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Heather Green Wooten, PhDAdjunct Assistant Professor

Heather Green Wooten, PhD

Dr. Wooten is an adjunct assistant professor for the Institute for the Medical Humanities (IMH) where she teaches courses relative to the history of medicine and medical ethics. Her research specialties include the social history of epidemics and disease outbreaks, racial and gender disparities in medicine and American medical biography. Dr. Wooten’s first book, The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown was a recipient of the Mary M. Hughes Research Fellowship by the Texas State Historical Foundation, the T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award by the Texas Historical Commission, and the Ottis Lock Endowment Award. Recent publications include Old Red: Pioneering Medical Education in Texas (Texas State Historical Association Press) and Skilled Hands: Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, co-authored with Dr. William Henry Kellar. Her latest endeavor involves writing the 50-year history of the Graduate School for the Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). In 2018, Wooten was appointed Project Director for the Handbook of Texas Medicine, a five-year project that will create the first state-based online encyclopedia of medical history in the United States.
  • BA, Mass Communication, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, 1980
  • MA, American History, University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, 1986
  • PhD, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, 2007
  • Social history of epidemics
  • Medical biography
  • History of public health and underserved populations
  • Institute for the Medical Humanities
  • Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health

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