TCOM’s Dr. Damon Schranz honored with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion award from ACOFP
The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) recently honored The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (TCOM) Damon A. Schranz, DO, FACOFP, with its 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award during the ACOFP 59th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars.
Dr. Schranz, a 1998 TCOM graduate, serves as an advisor to the HSC Pride organization and is an Associate Professor in TCOM’s Department of Family and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
Created in 2021, this award honors osteopathic family physicians who make significant contributions toward enhancing DE&I within the profession, honoring those who have demonstrated behaviors or led initiatives that foster these principles within diverse and underrepresented communities.
“I’m very humbled to receive this award from the ACOFP,” said Dr. Schranz. “They are one of the largest groups of osteopathic physicians and this is a very big honor.”
Dr. Schranz has advocated for the LGBTQIA+ community on Capitol Hill through the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and has worked with the Tarrant County AIDS Interfaith Network and the AIDS Outreach Center of Fort Worth — organizations that provide health and dental care to those with HIV.
He has presented on DE&I issues for the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, the Texas ACOFP, the North American Primary Care Research Group, the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association.
“I am so proud of Dr. Schranz for receiving this terrific honor,” said Dr. Frank Filipetto, Dean of TCOM and Everett Endowed Professor. “He is a role model for our students and our community. This award represents a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that is vital to our profession, and Dr. Schranz sets a wonderful example of what that looks like.”
Dr. Schranz was nominated by the Texas Society of the ACOFP’s President, Anastasia Benson, DO, who described him as “a person who openly lives his values with compassion, kindness and inclusion of all.”
“To me, it’s ensuring that underrepresented populations know that there is somebody working to help them,” said Dr. Schranz. “Regardless of sexual orientation or color, you as a physician have a moral responsibility to take care of the patient no matter what you see in that patient. They are a person, a human being, and we must be compassionate toward them.”