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BioMed SA recognizes Dr. Brian Herman for 5 years service on the organization’s Executive Committee
February 9, 2011

BioMed SA President Ann Stevens and Chair Kenneth Trevett (right) recognize Dr. Brian Herman, Vice President for Research at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, February 9 for five years of service on the BioMed SA Executive Committee. (Photo by Donna Miller)

From Inside.News, UT Health Science Center

Brian Herman, Ph.D. vice president for research at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, was honored Feb. 9 for his five  years of service on the board of directors of BioMed SA. BioMed SA Chair Kenneth P. Trevett, J.D., and President Ann Stevens presented Dr. Herman with a plaque.

One of the longest-serving members of BioMed SA, Dr. Herman represented the UT Health Science Center on the board from 2005 to 2010 during BioMed's formative years and was a major contributor to its success, Stevens said.

He served in a number of key roles, including chair of the Julio Palmaz Award Committee, helping to define and position the award as Biomed SA's signature program. Dr. Palmaz, a longtime radiologist, is now the honorary Ashbel Smith Professor at the Health Science Center. The Palmaz Award honors individuals who, or organizations that, have made significant contributions to advances in health care and the bioscience fields. The world-renowned inventor of the Palmaz® Stent for heart patients, Dr. Palmaz was the first recipient and the namesake of the industry award in 2006.

Dr. Herman also served as chair of BioMed SA's nominating committee, and for the past two years helped lead the organization as vice chair of the executive committee.

"One of his most inspired actions was nominating Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway® and numerous medical devices, for the Palmaz Award in 2009," Stevens said. "Presenting the Palmaz Award to Dean Kamen raised the prestige and visibility of the Palmaz Award and led to San Antonio's plans to host the nation's second-largest FIRST Robotics Competition." The event, featuring the robotic inventions of high school students, will be held March 3-5 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Kamen instituted the robotics competition to inspire young people to embrace science, technology and engineering, under the mentorship of industry leaders.

Dr. Herman's last official duty with BioMed SA was introducing FIRST Executive Director Patrick Felty at the executive council meeting to discuss the upcoming competition.




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