Luibel College

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Luibel College is named after George J. Luibel, D.O.  Along with Drs. Beyer and Everett Dr. Luibel was one of the founders of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  In the early years of the college (1966-1975), Dr. Luibel served as Chairman of the TCOM Board of Directors. The medical school went from a written proposal to the admission of its first class in four short years.   During his tenure on the board, the institution was transformed from a private osteopathic medical school into a state-affiliated medical school with North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas).   In addition to his service to this institution, Dr. Luibel also served as president of the American Osteopathic Association and president of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.  Locally, Dr. Luibel served as chairman of the board for the Tarrant County Hospital District, the first osteopathic physician to do so.

His vision along that of his colleagues Drs. Beyer and Everett ultimately led to the development of one nation’s top osteopathic medical schools and one the nation’s top medical schools for primary care medicine.

Dr. Luibel passed away in 2003 at his home in Fort Worth.

Luibel College Faculty Director:

Janet Lieto, Do
Janet Lieto, DO, FACOFP, CMD
Associate Professor
Medical Education
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Lieto is an Associate Professor at UNTHSC-TCOM in the Department of Medical Education.  She is board Certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care.  Clinically she cares for patients on an Inpatient Hospice Unit, as part of an Interdisciplinary Team, where communication is essential.  Medical students, residents, geriatric, hospice and palliative medicine fellows, nurses and social workers are trained on the unit.  Academically, Dr. Lieto is the Course Director for the Professional Identity and Health Systems Practice Courses for TCOM Years 1-4.   She strives to help students understand their Professional Identity, explore Health Systems Practice, think innovatively and provide skills that will help them be stand out as residency applicants and become physician leaders.  Dr. Lieto has spoken locally, statewide, nationally and internationally on academic, geriatric and hospice and palliative care issues.

Luibel College Faculty Advisors:

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Lesca Hadley, MD, MBA, AGSF, FAAFP, CMD, CTropMed
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Lesca Hadley graduated with a B.S. in Biology at Abilene Christian University. She completed her Medical Doctorate at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Dr. Hadley completed the Graduate Certificate in Medical Education at UNTHSC.  Later Dr. Hadley completed a Masters in Business Administration with a Healthcare Emphasis at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Hadley completed a Family Medicine Residency and a Geriatrics Fellowship at John Peter Smith Hospital. Currently, Dr. Hadley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geriatrics at UNTHSC. Her major areas of teaching include clinical integration for second year TCOM students as well as serving as one of the primary faculty for the Rural Osteopathic track students. Dr. Hadley also teaches Faculty Development for the Graduate Certificate in Academics through UNTHSC. Major areas of scholarship include Geriatrics and Immigrant Health. Currently, Dr Hadley also serves on faculty for the John Peter Smith Hospital Family Medicine Residency in the outpatient clinics and inpatient teams. Additionally, she supervises low risk obstetrics for the Family Medicine Residents. In the community, Dr Hadley serves as faculty for multiple student run charity clinics. She also supervises students and residents on global health rotations.

April Wiechmann, Phd
Dr. April Wiechmann, PhD
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

April R. Wiechmann, PhD is the Director of the Neuropsychology and Memory Disorders Clinics within the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatric. She is an Associate Professor within the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) at UNTHSC. She is a former student of UNT and UNTHSC and re-joined UNTHSC in 2011 after conducting her postdoctoral fellowship at UT Southwestern. She teaches first and second year medical students communication and interview skills. She serves as a Faculty Advisor to medical students through the Luibel College at UNTHSC and she mentors Psychiatry fellows as well as fourth year medical students during their geriatric rotation.  Her other roles include Faculty Senate President for TCOM and Director of the Communication task force for the Faculty Senate. Dr. Wiechmann’s research interests are in the area of neuropsychology and geriatrics. In 2013, she was awarded a federal grant through the NIH LRP.

Dr. Didi Ebert Blackburn
Didi Ebert, DO, MPH, MS, FAAFP
Medical Director for Innovation and Clinical Education
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Assistant Professor, Department of OMM and FM



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