VOLUME 3 NUMBER 7 / JULY 2007
Sole finalist selected for TTUHSC president
First Lady of Texas comes to Lubbock to support School of Nursing
Amarillo School of Medicine names new regional dean
Electronic Medical Records--Charting the future of health care
Philippine University president to collaborate with School of Nursing
Call for faculty recognition nominations--Message from Dr. Mittemeyer
SOM mourns the loss of long-time faculty member
Lubbock parking renewal information
CDC funding goes to Texas Panhandle Poison Center
Have a plan: notes from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness
Awards & Recognition
LUBBOCK-John C. Baldwin, M.D., has been named the sole finalist for the position of
president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Chancellor Kent Hance,
announced. State law requires a sole finalist to be named, and after 21 days, the
final offer can be made.
Baldwin, who is currently president and chief executive officer of the Immune Disease
Institute, an affiliate of Harvard University, was selected as sole finalist after
an extensive national search by a Board of Regents search committee in consultation
with an advisory committee.
Baldwin earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard where he was one of 12 students
to be elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society as a junior. After graduating
summa cum laude from Harvard, Baldwin was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford.
He received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine and
did his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Baldwin
has extensive business experience in biotechnology and bioengineering, intellectual
property, technology transfer, pharmaceutical and device company start-up, health
insurance, banking and non-profit organizations.
“I was given several extremely well-qualified candidates from which to pick, but John
Baldwin stood out to me as the person best suited to lead the Health Sciences Center,”
said Hance. “His medical skill and knowledge of the healthcare system is unparalleled. His
business and leadership experience is extensive. He is a fifth-generation native Texan,
and we are pleased to welcome him back home to Texas to assume the presidency.”
Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., continues to serve as interim president of the HSC.
He began his duties last July when M. Roy Wilson, M.D., left.
Dr. Baldwin will be officially introduced to the faculty and staff at a 10 a.m. press
conference on July 30.
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LUBBOCK –Texas First Lady Anita Perry made a visit to Lubbock in support of endowed
chairs for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing today.
The first endowed school of nursing chair in Lubbock was presented by the University
Medical Center Health System.
Alexia Green, Ph.D., dean of the TTUHSC School of Nursing, said support such as that
of Anita Perry demonstrates the importance of endowed chairs.
“Endowed chairs allow a school to position itself to respond to the nursing shortage.
Our School of Nursing wants to be proactive to this national crisis,” Green said.
“They are necessary to recruit top faculty to our institution and will allow us to
continue the excellence we provide in nursing education. An endowed chair is one of
the highest honors bestowed on an academic institution, reflecting its reputation
According to American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s report on 2006-2007 Enrollment
and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, U.S. nursing schools
turned away 42,866 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs
in 2006 due to insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical
preceptors and budget constraints. Almost 71 percent of the nursing schools responding
to the 2006 survey pointed to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all
qualified applicants into entry-level nursing programs.
Texas First Lady Perry, who is a former nurse, said it is crucial to examine all areas
that will help nursing schools and in effect help curb this critical nursing shortage.
“Nurses play such a vital role in Texas healthcare,” First Lady Anita Perry said.
“The Texas Tech School of Nursing provides an innovative education for our nursing
students and has a long-standing commitment to improving the care nurses provide their
According to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published
in the November 2005 Monthly Labor Review, more than 1.2 million new and replacement
nurses will be needed by 2014. Government analysts project that more than 703,000
new RN (registered nurse) positions will be created through 2014, which will account
for two-fifths of all new jobs in the healthcare sector.
Chancellor Kent Hance and his wife, Susie have shown their commitment to raise funds
for the creation of endowed chairs for the School of Nursing.
“Endowed chairs for the School of Nursing are one of the top academic priorities at
the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. By having a nationally recognized
Endowed Chair in Patient Safety, we will be able to attract prominent nursing faculty
allowing us to increase our capacity for students, as well as our reputation as a
national leader among schools of nursing,” Hance said.
