Rodney Young, M.D., Department Chair, FAAFP
Dr. Rodney Young is an associate professor and regional chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He has also previously served as associate director of pre-doctoral education and as associate residency director.
Dr. Young received his B.S. from Abilene Christian University, his M.D. from TTUHSC, and completed his residency at TTUHSC in Lubbock, where he also served as chief resident. He is board certified in family medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and also completed a faculty development fellowship at the Family Practice Faculty Development Center of Texas.
Dr. Young has held numerous leadership positions in local, regional, and national medical organizations. He currently serves the Texas Medical Association in their house of delegates and as a member of the council on medical education. He is a former member of the committee on physician distribution and healthcare access, and a past chair of both the committee on continuing education and its subcommittee on CME accreditation. He's also been in legislative advocacy efforts through TMA and TAFP that helped win changes in the physician education loan repayment program and improve licensing regulations for international medical graduates to make Texas a more viable option for practice. He has previously served on the Texas delegation to the American Medical Association, on the TMA Board of Councilors, and on the executive council of both the resident and fellow section, and the medical student section of the TMA. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and is a past president of the Potter-Randall County Medical Society. He also serves as secretary/treasurer of the Panhandle chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and as program director for their spring and fall CME weekends. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Potter-Randall County Medical Society, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine.
Dr. Young has received numerous teaching awards both from residents and medical students, including the Barton Freeman, MD Memorial Faculty Award for family medicine resident education and the Mario Feola, MD outstanding faculty award for medical student teaching. He was a top 20 graduate from Texas Tech School of Medicine, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, and a magna cum laude graduate from Abilene Christian University. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed published abstracts, posters, chapters, and journal articles, and he has served as a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Family Practice, the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, and the Family Medicine Digital Resources Library.
Dr. Young is proudest of his role as a husband and father to two beautiful and active young daughters. He loves spending time with his girls, but he also enjoys football and golf when he can find the time.
Jerry Kirkland, M.D., Residency Program Director, MBA
Dr. Jerry Kirkland is an assistant professor, Residency Program Director and Family Medicine Clinic director. He received his Bachelor of Sciences degree from Texas A&M University, Doctor of Medicine degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and a MBA from Texas Tech University. He completed residency training in Family Medicine at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Kirkland worked in Texas as a private family physician in Dublin, Pampa and later in Amarillo for many years before joining the department.
Dr. Kirkland has special interest in inpatient care, having initially worked as a full-time hospitalist when he joined the department. He is passionate about resident and student education and bringing the best available evidence to the bedside. He also enjoys using his education and experience to teach the business of medicine as well. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Kirkland is a proud husband and father, with two sons in college. He is also an avid baseball fan, Sunday School teacher and long time bass guitarist.
Beverly D. Nixon-Lewis, D.O.
Dr. Beverly D. Nixon-Lewis is an assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine and is the Regional Chief Medical Information Officer for the School of Medicine. She came to Texas Tech in 1999 from South Plains Health Providers in Plainview, where she completed her service in the National Health Service Corps. Dr. Nixon-Lewis was our residency program director from 2002-2008 before stepping down to focus her administrative efforts on our EMR program.
Dr. Nixon-Lewis grew up in Hereford, Texas and graduated from West Texas State University (now WTAMU) in Canyon. She received her Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA and completed an AOA approved internship at UMDNJ in Stratford, NJ. She subsequently completed her family medicine residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, where she also served as chief resident.
After finishing her residency, she joined the faculty at Henry Ford and completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also a graduate of the National Institute of Program Director Development, jointly sponsored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.
Dr. Nixon-Lewis is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the Potter-Randall County Medical Society, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has particular professional interest in women's healthcare and office-based procedures. Her husband, Doug, is a local neurologist who is also active in our teaching program, and they have three sons. Dr. Nixon-Lewis loves sports and is a year-round outdoor enthusiast.
David Egerton, PhD
Dr. David Egerton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and also holds appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. As a behavorial scientist in the Department, he sees large numbers of children and was involved with establishment of the Department's ADHD assessment program in 1993. In addition to his work with children, Dr. Egerton provides a variety of services with other populations within the context of a general psychology practice.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas State University with a major in biology education and later earned a Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in educational assessment from the same institution. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University with a major in Counseling Psychology.
He is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers and is a past President of the Panhandle Psychological Association.
Before joining the Department of Family Medicine, he was a public school teacher, teaching both regular and special education classes in Pampa. Later, he functioned as an educational diagnostician and as both an elementary and high school counselor. After earning his Ph.D., he accepted a position at West Texas A&M University where he taught within the Department of Education for six years.
He and his wife are the proud parents of a grown daughter and the grandparents of two teenage boys.
In his spare time, Dr. Egerton teaches in the Learning English Among Friends program, an English as a second language class that is offered through his church to new Amarillo citizens who are struggling to master the English language.
Eric MacLaughlin, Pharm. D., FCCP, BCPS
Dr. Eric MacLaughlin is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and is a clinical pharmacist. He is also a Professor and Division Head of Adult Medicine in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics Division. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York, a Pharm. D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited specialty residency in Primary Care at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. MacLaughlin works collaboratively with family medicine faculty, residents, and students in both the outpatient clinic and the inpatient service to help optimize drug therapy. He is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). He is a member of several national organizations including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, ACCP, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Dr. MacLaughlin has held several national leadership positions including the elected treasurer and chair of the ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network and vice-chair and chair-elect of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Specialty Council on Pharmacotherapy.
Dr. MacLaughlin is the author of over 35 peer-reviewed publications. He has been involved with several research studies conducted within the department. His scholarship and research interests include prevention and of treatment of osteoporosis, health professions education, and optimizing management of cardiovascular diseases (e.g., hypertension, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure).
Ellen Hampsten, Clerkship Director M.D.
Dr. Ellen Hampsten is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. Hampsten received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Texas Texas University Health Sciences Center in 2008. She completed her residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo and is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Hampsten is also a Waco Faculty Development Center Fellow.
In her spare time, Dr. Hampsten enjoys reading, baking, hiking, off-roading in her jeep and traveling. She is also involved with International Medical Missions.