Dr. Thomas Fairchild

Vice President, UNTHSC Office of Organizational Excellence

Thomas Fairchild

Dr. Thomas Fairchild

Education & Experience:
I received a B.S. degree in management and M.A. in sociology from Wayne State University.  I completed my Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in aging from Wayne State University.  I was named a Fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.  I have also received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health as well as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was previously Chair and held a faculty position at the Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas.

In my role with the university, I am accountable for driving institutional performance through ongoing performance, operational program assessments, internal and external reporting, organizational surveys and the educational business intelligence decision management process.  In addition, I also have responsibility for accreditation efforts related to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I hold academic appointments in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems in the School of Public Health and with the Institute for Healthy Aging Center and Alzheimer Disease and Neurodegenerative Disorders.

My primary interests are quality improvement, leadership, organizational culture and strategic management. I have also done extensive work related to developing and implementing educational programs for faculty and staff related to leadership and strategic planning. I serve as Principal Investigator for the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium (TARC) at UNTHSC. TARC is a state-funded collaboration between five of the state’s leading medical research institutions to improve early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.  I was the Principal Investigator on a recently completed project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation dealing with innovative delivery models related to transitions of care from skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, independent living and home health to hospitals.  I also have responsibility for developing the Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute in collaboration with faculty from the Neeley Business School at Texas Christian University.  This project is supported by a grant from the Health Services and Resource Administration.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I have been named a Fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.  I have also received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

I am a member and have served on the boards and committees of numerous associations including the Assisted Living Federation of America, Leading Age (formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), the Gerontological Society of America, Fort Worth Sister Cities International, and Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, Inc. I received the Distinguished Service Award from Leading Age and am a Fellow in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.  I am currently a member of the Kisco Senior Living Advisory Board and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL).

Scholarly Interests:
For more than 38 years, I have been involved in the field of gerontology and health services management. My research has been sponsored by grants from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Administration on Aging and various foundations. I am the Principal Investigator for the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium (TARC) at UNTHSC. TARC is a state-funded collaboration between five of the state’s leading medical research institutions to improve early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

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