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TTUHSC El Paso Street Names Honor Two El Pasoans

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and the City of El Paso will honor two local philanthropists at the street corner that bears their names.

Earlier this year on the campus of TTUHSC El Paso, North Concepcion Street and Alberta Avenue were officially renamed Rick Francis Street and Robert Brown Avenue, respectively.

“It is important for El Paso to honor Rick Francis and Robert Brown for their selfless efforts and contributions to the development of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso for generations to come,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said. “The city is privileged to be able to acknowledge them through this recognition.”

Rick Francis, chairman and CEO of WestStar Bank, is an El Paso native and former El Paso Inc. El Pasoan of the Year. He was named chairman of the Texas Tech University (TTU) System Board of Regents on Feb. 23, 2017, and served in that role until October 2018. Francis has served on the board since 2003, having been reappointed to the board twice.

He previously served as chairman of the Board of Regents from Jan. 1, 2005 to May 11, 2007 and has also headed the TTU System’s Finance and Administration Committee. In addition to his role on the Board of Regents, Francis is currently a member of the Academic, Clinical, and Student Affairs and Regents’ Rules Review Committees.

Robert Brown, an El Paso businessman, was appointed to the Board of Regents in 1995 and served until 2003. He was elected chairman of the board for a two-year term in 2001. Brown was also a member of the Texas Tech Foundation, serving from 2004 until 2012. Brown was honored as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus for the TTU Rawls College of Business.

Cassandra Hernandez, El Paso City Council representative for District 3, which includes TTUHSC El Paso, led the effort and put forth the motion to approve the name change on city council’s agenda earlier this year.

“Former board chairmen Rick Francis and Robert Brown have demonstrated significant contributions and commitment as members of the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System for TTUHSC El Paso,” Hernandez said. “In appreciation and gratitude, we are pleased to honor their efforts on behalf of the city of El Paso.”

Rick Francis and Robert Brown will attend the dedication celebration on Friday, December 7, as will TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange and City Representative Cassandra Hernandez.

TTUHSC El Paso Names Dean for School of Dental Medicine

Richard C. Black, D.D.S., M.S., was recently announced as Dean of the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (WLHSDM) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso). Dr. Black has served as Interim Dean of the WLHSDM since 2017.

Dr. Black brings 39 years of experience as a practicing orthodontist to TTUHSC El Paso’s newest school. He received his D.D.S. and orthodontic specialty training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry. He has served as President of the El Paso Dental Society, as well as the Texas Dental Association, and is currently the national trustee for the 15th District (Texas) of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Black has also served as Chair of the Texas Dental Association’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Council through four sessions of the Texas Legislature.

Dr. Black is a native El Pasoan and prominent community leader. He has served in many civic positions, including Chairman of City/County Public Health, Chairman of the Board of the Early Childhood Learning Center, El Paso Craniofacial Team, President of the Sunturians of El Paso, President and Chairman of the American Heart Association in El Paso and Texas, and President of El Paso’s Sun Bowl Association.

The WLHSDM is expected to welcome its first class of dental students in 2021. When the school opens its doors, it will be West Texas’ first and only dental school.

TTUHSC El Paso Hosts Free Outdoor Movie Series: Red Raider Reels

The public and media are invited to attend Red Raider Reels, a free movie series hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

Red Raider Reels will kick off at sundown Friday, Sept. 15 with a screening of the 2016 animated comedy “SING.” The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing Oct. 13.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic chairs, snacks, and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and popcorn will be for available for a small donation. Alcohol, glass containers, and pets are prohibited. Parking is available at the lot east of the lawn.

Red Raider Reels is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, please call 915-215-4850.

What: Free outdoor movie series (See schedule below for details.)

When: Fridays at sundown, Sept. 15-Oct. 13

Where: 5001 El Paso Drive (lawn between the Medical Education and Medical Sciences Buildings)

VIDEO: Tech Talk with Veronique Masterson

Host Veronique Masterson brings your an update of all the events and news from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center here in El Paso.

In this episode, Veronique highlights TTUHSC El Paso’s summer Health Careers Camp for local El Paso high schoolers.

Video: TTUHSC Tech Talk – Week of June 6th

In this week’s Tech Talk, Veronique Masterson brings your the preps for the upcoming visit of Texas Tech Foundation Board of Directors to the Campus, as well as the upcoming Night at the Ballpark.


TTUHSC El Paso Adds Graduate School to Growing Campus

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has officially added a third school — the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) — to its bustling campus.

“We are very excited and pleased to add a third school to TTUHSC El Paso,” says University President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “This is proof that we’re growing as a university, and it will allow us to better serve our community by offering a broader range of advanced educational opportunities to prospective students.”

GSBS was officially added to TTUHSC El Paso on Thursday, Jan. 21, after the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved the university’s request to offer a Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

“Students in this new graduate school will be able to work directly with our medical and nursing students on one campus, allowing them to learn interdisciplinary skills and giving them an edge that other graduates don’t have,” Dr. Lange says.

The degree, which launches in the fall of 2016, will prepare students to pursue additional health-related graduate opportunities — such as medicine and veterinary school and doctoral programs in biomedical and related sciences — by teaching four core subjects: biochemistry, cell biology, genes and function, and laboratory methods. Students also will be required to conduct hands-on research in scientific areas related to medical problems prevalent in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

“We hope that our newly approved Master of Science program will be the springboard for a new cohort of outstanding biomedical scientists who will contribute to improving the fabric of our community and region,” says Assistant Vice President for Research Peter Rotwein, M.D. “We look forward to our students developing superb skills as scientists and thriving professionally.”

TTUHSC El Paso has been working toward its own graduate school since 2012 when it was established as a regional biomedical campus for TTUHSC in Lubbock. Students attended master’s classes here in El Paso, but officially earned their M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from TTUHSC in Lubbock.

“This is the next of many steps in growing advanced educational activities here in El Paso, and we plan to build on the successes of our students to create other graduate opportunities, including Ph.D. and combined M.D. and Ph.D. programs in the future,” Dr. Rotwein says.

Twenty-Three TTUHSC El Paso Physicians named to Best Doctors in America® List

Twenty-three physicians affiliated with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2015-2016 including Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president and dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and a professor of cardiology. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

TTUHSC El Paso doctors on the list and their specialties are: Lorenzo Aragon, Charmaine Martin, Jennifer Molokwu, Oscar Noriega, Eribeth Penaranda, Gurjeet Shokar,Navkiran Shokar, Mary Spalding, Justin Wright (sports medicine) all in family medicine; Paul Casner, Javier Corral (hematology/oncology), Hoi Ho (infectious disease), Debabrata Mukherjee (cardiovascular disease) all in internal medicine; Robert Vera, obstetrics and gynecology; Maria Teresa Ambat (neonatology), Gilbert Handal (infectious disease), Eduardo Rosas-Blum (gastroenterology), Garrett Levin (neonatology), Michael Romano (critical care), Lewis Rubin (neonatology), Manuel Schydlower, all in pediatrics;  and Alan Tyroch (critical care) in surgery.

Best Doctors has earned a sterling, worldwide reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The List is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession.

In bringing together the best medical minds in the world, Best Doctors works with expert physicians from its Best Doctors in America® List to help its 30 million members worldwide get the right diagnosis and right treatment.

The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.

The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America® database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment. TTUHSC El Paso’s group of experts listed in the database includes world-class specialists in cardiovascular disease, neonatology, and critical care medicine.

Author: TTUHSC El Paso

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