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Milka M. Montiel, M.D. Endowed Scholarship

Milka Mukhlova Montiel received her MD degree from the Higher Institute of Medicine, “Vulko Tchervenkov”, Sofia, Bulgaria in 1953.  Following her graduation from medical school, she performed a rotating general practice service at the State Hospital in Cubrat, Bulgaria, followed by a residency in anatomic pathology at the Institute for Specialization in Sofia. In 1962 she became a Fellow in Cancer Research under the direction of Israel Davidsohn, MD at Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She entered the pathology training program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in October 1963 and was Chief Resident in Pathology (1965-1966). She was an anatomic and clinical pathologist and later Director of Clinical Pathology and Medical Director of theHematology and Coagulation Laboratory at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Chicago. She was also an Associate Professor of Pathology at Chicago Medical School.  For a two-year period, 1968-1970, she was Chief of Cytology at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Frank Townsend, Chair of Pathology, recruited her for a position at the UT Health Science San Antonio in 1973 as an Associate Professor. Frank Harrison, MD, President of UT Health San Antonio, signed her appointment letter. Her responsibilities were to be the Medical Director of the Blood Bank and theHematology and Coagulation Laboratory. She was promoted to Professor in 1978 and became the Coordinator of the Clinical Laboratories at University Hospital in 1981.

Dr. Milka Mukhlova Montiel was a leader in the development of the pathology services at University Hospital and the UT Health San Antonio Department of Pathology labs. In her letter for promotion to Professor it was stated, “Dr. Montiel enjoys the greatest respect and acceptance of her peers.  She was known as the only pathologist in our department who carried a heavy teaching load, had a major service commitment, and also conducted basic research.” The medical school graduation class of 1983 rewarded Dr. Montiel by presenting to her the Distinguished Professor Award. As an academician, she was an active member of several national Pathology organizations and was a founding member of the Hematopathology Section of the International Academy of Pathology. She was a member of the American Medical Association, Sigma XI, American Association of Blood Banks, Texas Society of Pathologists, Bexar County Medical Society, and the American Association for Clinical Histocompatibility Testing.  

Dr. Montiel officially retired from the Department of Pathology at UT Health San Antonio on August 21, 2002, but not from the hearts of those who know her. While she retired from active participation in academic medicine, she did not retire from life and has continued to be a strong supporter of medical education in Science Center programs and in the Department of Pathology. Her loyalty to the Department of Pathology and the Health Science Center reminds us of the important role that she had in the development of the department and the many lives she touched during her tenure.

Join us in honoring Dr. Montiel through a gift to the Milka Montiel, M.D. Memorial Fund, supporting the Department of Pathology medical trainees (students, fellows, and residents). 

Thank you in advance for your gift or pledge to help this fund grow and keep her memory close to our hearts.

If you would like to make a gift by check, please send it to Steven Reese, School of Medicine, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC 7835, San Antonio, TX 78229.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Steven Reese, School of Medicine Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at (210) 567-2598.

Make a gift to the Milka M. Montiel, M.D. Endowed Scholarship fund.

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