FORT WORTH, Texas, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As a fourth-year medical student, W. Paul Bowman, M.D., was inspired by how his mentoring physician treated a little girl suffering from leukemia. Now, Dr. Bowman hopes to inspire new young physicians as a mentor. Dr. Bowman has been named department chair of pediatrics for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, in addition to his current role as senior pediatric hematologist/oncologist and chairman of Cook Children's Leukemia & Lymphoma program. Bowman also has been named medical director of academic pediatrics for Cook Children's Medical Center. The new appointments tie together the teaching and research capabilities of the Health Science Center with the renowned patient care of Cook Children's Medical Center and Physician Clinic network to bring leading-edge research and care to Tarrant County's littlest patients. Under Bowman's leadership, TCOM student physicians can take advantage of the knowledge of Cook Children's physicians who will serve as faculty instructors for the medical school. "A leadership program needs to have a strong educational component to it," Bowman said. "That involves educating yourself, your staff, your referring physicians - those with whom you work in the community. I also really think it is important to have a commitment to the education of young physicians. We have students from TCOM rotate with us. That's really an exciting thing to have young up-and-coming doctors working with us. It is exciting for me to extend that relationship as department chair of pediatrics for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine." "This spring, 17 percent of our medical school graduates were planning to become pediatricians," said Marc B. Hahn, D.O. and dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. "This clearly demonstrates the growing interest in the pediatric field and parallels our growing relationship with Cook Children's." The new link between Cook Children's Medical Center and the UNT Health Science Center will provide physicians with access to new treatments and research being conducted by the Health Science Center, as well as the recently created Institute for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Bowman's specialty in oncology and lymphoma will benefit all aspects of the alliance as the groups work together to treat children with cancer. "We are thrilled to join forces with Paul in bringing superior research and treatment to children in Tarrant County who suffer from cancer and other illnesses," said Scott Ransom, D.O. and president of the UNT Health Science Center. "His reputation as a leader in treating cancer's tiniest victims can only enhance the education of our students. And our research into cancer treatment can only benefit the people of North Texas." Bowman, a native of Winnipeg, Canada, graduated from the University of Manitoba as class valedictorian before becoming a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. In 1982, he came to what is no known as Cook-Fort Worth Children's Medical Center as co director of the Hematology and Oncology Department and has made Fort Worth his home. He has served on numerous boards and committees in Tarrant County, including the American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Legislative Task Force on Cancer in Texas. Bowman won the Distinguished Physician Award in 2003 and was presented with the Gold Headed Cane from the Cook Children's Physician Network. He was the first subspecialty physician to receive the award, voted on by his peers. University of North Texas Health Science Center The University of North Texas Health Science Center comprises the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the School of Health Professions. Key research areas include aging and Alzheimer's disease, cancer and physical medicine. This year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was named a top 50 medical school in primary care by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth consecutive year. "Fort Worth's medical school and more" contributes $500 million to the Tarrant County and Texas economies annually. For more information, go to http://www.hsc.unt.edu.
SOURCE University of North Texas Health Science Center