Specialty Advisors

Need information about a specific specialty?


Our specialty physician advisors graciously volunteer their time and expertise to assist our TCOM student doctors. They provide career advice to answer specialty-specific questions. Check each physician's biography for pertinent contact information and please note "CiM Question" in the subject line of your email. You may email some advisors directly; others prefer that you contact their assistant to schedule a telephone or in-office appointment to discuss your specialty interests.


See below for important information regarding physician shadowing!

If you're a TCOM Rural Scholar who is interested in shadowing a physician, contact the Office of Rural Medical Education first via email ROME@unthsc.edu or by phone: 817.735.2275.

Allergy & Immunology

John Fling, M.D.
Prior to joining the faculty of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Dr. Fling served twenty years in the United States Air Force. His last assignment on active military duty was director of hospital services at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. Dr. Fling is board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology. His practice is limited to the care of adults and children in Allergy/Immunology. Dr. FlingĀ“s main area of interest is the care and management of individuals suffering from asthma. Dr. Fling is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Fling was named a 'Texas Super Doctor' by Texas Monthly magazine. You may email Dr. Fling to schedule an appointment. Dr. Fling is unable to accommodate medical students for shadowing at this time. 

Anesthesiology
Jeff Steiner, D.O.

A 2004 graduate of TCOM, Dr. Steiner was Chief Resident during the senior year of his Anesthesiology Residency program at UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Children's Medical Center Dallas.    

Dr. Jeff Steiner is currently an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas and works at Children's Medical Center Dallas. Within the department, he is the Program Director of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship and is active in the research endeavors within the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. You may email Dr. Steiner with your questions. Dr. Steiner is unable to accommodate medical students for shadowing at this time.

Cardiology
Martin S. Weiss, D.O.
Dr. Weiss is Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at UNT Health Science Center and Program Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. You may email Dr. Weis to schedule an appointment.

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Albert Yurvati, D.O., FACOS, FICS, FAHA
Dr. Albert Yurvati is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery and serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy. He is immediate Past President of the Metro Fort Worth American Heart Association (AHA) and is a past board member of the Texas Affiliate of the AHA. He is also the Chair of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Dr. Yurvati has published many peer-reviewed articles, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has presented previously at the Therapeutic Filtration and Extracorporeal Circulation meeting at the prestigious Hammersmith Hospital in London, England. Dr. Yurvati has been named a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine and is the Chair of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. You may email Dee Ann to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yurvati.

Critical Care
Sherif Al-Farra, M.D., FCCP, D. ABSM
Dr. Al-Farra graduated from the King Saud University College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After graduation, he completed a pre-graduation internship at King Saud University Program. He completed his residency in internal medicine at King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. He later completed his internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan where he was Chief Resident.

Dr. Al-Farra is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He is a certified ABIM, Pulmonary Medicine; ABIM, Critical Care Medicine; and ANSM, Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. You may email Dr. Al-Farra to schedule an appointment.

Dermatology
Patrick J. Keehan, D.O.
Patrick J. Keehan, DO is a 2005 TCOM graduate. During his time at TCOM he was awarded the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association's Student Doctor of the Year. Dr. Keehan completed his internship at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth and his fellowship at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dermatology Residency Program Texas Division in Duncanville, Texas. He's a board certified dermatologist, a member of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, Dallas/Fort Worth Dermatological Society, and the Texas Dermatological Society. You may email Dr. Keehan with your questions about dermatology. Dr. Keehan is unable to accommodate medical students for shadowing at this time.              

David Lawrence Grice, D.O., FAOCD

Dr. Grice graduated from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. As an Associate Professor of Medicine at UNTHSC/TCOM, Dr. Grice has been involved in teaching students and residents for 15 years. Currently, Dr. Grice is the national President of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, 2012-2013, and also serves locally as President of the Fort Worth Dermatological Society.
Dr. Grice is accepting medical students for third year elective rotations as his schedule allows. Please contact Jessica Chavez, MiM first to discuss your interest.

Emergency Medicine
Marco Coppola, D.O., FACEP
Marco Coppola, DO, FACEP, graduated from Des Moines University in 1989 and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in 1992. He was appointed Program Director of Darnall's Emergency Medicine Residency in 1994. He left active duty in 1998 and was appointed Program Director and Research Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. In 2001, Dr. Coppola was promoted as the first full Professor of Emergency Medicine at Texas A&M, making him the youngest ever in the nation. He is presently the Academic Vice Chair and Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth and holds the rank of Clinical Professor at three medical schools. He was recently elected Council Speaker of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the highest ranking position in the Council. You may reach Dr. Coppola via email to schedule an appointment.

