2017 Annual Meeting

Army Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, DO Will Deliver Annual Meeting Keynote Address

Friday, October 13, 11:00 a.m.

Gen. BlanckLieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, DO (U.S. Army, retired) is a partner and Chairman of the Board of Martin, Blanck & Associates. The company, formerly Martin & Associates, does healthcare consulting for the private sector and the government.

He retired as the president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth on June 30, 2006. As president, Dr. Blanck headed an academic health center that includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Health Professions. 

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Blanck is board certified in internal medicine. He joined the UNT Health Science Center in August 2000 after his retirement from the U.S. Army.

Dr. Blanck began his military career in 1968 as a medical officer and battalion surgeon in Vietnam. He retired 32 years later as the surgeon general of the U.S. Army and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command - with more than 46,000 military personnel and 26,000 civilian employees throughout the world.

During his distinguished military career, Dr. Blanck also served as commander of Walter Reed Medical Center, North Atlantic Region Medical Command and Director of Professional Services and Chief of Medical Corps Affairs for the U.S. Army Surgeon General. Other assignments included Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, Chief of the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center, Commander, Berlin Army Hospital and Commander, Frankfurt Regional Army Medical Center.

His academic credentials include teaching positions at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University School of Medicine, The Uniformed Services University, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Blanck’s military honors include Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medals, Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals.

After joining the UNT Health Science Center, Dr. Blanck continued to be recognized for his leadership in health and medicine. The American Medical Association honored him with its highest award for government officials, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award. A past Governor of the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine, Dr. Blanck was named a Master by the specialists’ society.

He joined the board of the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, where he is currently Chairman and  is also Chairman of the Board of VetFed, Inc. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Tenax, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is past Chairman of the VA’s National Research Advisory Council, past Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Association of Military Surgeons of the US, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of Juniata College as well as the National board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Blanck continues to be consulted as an advisor on bioterrorism issues and is an expert in preparing the medical community to respond to mass casualty incidents or those involving weapons of mass destruction. In addition to his many speaking engagements and advisory positions, he chaired task forces on bioterrorism for both the Texas Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Blanck and his wife Donna have two married daughters, Jennifer and Susan.

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