Obstetrics & Gynecology
Robert P. Kauffman, M.D.
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Reproductive Medicine and Infertility
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School, Houston,
- Internship, Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Texas Southwestern Medical
School in Dallas, Texas
- Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Parkland Memorial Hospital and University
of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Chief Resident 1982-83
- Certified, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Over 50 peer-reviewed publications including original research, editorials, and book
- APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
- CREOG National Faculty Award
- Editorial board of two medical journals
- Dean's Scholarship and Research Award
- Regional Dean's Award for most peer-reviewed publications
Dr. Kauffman approaches his practice of medicine and his teaching responsibilities
with the unqualified enthusiasm that he brings to all areas of his life.As a lifelong
learner, he is a classical pianist and loves opera. His medical interests include
pediatric gynecology, androgen excess disorders including polycystic ovary syndrome,
infertility, and chronic pelvic pain. He is married with two daughters in college.
Teresa Ellen Baker, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rush Endowed Chair in Women's Health and Oncology
Residency Program Director
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas , TX
- Residency in OB/GYN, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas , TX
- Board certified, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Dr. Baker has a combined private and academic OB/GYN practice with the University
Physicians at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo. She is interested in
teen pregnancy, postpartum depression, and promoting preventive medicine for the women
of the Texas Panhandle, as well as Resident and Student education and serves as the
Stephen Griffin, M.D.
Clinical Instructor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
- OB/GYN Residency, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo, TX
Dr. Griffin recently joined the faculty team after spending four years in private
practice in the Amarillo area. He is an enthusiastic educator with a passion for life-long
learning. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and being bossed around
by his favorite two year old.
Heather J. Holmes, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director-Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Director of Ultrasonography
- Undergraduate: Texas A&M University College Station, TXGraduate: University of Texas
Medical Branch Galveston, TX
- Internship/Residency: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo, Amarillo,
- Fellowship: Maternal-Fetal Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,
- American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Fellow
- Texas Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
- Texas Medical Association Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics
- Potter-Randall County Medical Society
- Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
- Administrative Chief Resident, Texas Tech, July 2001-June 2002
- "Outstanding Obstetrician" in the Guide of America's Top Obstetricians 2010
- OB-GYN Clinical Teaching Award 2010
- Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) 2008
- Fetal Renal Pyelectasis: Correlation with Pathologic Neonatal Genitourinary Defects
& Potential Risk Factors for its development at TTUHSC-Amarillo
- Colonization of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Pregnant Women
- Diabetes in Pregnancy
- Dr. Holmes is board certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and
The American Board of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Holmes serves patients not only
from the Amarillo area, but from the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma Panhandle, Kansas,
and New Mexico areas.
Hena Tewari, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Doctor of Medicine: King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India
- Clinical Research Assistant: State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
- Residency: King George's Medical College, Luchnow, India
- Residency: Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
- Board Certified, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Honors and Awards:
- Winner in the category of Greatest OB-GYN practice in 2011 Reader's Choices-Chronicle/Tribune
- Special Excellence award in Endoscopic Procedures for 2008 by the AAGL
- 90th percentile nationwide in 2008 CREOG In-Training Exam
- Administrative Chief Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, 2007-2008
Dr. Tewari has over 14 years of experience in OBGYN and did her training in both India
and the United States. She was a member of a group practice in Indiana prior to coming
to Amarillo. Her belief in the continuous learning process influenced her decision
to join the educational environment in the academic setting. Dr. Tewari has a special
interest in contraception, abnormal uterine bleeding, and cervical dysplasia , as
well as treatment of adolescents and the healthy pregnancy. She is fluent in English
Paul Tullar, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Undergraduate: Rice University, Houston, Texas
- Doctor of Medicine: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- Internship/Residency: Methodist Hospitals of Dallas & Parkland Memorial Hospital,
- Board Certified, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Fellow, American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (A.C.O.G.)
