Dr. Harkless is a retired Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where he served for 30 years. He has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) as an Outstanding Educator receiving the ADA Educator of the Year and the Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award, respectively. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has trained over 1000 students, 176 residents and15 fellows, solidifying his status as one of the profession’s best educators.