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Posted: November 10, 2003

LEADING GERIATRICIAN NAMED TO DISTINGUISHED CHAIR


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Geriatrician Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, has been named the first Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. Distinguished Chair of Clinical Geriatrics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

Dr. Knebl currently serves as a professor of internal medicine and chief of geriatrics at the Fort Worth medical school.

“Dr. Knebl is recognized as one of the country’s leading geriatricians,” said Marc Hahn, DO, dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The program she has built here over the past 15 years now boasts an international reputation for excellence and was ranked as one of the top fellowship programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.”

In 2001, DSWOP pledged $1.2 million, the largest gift in its history, to the health science center to create the endowment. The position holds special significance as the first chair in clinical geriatrics among all osteopathic medical schools.

The endowment builds upon UNT Health Science Center’s long-term commitment to addressing health issues that affect an aging population. It was one of the first institutions in the country to offer specialized medical training in geriatric care to doctors, dentists, and psychologists. Through its outpatient-based Geriatric Assessment and Planning Program, the only one in the Metroplex, a team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, and geriatric nurse specialists work with older patients to thoroughly examine and assess their needs. Scientists in UNTHSC’s Institute for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research are making discoveries that could change the way neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are treated.

Dr. Knebl said she has a vision for expanding the school’s work in geriatrics. “DSWOP’s generosity enables us to expand our training opportunities and further develop our clinical research program,” she said.

The endowment is intended to serve as a permanent catalyst for expanding clinical geriatric services to older adults and their caregivers in north Texas. In addition, it allows the health science center to provide expert training and mentoring in geriatrics for medical students, residents and geriatric fellows, Dr. Hahn said.

The endowment is one of many ways DSWOP has demonstrated its support of the health science center. Over the past 20 years, DSWOP has previously given the institution $1.2 million to support loans and scholarships for medical students and to fund the Professional and Continuing Education office.

“DSWOP continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to UNT Health Science Center,” said Joseph LaManna, Sr., DO, DSWOP chair. “With this gift, we’ve more than doubled the amount of support we’ve provided to the health science center over the years.”

DSWOP, a non-profit organization, was established with proceeds from the 1983 sale of Stevens Park Osteopathic Hospital. It has since distributed almost $13 million in grants to more than 150 organizations.

Dr. Knebl graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned a master’s in business administration from Texas Christian University in 2002. Among her many honors, she was named the “Internist of the Year” by the American College of Osteopathic Internists in 2002.

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