2019 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.

2019 ASDA award winners 

 The 2019 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni were recognized at a special ceremony and reception at The Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, May 31 and honored at the School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 1. They are from left, Dr. Carlos Cardenas, Dr. Susan D. John, Dr. Bruce Bauknight, Dr. Jack Henry and Dr. J. Gregory Stovall.


Dr. Bruce Bauknight

Bruce Bauknight, MD - Class of 1968

A second generation UTMB honors graduate, Dr. Bauknight practiced general internal medicine, medical oncology, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative care in Victoria, Texas from 1972 to 2008. During his career he has served as Chief of Staff at two Victoria medical centers and was President of the Victoria-Goliad-Jackson Counties Medical Society and the Intercounty Clinical Society. He has been involved with  numerous community boards and earned top awards in 2008 from the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. Today, he works part-time in Victoria doing case management and palliative care work.  He remains connected with UTMB through his role on the Development Board and the School of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Bauknight and wife Vicki were also instrumental in establishing the Bauknight Family Professorship in UTMB's Department of Internal Medicine in 2011 to support the educational and research efforts of the department.

Dr. Carlos Cardenas

Carlos J. Cárdenas, MD - Class of 1985

After completing his post-graduate training at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, Dr. Cárdenas returned to the Rio Grande Valley in 1992 and co-founded South Texas Gastroenerology Associates. He is credited as being one of the original physicians to form Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System and currently serves as its Chairman of the Board. He was elected President of the Hildalgo-Starr Medical Society in 2001 and served as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees in 2013. In January 2017 he was named the 152nd President of the TMA. His has been lauded for his dedication and service to his community with high awards from the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the City of McAllen, the Boy Scouts of America and the Easter Seals.

Dr. Jack Henry

Jack H. Henry, MD - Class of 1964

Dr. Henry completed a general surgery residency in Pennsylvania and an orthopaedic residency in New York before being drafted into the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War in 1969. During his military stint at Maxwell Field in Alabama, Dr. Henry studied sports medicine which eventually led to a fellowship. He returned to Texas in 1972 and started his own private orthopaedic practice in San Antonio. Throughout his medical career, he cared for several college and high school football teams and served as the team physician for the San Antonio Spurs for two decades. Affectionately considered the "Father of Sports Medicine" in San Antonio, Dr. Henry is recognized as an expert in knee surgery.  He has been honored with numerous awards including an induction into the Alamo Area Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

Dr. Susan John

Susan D. John, MD, FACR - Class of 1984

Dr. John, an internationally known pediatric radiologist, completed a residency and a fellowship at UTMB and then joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Radiology where she worked until 1998.  She was then recruited to serve as Chief of Pediatric Radiology at the University of Texas Houston Medical School and is credited with reorganizing pediatric imaging at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. She has authored and co-authored more than 100 journals, books and book chapters and has held leadership positions with several professional societies.  In 2003 Dr. John was honored with Fellowship in the American College of Radiology -- one of the highest honors in the field. Today, she serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston and Chief of Staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston. 

Dr. J. Gregory Stovall

J. Gregory Stovall, MD - Class of 1978

Dr. Stovall graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas in Austin and UTMB and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1978.  He went on to practice internal medicine in Tyler, Texas and was co-founder of the Trinity Mother Frances Health System.  He served as Senior Vice President of the health system for twenty years and was directly responsible for the growth of the Trinity Clinic that serves a 27-county region of East Texas.  He is credited with creating and leading multiple strategies to enhance physician and mid-level provider retention that resulted in Trinity Clinic having the highest retention rates among large health systems.  Dr. Stovall is a certified Diplomat with the American Board of Internal Medicine and a recognized leader in various societies and affiliations.  Today, he continues to practice medicine in Tyler, Texas.


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