JUNE 19, 1998


FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nelda Cunniff-Isenberg, D.O., was elected president of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) during the association's 99th Convention and Scientific Seminar being held in Austin, Texas, June 17-21. Dr. Cunniff-Isenberg will serve a one year term as president of the 2,300-member professional organization.

Dr. Cunniff-Isenberg was part of the first graduating class of the University of North Texas Health Science Center's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in 1974, and the first female graduate. She is also the first woman in more than 50 years to be elected president of the state osteopathic association.

"We are proud to have one of our doctors from the first graduating class as the new TOMA president," said David M. Richards, D.O., president of the UNT Health Science Center. "Dr. Cunniff-Isenberg is the first graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to be elected president of TOMA, so she now occupies an important place in our history."

Part of her goals as TOMA president include promoting the value of osteopathic medicine, as well as reinforcing the influence of TOMA.

"This organization can be strengthened by developing a closer association with TCOM and its students and by encouraging more female D.O.s to be active with TOMA," Dr. Cunniff Isenberg said. "We want medical students to realize that Texas is a great state to practice medicine."

Dr. Cunniff-Isenberg is a family practitioner at her Alsbury Family Medicine Clinic in Burleson, Texas. She served on TOMA's House of Delegates for the past 16 years and as a board member for the past nine years. She is also involved with the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners and the Texas Medical Foundation. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.