Family Practice
John Bowling, D.O., FACOFP
Dr. John Bowling is Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Rural Medical Education at UNTHSC. Dr. Bowling graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and has 18 years' experience in rural private practice and 24 years in rural medical education. His research interests include cancer prevention, detection and control, medical curriculum development and rural health. You may email Dr. Bowling to schedule an appointment.

Daniel A. Clearfield, D.O., M.S., CAQSM
Dr. Clearfield is a board certified physician in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine as well as Primary Care Sports Medicine. He graduated from TCOM in 2007 with his DO and his Master of Science in Clinical Research and Education in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He completed an osteopathic family medicine residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he served as Chief Resident. He completed a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in OMM at TCOM and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship with Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.

Currently, Dr. Clearfield works as faculty at UNTHSC where he serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and practices sports medicine at the UNT Health Bone & Joint Institute at Ben Hogan Center. In Addition, he serves as teaching faculty for the Department of OMM at TCOM. Dr. Clearfield enjoys assisting and mentoring students. You may email him with your questions.

Lisa R. Nash, D.O.
Dr. Lisa R. Nash is Associate Dean of Educational Programs at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She sees patients at the Seminary Clinic in Fort Worth. She is a 1991 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. You may email Dr. Nash to schedule an appointment.

Gastroenterology
Long Hoang, DO

Dr. Long Hoang received his doctorate of osteopathy at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Fort Worth in 1996. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine; UNT Health Science Center. Additionally, he serves as the Associate Program Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, based out of Plaza Medical Center. Dr. Hoang is the recipient of the 2007 and 2008 Fort Worth Magazine "Top Doc" Award.

Monte Troutman, D.O., FACOI

Dr. Monte Troutman is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Gastroenterology Division at UNTHSC. He graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Troutman practices at the Patient Care Center on the UNTHSC campus, at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, John Peter Smith Hospital of Fort Worth and Baylor All Saints Medical Center in downtown Fort Worth. He also practices at the men's federal prison in Fort Worth. He was named a Top Doc in the Gastroenterology category and a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. You may email
Haeleigh to schedule an appointment with Dr. Troutman.

General Surgery
David Stone, D.O.
Dr. David A Stone is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, affiliated with Midwestern University. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Botsford General Hospital, a university-affiliated medical center in Michigan. He served as chief resident on the Renal Transplant Service at Wayne State University Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan. He is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is also a member of SAGES (Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons) and of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Stone is a consulting member of the Ethics Committee at Baylor-All Saints Medical Center.  

Dr. Stone is an adjunct instructor at Texas Christian University (TCU), and teaches a semester course for credit, entitled, "The Practice of Medicine", as a navigational guide for PreMed Honor students. He is also honored to serve as a faculty member of the HPAC (Health Professions Advisory Committee) at TCU. He advises and participates in mock interviews for the PreMed students. Please call Dawn at 817.877.1911 to request an appointment with Dr. Stone.

Albert Yurvati, D.O., FACOS, FICS, FAHA
Dr. Albert Yurvati is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery and serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy. He is immediate Past President of the Metro Fort Worth American Heart Association (AHA) and is a past board member of the Texas Affiliate of the AHA. He is also Chair of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Dr. Yurvati has published many peer-reviewed articles, and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has presented previously at the Therapeutic Filtration and Extracorporeal Circulation meeting at the prestigious Hammersmith Hospital in London, England. Dr. Yurvati has been named a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. You may email Dee Ann to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yurvati.

Geriatrics
Janice Knebl, D.O., M.B.A., FACOI
Dr. Janice Knebl is Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, Director of the Gerontology Assessment and Planning Program, and Professor of Internal Medicine for the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She is also the Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Endowed Chair in Clinical Geriatrics and the Project Director for the Reynolds' Geriatric Education and Training in Texas (GET-IT) Program. Dr. Knebl earned her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and her M.B.A. from Texas Christian University. She has been named a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. You may contact Linda Webb at 817.735.0291 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Knebl.

Hematology & Oncology
Ray D. Page, D.O., Ph.D., FACOI
Dr. Page holds a D.O. and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, followed by a combined oncology and hematology fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Page has received many academic honors and awards, including being named 2004 Outstanding Alumnus of Southwestern University and Distinguished Alumnus at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly magazine and a Top Doctor by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. You may email Dr. Page to schedule an appointment.

