Blue Cross Teaming Up With 11 Texas Institutions to Address Healthcare Costs

Richardson-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will be teaming up with 11 universities to address the root causes of high cost of health care. The research institutions and insurer will be working on projects that focus on behavioral health, vaccine adherence, and analyzing usage data to improve efficiency.  The collaboration is part of Blue Cross’ Affordability Cures initiative, and hopes to address care delivery, unequal distribution, and waste in the system. “Failure to address access and affordability of health care has real consequences. We need to challenge the status quo by bringing transformative research and ideas to the table,”… Full Story

TCOM’s New Dean is a Familiar Face

Dr. Frank Filipetto will be the next Dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNT Health Science Center. Filipetto has worked at UNTHSC since 2011 and has been in the role for 18 months on an interim basis. The new Dean would like to bring a new angle to the medical knowledge for TCOM students. In addition to focusing on science and clinical care, he wants students to graduate with a better understanding of the economics of healthcare, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He also wants to teach physicians to care for their own wellness and avoid burnout. “It’s not just… Full Story

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine Names its Chair of Internal Medicine

Dr. Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy has been named the chair of internal medicine at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Sathyamoorthy is an invasive cardiologist and chief of staff at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth. He has also worked at the National Institutes of Health with expertise in thrombosis and the pharmacology of blood thinning therapeutics. In 2015, he was named the first medical director of cardiology for Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital in Fort Worth. “I’m so excited about this unique opportunity to approach medical education with a new and forward-thinking… Full Story

Remembering Dr. Adi Gazdar, Prolific Author and Award-Winning Cancer Researcher

Dr. Adi Gazdar, one of the world’s most cited authors whose collected cancer cells helped researchers around the world study the disease, died in late December. He was 81. Gazdar spent 27 years at UT Southwestern researching the basis of human cancers and their therapies. Prior to UTSW, where he held the W. Ray Wallace Distinguished Chair in Molecular Oncology Research, he worked at the National Cancer Institute for 23 years. “Adi Gazdar was one of the first great lung cancer ‘molecular pathologists’ who combined great experience in clinical pathology with the development and application of molecular techniques to help characterize… Full Story

UNT to Make Medical School Path Shorter to Help Rural Physician Shortage

The University of North Texas’ College of Science is partnering with Midland College to help solve the rural physician shortage in Texas, according to KERA. The two schools have created a program that allows students to complete their undergraduate and medical school in seven years rather than eight. Called the Primary Care Pathway Program, it requires two years at Midland College and one at UNT before students move onto medical school at UNT, KERA reports. A 2015 study from the North Texas Regional Extension Center highlights the physician shortage in rural areas. It shows that 57 percent of the physicians… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Hires a New Health Professions School Dean

J. Glenn Forister will be the new Dean of the UNTHSC School of Health Professions starting next month. He previously served as Associate Professor and Division Head of Physician Assistant Education in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Forister hopes to have the School of Health Professions, which is home to the Department of Physical Therapy, the Physician Assistant Studies Program, and Lifestyle Health Program, collaborate with other schools and programs. “I have always worked on teams, and the idea of creating a sustainable people culture and transforming the Health Science Center into a destination workplace is… Full Story

TCOM Recognized for Family Practice Prowess

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians recognized UNT Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for the schools contributions to reducing the state’s shortage of primary care physicians. TCOM was the only school in Texas to send at least 25 percent of its 2018 class to practice family medicine, and has received the honor for the 20th time, according to UNTHSC.  The Association of American Medical Colleges released a study that put Texas 47th out of 50 states for its number of primary care physicians. “Our program’s achievement in family medicine demonstrates its great value to Fort Worth, North… Full Story

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

Forensic Scientist Who Helped Identify Victims of Sept. 11 and Katrina Passes Away

Forensic genetics pioneer Arthur Eisenberg, who helped thousands of families identify missing loved ones, died last Thursday. He was 62. Eisenberg helped found UNTHSC’s Center for Human Identification and their graduate program for forensic genetics, where he worked from 1989 until his retirement in 2017.  He helped mentor forensic scientists who went on to solve cases for state and federal law enforcement agencies. He also assisted in identifying victims of serial killers, mass graves in Chile, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “It wasn’t the science that was driving Art. It was the knowledge that he was making a… Full Story

Despite Fewer Applications, Women are More Likely Than Men to Enroll at UTSW

Last fall, U.S. medical schools enrolled more women than men for the first time ever, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Many Texas medical schools followed suit, with UT Southwestern also fitting into the trend. While 50.7 percent of the 21,338 medical students who matriculated in 2017 were female according to the study, UTSW students were 50.4 percent women, despite 51 percent of applicants being male. UTSW was also the Texas school most likely to have out-of-state applicants. The study says that 50 years prior, only 9.8 percent of U.S. medical school enrollees were female. The study notes… Full Story