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DFW Healthcare Brief: TMA’s Next President Is a Dallas Cardiologist and Medical City Frisco’s New CNO

Plus TCU tops out its medical campus building and Lyda Hill Philanthropies announces research gift for high-risk, high-reward science.
Rendering of the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University. Courtesy: TCU

Dr. Richard Snyder, a Dallas cardiologist at HeartPlace, will be the Texas Medical Association’s 158th president. Snyder is an experienced advocate for physicians in the legislature and elsewhere, and has been a critical part of recent legislative victories connected to prior authorization requirements and the No Surprises Act about surprise billing. A previous president of the Dallas County Medical Society and current president of HeartPlace, he has also he has chaired and served on the TMA Board of Trustees, participated in TMA’s House of Delegates and Council on Legislation, and is active in TEXPAC, TMA’s political action committee.  He has chaired the department of medicine at Medical City Dallas and served as medical staff president and board trustee there. D CEO magazine profiled him and his wife, Shelley Hall, a heart transplant cardiologist at Baylor Scott and White, last year.

John Hedgpeth is now the Chief Nursing Officer at Medical City Frisco. He has been assistant chief nursing officer at Medical City Fort Worth since 2021, where he led the implementation of a virtual safety attendant program, a monoclonal antibody infusion clinic, and a vaccine clinic. He began his career at Medical City Fort Worth as a neuro ICU nurse in 2009 and was recognized in the 2022 DFW Great 100 Nurse program.

A new program from Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology will award $2.5 million in funding to Texas scientists to advance high-risk, high reward research ideas with potential for real-world impact. Prizes will be awarded to researchers in five categories: medicine, engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, and technology. Each of the recipients will receive $500,000. Applicants must be Texas-based and been an independent researcher at least 15 years ago for academic categories and 25 years of experience for technology applicants. Learn more in this application guide. Applications open on June 27.

The Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University’s topped out its new medical education building last month. The ceremony took place with Linbeck, Colorado architects and Hoefer Welker in Fort Worth’s medical district. The final steel beam was set atop the building in a topping out celebration for the building that is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2024. The school also celebrated its first graduating class earlier this spring.