Infectious Disease
Barbara Atkinson, D.O., FACOI, FIDSA, SM (ASCP), SM (AAM), MT (ASCP), M.A. Dr. Barbara Atkinson is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Internal Medicine Department and Chief of the Infectious Disease Division at UNT Health Science Center. Dr. Atkinson practices at the Patient Care Center on the UNTHSC campus. She is board certified in infectious disease. She was named a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in the Infectious Disease Category. You may email Dr. Atkinson to schedule an appointment.

Internal Medicine Specialties
Darrin D'Agostino, D.O., M.P.H., FACOI

Dr. Darrin D'Agostino is Chair of Internal Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, his Master of Public Health from the University of Connecticut, and his Bachelor of Science in psychology from Union College. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. He comes to the health science center from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he served as director of osteopathic medical education and associate professor of clinical medicine; assistant director of medicine, Hartford Hospital, and program director of the osteopathic internal medicine residency program, among other positions. You may email Dr. D'Agostino to schedule an appointment.

Military and Operational Medicine
Marco Coppola, DO, FACEP
Colonel Marco Coppola, DO, FACEP, graduated from Des Moines University in 1989 and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in 1992. He was appointed Program Director of Darnall's Emergency Medicine Residency in 1994. He left active duty in 1998 and joined the Texas Army National Guard. Colonel Coppola served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and was the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at the Theater Internment Facility Hospital at Camp Bucca. During his time in the TXARNG, COL Coppola has had many leadership positions and participated in several operational missions. He has commanded the Texas Medical Command for almost four years. He holds the Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator in Emergency Medicine and his decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Order of Military Medical Merit. He is presently the Deputy Brigade Surgeon of the Texas Medical Brigade, Texas State Guard. You may reach COL Coppola via email to schedule an appointment.

Neurology
William McIntosh, D.O.
Dr. William McIntosh is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Neurology Division. Dr. McIntosh practices at the Patient Care Center located on the health science center campus. He was named a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in the Neurology category. You may email Dr. McIntosh to schedule an appointment. Dr. McIntosh is unable to accommodate medical students for shadowing at this time.

Neurosurgery
Gregory H. Smith, D.O.

Dr. Gregory Heath Smith practices neurosurgery in Fort Worth, Texas and Southlake, Texas. He graduated from A.T. Still University Health Sciences Center / Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri in 1984. He is board certified in neurosurgery and specializes in spinal fusions, spinal instrumentation, spinal tumor surgery, spine and neck surgery, and spine and brain disorders. Please email Dr. Smith to schedule an appointment.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kollier Hinkle, MD
Kollier Hinkle arrived to Texas from South Carolina after receiving his B.S. degree in biology from the University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He has been a faculty member at UNTHSC since graduating from residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Women's Health at UNT. He has been Associate Program Director of the John Peter Smith Hospital Residency Program and is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hinkle is an APGO Scholar and a Harvard-Macy Medical Educators Scholar. Dr. Hinkle is a general OB/GYN, practicing obstetrics and gynecology and has special interests in minimally invasive surgery, including robotics. Please email him or Carolyn Anderson, undergraduate medical education coordinator for the department of OB/GYN for an appointment.

Ophthalmology
Ann E. Ranelle, D.O.
Dr. Ann E. Ranelle is a Fort Worth native who received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. She attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences and went on to complete her residency in ophthalmology at the Detroit Osteopathic Ophthalmology Consortium. She completed fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Children's Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Ranelle is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. You may email Dr. Ranelle to schedule an appointment.

Brian D. Ranelle, D.O.
Dr. Brian D. Ranelle completed his fellowship in ophthalmology with Houston Eye Associates. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, and the American College of Eye Surgeons. He is the Clinical Associate Professor at the UNT Health Science Center Surgery Department and is on the Board of Examiners of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology. He has almost 30 years of refractive surgery including LASIK, PRK, EpiLASIK, LASEK, CK, RK, ALK, as well as the CrystaLens, ReStor and ReZoom implants.

H. William Ranelle, D.O.

Dr. H. William Ranelle is a board certified diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology with outstanding credentials. He was the first physician in Fort Worth to perform the modern cataract implant which has become the standard of practice for cataract removal. He uses a common-sense approach with his patients ensuring confidence and trust while utilizing state-of-the-art treatments for both surgical and non-surgical conditions. In 2003, Dr. Ranelle was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award from the American College of Ophthalmology. A founder of Alliance for Sight, Dr. Ranelle takes regular mission trips to underprivileged countries to help those in need of vision care. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology, and certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery. You may email Dr. Ranelle to schedule an appointment.

