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

The Election is (Mostly) Decided – How It Impacts Healthcare in North Texas

It’s been a week since the election, and many may be wondering how the results will change the healthcare industry, if at all. Clearly top of mind for many, a Deloitte study said that 26 percent of voters said healthcare was their top issue and three out of four voters who responded that way voted for Democrats. We touched base with John McCracken, clinical professor of healthcare management at The University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management and adjunct professor of family and community medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Thaddeus Miller, associate professor in the University of… Full Story

Here Are The Finalists For D CEO’s 2018 Excellence In Healthcare Awards

D CEO magazine and D CEO Healthcare online have the privilege of recognizing outstanding healthcare CEOs, physicians, and leaders with its fifth annual Excellence in Healthcare Awards program. Healthcare innovation, costs, and policy continue to guide the national discussion, and we hope that highlighting these nominees will encourage the industry and move it forward. We look back on the last year in North Texas healthcare with anticipation for what is next in one of the largest sectors of the local economy.  Finalists will be recognized in the December issue of D CEO and at an exclusive event on November 29,… Full Story

UNT Health Science Center Names A Provost

The UNT Health Science Center has named a new provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, promoting the dean of the system’s college of pharmacy to the position. Dr. Charles Taylor will take on the role starting Aug. 1. He will serve as the chief academic officer and oversee and align budgetary policies and priorities. Prior Provost Thomas Yorio stepped down in 2016 following 40 years with UNTHSC. Claire Peel, vice provost of academic research and dean of the school of health professions, has been serving as the interim provost since then. Taylor has packed a lot into his… Full Story

Texas Loses Precious Residency Spots As UNTHSC-affiliated Program Shutters

A residency program associated with the UNT Health Science Center has closed its doors. The Wichita Falls Family Medicine Residency Program officially shut down at the end of June. According to a UNTHSC spokesperson, the program’s sponsor—North Central Texas Medical Foundation—made the decision. A story from the Wichita Falls Times Record News details the steps that led to it; the trouble started when NCTMF and the Community Healthcare Center, which was managing the program, cut ties. The dagger came when Wichita Falls-based United Regional Health Care System pulled its support. Without the backing of a teaching hospital, a committee of the… Full Story

Texas and DFW Are All Over This List Of The Top 10 Affordable Med Schools For Out-of-Staters

Two of the top 10 lowest cost medical schools for out-of-state students are located in Dallas-Fort Worth, and seven of the 10 are in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report. Among the 69 institutions that submitted data to U.S. News, average tuition for out-of-state students during 2017-18 was $58,000—more than the average for private med schools, which is around $55,000. Things are different in the Lone Star state. In DFW, Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center came in at $33,621 and Fort Worth-based UNT Health Science Center at $34,854. Here’s all 10: 1. University of Central Florida ($31,063) 2.… Full Story

At A UNTHSC Clinic, Integrating A Pharmacist Into the Healthcare Team Is Making All the Difference

UNT Health Science Center has a piece out that’s worth pointing you toward. At the Hepatitis C Clinic at the UNTHSC Health Pavilion, planting a pharmacist within the healthcare team has made oceans of difference when it comes to adherence to prescription programs. Hepatitis C meds, UNTHSC explains, cost nearly $100,000 and cure the infection within 12 weeks. Yet some patients still let the drugs go unused. From the center’s newsroom: “But non-adherence can prevent or delay a cure,” said Dr. Fix, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy at UNT Health Science Center. “Programs like ours improve adherence by close to 100… Full Story

Medical City, UNTHSC To Add 500 Residencies Over Seven Years

Medical City Healthcare and the UNT Health Science Center are partnering to create 500 residency positions, the two sides announced on Monday. The positions will help UNTHSC appease regulators over residency requirements as it seeks accreditation for its new medical school, a partnership with Texas Christian University. The residencies—and regulators’ requirements—address the physician shortage in Texas, a topic of increasing conversation in recent years. “As we continue to add more medical schools, there’s a need to grow more residency training slots in Texas,” says Dr. Michael Williams, UNTHSC’s president. The 500 resident positions will be developed over the next seven… Full Story

North Texas Doctor Named President-Elect of National Physician Organization

The American Academy of Osteopathy has selected a University of North Texas Health Science Center professor as its president-elect. Dr. Kendi Hensel, a professor in the osteopathic manipulative medicine department, was chosen for the role during the AAO’s annual meeting last month. She’s been involved with the organization for 18 years and on its board of trustees for eight. “I love the art of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM),” Dr. Hensel said in a statement. “Because in so many other specialties you see a patient and write them a prescription or schedule them for surgery and you see them again in… Full Story

North Texas Experts: Overdose Reversal Drugs, Prescription Monitoring Could Help in Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

Wider utilization of overdose reversal drugs could go a long way in reducing the impact of the opioid epidemic, North Texas experts say. So could responsible prescribing and more use of the state’s prescription monitoring program, which collects and monitors data related to Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances. “Responsible prescribing is one of the cornerstones of addressing the issue,” said Glenn Hardesty, an emergency medicine physician with Texas Health Resources and opioid expert. He said that changes in the approach to prescribing opiates have already curbed access to the legally obtained drugs. He added that building the… Full Story