Dean, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, UNT Health
Dr. Don Peska is responsible for maintaining Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (TCOM) leadership position in training physicians skilled in comprehensive primary care and rural medicine. His commitment helps drive excellence in innovative medical school curriculum, cutting-edge research, quality patient care, and outstanding student performance in both the classroom and in the clinics.
In addition to serving as Professor of Surgery at TCOM, Dr. Peska serves as Chief Medical Officer at UNT Health, the largest multi-specialty group practice in Tarrant County. Since joining UNTHSC in 1982, he has served in a number of positions, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Educational Programs.
After receiving his DO from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University, Dr. Peska received his master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati. He holds a BS in Biology from Brooklyn College. After serving a traditional internship and general surgery residency in Michigan at St. John Macomb – Oakland Hospital, he entered residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Bi-County Community Hospital, where he remained in practice after graduation.
Dr. Peska maintains an active clinical practice in thoracic and vascular surgery in Fort Worth and also serves on the visiting faculty of the Harvard-Macy Institute in Boston.
The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons named Dr. Peska a Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon and honored him with their President’s Service Award. He also holds memberships in the American Osteopathic Association, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, the Tarrant County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Medical Foundation.