Professor Emeritus & Past Chairmen | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Professor Emeritus & Past Chairmen

James Theodore Hartman



James Theodore Hartman, M.D.

  • Chairman 1971 – 1982
  • Dean Emeritus 1982 - 1989
  • Professor Emeritus 1992

Dr. Hartman was invited to serve as a consultant for the establishment of a new Medical School on the campus of Texas Tech University. During that time, he was offered and accepted the position as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He later served as Dean of the Texas Tech Medical School from 1982 to 1989.

Robert Paul Yost 


Robert Paul Yost, M.D.

  • Professor Emeritus 1991-2004

Dr. Yost developed and was director of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas, where he was also on faculty in several roles for 25 years, including as professor and as interim department chair.

Gene Dabezies






Eugene Jean Dabezies, M.D.

  • Chairman 1991-2004
  • Professor Emeritus 2009

Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas Tech Health Science Center, Lubbock TX.

In January 1991 he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Orthopedic Department of Texas Tech Medical School and served until 2004. Under his guidance the Department became nationally recognized because of the quality of the residents, the published academic papers and exhibits at Orthopaedic meetings.

Dabezies was a strong proponent of the University Medical Center commitment to trauma care when the hospital established the Level 1 Trauma Center. The subspecialty of Pediatric Orthopedics became an integral part of the Department. The Hand Surgery Center was preeminent in the region The Sports Medicine Program became a model of High School care. The Dabezies funded a Medical Student Scholarship. Five funded endowed chairs were created for the Department.

Other Past Chairmen

Gerald Laros 

Gerald Laros, M.D.

  • Chairman 1984-1998

Robert C. Schutt Jr.

Robert C. Schutt Jr, M.D.

  • Chairman 2004-2010