“UMC understands the challenge hospitals face in relation to healthcare errors. They
are showing great leadership by investing funds in an endowed chair in patient safety
so that we can focus on this particular area and improve overall patient care,” Hance
“We are very proud of our partnership with the School of Nursing and applaud their
dedication to providing important training and research related to patient safety.
UMC and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center share a common mission of
preparing the nurses of tomorrow for their careers. Through this chair, the School
of Nursing will be a leader in preparing nurses with a strong commitment to patient
safety,” said David Allison, President and Chief Executive Officer, UMC Health System.
Green added that research is now beginning to document the strong correlation between
quality nursing education/care and patient’s health.
“We want to provide the best quality nursing education for our students,” Green said.
“We are thrilled that Texas First Lady Anita Perry and the chancellor are supportive
and helping us get the word out about the importance of endowed chairs.”
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AMARILLO-Steven Berk, M.D., dean, School of Medicine, named Richard M. Jordan, M.D.,
as the new SOM regional dean at the Amarillo campus beginning Sept. 4, 2007.
In this position, Dr. Jordan will have responsibilities for the academic, research
and clinical administration for the Amarillo School of Medicine. The school at present
trains 82 residents, 72 medical students, employs more than 80 faculty and has an
operating budget of $37 million.
“I have known Dr. Jordan for more than 20 years, and he is an outstanding clinician,
teacher and administrator. He has particular expertise in student and resident education,
fellowship programs and veterans hospital collaboration," said Dr. Berk.
Dr. Jordan currently serves as chief of medical services at James H. Quillen VA Medical
Center as well as chief, Division of Endocrinology, James H. Quillen College of Medicine
at East Tennessee State University at Johnson, City, Tenn. He also is the associate
chairman for postgraduate education of the Department of Medicine as well as the department’s
residency program director. He is a professor of medicine at East Tennessee State
A recipient of six teaching awards, Dr. Jordon received the 2006 Health Care Hero
Innovation Service Award from the Business Journal of Tri-Cities and King Pharmaceuticals
in recognition of a health care provider whose inventive thinking furthered the cause
of health care. He was invited to the Amarillo School of Medicine as a Visiting Professor
in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Dr. Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree from Depauw University in 1967 and his medical
degree from Indiana University in 1971. He completed his residency in internal medicine
and a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Oregon in Portland.
“I am very happy and excited to become part of the Texas Tech family and to have the
opportunity to work with Dr. Berk again. I have great respect and admiration for him
and the Tech faculty. I look forward to joining with the staff to build upon the great
things that Dr. Berk and the faculty have already accomplished for the medical school.
Amarillo and its people are wonderful and it will be a great place to live and work,”
said Dr. Jordan.
Dr. Rush Pierce, interim regional dean, will assume the role of regional chair of
the Department of Internal Medicine in Amarillo. Dr. Berk commented that Dr. Pierce
served the campus exceptionally well as interim regional dean and will be a fine regional
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TTUHSC partners with UMC to take the paper out of health care
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the University Medical Center have
partnered to establish an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system that will serve as
a model for health care education and the next generation of hospitals.
The EMR system is part of the Cerner Corporation Power Chart that connects computerized
registration and scheduling with clinical automation to provide the most comprehensive
application of its kind. Every piece of information about a patient within the hospital
or clinic is located in an electronic file, including images, medication and allergy
reaction records and medical histories and consultations with other physicians. Health
care providers can retrieve all information from multiple sites as well as document
progress and issue orders.
The EMR will create a tremendous benefit to patients with a single, shared medical
record that potentially reduces errors, variance and waste from the care process.
One of the most important benefits of an EMR is improved documentation capabilities.
Online documentation is easily available to clinicians and enables physician practices
to accurately code and diagnose a patient encounter before the patient leaves the
office. The timely availability of patient information provides more advanced care
for the patient prior to the office or hospital visit.
