Victoria physician Dr. Bruce Bauknight was honored by his alma mater, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, for his decades of work in Victoria.
Bauknight, who retired in 2008, worked as a physician in Victoria for more than 35 years. He was presented with the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award, a recognition that was established in 1965 and is the highest honor awarded by the School of Medicine Alumni Association, according to a news release from the school. The award is named for Dr. Ashbel Smith, who helped create the University of Texas at Austin and the medical department in Galveston that later became the medical school.
The award recognizes physicians who are distinguished in the medical profession and have made important contributions to their communities on top of their work as scholars and teachers, according to the school’s website.
Bauknight, who graduated from UTMB in 1968, is a second-generation graduate of the medical school. He practiced general internal medicine, medical oncology, geriatrics and hospice and palliative care in Victoria for 36 years. He also has worked as chief of staff at two medical centers and was president of both the Victoria-Goliad-Jackson Counties Medical Society and the Intercounty Clinical Society, among other activities in Victoria.
Bauknight and Vicki Bauknight, his wife, helped create the Bauknight Family Professorship at UTMB in the department of internal medicine.
Bauknight works part-time doing case management and palliative care work in Victoria. He serves on UTMB’s development board and the board for the medical school’s alumni association.