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TTUHSC El Paso President Elected to Chair FDA Advisory Board

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., has been appointed as panel chair for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Circulatory Systems Devices Panel.

“I look forward to working with the FDA to accomplish those goals, to bring these devices to the public earlier and as quickly as possible, while still ensuring their safety,” Dr. Lange said.

Dr. Lange, who is also dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso, is a practicing cardiologist and has served on the FDA Circulatory Systems Devices Panel since 2010.

His term as chair will last four years, at a time when the FDA is going through important changes, including efforts to move drugs and devices through the approval process faster, especially for breakthrough drugs and devices.

The panel reviews and evaluates data about the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational medical devices for use in the circulatory and vascular systems.

They then make appropriate recommendations to the FDA commissioner.

Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing Announces New Dean

Stephanie Woods, Ph.D., M.S.N., has been named the new dean of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON), effective July 1.

“I am very excited to join the leadership team and faculty of TTUHSC El Paso, build on the excellent foundation in place, and advance a strategic plan that will rank the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing highly among state and national nursing programs,” Woods said.

Woods joins Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) after nine years as associate dean for the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University, Dallas Center. She has served on the faculties of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the University of the Incarnate Word.

According to a news release from Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, “She is an accomplished leader who has held executive roles in health care and higher education in San Antonio and Dallas.”

Woods holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s degree from UTHSCSA, and a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has more than 35 years of experience in nursing and brings a passion for developing clinical leaders who advance practice, set policy, occupy board seats, and educate the nursing workforce.

She has served on the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Board, the Board of Managers for the Parkland Health and Hospital System and the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Board.

Nursing School Achieves 10-Year Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing’s undergraduate nursing programs for a 10-year term.

“Accreditation assures our stakeholders and communities of interest that we are providing a high-quality, rigorous and relevant nursing education program, which is continuing to benefit our community and surrounding region,” said William Michael Scott, D.N.P., R.N., GGHSON associate dean of academic programs.

The GGHSON, which had 200 undergraduate students enrolled in fall, was established as Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s second school in 2011 as a response to a severe nursing shortage in the greater El Paso region.

The GGHSON received its initial five-year accreditation from the CCNE in 2012.

Since then, the GGHSON has aggressively worked to address the shortage by preparing nurses with the skills they need to advance in the profession. To date, the school has graduated 376 B.S.N. students and added a Master of Science in Nursing to its program offerings.

While a national shortage is likely to persist over the next two decades, a 2017 study showed a nearly 50 percent improvement in shortage ratios compared to a 2012 study.

The B.S.N. is currently offered in two tracks: the Accelerated B.S.N. and the Registered Nurse (R.N.) to B.S.N. The Accelerated B.S.N. track consists of 16 consecutive months, combining the independence of online learning with educational and clinical experiences in state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinics.

The R.N. to B.S.N. track is designed for the professional nurse who is employed in nursing practice, but desires the marketability and broader education of a baccalaureate degree. The R.N. to B.S.N. track is 100 percent online, with clinical experiences arranged where the student lives.

The new 10-year CCNE accreditation period of the GGHSON’s undergraduate programs is effective through September 2027.

The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, based in Washington, D.C., that sets educational standards for baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing programs nationwide.

TTUHSC El Paso Achieves Highest-Level Accreditation Designation

Officials with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) announced Monday that the college has been granted separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

In addition, the SACSCOC visiting team commended TTUHSC El Paso for its “culture of excellence.”

Independent accreditation by SACSCOC is a milestone in TTUHSC El Paso’s history. Formerly, TTUHSC El Paso was covered as an affiliate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas.

“Receiving commendation from SACSCOC speaks not only to the rigor of our programs, caliber of our resources, and strength of our organization, but also to the excellence of our people,” said TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “We could not have done this without our tremendous students, faculty and staff.”

As the accrediting body for institutions of higher education across the Southern U.S., SACSCOC affirms that its accredited institutions have “a purpose appropriate to higher education and… resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose.” In addition to setting high standards for programs of higher education—which determines eligibility for Title IV, or federal financial aid funds—the commission also works to influence legislation that impacts the work of its member institutions.

