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UT Tyler Associate Professor Recognized by UT System 

Dr. Patti Olusola Awarded Membership to The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. Academy of Health Science Education (Shine Academy) 



TYLER (December 19, 2022) – Patti B. Olusola, M.D., an associate professor of family medicine and family medicine practicing physician at the UT Tyler Health Science Center, has been selected as a member of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. Academy of Health Science Education. 


“We are grateful to the UT System Shine Academy for recognizing Dr. Olusola for her excellence in teaching,” said President Kirk A. Calhoun. 


The Shine Academy’s mission is to serve the UT System through the support and promotion of excellence in all aspects of health science education, educational scholarship and leadership. It is a working service academy and honorific body that recognizes 16 faculty candidates in the UT System who embody its dedication to health science education. 


“I’m very honored for the opportunity to be a member of Shine Academy, it is a privilege to continue contributing to education in the health sciences,” Olusola said. 


Olusola was also awarded the UT Medical Branch Dr. Wiley Roosth Endowed Teaching Award in 2021, which is reserved for the top community physician who served as a preceptor for UTMB medical students during their clinical rotations. She completed her family medicine residency at the UT Tyler Health Science Center and has remained there for over 22 years. 


Other notable Shine Academy members from the UT Tyler Health Science Center include Dr. Jeff Levin (2014), Dr. Emmanuel Elueze (2017), Dr. Gerald Ledlow (2021) and Dr. Barbara Haas (2022). Dr. Sue Cox also received this high honor and served as president over the academy from 2007-2009. 


With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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