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Duane W. Proppe, AB, Ph.D.


Duane W. Proppe, AB, Ph.D.
Duane W. Proppe, AB, PhD, 
is Professor of Physiology in the Department of Applied Biomedical Sciences at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine.  He earned his AB degree in Biology and Chemistry at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and his PhD degree in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Following receipt of his PhD Dr. Proppe joined the faculty of the Department of Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where he progressed through the ranks from Instructor to Full Professor in the 39 years he was there.  During his PhD training and the first half of his tenure at the UTHSCSA, Dr. Proppe focused on cardiovascular research that was directed to enhancing our understanding of how the autonomic nervous system and various hormones worked together to control cardiovascular function in the whole organism during cardiovascular system challenges such as environmental heat stress and disruptions in body fluid volume and constituency.  During this period, Dr. Proppe received funding support from the National Institutes of Health, the Texas Affiliate of the American Heart Association and various local agencies in San Antonio.  In this time, Dr. Proppe also served on the editorial board of The American Journal of Physiology:  Heart and Circulatory Physiology.  Dr. Proppe is a member of the American Physiological Society. 

Throughout his whole employment at the UTHSCSA, but especially in the last half of his time there, Dr. Proppe also focused on teaching medical students, dental students and degree-seeking graduate students.  He was course director of the medical physiology course for first year medical students from 2004-2012.  When the UTHSCSA medical school instituted a learner- centered, integrated medical school curriculum in 2012, Dr. Proppe became the co-director of the Circulation Module and the Discipline Coordinator for the teaching of Physiology in the whole pre-clinical curriculum.  In 1999 Dr. Proppe also initiated and developed a M.S. Degree Program in Physiology for K-12 Science Teachers in the San Antonio area and served as Co-Director of that Program for many years.  Dr. Proppe has a passion for teaching Physiology and interacting with students in the biomedical sciences.  This was recognized at the UTHSCSA by awarding him the title of “Distinguished Teaching Professor” in the latter years of his time there.