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TTUHSC El Paso Physician Elected President of County Medical Society

Gilbert Handal, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), has been elected president of the El Paso County Medical Society (EPCMS).

As the EPCMS’s newest president, Dr. Handal brings 50 years of experience as a practicing pediatrician, and 40 years of experience as a pediatric infectious disease specialist in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM).

“Dr. Handal has an impressive track record at TTUHSC El Paso and a heart to serve the community — no matter what obstacles are in the way,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “I have no doubt that he will serve as an excellent president and advocate for El Paso’s medical community.”

The pediatrician was elected president on the basis of numerous merits, including having served on a several councils within the society. In addition to his new role in the EPCMS, Dr. Handal is the Marta Cuellar-Acuña Chair for Child Advocacy in TTUHSC El Paso’s Department of Pediatrics and founding chair of the institution’s Global Health Committee — now known as the International Affairs Council.

“I am very excited to have Dr. Handal take over the reins of the El Paso County Medical Society,” said David Mansfield, M.D., the former President of the EPCMS. “His commitment to the El Paso community has been exemplary in the past and will continue going forward; he represents the ultimate bridge between the so-called ‘town and gown’ divide.”

Dr. Handal has several goals as the EPCMS president, including 1) to dramatically increase local physicians’ membership rates in both the EPCMS and the Texas Medical Association (TMA); 2) to increase PLFSOM faculty involvement in these two organizations so that TTUHSC El Paso serves as an example to other medical schools across Texas; 3) to increase local physicians’ overall involvement in specialty societies (e.g., the El Paso Pediatric Society); and 4) to enhance collaboration between TTUHSC El Paso physicians and local private practice physicians.

Dr. Handal will officially be inducted as president of the EPCMS at the Doubletree Hotel at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. The ceremony will be keynoted by Paul L. Foster, executive chairman of Western Refining.

The infectious disease specialist received his medical degree from the University of Chile in 1967, and went on to complete his pediatric residency at the University of Chile and at the University of Miami. He completed his fellowship in infectious diseases and pediatric critical care at the University of Miami. Dr. Handal is currently named to the 2015-16 Best Doctors in America® list.

The EPCMS advocates for the practice of medicine; unites physicians throughout the county and the state of Texas; elevates the standards of the medical practice; educates the public about disease prevention and the medical knowledge base; and facilitates communication both within the medical community and between the medical community and the greater public.

Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Internal Medicine Professor

Jerzy Sarosiek, M.D., Ph.D., AGAF, FACG, professor of medicine and vice chair for research in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine was recently bestowed with an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from his alma mater, the Medical University of Bialystok in Bialystok, Poland.

Traveling to Poland for the award, Dr. Sarosiek was honored for his innovative contributions to research in gastroenterology. For more than 30 years Dr. Sarosiek has collaborated with research teams from medical universities in Poland; mentoring and overseeing in his gastroenterology research laboratory many research fellows and physicians who subsequently received their philosophy degrees in Poland and advanced in their academic careers and still collaborate with Dr. Sarosiek on various projects.

Dr. Sarosiek graduated from the Medical University of Bialystok and while getting medical training at the University Hospital he also earned his doctorate in philosophy in 1975, and in 1986 earned a postdoctoral habilitation degree in medicine.

Dr. J. Sarosiek 2He continued postdoctoral training at New York Medical College, Gastroenterology Research Laboratory at Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, New York; at Research Center of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; held positions at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and at Kansas University School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas; and was appointed to TTUHSC El Paso in 2009.

He is the author or co-author of more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 18 book chapters; as well as patents related to research addressing the role of the balance between aggressive factors and protective mechanisms in health and disease of the alimentary tract, including colonization with Helicobacter pylori in collaboration with Barry Marshall, M.D., 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. Sarosiek is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF) and the American College of Gastroenterology (FACG).

Since 1996, Dr. Sarosiek has been a permanent member of the Scientific Committee of the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus (OESO). Headquartered in Paris, France, this international assembly brings world leading specialists from across 19 disciplines to focus studying of the esophagus.