Alumni

School of Public Health Class of 2021 Graduate and SPH Leon Brachman Community Service Award, Joanna Li.
Nutrition, service and lessons of public health drive, motivate SPH honors graduate in her workBy Sally Crocker Working as a Public Health Nutritionist in the Greater New York area is a big job. School of Public Health (SPH) 2021 honors graduate Joanna Li understands the job well from experience, having spent three years traveling through different boroughs and neighborhoods to deliver nutrition counseling and services to women and children. Li worked through a program called WIC, short for the federally-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Read More »

Jun 1, 2021

Sydney Manning, HSC School of Public Health Honors Graduate, Class of 2021
Circle of life brings SPH honors grad to a new day, new opportunitiesBy Sally Crocker  The study of turkeys, fish, native wolves and other wildlife helped one of this year’s HSC commencement award winners find connections to the people side of public health and her future career path. Sydney Manning, Master of Science (MS) in Epidemiology student at the HSC School of Public Health (SPH), was selected as Read More »

May 20, 2021

Recent HSC Class of 2021 grad, Dr. Samantha Watson
Pharmacy graduate overcomes difficult journey to fulfill her dreamsBy Krista Roberts  When Samantha Watson was in middle school, she dreamed of becoming a doctor. Through many ups, downs and detours along the way, she realized her dream Friday when she finally held that title, Doctor of Pharmacy, from the HSC College of Pharmacy.   “It’s very surreal,” Watson said. “The magnitude of it hasn’t hit me yet.”  Her journey is one of sheer determination Read More »

May 19, 2021

Amber Deckard, School of Public Health 2021 Dean’s Commencement Award for Academic Achievement Recipient
For 2021 academic achievement honoree, food equals love, connections, healthy communities and moreBy Sally Crocker Food has inspired student Amber Deckard’s academic career path and community service endeavors for as long as she can remember. Deckard – winner of this year’s University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) School of Public Health (SPH) Dean’s Commencement Award for Academic Achievement – grew up volunteering at food pantries with her family. Her parents and siblings were Read More »

May 18, 2021

Dr. Dickerman, a neurosurgeon and UNT Health Science Center alumnus, recognized that surgery was required and stood over her one morning at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, gazing steely-eyed through a microscope as he made a 20-millimeter incision in her lower back.
At HSC, experts search for cures to ‘most aggressive form of brain cancer’By Diane Smith-Pinckney Malignant brain tumors, known as glioblastoma multiforme, spread aggressively and are described as incurable. The five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with this cancer –  also known as GBM –  is only 6.8 % and the average length of survival for people with GBM is about 12 to 18 months, according to the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). Experts at The University of North Texas Health Science Center Read More »

May 3, 2021

PA Alumna Emily Holloway
Tourniquet training pays off in emergency for HSC PA alumBy Alex Branch Emily Holloway (PA ’20) has sewn shut plenty of open wounds at the rural urgent care center where she works in on the East Coast. But she hadn’t encountered anything like the bleeding man who rushed through the clinic’s doors recently. He had sliced his arm open on broken glass. His hand and his shirt were Read More »

Apr 19, 2021

Dr. Matt Richardson at Denton County’s Texas Motor Speedway COVID vaccine site. (Denton Record-Chronicle/ Jeff Woo)
HSC alumnus leads Denton County Public Health’s nationally-praised vaccine efforts in the charge against COVID-19By Sally Crocker Denton County Public Health has grabbed national headlines lately as being one of the most successful COVID-19 vaccination hubs in the U.S. Led by HSC graduate Matt Richardson, DrPH, MPH, FACHE, the department’s service area covers more than 900,000 North Texas residents, although people have come from other states, as far away as Pennsylvania, to get their vaccines. Dr. Richardson completed Read More »

Feb 28, 2021

Dr. Bianka Soria Olmos
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

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TCOM faculty, students and alumni honored by AOFBy Steven Bartolotta A top-flight career of quality, compassion and excellence received an exclamation point as the American Osteopathic Foundation named Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Dr. Janice Knebl the 2020 Physician of the Year. Dr. Knebl, TCOM’s Interim Chair of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, received the honor at the AOF’s 2020 Honors Virtual Gala.   “This Read More »

Oct 19, 2020

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Each patient’s story illuminates Tarrant County COVID data, strengthens contact tracingBy Sally Crocker HSC 2020 graduate Julia Aiken was finishing the last semester of her MPH in Public Health Practice when COVID-19 arrived. By May, she had finished her degree and was helping Tarrant County Public Health’s (TCPH) with contact tracing efforts to track and help stop community spread of the virus.   Aiken volunteered extra hours above her temporary work schedule, eventually joining TCPH full time this summer as an Epidemiology Specialist managing a data intake Read More »

Sep 28, 2020