Podcast | Southern Medicine | October 11, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Don Powell

In a special podcast, past SMA President Dr. Donald DiPette is joined by Dr. Don Powell, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Powell is the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Research Award and Commemorative Lectureship, which will be presented at SMA’s 112th Annual Scientific Assembly in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

During the conversation, Dr. Powell discusses innovations in medicine that have changed the care of patients with gastrointestinal disease and shares insight into how medicine has changed for the better (and perhaps not so better). He also reflects on defining moments in his career and offers guidance to medical students, physicians in training, and young physicians who are the future of medicine.

Don Powell, MD
Dr. Powell is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Internal/Medicine/Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. Previous academic roles there were the Edward Randel and Edward Randel, Jr Distinguished Chairman of Internal Medicine and Professor of Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Anatomy; Associate Dean for Research; Director of the UTMB Institute for Translational Sciences (CTSA) Clinical Research Center; Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Program Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship.

Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA: Past SMA President
Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Before joining USC, he was Interim Senior Executive Dean and Interim Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Medicine in the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and Scott & White Healthcare.