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Postponed: An Evening with DocStars

As a special member of our UT Southwestern Medical Center and Southwestern Medical Foundation family, you have been on the minds of many of us during this unprecedented time of uncertainty for our country and our world. With the rapid changes our community is facing due to the COVID-19 virus, we know you are grappling with difficult decisions and major impacts to your daily lives and businesses. Your concerns are obviously with your family, friends, and loved ones.

Like you, we are continuing to monitor the fluid environment around us.  Therefore, we have made the decision that the 2020 An Evening with DocStars will be postponed to a later date.

As this very dynamic issue evolves, we encourage you to stay informed.  UT Southwestern can be a valuable resource to you at this time, and we recommend you visit What to Know About COVID-19 for the latest information on the virus, including links to additional resources you may find useful.

DocStar finalists have been selected and we look forward to sharing the new date for the event in the coming months.  Thank you for your support of The Cary Council and An Evening with DocStars.

We wish you and your family the best during this challenging time.

Grace Cook and Alexandra Kahn

Event Co-Chairs

The Cary Council Steering Committee

Southwestern Medical Foundation

UT Southwestern Medical Center


Meet the DocStars

Chika Nwachukwu, M.D., Ph.D.

Chika Nwachukwu, M.D., Ph.D.

Developing safer and more effective treatment options for cervical cancers

Dr. Nwachukwu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and received her medical degree from Mayo Medical School after obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She was recruited to UTSW in 2019, from Stanford University, as a clinician educator and is an active member of the breast and gynecologic cancers disease-oriented team. Radiation treatment for cervical cancers often kills many blood-producing bone marrow cells within the pelvis, leading to toxic side effects. Dr. Nwachukwu’s research goal is to improve upon treatment options and outcomes for patients with cervical cancers through a combination of bone marrow protectants and more intense, highly-targeted radiation, thus minimizing toxic side effects while killing more of the tumor.

Olutoyosi Ogunkua, M.D.

Olutoyosi Ogunkua, M.D.

Addressing life-threatening risks and complications during childbirth

Dr. Ogunkua is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Management. He received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania, and completed his Residency and Fellowship at UT Southwestern. Dr. Ogunkua’s work addresses the leading cause of death and complications during childbirth worldwide: severe blood loss after delivery.  His current project aims to determine the effectiveness of a promising drug call tranexamic acid (TXA) on reducing blood loss in women undergoing cesarean delivery.

Luis Sifuentes-Dominguez, M.D.

Luis Sifuentes-Dominguez, M.D.

Creating novel treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatment

Dr. Sifuentes-Dominguez is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a member of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. After completing his subspecialty training at UT Southwestern, he joined the faculty in 2015. Dr. Sifuentes-Dominguez has developed a number of strategies that take advantage of novel animal models and sequencing technologies to define the role of the neuroendocrine system in the intestinal inflammation. His work has tremendous translational potential and could result in novel therapeutic approaches to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

About The Cary Council

The Cary Council is dedicated to carrying on Dr. Edward H. Cary’s legacy to “inspire a great citizenship to greater deeds.”

In September 2015, Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern launched the Cary Council, a group of emerging community leaders, whose mission is to support and strengthen the work of the Medical Center and Foundation. The Council was created to educate the next generation about the critical role medical research, education, and patient care plays in improving our health and making Dallas a world-class city. Learn more.

Funds raised from An Evening with DocStars support young UT Southwestern investigators working on promising early stage research. Finalists will be chosen by UT Southwestern faculty and the recipient(s) will be selected by the Cary Council. Funds raised from last year’s inaugural event enabled the Cary Council to give three grants to young researchers to further their work.

Read more about the 2018 An Evening with DocStars  |  Event photos

Cary Council Steering Committee

Michael Kahn, Chair

Annika Cail

Nancy Collins

Lana Constantine

Grace Cook

Pete Dale

Andersen Fisher

Amanda Eagle George

Michael Gregory

Grafton Ifill

Jacob Jones

Kate Morris

Josie Sewell

Amanda Dillard Shufeldt

Ivy Wisco