Sunday, 30 June 2013

Kern Wildenthal's Fruit of an Endeavor

Kern Wildenthal's Fruit of an Endeavor

Author: Kern Wildenthal

Community service matters to Kern Wildenthal. Because of this, he remains active in the Dallas community even after his retirement as the UT Southwestern president.

Locally, Dr. Wildenthal has served on a number of boards of community organizations, including the Dallas Citizens Council, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Assembly, Science Place (now the Museum of Nature & Science), Southwestern Medical Foundation, Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

Wildenthal's current business activities include a position as the Senior Consultant for Southwestern Medical Foundation, after serving from 2008-2012 as its CEO. He also consults for several foundations, research institutes, and biotech companies, including the Gladstone Research Institute in San Francisco and ScienceSeed in Dallas. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Kronos Worldwide, Inc, as well as on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Hoblitzelle Foundation, Moncrief Cancer Institute, and Southwest Medical Foundation. Wildenthal is an Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge, and serves on the board of Cambridge in America.

Dr. Kern Wildenthal's involvement in the Dallas community makes him received various awards and recognition. Southern Methodist University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2006 for his civic and professional achievements, and TACA honored him in 2004 with the Neiman Marcus Silver Cup Award for outstanding volunteer contributions to the arts in Dallas. In 2006 he and his wife, Marnie, a teacher at the Episcopal School of Dallas and an active community volunteer, were honored jointly by Texas Woman's University, when they received the Virginia Chandler Dykes Award for Leadership.

The Dallas community is very fortunate to have Kern Wildenthal. His experience in institutional administration, biomedical research, clinical medicine and philanthropic leadership makes him the person any community would want to have.

Again in 1975, he received another prestigious award, the Guggenheim Fellowship. This award showcases Dr. Wildenthal's exceptional creative ability in the arts and made him to spend a year doing advance research at Cambridge England. After the research Dr. Kern Wildenthal return to University of Texas Southwestern where he was promoted to Dean of the Graduate School.

Dr. Wildenthal did not stop there, he persevere a lot in his career and discover a new way to treat paroxysmal a trial tachycardia in patients with runaway heartbeats which again made him received an international attention. He was promoted to Dean of the Medical School at University of Texas Southwestern in 1980 and made his way as the youngest Dean of any American Medical School at the age of 38. 

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Dr. Kern Wildenthal's involvement in the Dallas community makes him received various awards and recognition.



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