2016 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni
Recognition for outstanding service to the medical profession and humankind.
For a list of all Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni Recipients click here.
The 2016 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni were honored and recognized at a special ceremony and reception at The Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, June 3. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Albert Sanders ('59), Dr. Delbert Chumley ('71), Dr. Gerald Beathard ('64) and Drs. Paul, George, Mace and Glen Brindley accepting on behalf of their uncle, Dr. Paul Brindley ('25).
Gerald A. Beathard, Md, PhD, FACP – Class of 1964
A 1964 graduate of the School of Medicine and a 1969 graduate of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Dr. Beathard also completed an internship, residency and fellowship at UTMB. From 1969 to 1970, Dr. Beathard served as chief resident in the Department of Internal Medicine under chairman, Dr. William Deiss and then joined the faculty at UTMB. Here he rose to the position of Associate Professor, initiated the Renal Pathology program and oversaw the Nephrology Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Beathard is considered the Father of Interventional Nephrology for his role in creating the field and for his leadership and commitment to train others in this area. Since 2000 he has served as co-medical director of Lifeline Vascular Access, a company that manages 75 dialysis vascular access facilities in 22 states. Dr. Beathard is also credited with being a founding member and the first president of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology.
Paul Brindley, MD – Class of 1925 (awarded posthumously)
Born in 1896, Dr. Paul Brindley completed his medical degree from UTMB in 1925. After completing his post-graduate work, Dr. Brindley became an instructor of pathology at UTMB and was then promoted to associate professor in 1927. He was then appointed professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology in 1929 and held that position for 25 years. He was instrumental in establishing the Galveston Chapter of the American Cancer Society and was named the society’s first president in 1948. Dr. Brindley became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1934 and a Fellow of the American College of Pathologists in 1947. He was twice president of the Texas Society of Pathologists and was posthumously awarded their first Caldwell Memorial Award in January 1955. The Brindley Family holds a long legacy at UTMB: eleven members of the Brindley family have graduated from UTMB since 1911 and now three of those members are ASDA recipients. The presence of Dr. Brindley’s nephews on campus over the past 75 years has led Dr. Brindley to be fondly known as “Uncle Paul.” Dr. Brindley died in 1954 and was honored by the sophomore class that year with the installation of a bronze plaque in the lecture hall of the Keiller Building.
Delbert Lee Chumley, MD, FACP – Class of 1971
Dr. Chumley received his medical degree from UTMB in 1971 and remained in Galveston to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine in 1974 and a fellowship in gastroenterology in 1976. After completing his post-graduate training, Dr. Chumley returned to his home town of San Antonio, Texas and entered into private practice where he later founded Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio -- a thriving, 19 physician group specializing in clinical and endoscopic gastrointestinal services. Dr. Chumley is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. He maintains a clinical faculty appointment as Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and continues to maintain his busy private practice.
Albert E. Sanders, MD – Class of 1959
Dr. Sanders earned his master of science in anatomy and his doctor of medicine degree from UTMB in 1959. He completed a community rotating internship at Denver General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Colorado and did his residency in orthopedic surgery at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston. From 1962-1966, he was employed with the U.S. Public Health Services Department with the Jicarilla tribe, a tribe of Apaches in New Mexico. Dr. Sanders was one of the founding faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC-SA) in 1968 and served there in several positions until his retirement in 2011. A lifetime member of both the UTMB School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni Associations, Dr. Sanders continues to remain connected to his alma mater through his current service on the UTMB San Antonio Regional Leadership Council.