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2016 Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) introduced the Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award In 2016. This will be the highest honor bestowed to an alumna/alumnus by the university, recognizing and honoring alumni who have made significant contributions to the health care profession. To be eligible for this award, an individual will have earned a degree or completed a residency at TTUHSC and demonstrated service to the community, profession and this institution. The awardee will be a person that faculty, staff, students and alumni take pride in and are inspired by his/her accomplishments and endeavors.


Richard Johnston, MDRichard C. Johnston, MD, FACP, ’75
CEO, President and Chief Physician Officer
USMD Health System, Irving, Texas

Richard C. Johnston, MD, FACP, began his practice in Dallas
in 1978 and has been in private practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth
area since. He has an internal medicine practice in Las Colinas,
where he was the first chief of staff at Las Colinas Medical Center.

In 2004, Johnston’s physician group joined Medical Clinic of
North Texas (MCNT), which was a predominantly primary
care health care group comprised of 135 providers. In 2006,
he became president of MCNT and served in that capacity
until the 2012 merger that created USMD Health System.




2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

In 1999, the Office of Alumni Relations began recognizing our alumni to honor their accomplishments and contributions and to serve as an inspiration to their colleagues and future alumni.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to those alumni who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields or whose efforts have made a positive impact on community or humanity, bringing distinction to themselves and to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

We encourage alumni, faculty, staff and friends to nominate deserving alumni for these awards.

Past Distinguished Alumni Awardees

To learn more about this year's honorees, click on their photos or names to read their bios.


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

                image of Kendra Rumbaugh

                       Kendra Rumbaugh ('01) 


School of Health Professions

                image of Steve Alaniz      image of Jeffery Barnhart      image of Matt Berend      

                          Steve Alaniz ('07)                  Jeffery Barnhart ('13)                  Matt Berend ('15)           

                                    Image of Karen Copple         Image of Sissy Ann Hinojos

                                               Karen Copple ('11)                 Sissy Ann Hinojos ('12)

School of Medicine

                    Image of Sharmila Dissanaike       image of Craig Rhyne      image of Roger Wolcott       

                       Sharmila Dissanaike ('06)            Craig D. Rhyne ('86)               Roger Wolcott ('92) 


School of Nursing  

                                          image of Melanie Richburg         Image of Sylvain Trepanier

                                          Melanie Ann Richburg ('13)          Sylvain Trepanier ('11)


School of Pharmacy  

                                            image of Steve Rodriguez       Image of Lyndsi White

                                               Steve Rodriguez ('01)                 Lyndsi White ('06)