Founding Dean Biography
Dr. de la Rosa currently serves as the Vice President for Health Affairs and Founding Dean for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and as the Regional Dean for the TTUHSC El Paso Regional Campus. He supervises a budget of over $200 million and is the lead academic officer for the four-year medical school.
Soon after his appointment as Regional Dean for the School of Medicine at TTUHSC-El Paso in 1997, Dr. de la Rosa set a goal of bringing a full-fledged four-year medical school to the El Paso community. After more than ten years dedicated to this initiative, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine received its LCME accreditation on February 6, 2008 and welcomed its inaugural class of first year medical students in July of 2009. This milestone brought the full resources of both a medical school and health sciences center enterprise to the community. El Paso stands to benefit from the education, service, research, and policy initiatives defined by the health sciences center.
As a Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. de la Rosa’s involvement with the community led to the establishment of the Kellogg Community Partnership Clinics, which are four school-based clinics that provide services to colonia residents in El Paso’s Lower Valley. In an effort to focus the Nation’s attention on health issues on the Border, he served many times as a spokesman in various media outlets that included national public radio broadcasts, Life Magazine, and The Dallas Morning News. Appointed by President Bush in 2003, Dr. de la Rosa still serves as a member of the United States/Mexico Border Health Commission where he continues his advocacy in addressing health issues on the Border in addition to his own research endeavors with a study group on H. Pylori infection in children on the US – Mexico Border.
Past academic accomplishments as the Assistant Dean for Medical Education include the integration of the Offices of Student Affairs, Graduate Medical Education Residency Programs, and Continuing Medical Education into one functional Office of Medical Education. Here again, his strong community involvement with school-based clinics led to the designing of an experimental curriculum in community medicine. This curriculum allows medical students the opportunity to rotate through colonias and experience the need for cultural sensitivity in the practice of medicine. This model continues to serve as a national teaching effort in cultural sensitivity, cultural awareness, and cultural competence in medicine.
Dr. de la Rosa remains active as a member of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, with school based health center initiatives at the local and state level, with the American Association of Medical Colleges, and various other national, state, and local organizations.