The Beat - January 2017 | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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January 2017 Edition (Archives)

Smalligan's contributions recognized at farewell reception

The TTUHSC campus in Amarillo said good-bye to one of its most popular and well-respected faculty members at a reception held Jan. 4. Roger Smalligan, M.D., regional chair of Internal Medicine, has accepted the regional dean position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Huntsville, Alabama campus. MORE»

Roger Smalligan

CPRIT grant renewed for pediatric brain cancer research at TTUHSC in Amarillo

Dr. Kalkunte Srivenugopal's research in the School of Pharmacy received a boost in November when CPRIT named him a recipient of an Individual Investigator Research Award for Cancer in Children and Adolescents. MORE»

Dr. Kalkunte Srivenugopal

Poison Center Achieves Reaccreditation

The Texas Panhandle Poison Center, hosted by the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy in Amarillo, has achieved reaccreditation through 2023 from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. MORE»

Texas Panhandle Poison Center

Nurse Family Partnership hosts Christmas party

For the third time in their short history with TTUHSC, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) held its annual Christmas party for current clients and recent program graduates Dec. 9 at the WHRI. MORE»

Nurse Family Partnership Amarillo

ELF brings holiday smiles to TTUHSC families

In a genuine display of the holiday spirit, members of the Employee Love Fund (ELF) committee delivered gifts Dec. 20 to a group of TTUHSC families who needed a helping hand. MORE»

TTUHSC Employee Love Fund (ELF)

Student Research Week dates, speakers announced

Each year, students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) organize and run a local meeting at the Lubbock campus called Student Research Week (SRW). The 2017 SRW is scheduled for March 7-10. MORE»

Pediatric research associate awarded travel grant

The Southern Section-American Federation for Medical Research and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation recently awarded a travel grant to Mohammed Al-Obaide, a research associate for Department of Pediatrics. MORE»

New Year means new HealthSelect ID cards

If you are enrolled in HealthSelect or Consumer Directed HealthSelect, you should have received a new ID card to use for medical appointments and at the pharmacy. Begin showing your new ID card to your medical providers and network pharmacy on January 1. If you have not received your ID card yet, please contact OptumRx at (866) 336-9371 (TTY: 711.)

Earlier this year, the Employees Retirement System of Texas selected OptumRx, an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare, to administer the prescription drug programs for employees and their families enrolled in HealthSelect and Consumer Directed HealthSelect.

You will be able to view new claims and other personal information on the plan websites beginning January 1, 2017. Please visit for more information.

New Employees

TTUHSC-Amarillo welcomed several new employees to campus during the month of December. MORE»

Mary Ibarra

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