Associate Professor of Medicine
Thirty years ago, Dr. Edward Lee Poythress came to Baylor College of Medicine as an intern in Internal Medicine not knowing that the career choice would lead him down the path to academic medicine. Throughout his residency, Dr. Poythress was struck by Baylor’s culture of educational leadership and excellence in teaching which provided him the foundation and desire to follow the examples of his many outstanding faculty educators. Upon completing his residency, he served as a Chief Resident at Ben Taub Hospital where he oversaw the education of medical students and residents at morning report and noon conference. Following his geriatrics fellowship at Baylor, Dr. Poythress began teaching medical students and residents at the in-patient wards and in the clinics at Ben Taub Hospital.
With the support and guidance of outstanding mentorship, Dr. Poythress became involved in numerous activities that allowed him to grow as clinician-educator. He participated in the Master Teacher’s Fellowship between 2000-2002, started as the director of the Ben Taub Wound Care Clinic in 2004 and led the medical school Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience Home Visit Track from 2001-2006.
In collaboration with key stakeholders, Dr. Poythress developed the Ben Taub Wound Care Limb Salvage Program. In about 20 years, he and the limb salvage team have taught numerous residents, students and fellows in general, orthopedic and vascular surgery, as well as internal and family medicine, geriatrics and infectious disease. In 2018, Dr. Poythress was awarded Harris Health System’s Think Innovation Transformation Award for the limb salvage program.
As a teacher on the wards, Dr. Poythress found his greatest enjoyment in working directly with learners and patients. In 2017, he was featured in the book Teaching Inpatient Medicine – What Every Physician Needs to Know. He has been honored with three John P. McGovern Clinical Sciences Teaching Awards, seven Department of Internal Medicine Outstanding Faculty Awards, and he was inducted into the Medical School Teaching Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 2017, Dr. Poythress became a dean in the Office of Student Affairs. By overhauling and restructuring the Learning Community Adviser Program, he has promoted continued growth of faculty and students. Later this year, Baylor will host the inaugural international Learning Community Institute meeting. Dr. Poythress has worked diligently to foster student-led initiatives including the Service-Learning Program and the orientation course PARTAKE, which stands for Populations at Risk: Treatment, Advocacy, Knowledge, Experience. Since serving as a dean of student affairs, he has assisted in more than 40 student-, resident- and faculty-led posters, presentations and publications.