GI Hero Archive
Steve Utts, MD, FACG
GI Hero, October, 2009
This month, I want to give some praise to Dr. Steve Utts of Austin! Besides regularly appearing on lists like "Austin’s Best Doctors" or "Texas Monthly's Best Doctors" and being a well-respected voice for GI at the TMA and the State Capitol, Steve takes off his white coat and puts on a Scout shirt and a backpack all the time. I am not sure how he manages to devote so much time to Boy Scout Troop 127 in Wimberley, and formerly to Pack 127, but he never misses a meeting or a camp out. It is no exaggeration to say that he has become the surrogate "father" that some of these boys have never enjoyed and that their lives have been bettered by his simple act of "being there". He is carpool driver, popcorn mogul, organizer, teacher, friend, sometimes correctional officer, pack mule, and a darn good campfire cook! If I were to allow the scouts and scouters of Troop 127 to give their testimonials on Steve, we would be here all day.
Steve, thanks for helping show the world that physicians remain persons of honor and sacrifice.
Gabriel Magraner, MD
GI Hero, February, 2009
I would like to give some kudos to TSGE members who deserve a pat on the back. So often these days, physicians are attacked as being "self-serving" but we all know how wrong that attack is. Take, Dr. Gabriel Magraner of San Antonio, a TSGE member for years. Gabe helps provide volunteer support to the University Health Science Center in San Antonio so that ERCPs can be continued effectively when the academic staff needs to go to meetings or on vacations. Gabe has done this, at no charge, for fifteen years. But there is more! Gabe organizes trips to the Dominican Republic twice year, bringing donated medical supplies, to provide first class GI services for the very poor in that island country. This is no vacation . . . Gabe and his colleagues may see hundreds of patients while there, and he works from before dawn until past dark. Gabe is a humble man with a deep faith who told me that he had come from an underprivileged background and now found himself in the greatest job in the world with a great opportunity to give back to others in need. This represents the TSGE spirit. This is what we are about. Hats off to Gabe, but there are dozens more of you serving with honor. Email and let me know of members who are doing good deeds. I would like to honor them as well!