Orthopaedics
David Lichtman, M.D.
Rear Admiral David M. Lichtman, MC, USN (Ret) was appointed to his current position as the Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, John Peter Smith Hospital in July, 1998 after  distinguished careers in Navy medicine and as The John Dunn Professor of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. In September, 2005, Dr. Lichtman was additionally named Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.    

RADM Lichtman has been equally dedicated to academic and clinical medicine.  An internationally recognized expert in upper extremity surgery, Dr. Lichtman has written and lectured extensively on hand and wrist problems. In 1987, he published a widely distributed textbook entitled, "The Wrist and Its Disorders."  The second edition was published in 1997. In 2005 he was elected to the office of President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). You may contact Dr. Lichtman's assistant, Vicky Eller, to schedule a meeting with Dr. Lichtman: 817.702.6240.      

Russell Wagner, M.D.

Dr. Russell Wagner graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and began residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and opened his private practice in Fort Worth in 1993. Dr. Wagner was named Physician of the Year by John Peter Smith Health Network in 2009 and by Harris Methodist Hospital in 1999. He is Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at UNTHSC and sees patients at the PCC on campus. Dr. Wagner teaches orthopaedics to medical and physician assistant students, as well as JPS residents. He has been named a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, and a 'Texas Super Doctor' by Texas Monthly magazine. You may contact Karen at 817.735.2900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wagner.

Brian Webb, M.D.
Brian G. Webb, MD graduated from Wake Forest University in 1998 with a B.S. degree in Health and Exercise Science. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2002 with honors. Dr. Webb completed his orthopaedic surgery residency in the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopaedic Residency Program in 2007. Dr. Webb completed an orthopaedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2008. He is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons with an added Certificate of Qualification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Webb is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, in which he serves as the director of student orthopaedic education and the residency director of sports medicine. He specializes in the care of athletes and those with sports type injuries, and he has special interests in pediatric and adult athletic injuries, cartilage restoration, meniscal repair and transplantation, and ligament reconstruction. He was recently named a Top Doc by Fort Worth Monthly magazine. Please email him with any questions or to set up an appointment. 

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
David C. Mason, DO, FACOFP
Dr. Mason is currently Associate Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. There he serves as the NMM/OMM Residency Director, year one OMM course director and Undergraduate Fellowship director. Dr. Mason is a past Chair of the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles, a committee of the American Academy of Osteopathy on the Board of Governors, and as the Chair of the Education Committee, member of Postdoctoral Standards and Evaluation, and past Chair of the Undergraduate Academy Advisors Committee, past member of the OPTI Liaison and the Membership committees. Dr. Mason is the Co-Author of the "5 Minute Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Consult" published in 2008 by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Please email Dr. Mason with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Otorhinolaryngology
Gerald Friedman, D.O.
Dr. Gerald Friedman graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa in 1970. He completed a rotating internship at Botsford-Zieger Hospitals the following year. He then pursued General Surgery at Botsford-Zieger Hospitals. In 1972, he entered an Otorhinolaryngology/Oro-Facial Plastic Surgery Program at Martin Place Hospitals which he completed in 1975. Dr. Friedman currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center as well as Director of the Simulation Lab for Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. You may email Dr. Friedman to schedule an appointment.

Pathology
Lori M. Wasson, D.O.

Dr. Lori M. Wasson specializes in pathology. She is a 1989 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the UNT Health Science Center. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Affiliated Hospitals, where she was chief resident. Dr. Wasson is board certified in both clinical and anatomic pathology. She practices predominantly at Texas Health Forth Worth, and is the Medical Director of Laboratory and Pathology Medicine at Texas Health Azle, where she is Chief of Staff. She has over 19 years of experience. You may email Dr. Wasson to schedule an appointment. Dr. Wasson is unable to accommodate medical students for shadowing at this time.

Pediatrics
Sarah Matches, D.O.
Dr. Sarah Matches is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She graduated from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. She completed training at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and is board certified in pediatrics. She practices at the Patient Care Center on the UNT Health Science Center campus. You may email Linda Rider to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matches.

Preventive Medicine
Cole Zanetti, D.O.
A 2011 graduate of TCOM, Dr. Zanetti is a combined Family Medicine & Leadership Preventive Medicine Resident at Dartmouth where he is currently working to obtain his MPH. He was recently selected as a National Library of Medicine Fellow for Biomedical Informatics, and is serving as a Fellow at the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science where he works on health projects in Haiti. Dr. Zanetti is also working with the state of New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services to help create an emergency room over utilization hot spot mapping system to identify patients in need.

