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By News and Media Relations

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 7, 2022 – UT Health RGV physicians have marked a variety of national health awareness campaigns for September.

Listed are UT Health RGV providers available to discuss the importance of regular health screening and annual checkups that can prevent and treat diseases.

Media interested in covering these topics will have access to the following UTRGV School of Medicine faculty and UT Health RGV medical providers for interviews.

Fall Season Flu, COVID-19, and Booster Vaccines
Fall Season vaccines are available at UT Health RGV for students, faculty and staff, and the general community.

– Dr. Lori Berry, pediatrician, UT Health RGV.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
According to the CDC, ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic cancer in the country and causes more deaths than any other female reproductive system cancer. This month aims to remind women to get screenings to prevent or treat the disease early.

– Dr. Denise De Los Santos, obstetrician, gynecologist, UT Health RGV.

– Dr. Jorge Casquero Leon, obstetrician, gynecologist, UT Health RGV.

Both physicians can speak to why women should conduct regular screening services at every stage in life – from adolescence to post-menopause – that may help prevent health issues.

National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
This health observance aims to raise awareness of substance use treatment and mental health services that can enable those with a mental or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

– Dr. Ihsan Salloum, chair of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience and director of the university’s Institute of Neuroscience at UT Health RGV. Salloum can speak on current research at the ION and possible treatments to help patients with alcohol and drug addictions.

International Deaf Awareness Week (Sept. 21-27)
The week is set aside to honor the rich cultural history of the deaf community and continue the work of advocating for the rights of deaf people everywhere.

– Dr. Sandy Magallan, Ear, Nose & Throat specialist, UT Health RGV.

Can speak about the importance of inclusion and understanding of people with hearing loss.

World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10)
This health observance is an awareness day that provides worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Among people age 15 to 34, it is the second leading cause of death.

– Dr. Alcides Amador, psychiatrist and behavioral health specialist. UT Health RGV.

Can speak on the new 988 Suicide Hotline, which will make getting herp easier and more accessible when people need help.

These health observances are an opportunity for the UTRGV School of Medicine and UT Health RGV physicians to discuss the work and services provided in these health-related areas.

For more information, contact Saira Cabrera at the UTRGV School of Medicine, at

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