our hero of the week
Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha
50 Heroes: Dr. Jamboor VishwanathaWhether it’s eliminating health disparities or mentoring young scientists, Regents Professor Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD, has a passion for helping underserved populations. A trusted mentor to students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty who have trained in his laboratory, Dr. Vishwanatha promotes opportunities for under-represented students and faculty through institutional, regional and national programs. Together, these activities have resulted in mentoring of more than 3,200 Read More »

Dec 21, 2020

Jeff Beeson
50 Heroes: Dr. Jeff BeesonJeff Beeson is the calm in the midst of a storm. Dr. Beeson is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Global Medical Response, the largest medical transportation company in the United States. He is also a Vice Provost over Academic Partnerships and Initiatives for University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and Read More »

Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Alan Stockard
50 Heroes: Dr. Alan R. StockardDr. Alan R. Stockard spent a career helping families and world-renowned athletes. A member of the Class of 1976, Dr. Stockard was an early part of TCOM’s history, and for decades he practiced family medicine and sports medicine across the nation and regionally. He has been a hero to many. Dr. Stockard was the Sports Medicine Director at Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation of Texas (SMART) at HSC Read More »

Dec 7, 2020

Dr. Paul Saenz
50 Heroes: Dr. Paul SaenzThe definition of success describes our next hero, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine alumnus, Dr. Paul Saenz. As a double board-certified family and sports medicine physician, his passion for medicine began in his early days as a student and “Osteo-Breaker” in the school’s talent show and has continued throughout his career. Once he graduated from TCOM in 1986, Dr. Saenz moved to Phoenix Read More »

Nov 30, 2020

Dr. Brandy Schwarz
50 Heroes: Dr. Brandy SchwarzBoth inside and outside the HSC walls, Dr. Brandy Schwarz has earned a reputation for rising to every challenge.  To her students, she is a sought-after mentor and role model.  To her faculty colleagues, she is an innovator and collaborator.  And to her community (which stretches to all corners of the globe), she is a true servant leader. Schwarz, who joined the Department of Physical Therapy faculty in 2011, does everything with passion Read More »

Nov 23, 2020

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

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

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

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