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D Magazine Cover Model Rick Snyder Becomes President of Dallas County Medical Society

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You see this handsome devil? His name is Richard W. Snyder II. In November of 2009, the cardiologist graced our cover. And now comes perhaps his second biggest achievement in life: he has been installed as the new president of the Dallas County Medical Society. Full release after the jump. (And full disclosure right here between these parentheses: Dr. Snyder has seen me shirtless, with a whole bunch of wires attached to my chest. In a strictly professional capacity. I swear.)

Dallas County Medical Society installs Dallas cardiologist as president

Dallas–January 23, 2012

The Dallas County Medical Society installed Richard W. Snyder II, MD, as its 129th president on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Park City Club. Two awards were presented: the Charles Max Cole, MD, Leadership Award to Robert W. Haley, MD, and the Millard J. and Robert L. Heath Award to Congressman Pete Sessions.

Snyder is a cardiologist at Medical City Dallas Hospital. He prides himself on being a preventive specialist, emphasizing the prevention of cardiovascular disease primarily through risk factor modification, especially diet, exercise and weight loss. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he completed medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, with a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular disease. Snyder grew up in Dallas and attended Jesuit College Preparatory School. He is married to Shelley Hall, MD, a cardiologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Haley was honored with the Charles Max Cole, MD, Leadership Award, which recognizes a DCMS member for outstanding service to the profession of medicine and to the community. Haley is a DCMS past president. He is a professor of internal medicine and director of the Division of Epidemiology in the Internal Medicine Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Haley has conducted extensive research on the epidemiology and prevention of hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections to improve the quality of hospital care and, more recently, the Gulf War syndrome. He holds the US Armed Forces Veterans Distinguished Chair for Medical Research Honoring America’s Gulf War Veterans. He is a longtime Dallas resident, having graduated from Sunset High School and Southern Methodist University.

Congressman Sessions was presented the Millard J. and Robert L. Heath Award, which recognizes a layperson who has provided outstanding leadership and service to medicine and to the community. Congressman Sessions was selected based on his work with Dallas County physicians to improve health care and the healthcare system.