Along with the partnership with UMC, PNS physicians will also be included in the process.
This online documentation will make patient information available for all specialists
at HSC. When a PNS physician refers a patient to a specialist all the documentation
will be shared on the EMR as well. “Having an electronic medical record is a great
recruiting tool as prospective faculty, resident and medical student applicants are
looking for institutions with the latest technology and advances in healthcare delivery,”
said Steven Berk, M.D., School of Medicine Dean.
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LUBBOCK-Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Interim President Bernhard T.
Mittemeyer, M.D., School of Nursing Dean Alexia Green, Ph.D., and Silliman University
President Ben S. Malayang, M.D., of the Philippines signed a memorandum on July 12
to partner together in order to educate and provide more nurses.
The Memorandum of Understanding for a Collaborative International Educational Venture
is a partnership between the TTUHSC SON and the Silliman University College of Nursing
and Allied Health Sciences in Dumaguete City, Republic of the Philippines. The agreement
will allow use of faculty at the graduate level for delivery of specific courses,
both on-site at Silliman University in Dumaguete City and through the use of distance-learning
The agreement has two goals – the expansion and supply of registered nurses, and
the creation of avenues for educational mobility of foreign nurse graduates.
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It is once again that time of year when I ask that you take a careful look at your
fellow faculty members and consider nominating them for recognition in a variety of
different categories. It has been my great pleasure to be associated with such a
dedicated group of faculty members for more than 20 years. It is you, the faculty,
who contribute so much in so many ways through the education of our students, care
of our patients, commitment to research, and service to our community. While many
are deserving, each year we recognize the best and brightest from among ALL faculty
representing each of our schools and regional campuses.
We have recently published an OP (10.25) that outlines the awards and the awards process.
This OP, along with nomination forms for the following categories, may be accessed
* President’s Excellence in Teaching Award
* President’s Research Achievement Award
* President’s Young Investigator Award
* President’s Distinguished Clinician Award
* President’s Community Engagement Award
* University Distinguished Professor Award
Any faculty member may nominate another faculty member from their respective school.
Nominations should be accompanied by a letter of support and be submitted to the Office
of HSC Relations (Stop 6208) no later than Wed., Aug. 1, 2007.
Upon receipt, the nominations will be forwarded to each of the deans for their review.
From those, they will submit up to two nominations per category. At that time a presidential
review committee comprised of representatives from each school will have the task
of reviewing all submissions and making final recommendations to HSC Relations.
This year’s Faculty Awards Convocation will be held on Wed., Oct. 10. I hope that
you will mark your calendars now and plan to attend this very special event as we
honor our peers for their contributions.
Finally, I wish to express my sincere thanks for all that you do for the Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center on a daily basis, and thank you for your continued
devotion to those that we serve.
Should you have questions or require additional information regarding the awards,
please contact the Office of HSC Relations at (806) 743-2907.
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LUBBOCK-The Texas Tech community is deeply saddened by the death of Parviz Malek-Ahmadi,
MD, who died July 11, 2007. Dr. Malek-Ahmadi served as a psychiatrist and professor
in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine.
He was 64 and leaves behind many friends and colleagues at the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center.
He came to the TTUHSC in 1983 and carried a full patient load while teaching many
medical students and psychiatry residents.
Dr. Malek-Ahmadi graduated first in his medical school class at the University of
Tehran and completed his residencies in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Philadelphia,
Pa. and Columbia, Mo. He was on staff at Mid-Missouri Mental Health and the University
of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston before settling in Lubbock in 1983.
During his tenure as full professor with the School of Medicine, he was recognized
by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the foremost psychiatrists. Additionally, he
received the Psychiatric Excellence Award from the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians.
Additionally, he authored many publications.
A memorial education endowment honoring the work of Dr. Malek-Ahmadi has been established
by the Department of Neuropsychiatry.
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LUBBOCK-It is time for the annual renewal of vehicle registration permits. Vehicle
registration must be completed at the Parking Services online site at www.fiscal.ttuhsc.edu/parking/.
