Every year, a faculty physician from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas is awarded the Patricia and William L. Watson, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. This year it has been awarded to nationally recognized Dr. Marilynn G. Punaro, Professor of Pediatrics and TSRHC’s Medical Director of Pediatric Rheumatology.
This is the fifth year the award has been distributed, as it was established by Dr. and Mrs. William Watson in 2009 through a generous donation.
Education and Career
Dr. Punaro has a long history of work in clinical care, starting in 1977 when she began her internship and residency at Children’s Medical Center. She then completed her specialty training in pediatric rheumatology in 1982 and started work at TSRHC.
In 1996 she became a member of the UT Southwestern faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and in 1998 she became Director of Arthritis Services at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Then she became Division Director for Pediatric Rheumatology in the UT Southwestern Department of Pediatrics in 2004.
Reputation in the Field
Those that know and work with her praise her for her abilities as a clinician and diagnostician, as well as her attitude and loyalty towards her patients.
Dr. Punaro’s name has been heard by those in the field nationwide as well, as she is a member of professional societies and an editor and reviewer of articles in top professional journals for pediatric rheumatology.
Her peers refer to her as a “Texas Super Doctor,” and one of the “Best Doctors in America.”
Congratulations Dr. Punaro!!