Todd E. Bell, MD
Dr. Bell received undergraduate degrees from Oklahoma State University and an MD degree
from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine. Dr Bell completed his combined
residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University Medicinal
Center where he served as chief resident. Dr. Bell was recognized with the 2004 Golden
Apple Teaching Award for the best resident teacher at Duke University Medical Center.
At the University of Arkansas he was awarded the Tom Dugan Award for Outstanding Senior
in Pediatrics. He joined the faculty at Texas tech in 2006.
Dr. Bell is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of
Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Infectious Disease Society of America
and the International Society for Influenza and Respiratory Viruses. In addition to
his research and teaching efforts, Dr. Bell serves as Local Health Authority for the
Amarillo Bi-City-County Health District. Dr. Bell's research interests include MRSA
epidemiology, influenza, community health, inpatient care and resident and medical
student education. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Download Dr. Bell's mini-CV.
Steven L. Berk, MD
Dr. Berk is currently Vice President for Medical Affairs of the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences and Dean of the Texas Tech University School of Medical. He has also
served as Interim Vice President for the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community
Health. Dr. Berk obtained his undergraduate and MD degree from Boston University,
where he stayed for residency and an infectious disease fellowship. Before joining
Texas Tech, he served as Chief of Infectious Disease and then Chair of Internal Medicine
at the East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine. While
there, Dr. Berk received numerous teaching awards for medical students and residents.
He joined Texas Tech in 1999, first as Regional Dean of the Amarillo campus. In 2006,
he became Dean of the School of Medicine.
Dr. Berk's research interests are in gram negative meningitis, parasitic diseases,
and infectious diseases in the elderly. He has authored over 150 publications. He
is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and geriatrics.
Thomas W. Hale, PhD
Dr. Hale obtained a BS in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and
a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Kansas. He is currently
a Professor with the Department of Pediatrics and Assistant Research Dean for the
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.
Dr. Hale is an experienced clinical pharmacologist with many years of lecturing in
all areas of pharmacology and therapeutics. His research interests include the use
of medications in breastfeeding women, an area where is he is considered an international
expert. He has authored four textbooks on this subject.
Panupong Larppanichpoonphol, MD
Dr. Larppanichpoonphol graduated for the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.
He did a residency in Internal Medicine at Northeastern Ohio University and an Infectious
Disease and HIV Research Fellowship at the University of Rochester. He also has a
Masters in Business Administration for the University of Rochester. He joined the
faculty at Texas Tech in 2008.
Dr. Larppanichpoonphol's research interests are in viral mutations and drug resistance
in HIV disease. His is a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
and the Infectious Diseases Society of America He is Board certified in internal medicine
and infectious diseases. Download Dr. Larppanichpoonphol's mini-CV.
J. Scott Milton, MD
Dr. Milton received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical School
at Houston. He completed an internal medicine residency at the Medical College of
Georgia and an infectious disease fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Before joining
the faculty at Texas Tech Medical School in Amarillo he was in private practice for
twelve years at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic.
Dr. Milton serves on a number of professional committees including the Infectious
Disease Epidemiologic Workgroup for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
His research interests include Influenza, community acquired MRSA and Travel Medicine.
He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Download Dr. Milton's mini-CV.
J. Rush Pierce Jr., MD, MPH
Dr. Pierce graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He obtained his
M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He subsequently did an internship
and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was Chief
Resident. He received an M.P.H. from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Pierce was the Local Health Authority for the Amarillo-Bi-City-County Health District
from 1995 until 2009. As Local Health Authority, Dr. Pierce was very involved with
emergency response planning efforts for agents of bioterrorism and pandemic influenza.
Dr. Pierce's research interests include organizational issues of local public health
departments, and population based strategies for control of communicable diseases
and poor health behaviors. In 2209, Dr. Pierce joined the faculty at the University
of New Mexico where he serves with the Division of General Internal Medicine as an
academic hospitalist. He is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, general
preventive medicine and public health. Download Dr. Pierce's mini-CV.
Afzal A. Siddiqui, M.Phil., PhD
Dr. Siddiqui received his PhD degree from the University of Western Ontario, London,
Canada. He has served as Chief of Parasite Immunology at the East Tennessee State
University School of Medicine and has been a Research Health Scientist in the Department
of Veterans Affairs. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public
Health and a Researcher in the Helminthic Disease Branch of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Currently, Dr. Siddiqui is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology;
Internal Medicine and Pathology. He also serves as an Associate Dean of the Graduate
School of Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Siddiqui's research emphasis is on vaccine discovery, development and testing
for human parasite Schistosoma mansoni as well as on Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection.
His research program is funded through the National Institutes of Health and Thrasher
Research Fund. Click here to learn more detailed information on Dr. Siddiqui's research program. Download Dr. Siddiqui's mini-CV.
Yan Zhang, PhD
Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
She received her doctorate in health services research at Old Dominion University
College of Health Sciences. Her pre-doctoral education was completed at Beijing University
of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Bachelor of Medicine) and China Academy of Traditional
Chinese Medicine (Master of Medicine). She is also a licensed acupuncturist in Texas.
Dr. Zhang's research is focused on health services research, targeting vulnerable
populations of the elderly, women and minorities. She has extensive knowledge in research
methodology and statistical principles and techniques. In addition to designing clinical
and epidemiology studies that show and predict the seriousness of diseases, she also
evaluates health behaviors and assesses the effectiveness of medical interventions.
Download Dr. Zhang's mini-CV.