September 7, 2007
  Feature Story

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
Sanjay Awasthi, MD – Associate VP for Clinical Research and Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology/Health Institutes of Texas
Yogesh Awasthi, PhD – Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology/Health Institutes of Texas
Lisa Hodge, PhD – Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology/Osteopathic Research Center – GSBS CLASS OF 2000
Sushma Yadav, PhD – Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology
Sharad S. Singhal, PhD – Research Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology
Rajendra Sharma, PhD – Research Associate Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology
Joseph Bovak, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology
Stanley Stevens, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology and Immunology
Nils Calander, PhD – Molecular Biology and Immunology
Gabor Laszko, PhD – Molecular Biology and Immunology

Anuja Ghorpade, PhD – Vice Chair and Professor, Cell Biology and Genetics/Health Institutes of Texas
Yi Wei Jiang, PhD – Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Genetics

Shaohua Yang, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Neuroscience – GSBS CLASS OF 2004
Martha Stokely, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Neuroscience – GSBS CLASS OF 2002

Jeffrey Potts, PhD – Professor, Integrative Physiology – GSBS CLASS OF1993

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Richard Kurz, PhD, Dean SPH and Professor, Health Management and Policy

Sumihiro Suzuki, PhD – Assistant Professor, Biostatistics

Fang Fang Zhang, PhD – Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Raquel Qualls–Hampton, PhD – Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Michael D. Larranaga, PhD – Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

TEXAS COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE/UNT HEALTH
Don Callens, MD – Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Christine Estrada, DO, MPH – Instructor, Family Medicine – SPH CLASS OF 2007
Navneet Gill, MD – Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Stephanie Johnson, NP – Instructor, Family Medicine
Jo Anne King, DO – Assistant Professor, Family Medicine – TCOM CLASS OF 1996
Zubair Latif, DO– Assistant Professor, Family Medicine – TCOM CLASS OF 2002
William W. Neal, MD – Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Sue Nguyen, PA-C – Instructor, Family Medicine
Sheri Crummey, NP – Family Medicine
Marlene M. Tham, DO – Family Medicine – TCOM CLASS OF 2001
Grace M. Vargas, DO – Instructor, Family Medicine
Que Thu Pravong, DO – Instructor, Family Medicine – TCOM CLASS OF 2003

Giti Azmabalani, DO – Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine – TCOM CLASS OF 2003
Susan Conroy, DO – Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine – TCOM CLASS OF  1999
R. Larry Marshall, MD – Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Jennifer Naiser, DO – Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Cardiology – TCOM CLASS OF 2000
Richard Stewart, MD – Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Cardiology
Mary Jo Perley, NP, PhD – Instructor, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics

Khadija Aziz, MD – Assistant Professor, Medical Education/Radiology
Ramadaass Satya, MD – Assistant Professor, Medical Education/Radiology
Gerald D. Friedman, DO – Assistant Professor, Medical Education

Leslie Hardick, DO – Assistant Professor, OB/GYN – TCOM CLASS OF 2002
Kollier Hinkle, MD – Assistant Professor, OB/GYN
Claude Perkins, MD – Assistant Professor, OB/GYN
Ruth Dyer, PA – Instructor, OB/GYN
Gloria Glidewell, CNM – Instructor, OB/GYN
Shelagh Larson, NP – Instructor, OB/GYN
Carla Morrow, NP – Instructor, OB/GYN
Susan Stone, NP – Instructor, OB/GYN
Joy Windebank, CNM – Instructor, OB/GYN
George S. Massingill, MD – OB/GYN

Robert Reddix, Jr, MD – Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics

Shrawan Kumar, PhD – Professor, Manipulative Medicine and Physical Medicine Institute/Health Institutes of Texas
Rita Patterson, 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
Raheela Hafeez, MD – Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Lauren Fallis, PA-C – Instructor, Pediatrics

 

 


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