Current year vehicle registration permits will expire on Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. The
2007-2008 permit must be properly affixed to the windshield on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007
and citations will be issued on that date for those vehicles without a current and
properly installed vehicle registration permit. All outstanding citations must be
paid prior to vehicle registration.
A map is provided on the website designating the different parking areas. Area parking
lots (green on the map) are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration
Please verify that your e-mail, phone number, address and department information is
correct prior to completing your vehicle registraion.
For additional information, please contact the Parking Services Office at email@example.com.
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AMARILLO-The Texas Panhandle Poison Center will receive $25,000 in funding for its
proposal entitled, “Evaluation of National Poison Data System Quality.” This project
is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and was awarded to no more than three
centers through the American Association of Poison Control Centers. TTUHSC and the
School of Pharmacy have served as TPPC’s host institution since September 2003.
“The purpose of the project is to evaluate the quality of the uploaded data from the
NCSBeta system by comparing the coded fields to the text kept at the local level,”
TPPC director Jeannie Jaramillo, Pharm.D. said. “Basically, we will be determining
whether more local data should be uploaded to the national system. The results of
our evaluation could ultimately impact the uploading of data and may also help in
reshaping the poison data collection system nationwide.”
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A group of top administrators from the TTUHSC traveled to Atlanta early last month
to meet with accreditors at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in preparation
for next year's submission of the institution’s Compliance Certification Report.
Accompanying Bernhard T. Mittemeyer, M.D., interim president, were Elmo Cavin, executive
vice president for finance and administration, Rial Rolfe, Ph.D., associate vice president
for academic services, and Sharon Kohout, director, Institutional Planning and Effectiveness.
“We learned a great deal about what is expected of us in our reaffirmation of accreditation,”
according to Dr. Rolfe. “We cleared up several questions that we had by speaking
directly with our SACS liaison.”
Dr. Mittemeyer said that he found the two-day meeting extremely productive and was
struck again by the vast quantity of information that TTUHSC will have to report regarding
every aspect of its operation.
“We have made a good beginning over the past year in preparing for SACS,” Mittemeyer
said. "However, the pace of preparation will pick up considerably in the year to
come. I greatly appreciate the dedicated efforts of the many members of our Health
Sciences Center team who have given so much of their time to this SACS reaffirmation
No longer a part of Texas Tech University’s accreditation, the TTUHSC is recognized
by SACS as an independent institution and must have its accreditation reaffirmed every
10 years in order to be eligible for federal funding of its programs and students. The
Compliance Certification Report is a detailed documentation of how the institution
complies with all of SACS’ standards and requirements.
For more information on SACS accreditation, please visit the Office of Institutional
Planning and Effectiveness website at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/admin/oipe.
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Epidemiologist elected fellow
EL PASO-Zuber D. Mulla, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Epidemiologic Research,
Department of OB/GYN, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy,
Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). The AAAAI Board of Directors voted to admit Dr. Mulla
to Fellow status directly at their June 2007 meeting. Fellows usually have served
as Members of the AAAAI before applying for promotion. Dr. Mulla was not a member
of the AAAAI; however, based on the strength of his application and experience, he
was elected directly to Fellowship.
SOP alumni honored at dinner
AMARILLO-The TTUHSC – SOP Alumni Association recently recognized the accomplishments
of several alumni at the group’s Annual Alumni Dinner. The event was held in conjunction
with the annual Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists meeting in San Antonio.
RoxAnn Dominguez, Pharm.D. (SOP Class of 2003) received the Distinguished Alumni Award
for Pharmacy Practice for her instrumental role in enhancing the care of psychiatry
patients in the State of New Mexico.
