Davis / Deck / Delahoussaye

Joyce S. Davis, MD (1989)

Dr. Joyce Stripling Davis was born in Big Spring, Texas (Howard County) on February 18, 1924 to Leslie Dayton Stripling, a drilling contractor, and Alta Estelle Hull, a school teacher. She was the oldest of four children, Bettye King, Margaret Oliver, and Celia Young.
Dr. Davis met her future husband, Phil Davis, at Baylor College of Medicine in Waco. They were married in 1946 and had had four children, Roger, Diane, Mark, and Scott.
Dr. Davis died on May 9 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Davis graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Crystal City, Texas. She went to Baylor University in Waco for her undergraduate work and received her BS degree graduating in the Centennial Class of Baylor University.
Dr. Davis graduated with her MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She met her husband, Phil, while in medical school and they married before graduation. After graduating in 1947, they moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Dr. Davis interned in pathology at Washington University.

In 1949, Dr. Davis spent five-and-a-half months in pediatrics residency at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and then worked part-time in the Harris County Health Department until her daughter was born in 1950. Dr. Davis and Phil went into general practice in Denton, Texas for a short time in 1950, later taking their practice to Mt. Vernon.

Phil was called into the army and stationed in Korea. Dr. Davis could not sustain their private practice, so she served a part-time residency in pathology at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. After completing her residency, she became board certified in anatomic pathology in 1958 and in clinical pathology in 1960.

Dr. Davis became an instructor in pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1956, was promoted to assistant professor in 1960, and then promoted to associate professor in 1965. She was the coordinator of student instruction in pathology and supervised and taught pathology residents at Ben Taub General Hospital from 1961 to 1975. She was associate attending pathologist at Ben Taub General Hospital, associate in pathology at Methodist Hospital, and a consultant to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital.

In 1975, she became the first professor and head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Texas A&M University’s new College of Medicine. She was instrumental in organizing the pathology department and served as the head of the department until her retirement in 1990. During this time Dr. Davis served on the courtesy staff of six hospitals, medical groups, and medical centers as a consultant in pathology or director of laboratories.

Among Dr. Davis’s many appointments, she served as director of the yearly postgraduate course in Urologic Curriculum Committees; she was on the ad hoc committee to study the feasibility of the Baylor-Texas A&M University Affiliated Medical Programs; she was chairman of the subcommittee of the Promotions Committee on Examinations in Basic Sciences, and chairman of the Pathology Department Teaching Committee.

She was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the U.S.-Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Texas Society of Electron Microscopy, the Texas Society of Histotechnology, and the Texas Society of Cytology.  Dr. Davis has been recognized both as a teacher and for her contributions to pathology. In 1984, she received a distinguished alumnus honor at Baylor University. She was named Consortium Scholar for her work in 1972 to 1973 on the Self-Instructional Materials Project of the Southern Medical Schools Consortium. In 1973, she received an Outstanding Teacher Award by Baylor College of Medicine, and in 1983 she received the Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching by the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Davis joined the TSP in 1977. She served as a delegate from District 12, and was on the Scientific Programs and the Medical Technology Committees. She was vice president of the TSP in 1987 and president in 1989.
Dr. Davis received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1997 for her contributions in the field of pathology.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Davis has authored or co-authored twenty-five professional manuscripts, nine professional abstracts and presentations, five self-instructional packages, and nine invited papers and workshops.
Duffy, J., Lidsky, M. D., Sharp, J. T., Davis, J. S., Person, D. A., Hollinger, F. B., & Min, K. W. (1976). Polyarthritis, polyarteritis and hepatitis B. Medicine, 55(1), 19-37.
Kahil, M. E., Fred, H. L., Brown, H., & Davis, J. S. (1964). Acute fatty liver of pregnancy: Report of two cases. Archives of internal medicine, 113(1), 63.
Graber, C. D., Higgins, L. S., & Davis, J. S. (1965). Seldom-encountered agents of bacterial meningitis. JAMA, 192(11), 956-960.
Prichard, R. W., Davis, J. S., & Matsen, J. M. (1992). Teaching pathology to medical students in the 1990s: a 1989 symposium of the Association of Pathology Chairmen. Human pathology, 23(2), 98-103.

Michael A. Deck, MD (2011)

Dr. Michael A. Deck was born on July 11, 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri to Arthur and Mary Deck. Arthur Deck worked with a chemical company and was transferred from St. Louis to Houston, Texas when Dr. Deck was five years old. They settled in the Clearlake area, and Dr. Deck graduated from Clearlake High School.

Dr. Deck has one adult son, Michael.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Deck graduated with a BS degree, summa cum laude, in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979. He was the recipient of the College of Engineering Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award and the H. Royce LeRoy Award for Outstanding student in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.

During the summers he interned at Exxon and Diamond Shamrock. While at Exxon, Dr. Deck wrote the database system software that was used to analyze their data. Even though Dr. Deck ended up going into medicine, his maintained his interest in computers throughout his career. He wrote the software that his company, MD Pathology, currently uses.

Dr. Deck received his MD degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1983. He served as vice president of Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Vernie A. Stembridge Award for outstanding graduating student in pathology. Coincidentally before Dr. Deck knew he was going to go into pathology, TSP past president, Dr. Max Buja, was one of the physicians who interviewed him upon entering medical school.

