UNTHSC’s New Dean for Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has hired Michael Mathis away from LSU, where he was Head at the School for Veterinary Medicine. He will be the new Dean for the Biomedical Sciences graduate school. “A medical school and a vet school are really very similar,” Mathis said via release. “They both have clinical departments, basic sciences that support biomedical research and teaching, as well as graduate and professional students.” Mathis will help lead both the biomedical sciences faculty, who receive nearly $30 million in research funding each year, and the 90 Ph.D. candidates and 240 master’s candidates in… Full Story

Dr. Death’s Life Sentence Upheld in Appeals Court

Dr. Christopher Duntsch’s life sentence was upheld by the Fifth District Court of Appeals earlier this week, confirming the aggravated assault charges for operations conducted in the operating room, a legal first. Duntsch was charged with with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of injury to an elderly individual, though there are reports about dozens of patients who were left in pain, paralyzed, or dead after he operated on them. The trial focused on just one patient, Mary Efurd, an elderly patient whose back was left mangled after Duntsch was done with her. The… Full Story

The Dallas Companies Hoping to ‘Uberize’ the Healthcare Staffing

As technology impacts the way healthcare is delivered, it is also changing the way healthcare practices find staff. Two Dallas-based companies are using ride-sharing technology to solve the problem of cumbersome staffing procedures for healthcare facilities and helping solve the nursing shortage. Sadient Health hopes to eliminate recruiters, pay nurses more, and charge hospitals less when staffing nurses. When a facility has a shift to fill, they access a list of nurses through Sadient’s app that allows them to see the certifications and specializations of the nurses, and they can book them accordingly. Because Sadient cuts out what used to be… Full Story

Parkland Wins Five Axis Awards from the Association for Talent Development

Parkland Health & Hospital System recently won five Axis awards for the ability to develop it’s workforce from the Association for Talent Development, an organization that promotes workplace learning and performance. The system’s Office of Talent Management won four first place awards in talent assessment/succession planning, strategic planning, talent mobility and leadership development, and a placed second in diversity and inclusion. For leadership development, Parkland placed first amongst more than 1,800 submissions. The office created and implemented a succession planning and talent review process for more than 1,000 leaders throughout the system, collaborated with chief executives to align the strategic… Full Story

Photo Recap: D CEO’s Healthcare Awards

D CEO‘s Healthcare Awards recognized some of Dallas’ top medical professionals, but these folks have more than just beautiful brains. Our most talented photographer Bret Ridman was there and ready to capture the bright smiles and sharp threads of our medical award winners, nominees and guests. See the who’s who of the Dallas medical community in this photo recap.

Blue Cross President: Drug Prices Have “Lost All Relationship to Any Sort of Sanity”

A Healthcare Cost Institute report named Dallas as one of the most expensive places in the country to get healthcare. At the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health’s Forum this month, Dr. Paul Hain put the blame at the feet of local consolidation and increased drug prices. The HCCI report is a visually pleasing infographic where one can see how their city’s healthcare costs compare to other metro areas around the country. Called the Healthy Marketplace Index, it names Dallas as the 17th most expensive city in the country in 2016. Overall, DFW’s healthcare costs are five percent above the… Full Story

A New Chief Medical Officer for Medical City McKinney

Dr. Jaya Kumar has been named Chief Medical Officer of Medical City McKinney, and will be starting in February according to a release. For the last five years, she served as medical director of a hospitalist group at Medical City Denton, and is board certified in nephrology and internal medicine. “Dr. Kumar is a highly respected physician that is focused on quality and exemplary patient care,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, CEO of Medical City McKinney via release. “She is a physician that other doctors can look to for quality outcomes and clinical expertise. We are excited to have her… Full Story

UTSW Researchers Hope to Predict Dementia

UT Southwestern researchers say the identification of a molecular Alzheimer’s trigger can be used to predict which type of dementia will develop in patients. The knowledge can be used to diagnose and possibly treat the degenerative neurological disorder. A new study has identified how the tau protein’s shape gives information about which type of dementia will develop, and was created with the help of a larger network of researchers who hope to improve treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. An earlier study from the same lab found a molecular clue to how Alzheimer’s disease forms. “Our expanded understanding of the tau protein structure… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth’s New $65 Million Tower

Medical City Fort Worth will cut the ribbon on its new 90,000 square-foot patient tower on Monday, celebrating the completion of a facility that will bring a new emergency department and intensive care unit to the Fort Worth Medical District. The three story tower will house a new emergency room on the first floor, a 28-bed ICU and targeted neuroscience beds on the second floor, and the third floor will be shelved for future expansion. The roof will have a helipad, allowing for critical transport for the hospital’s outlying patients. The new ER will replace the existing one and include… Full Story

$3B Med Tech Company Takes its Global Headquarters to Dallas

Medical technology giant DJO Global is relocating its headquarters from San Diego to Dallas early next year. North Texas will serve as the company’s global headquarters and include a customer experience center and a facility that fosters collaboration, according to a press release. DJO was purchased by Maryland-based Colfax Corp. in November of this year for $3.15 billion. In addition to the relocating employees, the company says will create hundreds of jobs in the Dallas area including a new distribution center in Fort Worth, which opened a few months ago and has 200 employees. DJO creates braces, joints, inserts and… Full Story