New Endowed Scholarship Honors Pioneering Fort Worth Cardiologist


The Robert S. Capper, MD, Endowed Scholarship has been created to honor the career accomplishments of Dr. Robert Capper, father of School of Medicine Chair of Clinical Sciences Dr. David Capper. The scholarship will support its first medical student in the 2023-24 academic year.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Robert S. Capper

FORT WORTH – Gifts from family, friends, and colleagues have ensured that a name synonymous with excellence in cardiovascular medicine will forever be attached to the School of Medicine. The Robert S. Capper, MD, Endowed Scholarship has been created to honor the career accomplishments of Dr. Robert Capper, father of School of Medicine Chair of Clinical Sciences Dr. David Capper.

In a career spanning seven decades, Dr. Capper was a pioneer of interventional cardiology, opening a private practice in 1964 and soon thereafter conducting the first interventional cardiology procedure in Fort Worth. Dr. Capper later founded Consultants in Cardiology, a large practice group that recently changed its name to Texas Health Heart & Vascular Specialists.

“Scholarships are vital to our school and make a tremendous difference in a student’s life,” said David Capper, M.D., Chair of Clinical Sciences. “We created this fund to benefit students who, like my father, have a passion for patient-centered care and benefit from financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of becoming a physician. My dad still feels a great indebtedness to the generous donors who contributed for his own medical scholarship. I am grateful and humbled to share this fund with our students.”

In addition to his clinical career, Dr. Robert Capper and his wife, Joyce, volunteered their time to multiple community organizations. Most notably, Dr. Capper (pictured above) chaired the 2004-05 philanthropic campaign behind construction of the Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center.

The scholarship will support its first medical student in the 2023-24 academic year.