“SACSCOC accreditation empowers TTUHSC El Paso to continue to focus its efforts on the Paso del Norte region, with essential health care preparation programs in medicine, nursing, graduate biomedical sciences and dental education. These programs and their graduates have an unparalleled and positive impact on the health and future of our region,” said Valerie Paton, Ph.D., TTUHSC El Paso senior vice provost.

As part of the SACSCOC accreditation process, institutions must prepare a self-assessment addressing more than 60 standards. These standards cover the institutional mission, governance and administration, institutional effectiveness, educational programs, student support services, and physical and financial resources, among others.

TTUHSC El Paso’s SACSCOC accreditation is effective June 14, 2018.

For more information on the accreditation and the honor, visit the SACSCOC website.

4th Annual Red Raider Reels Returns to TTUHSC El Paso in August

All Borderland residents 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, Aug. 31 with a screening of “Ready Player One.” The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing Sept. 28.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic chairs, snacks and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and popcorn will be available for a small donation that will benefit the university’s Student Excellence Fund.

Glass containers, alcohol and pets are prohibited. Parking is available at the lot east of the lawn.

For more information, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 915-215-4850.


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

When: Fridays at sundown, Aug. 31-Sept. 28

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

2018 Red Raider Reels Schedule

Friday, Aug. 31

“Ready Player One”

Friday, Sept. 7


Friday, Sept. 14


Friday, Sept. 21

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

Friday, Sept. 28

“Incredibles 2”

TTUHSC El Paso Names New Provost, VP for Outreach and Community Engagement

Paul E. Ogden, M.D., F.A.C.P, has been named Provost of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

Dr. Ogden joins TTUHSC El Paso from Texas A&M Health Science Center, where he has served as a Tenured Professor of Internal Medicine and has held the roles of Interim Dean of Medicine, and Interim Senior Vice President of the Health Science Center. He previously held academic roles at Scott and White Memorial Hospital.

He earned his M.D. from the Texas A&M College of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, and a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association.

Dr. Ogden has over 30 years of experience in academic medicine, including administrative responsibilities while serving as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and  Director of Graduate Medical Education. His research interests include medical simulation curricula, medical school curricula, and improving health systems for primary and rural health care.

Dr. Ogden has honed his national expertise in clinical curriculum and assessment, including simulation education.

Dr. Ogden will serve as the Chief Academic Officer, focusing on academic planning, growing academic programs, and developing academic policy. He starts his new role February 1.

Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D., has been named Vice President for Outreach and Community Engagement. In his new role, Dr. de la Rosa will be a liaison between the university and community health care providers, fostering relationships that will advance education at TTUHSC El Paso.

Dr. De La Rosa will also work closely with federally qualified health centers to develop strategic partnerships. He starts his new role February 1.

TTUHSC El Paso to Host STEM Workshops for Local K-12 Students

On Saturday, January 27, hundreds of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from throughout El Paso county will get a taste of careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at the seventh annual Adventure for Your Future health sciences fair.

The event, hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), is an effort to build interest in the health sciences at a young age.

The one-day event exposes kids to a hands-on science environment and teaches parents ways to encourage their children toward the STEM fields.  To register, click here.

Workshops include “A Journey through the Body,” “Laboratory Testing for Medical Treatment,” “You Gotta Have Heart,” “Veterinary Medicine and Conservation,” “Consequences of Underage Drinking” and “Dental Rotations.” Tours will be held in the Medical Education Building and other buildings on campus.

The free workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a welcome message by El Paso Mayor Dee Margo at 8:45 a.m.

TTUHSCEP Snags $1m of ‘Cancer Moonshot’ Grant, Will Study Colorectal Cancer Detection Tests

No one wants a colonoscopy. But there’s no getting around the lifesaving procedure — the gold standard for colon cancer detection.

With the development of the FIT test, or fecal immunochemical test, many breathed a sigh of relief. The noninvasive tool promises to accurately detect blood in the stool, often an early sign of cancer, allowing patients to skip the colonoscopy if test results are negative. What’s more, the sample can be collected in the privacy of one’s own home with no dietary or medical restrictions.

But just how accurate are these new FIT tests?

That’s what faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) and a team of scientists from across the U.S. hope to find out. The research consortium, led by Barcey Levy, M.D., Ph.D., at the University of Iowa, was recently awarded $4.5 million over five years as part of the Cancer Moonshot funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

TTUHSC El Paso will receive about $1 million of the award, with Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., leading the local effort. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is also a member of the team and is led by Seth Crocket, M.D., M.P.H.

