W. Paul Bowman Named Department Chair of Pediatrics at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Continues legacy as Tarrant County's premiere pediatric


Jun 10, 2008, 01:00 ET from University of North Texas Health Science Center

    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