Heather Wooten, Ph.D.

 Adjunct Instructor


2006 Ph.D. Medical Humanities, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 

Dr. Wooten is currently an Adjunct Instructor specializing in the history of medicine at the Institute for the Medical Humanities.  She received her doctorate in medical humanities from UTMB in 2006.  Dr. Wooten has extensive experience teaching at the college and university level and as a research consultant.  Her primary research focus involves the history of epidemic diseases in America and the effects of environmental change on public health.  Current projects include a historical examination of mosquito-borne diseases along the Gulf Coast as well as a history of environmental-based outbreaks of silicosis in the American West. Wooten is the author of numerous publications.  Her book, The Polio Years in Texas:  Battling a Terrifying Unknown (Texas A & M University Press, 2009) was a recipient of the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award by the Texas Historical Commission; and the East Texas Historical Association’s Ottis Lock Endowment Award (Best Book Category).  In 2012 Wooten published Old Red:  Pioneering Medical Education in Texas for the TSHA Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series.  Dr. Wooten’s latest publication, Skilled Hands:  Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston (2016) was co-authored with Dr. William H. Kellar. She is active in many state and local historical organizations, having held positions in the the Texas State Historical Association, the East Texas Historical Association and Galveston County Historical Commission.

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