Dr. Dominguez is presently the director of pharmacy for ValueOptions New Mexico, which
provides all behavioral health-related care for Medicaid and Seriously Mentally Ill
patients throughout New Mexico. As director, she is responsible for an annual budget
that is approaching $30 million. She oversees development of VONM behavioral health
formulary and behavioral health pharmacy initiatives. She also leads committees that
are working to develop standards of care for children and adolescent behavioral health
care and antipsychotic practice standards for New Mexico patients.
In addition to her practice, Dr. Dominguez chairs the State Behavioral Health Pharmacy
and Therapeutics Committee, serves on the State of New Mexico drug utilization review
committee and acts as the liaison for the physical health Medicaid programs to coordinate
behavioral health with physical health initiatives. She is also a preceptor for students
at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy.
Sidney Phillips, Pharm.D. (SOP Class of 2001) was awarded the Distinguished Alumni
Award for Leadership.
After completing his residency training, Dr. Phillips worked as director of pharmacy
at Odessa Regional Hospital and Trinity Medical Center in Carrollton, Texas. He recently
assumed the position of operations director for pharmacy management for Cardinal Health
and oversees operational, financial, clinical and contracting responsibilities for
27 facilities across the United States.
Dr. Phillips has also served on the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Board
of Directors for several years and led the group’s effort to develop many crucial
recommendations regarding pharmacy regulatory issues.
Cris Hogue, Pharm.D. (SOP Class of 2000) received the Alumni Best Practice Award for
her role in establishing pharmacy services for the solid organ transplant service
at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in South Texas.
Dr. Hogue is presently the clinical manager for Driscoll’s department of pharmacy.
She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after graduation
and then established a practice at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas where she has
served as a preceptor for many other TTUHSC - SOP students.
Dr. Hogue was instrumental in establishing the first solid organ transplant service
at Driscoll. She was responsible for coordinating and establishing the medication
formulary and protocols for kidney transplants at the hospital, which included providing
education for patients and family members and arranging discharge prescription services.
Her efforts allowed the hospital to establish transplant services in an extremely
short time frame. She was recently awarded the Clinician of the Year Award by CompleteRx.
Pictured in photo from left to right: RoxAnn Dominguez, Cris Hogue and Sidney Phillips.
SOP announces preceptors of the year
AMARILLO-The TTUHSC - SOP office of experiential programs recently announced the School’s
faculty and adjunct faculty Preceptors of the Year for 2006-2007, as selected by students
at each SOP campus site.
Faculty honorees include Sherry Luedtke, Pharm.D. (associate professor and assistant
dean for professional affairs – Amarillo campus); Amie Blaszczyk, Pharm.D. (assistant
professor - Dallas/Fort Worth campus); and Craig D. Cox, Pharm.D. (assistant professor
– Lubbock campus).
Adjunct faculty honorees include Dr. Evans Schell (Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center
- Amarillo campus); Oscar Medelline, R.Ph. (The Medicine Chest-North, Sulpher Springs,
TX - Dallas/Fort Worth campus); and Dr. Scott O’Banion (University Medical Center
- Lubbock campus).
Permian Basin faculty member named to NIDDK subcommittee
ODESSA-A Permian Basin researcher, Dan Castracane, Ph.D., has been appointed to the
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, a component of the National
Institutes of Health, Subcommittee for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
Review Group for a four-year term.
Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated expertise and achievement
in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments,
publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific achievements
and honors. In this capacity, Dr. Castracane is a significant contributor to the
national biomedical research effort and is a valuable asset to medical and allied
Dr. Castracane, a renowned scientist who is nationally and internationally respected
for his work in reproductive endocrinology, recently joined the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center of the Permian Basin. He was previously on the faculty of
TTUHSC in Amarillo where he established and directed the Panhandle Reproductive Laboratory.
For many years, Dr. Castracane has worked collaboratively with universities and institutions
throughout the United States. He has authored more than 200 publications and abstracts.
