Our People

Carla Johnson
50 Heroes: Carla JohnsonKnowledgeable. Compassionate. Fair. Honest. Visionary.  A person described using any one of these words would be flattered.  Colleagues of Carla Johnson, however, used all of these descriptors when asked about a leader who has made the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences her home for nearly 28 years.  “Carla is a true advocate for students,” commented one colleague. “She is wholly invested in the success and well-being Read More »

Nov 16, 2020

Dr. John Podgore
50 Heroes: Dr. John PodgoreLong before it was established as the anchor tenet of the HSC’s Values proposition, Dr. John Podgore was modeling behaviors to demonstrate his passion for “serving others first.”  Dr. Podgore, a 1967 graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, in Des Moines, began his 50-plus year medical career in the military, where he served his country as an Army Medical Officer in Vietnam and Read More »

Nov 9, 2020

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Hometown hero: TCOM grad thriving in pediatrics and Fort WorthBy Steven Bartolotta A Fort Worth born and raised girl dreams of becoming a physician since childhood, becomes a first–generation college graduate, first–generation medical student and then returns home to begin her career as a pediatrician.   That’s just the cliff notes version of Dr. Bianka Soria-Olmos, a 2011 Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate and Cook Children’s Medical Center primary care pediatric Read More »

Nov 9, 2020

Dr. Stacey Griner
Dr. Stacey Griner appointed APHA Section CouncilorBy Sally Crocker HSC Assistant Professor Stacey Griner, PhD, MPH, has been appointed to serve a three-year term for the American Public Health Association (APHA) as Section Councilor in the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Section. Appointments are made through peer elections. Since 1975, SRH, formerly known as the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health Section, has worked to improve the health and well-being of women, men and Read More »

Nov 4, 2020

Dr. Rusty Reeves
50 Heroes: Dr. Rusty ReevesDr. Rusty Reeves, a fixture at HSC since 1992, actually predates the school where he earned his PhD. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at HSC was founded in 1993, one year after Dr. Reeves arrived as a student.  That first year, Dr. Reeves had to travel to Denton, where he remembers going to register for classes as a “highlight.” Things have changed Read More »

Nov 2, 2020

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine student Cole Romney and family
TCOM student and wife launch “one-stop, no-scratch” mitten shopBy Steven Bartolotta  Baby mittens are perhaps the crown jewel of cuteness for little hands and feet. However, they can also be hot, sweaty and cumbersome for babies trying to use their hands. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine student Cole Romney and his wife Kimberlynne noticed this with their infant daughter soon after she was born in July of 2016. They didn’t Read More »

Oct 28, 2020

Sen. Jane Nelson
50 Heroes: Senator Jane NelsonYou can’t walk far across campus without seeing Senator Jane Nelson’s impact on HSC.  Since taking office in 1993, she has helped the university double in size, expand to six schools and lead a culture change around safety in health care with the founding of the Institute of Patient Safety, now known as SaferCare Texas. HSC even awarded her its inaugural Patient Safety Advocate Read More »

Oct 26, 2020

Dr. Scott Walters
HSC Regents Professor Dr. Scott Walters and colleagues share progress addressing nation’s opioid crisisBy Sally Crocker A special issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence has been released, profiling the efforts of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study to address the nation’s opioid crisis.  $350 million in funding has been committed to this program between 2019-2022 in what is notably the largest implementation science study ever conducted in the field of addiction.  Scott Walters, PhD, Regents Professor at the University of North Texas Health Read More »

Oct 23, 2020

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Pharmacy student finds universal language through magicBy Arnessa Blanks, Communications Intern  Fourth-year pharmacy student, Rohit Sampat, never thought his love of magic would help him in his pursuit to become a pharmacist.  Sampat says preparing for magic shows and interacting with different people has helped him tremendously as he prepares to enter the pharmacy industry. Who knew these two worlds could collide?  “Magic in some Read More »

Oct 22, 2020

John H. Harakal, D.O.
50 Heroes: John H. Harakal, D.O.Students in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate with a thorough, hands-on knowledge of the musculoskeletal system – a knowledge that is hugely beneficial regardless of practice specialty or research focus. While that knowledge is foundational to osteopathic medicine, the driving force behind its teaching and practice at TCOM was John H. Harakal, D.O.  A 1957 graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Harakal joined the Read More »

Oct 19, 2020