Program Director

Albert H. Olivencia-Yurvati, D.O., PhD, FACOS, FICS, FAHA

Albert H. Olivencia-Yurvati, D.O., PhD, FACOS, FICS, FAHA

Albert H. O-Yurvati, DO, PhD, FACOS, FICS, FAHA, is a 1986 graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internship and General Surgery residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center at Tulsa, Oklahoma, and served as Chief Resident his final year. He then completed a residency in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Browns Mills, New Jersey, where he also served as chief resident. He is AOA board certified in Cardiothoracic-Vascular and General Surgery, and he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as the International College of Surgeons.

He completed a PhD in Education with a concentration of Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. Other educational activities include a Graduate Certificate from the University of North Texas Toulouse School Of Education in Teaching and Adult Learning.

Currently Dr. O-Yurvati is a tenured DSWOP Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Medical Education at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he is a Professor of Integrative Physiology in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas at Denton. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

He has received numerous awards from the UNTHSC, including the 2012 Clyde Gallehugh DO Memorial Award, the 2011 President’s Award for Clinical Excellence. He also received Doctor of Philanthropy in 2011, and in 2010, he was the recipient of both the Benjamin L. Cohen Award for Outstanding Research Achievement and the TCOM’s Dean’s Award for Philanthropy. In addition, he received the Academic Commendation of Excellence (ACE) Award for superior post-tenure review.

Dr. O-Yurvati has served on many committees on the local, state, and national level. He is Past President of the Metro Fort Worth American Heart Association. He also received the AHA Distinguished Service Award. On a national level, Dr. O-Yurvati is the Executive Director of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. He is actively involved in numerous committees of the ACOS, and he has served as a discipline chair and representative to the Board of Governors, as well as cardiothoracic educational program director. In 2013, he received the highest award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons the Orel F Martin Medal. In 2016, he received the ACOS Guy D Beaumont Education Award.

He is on the editorial board of multiple journals, including the JAOA and Filtration. He is a reviewer for many peered journals, including Cardiovascular Research and Experimental Biology and Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the JAOA.

Dr. O-Yurvati has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, three book chapters, and numerous abstracts. He is the recipient of over 2.5 million in grants, to include NIH, NASA, DOD, and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation funding. He is a Primary Investigator in multiple Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and he has presented previously at the Therapeutic Filtration and Extracorporeal Circulation meeting at the prestigious Hammersmith Hospital in London, England. His research interests include the inflammatory effects of cardiopulmonary bypass, cardiac metabolism, mechanical cardiac assist devices, post-cardiac surgery adhesions, and neoplasm of the lung.