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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

Student News

News Roundup


Sole finalist selected for TTUHSC president

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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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First Lady of Texas comes to Lubbock to support School of Nursing

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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 and prestige.”

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 patients.”

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 said.

“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 School of Medicine names new regional dean


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 University.

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 chair.

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Electronic Medical Records--Charting the future of health care

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.

Please contact 743-HELP or for questions or additional information. 

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Philippine University president to collaborate with School of Nursing


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 technology.

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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Call for faculty recognition nominations--Message from Dr. Mittemeyer


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 at:

* 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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SOM mourns the loss of long time faculty member


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 parking renewal information

LUBBOCK-It is time for the annual renewal of vehicle registration permits.  Vehicle registration must be completed at the Parking Services online site at

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 is encouraged.

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

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CDC funding goes to Texas Panhandle Poison Center

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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Have a plan: Items of note from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

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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 process.” 

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

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Awards & Recognition

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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 research. 

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 Institute.

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 approved credential.

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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Student News

Amy Bain

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 Scottsdale, Arizona.

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 the project.

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 June 24.

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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News Roundup

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 worldwide. goes live


Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Office of Alumni Relations launched, 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

DREAMS graduation

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

5 p.m.

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

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 or check out Healthy Lubbock.

October 26-27

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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