Name: Al Yurvati, DO (TCOM ’86), FACOS, FICS, FAHA
Title: Professor and Chairman of Surgery
Department: UNTHSC TCOM Department of Surgery
How long have you worked here, and what did you do before joining UNTHSC?
I have worked full time at the UNT Health Science Center since 2003. Prior to that, I was in private practice in Fort Worth since 1996 and was an adjunct clinical faculty member at UNTHSC.
What are your job duties at UNTHSC?
I have four jobs at the Health Science Center: First, I am a teacher of medical and grad students, and chair of the Department of Surgery. Second, I have a clinical surgical practice in thoracic and vascular surgery. Third, I am a researcher with Dr. Bob Mallet in Integrative Physiology. Fourth, I am active at a national level as Chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.
What are your duties as medical director for the upcoming Cowtown marathon?
I am responsible for coordinating all medical services for the marathon—we are running 12 aid stations and a medical tent. I will also handle medical queries or interviews related to medical issues or prevention of injuries.
Tell us something about your job that your fellow employees and students may not know.
I hold a visiting professorship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, (the first DO in the 225-year history of the university) in the Bioengineering Department.
What was your proudest moment at the Health Science Center?
My proudest achievement was becoming the chairman of the Department of Surgery at MY school (I graduated form TCOM in 1986). I am the first doctor in my family, and I made a commitment back in 1982 when I was accepted to TCOM to give back to the school for the opportunity afforded me.
What do you like to do when you aren't at the Health Science Center?
In my “spare” time (which is usually at 4:30 in the morning) I am at the gym, as I am involved in all-natural drug-tested competitive bodybuilding through the International National Bodybuilding Association, Amateur Bodybuilding Association, International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Foundation. I currently hold first place in the Lone Star State Natural Grand Masters Division (age 50 and over). This fall I surpassed my bench-pressing goal and benched 405 pounds.
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