A Holistic Approach to Improving Healthcare
The John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University was founded in 1990. Its objective is to train and produce qualified healthcare professionals who respect the uniqueness of their patients/clients.
The Rangos School offers undergraduate degrees in athletic training and health management, and graduate degrees in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, physician assistant studies, and a doctorate in rehabilitation science physical therapy. Programs emphasize both scientific and interpersonal aspects of clinical practice, and Rangos School students are exposed to a broad liberal arts education which emphasizes understanding the world’s scientific, theoretical and theological constructs. They learn to hone their clinical skills in state-of-the-art labs, and they get to enjoy diverse internship and clinical placements throughout western Pennsylvania.
Mr. Rangos was the commencement speaker for the Duquesne Class of 2000 graduation. He challenged graduates to combine compassion with expertise to bring efficiency and order to the current healthcare market, especially as it pertains to rising costs. His deep and abiding concern for healthcare not only in the region, but also throughout the country, has been a guiding force for the Duquesne community.
Honoring his Mother’s Legacy
To honor the memory of his beloved mother, Anna Rizakus, Mr. Rangos also established the Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Science & Ethics at Duquesne. The university installed Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, as the first Rizakus chair holder in 2004. Dr. Turocy’s areas of specialty include athletic training, nutrition, exercise physiology, health promotion and conditions of the spine. In 2009, the university appointed Dr. David Somers to the chair. Dr. Somers had been serving as chairman of the Rangos School’s department of physical therapy. He was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina, and was previously a staff therapist at Physical Rehabilitation Services in Charleston.