2017 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 2017 Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni were recognized at a special ceremony and reception at The Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, June 2 and honored at the School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 3. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Robert Squires, Dr. James Winn, Dr.Chip Routt, Dr. Ned Snyder and Dr. Bruce Shack.


RouttMilton L. (Chip) Routt, MD - Class of 1983

After graduating from UTMB, Dr. Routt completed his medical training in general and orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee and a fellowship in orthopedic traumatology at the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  He remained there as a full-time faculty member until 2012 and returned to Texas in 2013 to teach and practice medicine at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.  Dr. Routt is nationally and internationally recognized for his pioneering work in pelvic fracture fixation and related pelvic biomechanical research, innovative surgical care for complex acetabular fractures and advancing surgical safety by diminishing risk.   He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and has directly mentored and educated more that 150 practicing orthopedic traumatologists.  Additionally, Dr. Routt is director of the annual OrthoCamp for regional orthopedic interns.   A member of numerous regional and national organizations, Dr. Routt is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.



ShackR. Bruce Shack, MD – Class of 1973

While attending medical school, Dr. Shack had the fortunate experience to spend a year at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, England under the auspices of Dr. Truman G. Blocker, skilled surgeon and former president of UTMB.  After graduating from UTMB, Dr. Shack completed his medical training in general and plastic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee and then took a faculty position at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore with a joint appointment at the University of Maryland.  He returned to Vanderbilt in 1982 to serve as an assistant professor and was eventually tapped to serve as Professor and Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery in 1996.  In 2016, he was named Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga.  He has served as President and Vice President of several professional surgical organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.



SnyderNed Snyder, III, MD, FACP – Class of 1970

Dr. Snyder followed in his father's footsteps and graduated from UTMB with honors. After an internal medicine internship at University of Michigan, Dr. Snyder returned to UTMB in 1973 to complete a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology.  Later he founded the Waco Gastroenterology Associates and the Gastroenterology Lab at Providence Health Center.  He returned to UTMB in 2002 and served as Chief of Clinical Gastroenterology and Vice Chairman of Internal Medicine.  During his career he has served in leadership positions on many medical and community associations and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.  His professional accomplishments include being the first person to report the removal of a stomach polyp endoscopically, the first person to report the association between bacterial endocarditis and cirrhosis and the first author of the prospective study of the APRI.   Currently, Dr. Snyder is Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston.



SquiresRobert H. Squires, Jr., MD – Class of 1977

Dr. Squires completed his medical training at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Washington University in 1982.  That same year, he co-founded a private pediatric gastroenterology practice in Forth Worth, Texas.  In 1987 he was recruited to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Children's Medical Center in Dallas where he remained until 2003. Today, Dr. Squires is professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the primary liver transplant physician at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  He is also the principal investigator for the Pediatric Acute Liver Failure Study Group and the Pittsburgh Pediatric Cholestatic Liver Disease Consortium.  During his career he has served on study sections within the National Institutes of Health and has held leadership positions with numerous national and international subspecialty societies.



WinnJames R. Winn, MD – Class of 1967

Dr. Winn served a rotating internship at Brakenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas after graduation and shortly thereafter began a private practice in Uvalde, Texas.  During his time in Uvalde, Dr. Winn served as Chief of Staff at the local hospital and held various leadership role with state and national medical organizations.  In 1989, he left his private practice to become Executive Vice President and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States.  In addition to his many accomplishments, Dr. Winn is credited with being one of the founders of the International Association for Medical Licensing Authorities and was instrumental in the establishment of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.  In 2006, Dr. Winn resumed practicing medicine in a private setting until retiring to part-time status in 2015.  A member of the UTMB Development Board since 2001 and former President of the UTMB School of Medicine Alumni Association, Dr. Winn is also lauded for serving his country as a reserve officer the U.S. Army and retiring with 20 years of military service with the rank of Colonel.

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