50 Heroes: Dr. T. Eugene Zachary

Dr. Eugene ZacharyA native Texan in every sense, Dr. T. Eugene Zachary was one of the most influential figures in the rise of rural osteopathic medicine and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He arrived at TCOM in 1980 after spending nearly two decades in Richardson, a small rural community at the time, as a family physician.   

He quickly rose the through the ranks to become the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of TCOM from 1984-1990. Dr. Zachary also was dedicated to osteopathic medicine and was one of the best ambassadors for the practice with his advocacy.  

He was the Speaker of the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates, Speaker of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Congress of Delegates and of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association House of Delegates.   

It was rural medicine that he championed for most of his career, helping create the Rural Osteopathic Medicine Education Program, better known as ROME, at TCOM. The ROME program has blossomed and provides rural communities with the primary care providers they desperately need.  

Dr. Zachary continued to serve TCOM as a part-time faculty member until his passing Feb. 20, 2012. In 2019, HSC celebrated his life and legacy with the dedication of the Dr. T. Eugene Zachary Endowed Scholarship, which is used to assist third and fourth-year students in the ROME program.  

Dr. Zachary’s commitment to rural primary care was so strong, the Zachary Advisory College within TCOM is his namesake. His commitment to rural health care and osteopathic medicine has left an indelible mark on past, current and future generations of providers.


50th Anniversary Logo

Honor your HSC hero today! Please make a tribute gift, submit a photo or share a story that you value.

Join us throughout 2020 as we celebrate the people, events and innovations that made UNTHSC all it is today — and look ahead to the next 50 years.

For the 50th anniversary, team members nominated people whose contributions make them HSC Heroes. Each week, a new Hero will be revealed.

View the list of all our Hero profiles published so far this year. There is a new one each week.

Recent News

Screenshot 2024 06 20 At 3.45.01 pm
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

From sacrifice to success: a journey through physical therapy school

Ancelmo Mojarro came to Fort Worth to study. The Tyler native knew he wanted to be a physical therapist early on his undergraduate days. He embarked on his path to physical therapy a decade ago, inspired by a friend's suggestion amidst his quest to find his calling in the medical field. “I starte...
Garciarosanski
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

HSC pro bono physical therapy program offers hope

For 70-year-old Beverly Rozanski, the journey to improved health has been long and challenging. Raised in Michigan, Rozanski spent her childhood and early adult years struggling with physical challenges that made even the simplest tasks seem insurmountable. However, her discovery of a pro bono p...
Mills John
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

Team of experts from HSC and TCOM develop a national position statement for NCCHC on care for aging patients in correctional facilities

Addressing an overlooked and sometimes neglected patient population, a group of experts from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth partnered with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to write a “Care for Aging Patients in the Correctional Setting” posit...
Jennifer Fix 2 Purple
  • Education
|Jun 18, 2024

Pharmacy technician shortage driving force behind new, online prep course

A self-paced, online Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course is now being offered through The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth as a way to help combat the shortage of pharmacy technicians at hospitals, health systems and retail pharmacies. Recognized by the Pharmacy Tech...