Winner of the Dr. Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Research Award and Commemorative Lectureship. - Southern Medical Association

June 10, 2021

Winner of the Dr. Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Research Award and Commemorative Lectureship.

As we continue planning this year’s Scientific Assembly, there’s a lot we’re excited about. Of course, first and foremost, it will be the first time our members convene in person after a year of extraordinary challenges; but it will also mark the inaugural presentation of the newly reinstated Dr. Robert D. and Alma W. Moreton Research Award and Commemorative Lectureship

Dr. Moreton devoted his life to medical innovation on behalf of his patients, and we’re proud to announce that our first awardee has spent his own life in much the same way. Please join me in congratulating Don W. Powell, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. And please join him at this year’s Assembly as he presents his lecture, The Paradoxical Role of Intestinal Stromal Cells in Healing and Disease.

Dr. Powell’s contributions to the field of gastroenterology have earned him international recognition, and for over 45 years, the NIH has funded his continuing research. In his lecture, Dr. Powell will examine the contradictory nature of stromal cells, which, while they promote epithelial growth and repair, are also key contributors to the development of some cancers and inflammatory diseases. 

Dr. Powell will be speaking from 5:45-6:30 on Thursday, October 28th. We’re very much looking forward to hearing him share what he’s learned throughout a lifetime of achievement. And we’re looking forward to seeing you there with us. Register today to secure your spot at this year’s Assembly — and to benefit from the wisdom of one of our nation’s most distinguished physicians.