Faculty Awards | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Message from the Dean

The pandemic challenged us in numerous ways to rethink how we deliver education, conduct research, and manage patient care. I am thrilled to announce the 2020 and 2021 faculty awardees who have made significant advances to our mission, achieved professional milestones, and have personally sacrificed to help those most in need during the pandemic, to name a few. Please join me in congratulating our family for their outstanding achievements!

2020-2021 Dean's Award Recipients

Dean's Department Awards

There are three Departmental Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the areas of Teaching, Research and Patient Satisfaction.

 

Ron Cook

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching


Department of Family & Community Medicine

Award accepted by Department Chair, Ron Cook, DO

This award is determined based on student responses on two surveys, the Graduation Questionnaire and the End of Clerkship Survey.  Both surveys ask students to rate the quality of their educational experiences in each clinical clerkship.

This year, the Departmental Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching goes to the Department of Family & Community Medicine (89.40%).

Students especially recognized Drs. Babb and Linton as being outstanding teachers in that clerkship.

 

Scott Shurmur

Outstanding Achievement in Research


Department of Internal Medicine

Award accepted by Department Chair, Scott Shurmur, MD

The Departmental Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research is based upon annual extramural research funding.

The Department that led all others in terms of extramural research funding with $10,577,500 was the Department of Internal Medicine.

 

John De Toledo

Outstanding Achievement in Patient Satisfaction


Department of Neurology

Award accepted by Department Chair, John DeToledo, MD

The Departmental Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient Satisfaction is based upon the Press-Ganey Patient Satisfaction Assessment. 

The Department with the highest Press-Ganey Patient Satisfaction Assessment for year 2020 was the Department of Neurology.  They compiled a national percentile ranking of 94.6%.  This outstanding percentile rank signifies Texas Tech Physicians Neurology as a premier provider group in the nation.

 

2021 COVID Hero Award Recipients


This last year starting in March we experienced an unprecedented worldwide health crisis, the SARS-Cov-2, known as COVID-19 Pandemic. Physicians, nurses, hospital staff, and all health institutions experienced an overwhelming influx of sick and dying patients.  It would be impossible to enumerate all the people in our institution who devoted time, effort, and compassionate care to comfort those hospitalized by this disease.

We honor five individuals who committed countless hours, days, months; sleepless nights and exhausting weekends to treat the sickest of the COVID patients.  They provided the last human contact to many patients and comfort to their families.  The physical and emotional burden was exhausting, demanding, and often depressing.  Yet they persisted in demonstrating the finest qualities of our profession -- caring for the sick and dying, without regard to their own needs and comfort.  For their extraordinary commitment to our patients, we honor these individuals.

Megan Hughes

Megan Hughes, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

 

Ebtesam Islam

Ebtesam Islam, MD, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine

Cynthia Jumper

Cynthia Jumper, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

 

Victor Test

Victor Test, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

Andres Yepes-Hurtado

Andres Yepes-Hurtado, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

2019-2020 Outstanding Clerkship Educators

The faculty awardees have been identified consistently by students as being excellent educators, and have rated "excellent" 10 or more times on student evaluations.

 

 

Departmental Unsung Hero Awards