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Dr. Casscells receives top telemedicine honor

S. Ward Casscells, M.D., the John Edward Tyson Distinguished Professor of Medicine and vice president for Biotechnology at the UT Health Science Center has received the 2004 Gen. Maxwell Thurman Award for his work in the use of advanced technologies to improve emergency medical care.

The award was announced at the ninth annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association in Tampa, Florida.

The Thurman Award is named in honor of Thurman, a pioneer and champion of advancing medical technologies within the U.S. Army to extend the lives of “its most precious resources — its sons and daughters.” The award is given to a national leader who has made a substantial contribution toward the advancement of telemedicine and related medical technologies in order to improve patient care.

Casscells has been one of the principal architects of the U.S. Army’s DREAMS (Disaster Relief and Emergency Medical Services) Program, and Texas Training and Technology for Trauma and Terrorism. The DREAMS project integrates real-time video processing and wireless communications technology to triage and treat biochemical exposure, traumatic injury and disaster victims by telementoring to remote
medical experts.

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