Fort Worth, Texas - The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a policy research institute that provides nonpartisan analysis of technology and technology policy, has appointed University of North Texas Health Science Center president Ronald R. Blanck, D.O., to its board of regents. In this capacity, he will advise the chairman and board of directors on the strategic direction of the institute.
"It is a privilege to welcome Dr. Blanck to our board of regents," said Michael Swetnam, president and chairman of the board of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. "Dr. Blanck brings proven leadership abilities and a wealth of experience in military medicine and national policy. His continued commitment to education, whether it be in a university or public policy arena, is a tremendous asset to the institute."
"The Potomac Institute is well-known for its on-target examination of policy issues," said Dr. Blanck. "I became familiar with its work during my Army days, and now I look forward to working with the Institute as the president of one of its academic partners and a member of its board of regents."
Dr. Blanck is the president of the UNT Health Science Center. He joined the health science center after a 31-year military career. During his career, Dr. Blanck served as Surgeon General of the 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. Dr. Blanck first entered the military as a medical officer in Vietnam following his graduation from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Blanck also has served as assistant chief of the General Medicine Service in the Department of Medicine at Walter Reed, assistant dean of student affairs at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and chief of the Department of Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. He had held adjunct teaching positions at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University School of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
He has served as commander of the Walter Reed Medical Center North Atlantic Region Medical Command. Dr. Blanck also held the position of director of professional services and chief of Medical Corps Affairs in the office of the Surgeon General of the Army.
Dr. Blanck is a fellow and past governor of the American College of Physicians. He most recently was named a recipient of Mastership in the American College of Physicians @ American Society of Internal Medicine. He also is an active member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. His military honors include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit policy research institute that provides nonpartisan analysis of technology and technology policy to leaders in government, industry and academia. With a reputation for fierce objectivity, the Institute has conducted studies on a wide range of technology and technology policy topics, including defense acquisition reform, dual use technology, space commercialization, cyber-terrorism and biological terrorism.
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