Keith, bariatric surgeon at UT Health Tyler Bariatric Center discusses bariatric surgery’s effect regarding diabetes.

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Dr. Andrea Cooley, board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon at the UT Health East Texas Cardiovascular Institute discusses COVID-19 and heart disease.

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Music and Medicine program

Dan Kyzer, UT Tyler adjunct professor of guitar, plays guitar in the UT Health Tyler lobby on Wednesday as part of the new Music and Medicine partnership between UT Health East Texas and UT Tyler.

Tyler, Texas (April 23, 2021) — The soothing sound of guitar strings greeted patients, visitors and staff at UT Health Tyler this week, part of a new Music and Medicine partnership between UT Health East Texas and The University of Texas at Tyler.

“We all understand the healing power of music and the impact it can have in...

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The East Texas Pin-A-Sister group was formed in 2010 after results of the Tyler Affiliate of Susan G. Komen’s community needs assessment indicated a decrease in screening mammograms among African American women residing in Smith County. The goal of the program is to encourage women, specifically African American women, to receive screening mammograms.


  1. To increase awareness of screening mammogram guidelines
  2. To reinforce the importance of early detection
  3. To introduce the UT Health East Texas HOPE Breast Center’s genetic testing program...
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In March 2020, the world flipped upside down. For many, it was COVID-19 concerns, but for Navy veteran Jeff Hickerson, it was a battle with leukemia.


“I started feeling tired and was getting worn out quickly,” Hickerson said. “I used to have high blood pressure, so I...

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Evelyn Joseph Director of Pharmacy

Evelyn Joseph is the director of Pharmacy at UT Health Carthage and UT Health Henderson. She is a member of the Ardent and the UT Health East Texas Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Evelyn Joseph was intrigued by healthcare even at an early age, often carrying around a bag with bandages in it as a young girl.

Evelyn got her heart for healthcare from her grandmother, Evelyn W. Joseph, who was a civilian licensed vocational nurse for the United States Air Force.

"She was an example of someone who cared about her family, community and those she served in the United...

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Pittsburg, Texas (April 16, 2021) — UT Health East Texas caregivers vaccinated nearly 200 Pilgrim’s employees against COVID-19 this week during a two-day vaccine clinic at the company’s truck shop on Texas Street.

For Karen Nelson, transportation coordinator for the feed mill, getting the vaccine required little more than a walk across the parking lot.

“It was quick, very easy,” she said, adding that the shot was painless. Nelson said she wanted to receive the vaccine “so that we can relieve some of the pressure and be part of the solution of getting this...

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Sheree Gates receives the 2020 UT Health East Texas Telecommunicator of the Year award from Ivan Leon, UT Health East Texas EMS/ AIR 1 Communications Manager.

Tyler, Texas (April 15, 2021) — In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 12-17, 2021), UT Health East Texas EMS is recognizing the pivotal role its emergency dispatchers play every day.

Working from UT Health East Texas EMS headquarters in Tyler, a team of 27 dispatchers is responsible for answering emergency calls for EMS services within Smith...

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Tyler, Texas (April 14, 2021) — UT Health East Texas Interim Market CEO Donald Baker offered his congratulations to Kevin Eltife on his reappointment to The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott.

"Chairman Eltife has been a passionate supporter of UT Health East Texas and its goal of improving the health of East Texans," Baker said. "Our mission is caring for people — our patients, their families and each other — while educating and developing the caregivers of the future. Kevin Eltife has shown his commitment to our mission and vision...

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