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Veteran Student Mikel Bell
Call of dutyBy Diane Smith  Mikel Bell’s plan to become a doctor came while fighting the war on terrorism in Iraq where he gave medical support to U.S. Marines.  In 2007, Bell was a Navy corpsman embedded with a Marine unit fighting in Iraq, removing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and stopping people from making bombs. Later, he worked to rebuild the city of Ramadi.  “I wore their uniform. I trained Read More »

Jul 31, 2020

50 Heroes Dr. Myron Jacobson Fc
50 Heroes: Dr. Myron JacobsonDr. Myron Jacobson was the right man at the right time. After the UNT System College of Pharmacy was created in 2011, UNTHSC leaders needed someone with the vision and experience to build a high-quality program to train the providers of the future. The search led to Dr. Jacobson, a former HSC faculty member, successful Read More »

Jul 27, 2020

Albert Yurvati, Do, Facos, Fics,faha Chairman And Professor Surgery
50 Heroes: Dr. Albert YurvatiIt’s not often that a surgeon operates on one of the founders of the medical school they attended. But that’s just one of the tantalizing tales from the remarkable career of Dr. Albert Yurvati. TCOM’s Director of Medical Education and a 1986 graduate, Dr. Yurvati spent a career building a surgical legacy that will be Read More »

Jul 20, 2020

Dr. Ralph Willard
50 Heroes: Dr. Ralph WillardDuring his tenure at HSC Fort Worth, Dr. Ralph Willard helped establish education, research and community service as the pillars that support the institution’s commitment to finding solutions for a healthier community, preventing disease and fostering a collaborative learning environment. They are the ideas woven into the fabric of the Health Science Center you see Read More »

Jul 13, 2020

Dr Arthur Eisenberg Fc
50 Heroes: Dr. Arthur EisenbergSo many families with missing loved ones received closure thanks to Arthur “Art” Eisenberg. A pioneer in bringing DNA typing into both paternity testing and the field of forensic genetics, Dr. Eisenberg helped establish the UNT Center for Human Identification as well as The University of North Texas Health Science Center’s graduate program for forensic Read More »

Jul 6, 2020

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‘This has been my home.’ Associate dean leaving HSC after nearly 38 years of special memories.By Diane Smith When Patricia Gwirtz, PhD, FACC, FAHA, retires from her post as Associate Dean of Education at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on June 30, she leaves the campus with bragging rights – she has taught physiology to every medical student since 1982. Dr. Gwirtz also taught every student in the physician Read More »

Jun 29, 2020

Dr Stacey Griner Fc
HSC professor working to safeguard against oral cancersBy Sally Crocker What’s known is that 66% of oropharyngeal cancers are HPV-related. In mid June, the FDA approved the HPV vaccine, Gardasil 9, for the prevention of certain HPV-related head and neck cancers. What’s still to be explored is why HPV vaccine rates remain low – despite strong public health recommendations in favor of Read More »

Jun 24, 2020

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HSC grad finishes MPH degree while on Army deployment in KuwaitBy Sally Crocker There was a big celebration in Kuwait when new HSC graduate Maurico Ripley’s diploma arrived with the daily mail. Ripley is a Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) who has been deployed to the Middle East for most of his graduate program, studying with the HSC School of Public Health online – and Read More »

Jun 22, 2020

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50 Heroes: Gibson D. LewisThe pathway allowing the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to become the multi-discipline Health Science Center we celebrate today was paved in May 1975.  Texas State Representative Gibson D. Lewis deserves much of the credit, as he partnered with Senator Betty Andujar to sponsor (and shepherd) Senate Bill 216 through both houses and to signature Read More »

Jun 22, 2020

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TCOM alumni launches company to address need for masksBy Jan Jarvis When the pandemic struck, the demand for personal protective equipment for healthcare workers hit the nation hard. But Dr. Steffini Stalos, a 2004 Texas College of Osteopathic graduate, saw a need beyond the masks used by healthcare professionals in hospitals. “I saw problems in labs,” she said. “Even if coronavirus testing were Read More »

Jun 18, 2020