Dr. Mark Baker, clinical associate professor of radiology and 1976 TCOM graduate
… was re-elected to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees during its annual business meeting in Chicago last month.
Dr. Vicki Nejtek, director of clinical research for social and behavioral sciences in the School of Public Health
… served on the steering committee for the Bridging the Gap Between Evidence-Based Research, Treatment and Policy Symposium held at TCU in June. She also presented data from her survey about mental healthcare disparities in the poor and indigent populations of Texas at the symposium. Dr. Nejtek was also elected the executive board for the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County.
Dr. Phillip Saperstein, professor of family and community medicine
… was named Family Physician of the Year by the Texas Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians at its annual conference in Fort Worth last month. Dr. Saperstein practices at the UNT Health Seminary Clinic.
Dr. Damon Schranz, assistant professor of family and community medicine
… was elected 2007-2008 president of District II of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association at the association’s annual conference in San Antonio in June. Dr. Schranz practices at the UNT Health Central Clinic and is a 1998 TCOM graduate. Dr. Brent Sanderlin, a 1996 TCOM graduate and director of UNT Health’s Executive Wellness Program, is the district’s immediate past president. Dr. Todd Richwine, a 2000 TCOM graduate, is the district’s president-elect.
Dr. Al Yurvati, chair of surgery
… won the Grand Masters Division of the 2007 Amateur Bodybuilding Association/International Natural Bodybuilding Association Lonestar Competition in July. The division is for competitors who are 50-60 years old.
Jerry Iwuora, master’s student in epidemiology
Jose Mejia, master’s student in community health
Nykiconia Preacely, doctoral student in epidemiology
… all received the Gerry C. Gunnin, PhD, Graduate Scholarship from Texas Health Resources. Normally, these scholarships are given to one student from each of the schools of public health in Texas, but this year all three awards were presented to Health Science Center students. The Gunnin scholarships are awarded annually to minority graduate students who demonstrate community service leadership and a broad understanding of community health.
The Employee Benefits and Action Committee
… had a fantastic turnout for their annual EBAC Day at Six Flags. EBAC President Randy Thomas, who works part-time in food services at the park, said that 889 Health Science Center employees and family members attended. The all-day event was an $80 value that included parking, admission, an all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner and extra coupons for discounted Six Flags season passes. After negotiating with Six Flags for a discounted rate of $34 per ticket, EBAC picked up part of the tab and employees paid only $15 per ticket.