UT Southwestern Names New Chairman for Family and Community Medicine

Dr. F. David Schneider (Courtesy of: UT Southwestern)
Dr. F. David Schneider (Courtesy of: UT Southwestern)

UT Southwestern Medical Center has named Dr. F. David Schneider as its new chairman of the department of family and community medicine. He replaces interim chair Dr. Amer Shakil in the position and starts May 1.

Schneider comes to Dallas from Missouri, where he served as professor and chairman of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University. Before that, he served as a faculty member and professor and then vice chair of family and community medicine at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Schneider is nationally recognized for his work with the Academy on Violence and Abuse and with the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. He also served as president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

In his new position, Schneider will “develop additional sites of training and clinical care through UT Southwestern’s partnership with Texas Health Resources,” including establishing a family medicine residency program at Texas Health Dallas, according to a statement. He will also lead new population health initiatives.

Schneider also says he wants to strengthen the presence of family medicine at UT Southwestern. “UT Southwestern is known for basic science research,” he said. “Today, the institution is poised to make that kind of investment in family medicine. … It’s the direction our healthcare workforce is going.”

Schneider earned his bachelor’s and medical degree at Boston University. He completed residency at Duke University’s Southern Regional AHEC program. He also earned a master’s degree in public health epidemiology at the University of Missouri.

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