Resident Physicians Honor Galveston Doctor

April 29, 2016  

Galveston radiation oncologist Martin Colman, MD, has received the J.T. “Lamar” McNew, MD, Award for his service to physicians-in-training, or medical residents. The Texas Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (TMA-RFS) recognized Dr. Colman today during TexMed, TMA’s annual meeting, in Dallas.   

The award honors a TMA physician who has provided outstanding mentoring and service to residents and fellows — medical school graduates completing specialty training prior to practicing medicine on their own.

“I am honored to receive TMA’s J.T. ‘Lamar’ McNew Award,” said Dr. Colman. “I love the environment of academic medicine, and being involved with my residents is one of the most satisfying aspects of my work. Along with my commitment to my patients and to make sure they get the best care possible, the residents I have had the pleasure to work with over the years represent the other most significant aspect of my work day. They are the reason I have remained in academic medicine for my entire professional career. I know that I have learned at least as much from them as they have from me.”

Dr. Colman is the John Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair in the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) Department of Radiation Oncology. He is trained in both radiation oncology and nuclear medicine, and is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. Before moving to Galveston, Dr. Colman was with the University of California at Irvine where he received the title of emeritus professor. He has been practicing medicine for 47 years.

Dr. Colman’s dedication to his medical residents extends beyond the classroom, as he commits much of his personal time guiding residents and fellows on their path to becoming caring, exemplary physician leaders.

“Working with residents in the clinic and in the classroom is only part of my interaction with them,” said Dr. Colman. “Advising them on career choices, making suggestions to them, and discussing their thoughts as they leave the relatively protected environment in residency to embark on their independent careers has been a major part of my commitment and involvement with my residents. I try to maintain connections with them long after they complete their training.”

Mani Akhtari, MD, a resident physician at UTMB who nominated Dr. Colman for the award, said Dr. Colman encourages residents to get involved in organized medicine to further their professional and personal development, and ultimately become better physicians.

“Dr. Colman has always been supportive of residents’ involvement in any activity that can further expand our knowledge of medicine and our field,” Dr. Akhtari said. “I have had the privilege of attending every TMA and American Medical Association meeting since I joined these organizations, thanks to Dr. Colman’s support and encouragement. Nearly all of the residents in our department have the opportunity to attend any meeting that is important to them on a personal level.”

Dr. Colman is a fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology and the American College of Radiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed a medicine/surgery internship and a radiation therapy residency at Johannesburg General Hospital.

The award is named for Dr. McNew, a retired Bryan physician who served in the Brazos Valley region for many years, and who was a primary provider of obstetrical services to area women covered by Medicaid. He also taught at the Texas A&M Health Science Center for 20 years.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 49,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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April 28, 2016