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Six Recognized at Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony


Six outstanding John Sealy School of Medicine alumni were honored at a special awards ceremony and dinner on Friday, June 2. These physicians, nominated and elected by their peers, were honored for their service to the medical profession and humanity and for their integrity, stature, ability, demonstration of pride in UTMB and their contributions to their communities.

The Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor presented by the UTMB John Sealy School of Medicine Alumni Association and is reserved for those who set the finest example for our students, colleagues and their fellow alumni.

The 2023 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni are: Dr. Michael A. Cohen ('74), Dr. Philip L. Leggett ('80), Dr. Mark J. Lerman ('73), Dr. Bobby L. Limmer ('68), Dr. Gregory J. O'Shanick ('77)  and Dr. Shilpen A. Patel ('01).

A copy of the event program, including biographies for each awardee, can be accessed below.






Reiser named President of UTMB

Reiser, Jochen

The UT System Board of Regents appointed Jochen Reiser, MD, PhD as the next president of UTMB.

Reiser is a world-renowned health care, innovation, and research leader with more than 18 years of progressive responsibility in various academic health systems and university environments. 

He will begin his duties at UTMB on August 15.



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