Dr. Castracane will be serving as the Director of Research for the Obstetrics and
Gynecology Department at TTUHSC-PB and working with the TTUHSC Women’s Health Research
The NIDDK, a component of the NIH, conducts and supports research in diabetes and
other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutrition, and obesity;
and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
School of Medicine professor awarded for writing excellence
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing professor Myrna Armstrong,
RN, Ed.D., FAAN, won the Excellence in Writing Award from the Association of Women’s
Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses on June 25, 2007.
Dr. Armstrong was the lead author of an article titled Pregnancy, Lactation and Nipple Piercings, which appeared in the June/July 2006 issue of the Nursing for Women’s Health Journal.
The article is intended to help healthcare providers better care for pregnant women
with body piercings. Dr. Armstrong was chosen for the Excellence in Writing Award
because she brought attention to an increasing trend among pregnant women and gave
nurses evidence-based information.
School of nursing faculty named as inaugural fellows
Several School of Nursing faculty members have been selected as inaugural Fellows
in the Academy of Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. Selectees
from the Lubbock campus Patricia Yoder-Wise, RN, Ed.D., Patricia Allen, RN, Ed.D.,
and Sharon Decker, RN, Ph.D. Additionally, Sharon Cannon, R.N., Ed.D., regional dean,
and Carol Boswell, RN, Ed.D., both from the Permian Basin, were so honored.
The purpose of the academy is to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing
and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals both inside and outside
the profession who have contributed in significant ways.
Fellows are expected to provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the
Academy of Nursing Education, and to support the vision of the NLN.
The Academy of Nursing Education is responsible and accountable to the NLN Board of
Governors who will award all fellowships. Those individuals inducted into the academy
will be designated as Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education and entitled to use the
SOAHS professor to present at international congress
Melinda Corwin, MS, CCC-SLP, assistant professor, Department of Speech, Language,
and Hearing Sciences, will present at the 27th World Congress of the International
Association of Logopedics & Phoniatrics in Copenhagen, Denmark, from Aug. 5-9, 2007.
The oral presentation is titled, Benefits of a Service Learning Project Involving Students in Training and Persons
with Dementia, and is based on collaborative work with Donna Owen, RN, Ph.D., chair, traditional
undergraduate program, School of Nursing, and Carolyn Perry, MS, CCC-SLP, Department
of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Additionally, the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association has asked Corwin to serve as a delegate for the Congress.
Two Texas Tech Physicians honored with AAP awards
EL PASO-Manuel Schydlower, M.D., professor of pediatrics, associate dean for admissions,
and an adolescent medicine specialist is the 2007 recipient of the American Academy
of Pediatrics' Adele Dellenbaugh Hofman Award for exemplary achievement in the field
of Adolescent Health.
The award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies excellence in the
field of adolescent health. The individual must be an advocate for adolescents who
enhances the care of the adolescent in pediatrics.
The award will be presented to him at the American Academy of Pediatrics' National
Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco this fall.
Gilbert Handal, M.D., chairman, Department of Pediatrics, has been selected as the
recipient of the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Job Lewis Smith Award for
Leadership in community pediatrics.
Dr. Handal and the Department of Pediatrics hosted members of the Council on Community
Pediatrics in February during a three-day trip exploring health disparities in children’s
health issues on the border, the plight of children and pediatricians in the Texas
border area and advocacy for improved programs.
Dr. Handal will be honored during the Council on Community Pediatrics Awards Luncheon,
Oct. 28, at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) in San Francisco.
Anesthesia physician selected for international outreach committee
EL PASO-Kallol Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology,
was selected to be a member of the International Outreach Committee of the Society
of Obstetrics Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) at its 39th Annual Meeting of the
Patient Safety and Risk Management Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
El Paso physician included in top OB/Gyn guide
EL PASO-The Consumers’ Research Council of America has selected Wafic ElMasri, M.D.,
instructor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, for inclusion in the Guide to
America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists – 2007 Edition.
The selection process was based on a point system that awards points for education,
years in practice, and affiliations with professional associations. The Consumers’
Research Council of America, is an independent research company based in Washington,
D.C., that evaluates professional services throughout America.
