David Capper, M.D.
Chair of Clinical Sciences
David Capper, M.D., is the academic chair of Clinical Sciences at the Burnett School of Medicine. He is responsible for all planning, policy, operations and oversight of the clinical sciences department, instrumental for instructing students in the science of patient care. Dr. Capper has spent much of his medical career considering patients as people, studying the ethical concepts of medicine and sharing his talents with those much less fortunate. “We have an incredible opportunity to educate a new generation of physicians through a focus on patients as people and members of families and communities, with medicine as a vehicle for building relationships of trust, empathy and wise counsel based on sound knowledge,” Dr. Capper said. Dr. Capper currently serves as medical director of Compassus/Covenant Hospice and Palliative Care, Christian Community Health Services, and Trina Health of North Texas, in addition to providing hospitalist care for Consultants in Cardiology and Texas Health Physicians Group. He served as clinical preceptor in internal medicine at both UT Southwestern Medical School and Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and currently serves as a clinical assistant professor at UNTHSC. Dr. Capper has received two Medical Director of the Year awards – one from Life Care Centers of America in 1996 and another from Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization in 2005. He was also honored with the Humanitarian of the Year award from Tarrant County Medical Society in 2005, as well as the Tarrant Area Gerontological Society’s 2011 Mildred Hogstel Award, presented to an individual who provides excellence in geriatric education.
Dr. Capper graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed his internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in biomedical ethics at Trinity International University.
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He is chair of both the Ethics Committee at Medical City Fort Worth and the Tarrant County Medical Society Humanitarian Committee, as well as vice president of the Project Access Tarrant County Core Committee. Dr. Capper is actively involved within the Fort Worth community, serving as medical director of the clinic at Beautiful Feet Ministries and as the clinician for a joint program of The Salvation Army and John Peter Smith Health Network’s Pathways to Housing and Recuperative Care programs, each providing care for individuals struggling with homelessness. He also serves on the board of Covenant Classical School and is actively involved with an extensive list of professional medical organizations, including the Tarrant County Ethics Consortium and Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital Palliative Care Committee.