PERUGINI JOINS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

March 18, 2005

Daniel Perugini, DO, was recently named executive vice president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

Dr. Perugini is a retired brigadier general with the U.S. Army. His most recent appointment was as commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston.

â??We are excited to have Dr. Perugini join us at UNT Health Science Center,â? said Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the health science center. â??He will be able to provide integral assistance in the day-to-day activities of the university, serving as the chief operating officer.â?

The executive vice president, a new position at the health science center, serves as the chief operating officer, reporting directly to the president. Dr. Perugini will work closely with Dr. Blanck to ensure that the goals and mission of the health science center are met.

â??It is exciting to be part of an organization whose goal is to train and prepare students for careers in health care, research and teaching,â? Dr. Perugini said. â??I have been looking forward to being a part of this great organization.â?

Dr. Perugini is no stranger to the health science center; he served as the commencement speaker in 2003, and he received the Foundersâ?? Medal, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicineâ??s Highest honor, at the ceremony.

Prior to serving as commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Dr. Perugini served as commanding general of the Great Plains Regional Medical Command and Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, which provide patient care in seven states. He was also director of resident training and assistant chief in the department of family practice at DeWitt Army Community Hospital and chief of the family practice department at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

â??Commanding is a military term implying responsibilities that are broader than those of chief operating officer,â? Dr. Perugini said. â??So I think I am prepared for the task. One challenging part of the job will be learning the daily operating procedures of the institution and getting into the rhythm of things, as well as understanding our role in the greater Fort Worth community.â?

Dr. Perugini is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He earned his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973.

In addition to the Foundersâ?? Medal, Dr. Perugini has received numerous military awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal on four separate occasions and the Physician Recognition Award of the U.S. Army Surgeon General.

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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