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SOP Resident wins association award
AMARILLO-Amy Bain, Pharm.D., in her first year as an pharmacotherapy specialty resident
at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, won the Young Investigator Award at the National
Lipid Association’s 2007 Scientific Sessions Meeting held May 31 through June 3 in
Dr. Bain competed against other medical and pharmacy residents and fellows from across
the United States, each of whom delivered a poster presentation of their original
research. Dr. Bain received a plaque and $500 for her poster presentation, A Multicenter Retrospective Study of the Lipid-Lowering Efficacy and Safety of Switching
Within the NNRTI Class in HIV-infected Patients.
Other co-investigators who contributed to Dr. Bain’s research project included Anita
P. Rahman, Pharm.D., SOP internal medicine specialty resident, Kenna Payne, Pharm.D.,
SOP assistant professor and pharmacotherapy specialty resident, Dr. Roger Bedimo,
M.S., Chief of ID from UTSW and Dallas VA Medical Center, Dr. Darego Maclayton, Texas
Southern University, Michael Debakey, VA Medical Center in Houston, and Dr. Maria
Rodriguez-Barradas, Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston.
SOP assistant professor Anthony J. Busti, Pharm.D., was the senior investigator for
Fifteen of 53 graduating residents stay in Texas
EL PASO- Fifteen of the 53 resident physicians who recently graduated from residency
programs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso recently, chose
to stay in Texas. Nine graduates will stay in El Paso. One will become faculty at
TTUHSC at El Paso. Four physicians will practice in the New Mexico area.
Nine physicians have chosen primary care specialties--family medicine, internal medicine,
pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.
Fourteen will pursue additional training in fellowship programs. Six graduates from
TTUHSC’s one-year transitional program will go on to another residency program and
four graduates will fulfill military obligations.
Panhandle awards residents
AMARILLO-The School of Medicine announced the recipients of the 2007 resident awards.
Those presented as outstanding first year residents were Farley Mba, M.D., family
medicine, Ashwin Ramakrshnan, M.D., internal medicine, Cynthia Rios, M.D., OB/Gyn,
and Hemlata Gajjela, M.D. and Archana Kulkarni, M.D. tied in pediatrics.
The Residents’ Choice Award was presented to Muhammad Hasham Ul Haq, M.D. The Golden
Apple Award, selected by the third year medical students and given to a resident as
recognition for being an outstanding teacher, was presented to Dustin Ashley Turner,
M.D. The George H. Kollmar, M.D. Award was presented to Padmaja Vasireddy, M.D.
TTUHSC groups add medical services to local Ironman Triathlon
LUBBOCK-The first year Master of Athletic Training students played a large part in
providing medical care for the 2007 Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 Ironman Triathlon held
MAT faculty member Natalie Steadman coordinated the medical coverage for the event,
which annually draws 1,500 people from all over the world. The course, consisting
of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run, has always provided a big challenge
for the medical team.
Along with the MAT students, TTUHSC Family Practice Sports Medicine Fellowship Program,
senior level nursing students, volunteers from Lubbock EMS, and medical director Guy
Wells, M.D., triaged and provided care for several bike crashes, asthma attacks and
heat illness. More than 200 bags of IV fluids were used.
The event provided a great learning experience for the students and a much-needed
service for the athletes. The triathlon serves as a unique multi-disciplinary learning
environment, whose conditions could rarely be duplicated.
School of Nursing student wins scholarship naming award
The School of Nursing recently created a scholarship designed to increase student
feedback and to improve the effectiveness of the schools programs and courses. Students
were asked for input in a contest to name the new scholarship. The $500 scholarship
is awarded each semester to one student in each of the School of Nursing programs.
Marion Berryhill submitted the winning suggestion, Red Raider Reflection Reward.
For her winning suggestion, she received a $200 scholarship, SON goody bag and a certificate.
She graduated from the SON undergraduate program in 2005 and entered the SON Family
Nurse Practitioner graduate program in 2007.
