First Friday Update by President Scott Ransom
The foundation of every great university is a great faculty
To help us realize our vision of being a Top 10 Health Science Center, we’re aggressively recruiting experts in medicine and science from across the nation to increase the depth and breadth of our already stellar faculty. In the past fiscal year, 58 of the best and brightest innovators, scholars and healthcare professionals have agreed to join our academic team, and some 20 more are considering the opportunities we have offered them. Our new faculty members bring with them impressive histories of accomplishments at prestigious institutions such as UT Southwestern, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, UT Arlington, University of Alberta, University of Nebraska, UT Health Science Center at Houston, Texas Tech, University of Virginia and Texas A&M. Thirteen of these 58 recruits – 22 percent – are our own outstanding graduates. Now, that’s exciting!
To help develop our Health Institutes of Texas, many of our new recruits are mid- to senior-career experts with established research teams and significant funding in our focus areas: aging and Alzheimer’s, women’s health, health disparities, osteopathic manipulative medicine and musculoskeletal medicine, and cancer. These world-class investigators will continue to blaze new paths in their own areas of expertise as they help mentor our students and younger faculty.
This past fiscal year we also recruited many exceptional clinical educators and healthcare providers. These individuals will be role models for our students as they help us continue to provide excellent care for the families of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. We are already the largest multi-specialty physician group in the region, and the purposeful growth of our medical faculty will ensure that we achieve our vision of becoming the clinical care provider of choice in Tarrant County.
Please join me in welcoming – and celebrating – our 58 new faculty members. (With more to come!)
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Anuja Ghorpade, PhD – Vice Chair and Professor, Cell Biology and Genetics/Health Institutes of Texas
Shaohua Yang, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Neuroscience – GSBS CLASS OF 2004
Jeffrey Potts, PhD – Professor, Integrative Physiology – GSBS CLASS OF1993
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Sumihiro Suzuki, PhD – Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Fang Fang Zhang, PhD – Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Michael D. Larranaga, PhD – Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health
TEXAS COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE/UNT HEALTH
Giti Azmabalani, DO – Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine – TCOM CLASS OF 2003
Khadija Aziz, MD – Assistant Professor, Medical Education/Radiology
Leslie Hardick, DO – Assistant Professor, OB/GYN – TCOM CLASS OF 2002
Robert Reddix, Jr, MD – Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics
Shrawan Kumar, PhD – Professor, Manipulative Medicine and Physical Medicine Institute/Health Institutes of Texas
Beverly Bo Wu, MD – Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Ann Christian, MD – Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
University of North Texas Health Science Center
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