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Posted: August 19, 2004

UNT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES GIFTS FROM DALLAS SOUTHWEST OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS INC.


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The University of North Texas received funding from the Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. to continue its work in geriatrics and the health science center’s continuing medical education program.

The organization pledged $1.2 million in 2001, the largest gift in its history, for an endowed a chair in geriatrics at the health science center. The latest check for $125,000 will go toward that endowment.

Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, was named the first Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Inc., Distinguished Chair of Clinical Geriatrics in 2003. Dr. Knebl is professor of internal medicine and chief of geriatrics at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, at UNT Health Science Center. Dr. Knebl’s pioneering work in geriatrics has made her one of the leading geriatricians in the United States.

“The program she has built here over the past 16 years now boasts an international reputation for excellence,” said Marc Hahn, DO, dean of the TCOM. “The program was also ranked as one of the top fellowship programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report.”

The endowment builds on UNT Health Science Center’s commitment to addressing health issues affecting an aging population. The endowment is intended to serve as a permanent way to expand clinical geriatric services to older adults and their caregivers in north Texas.

Dr. Knebl has expressed her vision for expanding the health science center’s work in geriatrics, which will be aided by money provided by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Inc.

The second check presented to the health science center was for the Professional and Continuing Education program. The organization’s $15,000 check was symbolic of a long-term commitment by the physicians group. Over the years, Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. has provided more than $1 million for the continuing education office, providing loans and scholarships for medical students.

“We appreciate the support of Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. and look forward to a continued partnership,” said health science center President Ronald Blanck, DO.

Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. is a leading contributor to non-profit organizations in the Dallas area. Since its beginning in 1983, the organization has awarded more than $13 million to more than 150 non-profit organizations.

The mission of Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians has been to improve the health, education and welfare of all Texas residents, with special emphasis on Oak Cliff and west Dallas residents.

Contact: Kay Colley, 817-735-2553, 817-980-5090 (cell)

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