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Department of Sugery represented the International College of Surgeons meeting
LUBBOCK-The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Department of Surgery was
well represented at the Annual International College of Surgeons meeting held June
9-16, 2007. This year’s meeting was aboard the ms MAASDAM. The meeting was a tour
from Boston to Montreal.
Ari Halldorsson, MD, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, Chief
of Thoracic Surgery and Residency Program Director, represented TTUHSC Department
of Surgery at the meeting. Dr. Halldorsson was invited to present four lectures to
the meeting participants.
These lectures were partially based upon the experience gained and recent advances
introduced by the respected team of surgeons at TTUHSC Department of Surgery.
Thoracic Empyema: Recent Advances
Diagnosis and Treatment of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome
Update in the Treatment of Blunt Thoracic Trauma
Management of the Open Abdomen in Trauma
The International College of Surgeons, (ICS), is a global organization dedicated to
bringing together surgeons and surgical specialist of all nations, races and creeds
to promote surgical excellence for the benefit of mankind and to foster fellowships
RaiderCheckUp.com goes live
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Office of Alumni Relations launched www.RaiderCheckUp.com, the new online community for alumni July 1.
Using the site, alumni can stay connected with the Health Sciences Center and each
other by using an online directory, message boards, class notes, a career center,
news articles and much more. For more information and initial login identification,
contact Rebecca Hardin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EL PASO-On Friday, June 29, more than 150 sixth and seventh graders from middle schools
in Central El Paso gathered with family and friends at Jefferson High School’s small
gymnasium to celebrate completion of the summer partnership program, DREAMS (Developing
Research and Early Aspiration for Medical Scholars).
DREAMS is the partnership program between El Paso Independent School District and
Texas Tech University HSC at El Paso. An open house before the graduation at Silva
Magnet High School next door, displayed students' projects during the four-week course.
Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso geriatrics clinic opens
EL PASO-Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Internal Medicine office has a new Division
of Geriatrics, which will emphasize the special needs of patients 65 and over.
Paul R. Casner, M.D., PhD., professor of internal medicine and board certified in
internal medicine and geriatrics will see patients at the new clinic.
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Friday, August 3
School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony
Civic Center Theater, Lubbock
For more information please call Tamara Lane at 806.743.3005
Saturday, August 4
11th Annual Ultimate Drive with BMW Motors
Benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Take a new BMW vehicle of your choice for a test drive! For every mile you drive,
BMW will donate $1 on your behalf to Komen for the Cure. In addition, Alderson Motos
will make a $5 donation for every test drive. Enjoy refreshments, door prizes and
come drive the car of your dreams.
For more information please contact the Komen office at 806.698.1900 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sunday, August 12
Abilene School of Pharmacy Open House and White Coat Ceremony
White Coat Ceremony at 1:30 at Paramount Theater, 352 Cypress St., Abilene
Ribbon-Cutting at 3:00 at new SOP Building, corner of Pine and 17th in Abilene
For more information please call Mark Hendricks at 806.356.4000, ext. 245
Monday, August 13
Outback Steakhouse 2007 Children's Golf Classic
Golf Tournament benefiting the Texas Tech Children's Orthopaedic Center
Hillcrest Country Club, Lubbock
For more information please call Andrea Bacak at 806.743.2455
September 15 thru December 8
GET FiT Lubbock
Round up a team of 6-10 in order to compete. Track your exercise time and weight
loss for 12 weeks for the chance to win prizes. Twelve weeks of activity and healthy
fun! For more information please contact Matt McKennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Healthy Lubbock.
HSC Alumni Reunion
This year The Office of Alumni Relations will highlight HSC classes 1977, 1982, 1987,
1992, 1997 and 2002. Festivities will include a Welcome Back Reception, Distinguished
Alumni Dinner, Pre-Game Brunch and a great football game as Texas Tech takes on Colorado!
For more information click here or call Becky Hardin at 806.743-2786.
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