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Helen Hobbs, MD, is professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern). She is also chief of the Division of Medical Genetics, director of the McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, and director of the Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center at UT Southwestern. In 2002, she was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
After receiving her medical degree at Case Western University in 1979 and completing her residency at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Hobbs came to UT Southwestern for her residency, followed by a fellowship in molecular genetics and endocrinology. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1987. She also now heads the Dallas Heart Study, a population-based study of cardiovascular disease that involves thousands of Dallas County residents, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
We spoke with Dr. Hobbs in March 2005 about her many responsibilities and the path she has followed to become a physician-researcher. We also discussed her involvement with the Dallas Heart Study as an example of translational medical research.
JIM: Would you explain what brought you to Dallas and why you stayed?
Dr. Hobbs: I came to Dallas in 1980. I had gone to medical school at Case Western and then was doing my internship at Columbia, where I met my husband, Dennis Stone. He was a third year resident at Columbia who had gone to medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He subscribed to copies of the internal medicine grand rounds protocols at UT Southwestern, which became my major source of information about medicine during my internship. The protocols were better than any textbook; they presented the various medical topics from a very mechanistic, as well as a practical, perspective. My husband …
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