Patricia A. Gwirtz, PhD, FACC

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Patricia Gwirtz is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy and serves as Associate Dean of GSBS. In this role, she oversees the Specialized Master’s Degree Programs in Medical Science, Clinical Research Management and Biotechnology, developing the curriculum and serving as faculty adviser for the students in these programs.

She has more than 25 years of experience in the development and oversight of educational programs and student development as an instructor, course director, program director and assistant dean. She is committed to mentoring students and junior faculty and to finding innovative ways to incorporate active learning methods in the classroom in order to improve the critical thinking skills of students, as well as active learning methods.

Dr. Gwirtz was actively funded for more than 35 years for her research in cardiovascular/coronary regulation during exercise and hypertension by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, American Heart Association and American Osteopathic Association. She is recipient of the UNTHSC ACE Award for Outstanding Faculty Performance and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Cardiology and Basic Science Councils, and is a member of the American Physiology Society.

She recently served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and is a reviewer for a number of journals, including American Journal of Physiology, Circulation Research, JAOA and European Journal of Pharmacology.

Dr. Gwirtz earned her PhD in Physiology from Thomas Jefferson University and Medical School, and her BS in Nutrition Science from Drexel University, both in Philadelphia.

In 2005, she was recognized as a Big Sister of the Year by the North Texas Big Brothers Big Sisters Association. She is a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and is a volunteer for Therapy Dogs International and the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas.

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