Final Candidate For UNTHSC/TCU Med School Dean Is One Of The Few Female Surgery Chairs In U.S.

Dr. Anne Mosenthal, the chair of surgery at Rutgers’ New Jersey Medical School, is the fourth and final candidate for dean of TCU and UNT Health Science Center’s forthcoming medical school.

Mosenthal will speak during a town hall-style meeting at TCU for faculty, staff, and students on Friday. After that, the hiring committee will determine the best fit to lead the school, which will be Fort Worth’s first Doctorate of Medicine track. The UNT Health Science Center already offers a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, or a DO. Mosenthal became chair of surgery in February 2014. She was one of only six female chairs in the entire country when she took the job.

According to Rutgers’ in-house Pulse alumni magazine, she graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1985 and heard again and again that “surgery is not for women.” So she set about proving her sexist critics wrong, Mosenthal told the magazine, eventually getting accepted to a general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She finished that in 1990 and wrapped fellowships in critical care and surgical endoscopy by 1992.

She landed at the New Jersey Medical School later that year. In her time there, she’s helped launch a palliative and end of life care program, a model that has been mimicked at hospitals across the country.

Correction: This article has been clarified to say that this is the first Doctorate of Medicine for Fort Worth, not its first medical degree program.

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