A respected Dallas-area physician, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, practices occupational medicine. Serving as the president and chief medical officer of OccMD Group, Dr. Melissa Tonn earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UT Health) at San Antonio.
Each year, the medical dean of UT Health recognizes the significant research, clinical, and mentoring achievements of faculty members. The award winners, nominated by fellow faculty members, receive a $5,000 prize at the annual faculty assembly.
The Distinguished Research Award is a new honor in 2018. The inaugural award went to Jean X. Jiang, PhD, the Ashbel Smith Professor of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, for her contributions to UT’s research mission over her 20-year career with the university. Dr. Jiang’s work currently focuses on the development of new immunological tools to target the hemichannel functions of gap junctions.
A clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, Dr. Melissa Tonn also heads up OccMD Group P.A., which provides occupational injury-related services for employers who have opted out of Texas Workers' Compensation. As part of the occupational health field, Dr. Melissa Tonn is a Fellow in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
Fellow status is the highest designation ACOEM provides for members, and is reserved for ACOEM members who have contributed to the field in substantial ways. This higher designation allows members to serve as council chairs or officers in the organization.
To be eligible for fellow status, a member must have maintained membership in the ACOEM for at least three years. Prospective fellows also must have a board certification in occupational medicine or another ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) medical specialty, and possess an unrestricted, active license to practice medicine.
In addition to the membership application itself, prospective fellows must present two recommendation letters. One of these recommendation letters must be from a current ACOEM fellow.
In addition to her work as the president and chief medical officer of OccMD Group P.A. in Dallas, Dr. Melissa Tonn serves as a clinical assistant professor of population health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. With the help of Dr. Melissa Tonn and many other team members, the Dell Medical School's Department of Population Health works to improve the overall health of Travis County's population.
The Department of Population Health's mission requires a multifaceted approach to health care and public health that addresses major issues in the community. In the field of occupational health, for instance, the department works with local employers to improve occupational health through disease prevention and management programs, ensuring a healthy and productive workforce. The department also uses a community engagement team of grassroots leaders and advocates who can reach out to the community as a whole to improve care.
Research also makes up a major component of the department's work. The school works with community health centers like Seton and Central Health to develop and test new models of care, improving patient services. Partners like these also participate in an analytics program that seeks to build a better health information structure for the county.
An experienced physician, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, workers’ compensation and disability cases, and chronic regional pain syndrome.