- Private Practice for 25 years in SW Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Texas
- Visiting Clinical Faculty at U. T. Southwestern Family Practice Residency at Charlton
Methodist Hospital, with Family Practice Teaching Awards
- Visiting Lecturer Faculty, University of Mississippi Medical School, 2006
- Member, American Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics
- Member of American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (since 1985)
- Special training in Fallopian Tube Microsurgical Reconstruction, LASER in Gynecologic
Surgery, Operative Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy and Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Tullar brings to Texas Tech 25 years of experience in private practice obstetrics,
operative and non-operative gynecology, as well as teaching experience in Obstetrics,
Gynecology and Family Practice. Dr. Tullar believes in lifelong learning for professors,
residents, students and patients. His areas of interest in practice include evaluation
of structural and functional defects of the pelvic floor, with operative and non-operative
managements, gynecologic diagnostic ultrasound, urogynecology, premenstrual syndrome,
menopausal management, Operative Laparoscopy, chronic pelvic pain evaluation and management,
and evaluation and management of dysparunia and vaginismus. His areas of research
include skills teaching, skills in testing, operative obstetrics, interdisciplinary
teamwork for quality improvements and skills teaching and testing in hysteroscopy
training. In addition to English, Dr. Tullar speaks Spanish and limited German. He
loves music, both classical and otherwise.
Catherine Wheatley, M.D.
Clinical Instructor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Associate Residency Program Director
- Doctor of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
- OB/GYN Residency, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Dr. Wheatley is a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Obstetrics and Gynecology
residency program, where she was blessed to learn from outstanding mentors while being
able to serve a large and diverse population of women. She is excited to join Texas
Tech University Health Sciences Center with the goal of delivering excellent education
to medical students and residents while providing exceptional care to her patients.
In addition to academic medicine and overall patient care, she has a special interest
in minimally invasive surgery, contraceptive counseling, and compassionate gynecologic
care of teens and young women. When she’s not working, Dr. Wheatley enjoys cooking,
singing, expanding her tea collection, and spending time with her husband, Paul.
Nika Vinson, M.D.
Clinical Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
- OB/GYN Residency, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo
- Post Graduate Year 2, General Surgery, University of Florida Jacksonville
- Internship, General Surgery, Michigan State University
- AAGL 2015 Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology for Excellence in MIG/SLS
Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award
- Systems Based Practice Award 2015
- Evidence Based Practice Award 2015
Dr. Vinson is a recent graduate of Texas Tech University Health Science Center at
Amarillo’s own Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program. She completed two years
of General Surgery training before realizing her heart was in women’s medicine and
coming to Texas, where she has been serving the Panhandle for the past four years
as a resident physician. Dr. Vinson is excited to begin her career in academic medicine
here at TTUHSC Amarillo and to continue delivering excellent care to patients. She
has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and robotics, urogynecology/female
pelvic floor disorders, and medical surgical education. Dr. Vinson speaks French fluently,
conversational Spanish, basic Japanese, and limited German. She enjoys foreign travel
and learning languages. She is currently learning Russian and American Sign Language,
while improving her Japanese and German.
Jeffrey Wang, D.O.
Clinical Instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Undergraduate: Baylor University
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton,
- Traditional Rotating Internship: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Reading
Hospital in West Reading, PA
- Residency in OB/GYN: Reading Hospital in West Reading, PA, Chief Resident
- Excellence in Gynecologic Surgery Award
- Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award
- Berks County Medical Society Resident Research Award
- Jefferson Medical College, Excellence in OBGYN Teaching Award
Dr. Wang is Taiwanese-American and is originally from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
After completing his training in Pennsylvania, he and his family have returned home
to Texas to serve the community. He has a passion for education, the underserved,
and the advancement of women’s healthcare. He practices comprehensive general OB/GYN.
His special interests are in cross-cultural linguistics and medical ethics.
Rakhshanda Rahman, M.D., FRCS., (ED), FACS
- Professor/Division of Surgical Oncology
- Rakhshanda L. Rahman, MBBS, M.D., FCPS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glasg), FACS, came to the
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
(TTUHSC) in 2009. Rahman graduated from the Aga Khan University Medical College in
Karachi, Pakistan, where she completed her internship and residency. Rahman then spent
several years furthering her studies, completing fellowships in breast and general
surgery in 2001 at Aga Khan, followed by another fellowship at the University of Arkansas
for the Medical Sciences Division of Surgical Oncology in 2004.
Rahman served at the University of Massachusetts as the founder and director of the
Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship Program. After joining TTUHSC, Rahman led the
formation of the first nationally accredited breast center of excellence in the Texas
Panhandle. Currently, she is the director of the Amarillo Breast Center of Excellence
and associate professor of surgery for the TTUHSC School of Medicine .
Rahman serves on many local and national boards and committees including the American
Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Diseases, the Laura W. Bush
Institute of Women’s Health National Advisory Board, the Amarillo Chapter of the American
Cancer Society and the Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition.