May 22, 2019
J.T. McNew Award Winner Behrang Amini, MD, PhD
Houston radiologist Behrang Amini, MD, PhD, 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. Amini Saturday 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.
“We go into academics because we enjoy the responsibility of training the next generation of our field, and selfishly, having these young physicians keep us on our toes,” said Dr. Amini. “Being nominated and getting the award are bonuses on top of that.”
Dr. Amini, who has been in practice for eight years, is an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he also directs the musculoskeletal imaging fellowship program. Dr. Amini also is an adjunct professor at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston.
Dr. Amini, a TMA member for five years, also is a member of the Harris County Medical Society and the Houston Academy of Medicine. He is board certified by American Board of Radiology and the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons.
Beth Vettiyil, MD, a resident physician at MD Anderson, nominated Dr. Amini for the award. She called Dr. Amini an “exemplary mentor” who prepares these young physicians to provide the most effective treatments and best care to patients.
“Dr. Amini makes the learning environment very pleasant and conducive for ‘out of the box’ thinking. His enthusiasm for learning is infectious and makes every day training at MD Anderson a fun and fulfilling experience.”
Dr. Amini earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree at Rice University, both in electrical and computer engineering. He went on to earn a PhD in neuroscience followed by his medical degree at UT Health Science Center at Houston.
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.
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