October 4, 2002

FORT WORTH, Texas Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, FACP, chief of geriatric medicine and associate professor of internal medicine at UNT Health Science Center, was named the 2002 Internist of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Internists.

The award is based on a physicians performance as a clinician, administrator, educator and researcher, said Monte Troutman, DO, interim chair of internal medicine. Dr. Knebl is superb at all levels, he said. She was the most deserving candidate for the award.

The division of geriatrics is recognized throughout the city. Dr. Knebl has cultivated a loyal faculty, developed a well organized division, and is superb at obtaining grants, said Dr. Troutman, who nominated Dr. Knebl for the award. Also, her division is one of the few with an endowed chair, which shows someone else recognizes the quality of the division and the work Dr. Knebl is doing.

Dr. Knebl is one of the few board-certified and fellowship trained geriatricians in Tarrant County. A leader in geriatric research and patient care, she is active in all aspects of the health science centers mission. She provides patient care as the medical director for the Gerontology Assessment and Planning Program at the health science center, which provides resources and education to the families and caregivers of elderly patients.

Dr. Knebl also educates the physicians of tomorrow about the special health concerns of the elderly through the health science centers fellowship program in geriatric medicine, which she directs. The program, funded by the Bureau of Health Professions, trains students to treat the particular medical conditions of elderly patients through research, program administration, teaching and clinical experiences.

addition to her academic and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Knebl performs research in many areas involving elder issues, including healthy aging, dementia, functionality, and preventive care in aging. She has been awarded numerous grants by such agencies as the American Federation for Aging Research, the Bureau of Health Professions, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Her lengthy list of publications and articles examine a variety of topics, including Alzheimer’s disease, primary care and geriatrics, stages and evaluation of dementia, delirium, and dementia in the hospitalized elderly.

ACOI will present Dr. Knebl with the award at their annual convention Oct. 4. The ACOI is a national organization striving to advance the practice of osteopathic internal medicine and enhance members professional and personal development.

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