OMM Department receives $121,000 endowment gift

February 4, 2013

John Harakal, DO

A Dallas osteopathic physician left an anonymous estate gift of $121,000 to TCOM and the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). The gift helps launch a $1 million endowment for the OMM Department.

"We are very grateful for this gift from a North Texas osteopathic physician," said David Mason, DO, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of OMM. "TCOM’s OMM Department has great need for endowment funding to ensure we retain top-tier faculty and provide educational opportunities to ensure our graduates are first-rate physicians who contribute to healthier communities."

The endowment fund, called the John H. Harakal, DO, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Endowment Fund, is named for the OMM department’s founding chair. Harakal was influential in osteopathic medicine – he was a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy and Chairman for the Osteopathic Philosophy, Principles and Practice section of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

Harakal earned numerous honors, including TCOM’s Founders Medal and the A.T. Still Medallion of Honor from the American Academy of Osteopathy.

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