“There are 16 FIT tests currently on the U.S. market,” says Dr. Shokar. “But there are no data on which of these is the best — or worst — for detecting colorectal cancer.”

She adds, “That could be a problem for patients who think they are all clear after getting false negative results. This is also why it is recommended to repeat the test every year.”

With the funds, Dr. Shokar will recruit men and women between the ages of 50 and 85 who are already scheduled for a colonoscopy. Participants will be given four different FITs for use. After collection, each sample will be mailed to the University of Iowa for analysis.

Each participant will subsequently complete a colonoscopy to definitively diagnose any colorectal cancer or polyps. The results will then be compared to the individual’s four FIT test results.

“Our number one goal is to identify which FIT test is the most accurate,” Shokar explains. “But we are also hoping to build awareness about these newer, more convenient FIT tests and get more people screened for colorectal cancer.”

In the U.S. alone, some 42% of eligible individuals are not up-to-date with their colorectal cancer screening. While discomfort and embarrassment are one screening deterrent, medical costs are another.

A colonoscopy can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000, depending on the location of the procedure. A FIT test, however, can cost as little as $25, according to Dr. Shokar. The American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable have challenged the U.S. to have 80 percent of adults ages 50 and older screened for colon cancer.

Shokar says, “The only way to reach this goal is to offer less invasive and less expensive tests for those who do not want to undergo a colonoscopy. FITs need to become mainstream for colorectal cancer screening in the U.S.”

She adds that most other countries with screening programs already use fecal diagnostic testing as

TTUHSC El Paso Nursing Graduates to be Honored at Commencement and Pinning Ceremony

Thirty-six students who have completed Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso)’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program will be recognized during a commencement and pinning ceremony, alongside 27 registered nurses (R.N.s) who have completed the R.N. to B.S.N. program.

“The tracks offer students unparalleled access to resources worthy of an academic health sciences center, such as interprofessional educational activities, a robust digital clinical library, and opportunities for nursing students to engage with other health profession students in medicine and the biomedical sciences,” said Michael Scott, D.N.P., R.N., associate dean of academic programs in the GGHSON.

During the ceremony, the graduates will be presented with a nursing pin by a person of their choosing, usually a friend or family member. The time-honored tradition is a symbol of newly graduated nurses entering the nursing profession.

This year’s graduating class represents a spectrum of age groups, with graduates ranging from 21 to 43 years old.

Twenty-one percent of the class is male and 79 percent is female, and three graduates are veterans.

The two GGHSON programs are unique to the Borderland because they offer a hybrid educational model — some courses are online and others are conducted in-person.  Students in the GGHSON also benefit from interprofessional collaboration.

This is the seventh pinning ceremony for the GGHSON since TTUHSC El Paso became a standalone university in 2013.

What: Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) commencement and pinning ceremony

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Plaza Theatre (125 Pioneer Plaza)

TTUHSC El Paso Faculty Publish Cardiology Textbook

A textbook guiding cardiologists on the latest treatments in cardiovascular medicine was recently published by two faculty members at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

The second-edition textbook is titled Cardiovascular Catheterization and Intervention: A Textbook of Coronary, Peripheral, and Structural Heart Disease. Text updates focus on cardiovascular catheterization, the process of placing a long, thin tube through an artery or vein. The procedure may be used for diagnostic purposes or heart disease treatments, such as stent placement.

TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., who is also a practicing cardiologist, and Debabrata Mukherjee, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, are the book’s primary medical editors. The two are recognized as international leaders in the field of cardiology based on their extensive knowledge of cardiovascular medicine.

“I am honored to have participated in the development of this book,” said Dr. Lange. “The field of cardiovascular medicine is constantly advancing. I truly hope this updated text helps current and future cardiologists continue honing their skills to provide patients with quality clinical treatment when it comes to heart disease.”

Dr. Mukherjee added, “This new edition focuses on tailoring treatment to individual patients or patient-centered care, taking into account specific risk factors and comorbidities, appropriate use of devices and very importantly, patient preferences.”

To date, nearly 2,000 copies of the first edition have been sold, with 70 percent of the total sales made in England and Europe and 30 percent in the U.S. and Asian markets. The book publisher, Taylor and Francis Group, anticipates similar, if not higher, sales for this latest edition.

