Two UT Health Northeast physicians recently were elected to leadership positions in their respective fields. In addition, the American Diabetes Association has awarded Education Recognition to UT Health Northeast because of its free series of diabetes education classes offered four times a year.

Dr. Kent Davis, medical director of the Center for Healthy Aging, has been elected president of the Texas Medical Directors Association, one of 43 state affiliates of the American Medical Directors Association.

Davis, who joined UT Health in 1989, holds AMDA certification as a long-term care medical director. Founded in 1978, AMDA is the professional association of medical directors and other physicians who work in the long-term care field.

He serves as medical director of several long-term care facilities in Northeast Texas. Davis is board certified in internal medicine; geriatrics, the branch of medicine concerned with the care of older adults, and palliative and hospice care. Palliative care relieves the symptoms of serious diseases without curing the patient. Hospice care is end-of-life care that includes medical, psychological, and spiritual support.

Dr. Jeffrey Levin, chairman of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences, has been re-elected to the board of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics UT Health's Occupational Health Clinic is part of AOEC.

Levin is a past president of AOEC, a national network of more than 60 clinics dedicated to research and education as well as the prevention and treatment of occupational and environmental diseases. It was founded in 1987.

Levin, who joined UT Health in 1988, is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and is board certified in occupational and internal medicine.

In a letter to UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk Calhoun, the ADA praised the Empower diabetes education program for its adherence to nationally established standards.

Dietitian Krista Lindley of the Center for Diabetes Care organizes and oversees the Empower classes.


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