Larry Lacerte’s Fight For His Life

After his leukemia diagnosis in 2010, Larry Lacerte had plenty of time in his hospital room to contemplate his life and fate. But the father of seven, then 58 years old, was loathe to complain. “I don’t think I’d do anything different,” Lacerte says, sitting in the elegant dining room of his Highland Park home. Few of us might be so sanguine. To those who know him, Lacerte is a quiet but influential force in the Dallas business community. He sold his first company, Lacerte Software Corp., to Intuit in 1998 for a whopping $400 million. Three years later he… Full Story

How Hubert Zajicek Jump-Starts Companies

It was 2011, and entrepreneur Cyndi Nickel was in search of a business incubator. Her Austin-based biotech firm DxUpClose, founded in 2009, was using lab space at Texas State University in San Marcos. It was time to get out from under the university’s wings, but Nickel needed easy access to a sophisticated laboratory. Representing an early-stage venture still in the development phase of its product, she wasn’t ready to go out and build her own lab. In her search, Nickel heard about the North Texas Enterprise Center and met NTEC’s Hubert Zajicek, the center’s managing director-medical technology. Zajicek encouraged Nickel… Full Story

Why International Medical Tourism is Growing

Like many Americans, Mckinney resident Jorga Clark struggled with her weight, which led to high blood pressure and diabetes. After several unsuccessful diets, her Plano internal medicine physician recommend “one last shot:” bariatric surgery. Clark, 64, says her “really good health insurance” did not cover the procedure, which runs about $12,000. “That’s a lot out-of-pocket,” she says. “But this was important for my health.” Clark began shopping on the Internet and concluded that having the procedure done internationally was the answer. She contacted Medical Tourism Connection in Fort Worth to help set it up. The company gave her possible destinations… Full Story

The Best Doctors in Dallas 2012

Each year, D Magazine publishes a list of the area’s top physicians, as determined by their peers. This year’s roster includes 704 doctors in 43 specialties—including 149 physicians who are new to the list. Here are some frequently asked questions about how the program works. How does D Magazine determine which doctors make the list? Best Doctors is a peer-review voting process. We rely on the doctors’ expertise to determine who deserves to be on the list, just like a doctor would recommend a patient to a specialist. This year, we mailed a letter to 7,913 local doctors from our online directory inviting… Full Story

The Best Business Lunches in Dallas

Working through a lunch break can sometimes be a real pleasure—especially in Dallas, where there’s no shortage of eateries from which to choose. Here, D CEO restaurant reviewer Todd Johnson rounds up eight of his favorites, and shares the “must have” menu items at each. Samar by Stephan Pyles The king of Southwestern cuisine takes a journey down the Silk Road in this downtown Dallas den of Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Indian flavors. Samar’s Turkish spiced lamb pizza and chickpea masala are a far cry from the celebrity chef’s infamous chicken-fried venison and Heaven and Hell Cake that locals devour… Full Story

Why Dallas County’s Class Divide Hurts the Economy

The rich are getting richer, the poor are becoming more plentiful, and, as with many things, it’s all bigger in Texas. That’s the takeaway from two recent reports highlighting an ugly backdrop to the American economy—the huge and growing chasm of income inequality. Most people are making less money two years after the Great Recession came to an end, according to the annual American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, and poverty is at its highest point in nearly 30 years. In 2011, median household income in the United States was $50,502—8 percent less than before the economic collapse… Full Story

The Remarkable Recovery of Lauren Scruggs

A year ago, Dallas-based fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs made headlines when she walked into the spinning propeller of an airplane after a nighttime flight to view Christmas lights. The accident caused her to lose her left eye and hand. Beyond that, Scruggs also experienced some brain damage. Her recovery has exceeded expectations, she tells managing editor Krista Nightengale in the December issue of D: My brain doctor actually said I surpassed the healing of that. It was kind of funny because he’s a doctor, and he’s not extremely emotional, but I’d go in and he was giddy. He’d say, “I can’t… Full Story

Q&A With Rodney Anderson

Plano mortgage banker Rodney Anderson first noticed a problem with medical debt in 2008, after a client’s credit score dropped 105 points due to a $150 medical collection. Looking into the situation, Anderson found that 40 percent of Americans have some sort of medical debt on their record—and most don’t know it. Whether the debt is $100 or $1,000, it shaves roughly 100 points off an individual’s credit score—and takes seven years to go away. Anderson has relentlessly lobbied Congress to shave that seven-year waiting period to 45 days through the proposed Medical Debt Responsibility Act and says he has invested… Full Story

Concentra’s “Country Doctor”

Thomas Fogarty, MD, will turn 65 in December. The chief medical officer of Concentra, the nation’s largest operator of urgent-care and occupational health clinics, shrugs off the milestone. “As long as I am having fun, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing,” he says. Fogarty was one of three founders of Addison-based Concentra. He was a Houston-based industrial engineer when he decided to go to medical school at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He spent his fourth year of medical school in his hometown of Amarillo, where Concentra was born in 1970, when he and two other physicians… Full Story

Behind the Gates of Old Parkland

In reporting on commercial real estate in North Texas for the past dozen years or so, I’ve seen some impressive projects—Dallas developers are among the most talented in the nation. But the first time I truly felt “wowed” was when I drove through the gates of Old Parkland a few months back. I knew, of course, that Crow Holdings had renovated the historic Old Parkland hospital at Maple and Oak Lawn avenues and moved its company to the 60,000-square-foot facility in 2008. I knew that Chairman and CEO Harlan Crow had also renovated a former nurses quarters on the site… Full Story