As a medical student, Dr. Zanetti was awarded the Student Health Activist of the Year Award by the American Public Health Association, the Future Leaders in Preventive Medicine Award, and he was selected to serve as an Osteopathic Health Policy Intern.
If you have questions about Preventive Medicine, please email Dr. Zanetti.

Psychiatry
Helene Alphonso, D.O.
Dr. Alphonso started her career in Psychiatry with a Neuroscience degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She spent one year working at UT Southwestern in the Department of Endocrinology's Research Department studying the androgen receptor. She graduated from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004, and was Chief Resident in her Psychiatry Residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. She has practiced as an attending since graduation.

Additionally, Dr. Alphonso serves as the AOA Program Director for Psychiatry and the Associate Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. You may contact Dr. Alphonso via email with your questions about the field of psychiatry.

Alan Podawiltz, D.O.

Dr. Alan Podawiltz is the Chair and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at UNTHSC / TCOM. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Podawiltz has been named a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, and a 'Texas Super Doctor' by Texas Monthly, The National Magazine of Texas. You may email Dr. Podawiltz to schedule an appointment.

Scott Winter, M.D.
Dr. Scott Winter is Director of the Psychiatric Residency Training Program at John Peter Smith Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UNTHSC. He has boards in forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and addiction medicine, in addition to general psychiatry. Dr. Winter is a recipient of the Nancy Roeske Award for excellence in medical student education as well as the Irma Bland Award for excellence in resident education, and was recognized as a Top Doc by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Please contact Tonya Stephens at 817.702.3050 or
email her to schedule an appointment with Dr. Winter.

Pulmonology
Sherif Al-Farra, M.D., FCCP, D. ABSM
Dr. Al-Farra graduated from the King Saud University College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After graduation, he completed a pre-graduation internship at King Saud University Program. He completed his residency in internal medicine at King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. He later completed his internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan where he was Chief Resident.

Dr. Al-Farra is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He is a certified ABIM, Pulmonary Medicine; ABIM, Critical Care Medicine; and ANSM, Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. You may email Dr. Al-Farra to schedule an appointment.

Radiology
John Meehan, D.O.

Dr. John Meehan completed his radiology residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center and his pediatric radiology fellowship at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Additionally, he completed a residency program in pediatrics at Children's Medical Center of Dayton while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Meehan practices at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, specializing in diagnostic radiology. You may call Dr. Meehan at 817.927.1150 to schedule an appointment; Christine Key will assist you.

Rural Medicine
John Bowling, D.O., FACOFP

Dr. John Bowling is Professor and Assistant Dean for Rural Medicine, and Director of the Division of Rural Medicine at UNTHSC. Dr. Bowling graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His research interests include cancer prevention, detection and control, medical curriculum development and rural health. You may email Dr. Bowling to schedule an appointment.

Sleep Medicine
Sherif Al-Farra, M.D., FCCP, D. ABSM
Dr. Al-Farra graduated from the King Saud University College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After graduation, he completed a pre-graduation internship at King Saud University Program. He completed his residency in internal medicine at King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. He later completed his internal medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan where he was Chief Resident.

Dr. Al-Farra is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He is a certified ABIM, Pulmonary Medicine; ABIM, Critical Care Medicine; and ANSM, Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. You may email Dr. Al-Farra to schedule an appointment.

Sports Medicine
Daniel A. Clearfield, D.O., M.S., CAQSM
Dr. Clearfield is a board certified physician in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine as well as Primary Care Sports Medicine. He graduated from TCOM in 2007 with his DO and his Master of Science in Clinical Research and Education in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He completed an osteopathic family medicine residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he served as Chief Resident. He completed a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in OMM at TCOM and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship with Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. 

Currently, Dr. Clearfield works as faculty at UNTHSC where he serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and practices sports medicine at the UNT Health Bone & Joint Institute at the Ben Hogan Center. In Addition, he serves as teaching faculty for the Department of OMM at TCOM. Dr. Clearfield enjoys assisting and mentoring students. You may email him with your questions.

Urology
Todd Young, D.O.
Dr. Todd Young is a 1995 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practices urological surgery in Fort Worth, Texas. He specializes in bladder catheter drainage, bladder endoscopy, kidney and bladder stone destruction (ESWL), prostate removal, and robot assisted surgery. You may email Dr. Young to schedule an appointment with him.

This page last updated 12th Aug 2014