Two Miles in Dallas Improves Men’s Life Expectancy by 26 Years

A new study from the University of Texas health systems shows that just two miles can mean 26 years of life expectancy in Dallas. Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center Department of Population and Data Sciences has created an interactive map that shows how life expectancy changes between ZIP codes. Within each ZIP code, it allows users to see life expectancy differences between male, female, black, white, and Hispanic residents. While much of the data lines up with what other social determinants of health have been telling us about how education, poverty, environmental and social factors impact overall health,… Full Story

UTSW Names the First Director of the O’Donnell Brain Institute

UT Southwestern Medical Center has named Dr. William T. Dauer the first director of the Peter O’Donnell Brain Institute. The neurologist and researcher will also be a professor of neurology and neurotherapeutics, and will begin in July. Dauer is known for his research into dystonia and Parkinson’s disease, has discovered novel treatments for the involuntary movements associated with the diseases. He is currently is the Director of the Movement Disorders Group and Director of the Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research at the University of Michigan, where he teaches neurology and cell and developmental biology. The institute… Full Story

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s First Endowed Chair

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine will have its first endowed chair through a gift from Dr. John Geesbreght, the former Director of Emergency Medicine at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. The gift will establish the John M. Geesbreght, M.D., M.S., FACEP, Endowed Chair of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Terence McCarthy, the academic chair for emergency medicine at the School of Medicine, will be the inaugural recipient. Prior to working for TCU and UNTHSC, he was an associate professor of surgery in the division of emergency medicine at UTMB Galveston. He is currently a clinical adjunct professor for the Physician… Full Story

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