Dr. Deck first became interested in pathology after doing a summer internship in autopsy pathology rotations. He did his residency at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital when Vernie Stembridge was program director. Dr. Deck served as chief resident from 1986 to 1987 and served as a clinical instructor of pathology at UT Southwestern. He was board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1987.

After completing his residency, Dr. Deck joined Dallas Pathology Associates, which served several hospitals and medical centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. After a couple of years he started his own practice, MD Pathology, when Texas Health Presbyterian, then Children’s Presbyterian Hospital, opened their Plano branch. Dr. Deck was able to contract with this new hospital and in 1992 started MD Pathology. His laboratory has since grown from one person to seven members, and Dr. Deck currently serves as the medical director for five hospital laboratories.

Dr. Deck is a member of the College of American Pathologists where he served on the State Affairs and Economic Affairs Committees, the Texas Medical Association, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the Dallas County Medical Society.

Texas Society of Pathologists
Dr. Deck was first introduced to the TSP through Vernie Stembridge, who encouraged residents to join. He received the President’s Award in 2009 and served as president of the TSP in 2011. During his time as president and while on the Board, several policy issues were discussed including the licensure of medical technologists and direct billing legislation. Dr. Deck also worked with the TSP on balance billing and network adequacy with managed care groups. During his time as president, efforts were underway to build funds for the Education Foundation for young pathologists. Additionally, Dr. Deck is an accomplished photographer, and has served as the photographer at the TSP Annual Meeting for several years.

Notable Publication(s)
Deck M. Clinical Laboratory Aspects of Vitamins B12 and Folate. American Society of Clinical Pathologists Check Sample Series in Hematology 1988;30(5):1-7.
Deck M, Davis L, Silva F, Verani R, and Cohen A. Histogenesis of Renal Cysts in End-Stage Renal Disease (Acquired Cystic Kidney Disease ): An Immunohistochemical and Lectin Study. Surgical Pathology 1988;1(4):391-406.
Barber FA, and Deck, MA. The in-vivo Histology of an Absorbable Suture Anchor: A Preliminary Report. Arthroscopy 1995, 11(1):77-81.

Peggy M. Delahoussaye, MD (2012)

Dr. Peggy Melissa Butler Delahoussaye was born September 5, 1951 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Her father was a lawyer specializing in oil and gas law. He was transferred from Houston before Dr. Delahoussaye was born, but her family moved back to Houston in 1960.
After graduating from The University of Texas in Austin with a BA, magna cum laude, in anthropology in 1973, Dr. Delahoussaye married Darrell, who is an electrical engineer. When her sister died of breast cancer in 1993, she and Darrell adopted her sister’s children, then ages nine and eleven.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Delahoussaye went back to UT Austin and obtained an MS in zoology and completed her requirements for medical school. She then moved to Houston to attend medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Houston where she received her MD degree in 1983. She won several awards and honors while in medical school including the Walter G. Sterling Faculty Award for Outstanding Student, the American Medical Women’s Association Scholarship Achievement Citation, and Outstanding Student in Psychiatry. She also served as president of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society from 1982 to 1983.

She did a residency in psychiatry with UTHSC in 1983. She then did a residency in clinical and anatomic pathology, also at UTHSC, which she completed in 1989. She then did a year-long fellowship in surgical pathology with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
After her residency and fellowship, Dr. Delahoussaye went into private practice in Houston. She continues to work with the same pathology group, which was originally Hill and Associations, but is now Mangini, Lakhia, Delahoussaye and Associates. During her tenure, they have grown from a three-person to nine-person pathology group. Dr. Delahoussaye is vice president and a member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Delahoussaye has served several hospitals, among them Pearland Medical Center, Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital, and the Houston Town and Country Hospital. She has also served as the medical director for numerous laboratories over the course of her career. She was chief of the Department of Pathology at Sam Houston Memorial Hospital in 1993. At Spring Branch Medical Center she served as chairman of the Department of Pathology from 2004 to 2006 as well as chairman of the Continuing Medical Education Committee from 2000 to 2002 and the Infection Control and Pharmacy/Therapeutics Committee from 1994 to 1996 and 1998 to 2000. From 1987 to 1989, Dr. Delahoussaye served as an instructor of pathology at the University of Houston School of Optometry.

Dr. Delahoussaye has served in several leadership roles for the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists She was secretary in 1997 and in 1999, sponsorship chairman in 1998, and served as its president in 2001.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Delahoussaye has served the TSP as delegate, director-at-large, secretary, vice-president, and president-elect. Sher served as president of the TSP in 2012. Before becoming director-at-large, she chaired an ad hoc committee that was charged with the task of revenue enhancement. This committee developed an approach that has since lead to increased annual revenues from the TSP annual meeting. During her time as president, the TSP initiated a liaison program with various residency and fellowship programs in Texas to promote interest and involvement in the TSP by young pathologists. Also during her presidency plans for an Education Fund were started, and the program now provides educational awards to residents and fellows.

Notable Publication(s)

Delahoussaye, P. M., & Osborne, B. M. (1990). Cat-scratch disease presenting as abdominal visceral granulomas. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 161(1), 71-78.