Dr. Lawrence Harkless named to NPR Foundation Board

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Dr. Lawrence Harkless, interim dean of the UTRGV School of Podiatry and professor of surgery, is the newest member of the National Public Radio Foundation Board of Trustees. As an NPR Foundation trustee, Harkless will contribute to enhancing current and future financial support and helping NPR achieve its mission of creating a more informed citizenry. (UTRGV Photo by Jennifer Galindo)

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By Dimitra Trejo

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Dr. Lawrence Harkless, interim dean of the UTRGV School of Podiatry and professor of surgery, this month was voted in as the newest member of the National Public Radio Foundation Board of Trustees.

The goal of the NPR Foundation is to support NPR’s mission of creating a more informed public through actively working to expand the fundraising efforts of the organization. 

As an NPR Foundation trustee, Harkless will contribute to enhancing current and future financial support and helping inform a citizenry challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

“This role will provide me the opportunity to inform and inspire the board about my profession in podiatric medicine, UTRGV’s new School of Podiatry in the Division of Health Affairs, and how all the schools in Health Affairs are working inter-professionally and collaboratively to improve health equity for the disadvantaged, vulnerable population in the Rio Grande Valley,” Harkless said. 

“Moreover, this role will give me the opportunity to inform the board about UTRGV and its role in transforming the Valley community by the results evidenced in fulfilling its mission in education research and service,” he said.

Harkless is an internationally distinguished clinical educator, investigator, lecturer, author and political scholar. He has served in both public and private universities known for clinical and research excellence, including the UT Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California (WesternU). He is the founding dean emeritus and a professor emeritus of the WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine.

He received the Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 while at UTHSCSA, was named Outstanding Educator 2001 by the American Diabetes Association, and was appointed chairman of the Texas Diabetes Council from 2001-2007 by then Texas Gov. Rick Perry. 

Harkless has had an impact on the entire arena of limb preservation in diabetes and wound healing, including the development and validation of wound and risk stratification models. The risk and wound classification systems have provided the taxonomy which allows clinicians to communicate worldwide about improving patient-centered outcomes and reducing the impact of healthcare costs.