Dr. Lange has served as president of the American Heart Association Texas affiliate and is an active clinical investigator. He has published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters related to ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease and congenital heart disease. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, as well as several national guideline committees.

Dr. Mukherjee is the chief of cardiovascular medicine at TTUHSC El Paso. He has been invited to lecture at several major national and international meetings; authored over 500 publications; edited 18 textbooks; and written more than 100 textbook chapters on cardiovascular diseases. He has also coauthored several national cardiology guidelines.

Those interested in purchasing a copy of the textbook can visit CRC Press.

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)

Third Annual Hearts for Sparks Golf Classic Set for Saturday

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) will hold its third annual Hearts for Sparks Golf Classic to benefit the Medical Student Run Clinic (MSRC) located in the community of Sparks.

Started in 2013 by PLFSOM students, the clinic operates twice a month on Tuesday evenings in the Sparks community.

Located in far east El Paso county, Sparks is home to residents who lack health insurance and sometimes cannot afford a trip to a doctor; 43 percent of its residents live below the U.S. poverty line, according to U.S. Census data.

The MSRC provides free primary health care screenings, such as diagnostics, blood work and patient education. Run entirely by students with faculty oversight, the clinic not only benefits the Sparks community, but gives students real-life opportunities to hone their medical and Spanish language skills.

Proceeds from the Hearts for Sparks Golf Classic event will go directly toward funding for the MSRC.

Participants will receive lunch and dinner, unlimited range balls, a goodie bag, and 18 holes of golf.

What: Hearts for Sparks Golf Classic

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 (shotgun start)

Where: Butterfield Trail Golf Club (1858 Cottonwoods)

El Paso Health Hosts Annual Back-To-School Events; 1000 Backpacks Scheduled for Giveaways

El Paso Health announced its 2017 lineup of annual back-to-school health fairs, along with the presentation of 1000 backpacks for giveaways for local students.

“Over the years, we have engaged with students and their families as they head back into classrooms,” said Frank Dominguez, President and CEO of El Paso Health.

“El Paso Health is proud of our commitment to the community and this is just one of many ways we connect with those with the greatest need.  We hope that these events afford everyone a fresh start for the new school year,” Dominguez added

Each event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public.  Attendees will have access to information, resources, and no cost health screenings.  Entertainment and special appearances by Super Heroes are also planned.

Backpacks will be distributed while supplies last.

The El Paso Health Back-to-School Health Fairs are scheduled for:

Saturday, August 12th from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Eisenhower Community Center  |  5628 Eisenhower Avenue

Saturday, August 26th from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso  |  4801 Alberta

For more information, call 915-532-3778 or visit

TTUHSC El Paso Hosts 12th Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Symposium

Physicians, nurses, health care professionals, and students will gather for the 12th Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Symposium on Friday. The conference, jointly hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) and University Medical Center of El Paso, will focus on OB-GYN issues that are prevalent along the U.S.-Mexico border.

At 10:15 a.m., Vijaya Galic, M.D., will present “21st Century Gynecological Cancer Care on the Border.” Dr. Galic is chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso and an assistant professor at TTUHSC El Paso. She joined the institution in December 2016 and specializes in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer, offering the latest interventions to improve survival, including radical surgical procedures, intra-abdominal chemotherapy, and precision medicine.

Dr. Galic is an expert in curative operations for women with primary and recurrent uterine and cervical cancer, including procedures to preserve fertility.

Dr. Galic earned her M.D. at the University of Washington School of Medicine and M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Galic later completed a joint fellowship program in gynecologic oncology at New York Presbyterian Hospital through Cornell University and Columbia University.

Additional symposium topics will include labor pain and epidurals in the borderland, risk factors for gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, and contraceptive counseling for adolescents along the Texas-Mexico border.

The event will be keynoted by Jason D. Wright, M.D., chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University.

The 12 Annual Obstetrics and Gynecology Symposium was organized by the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Gallery+Story: TTUHSC El Paso Breaks Ground on $83M Medical Sciences Building

Tuesday morning, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) officially broke ground on the Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II, an $83 million, 219,900-square-foot facility. The five-story building will more than double the campus’ research capacity and add crucial instructional space to support its growing student population.

“This building is integral to our vision for TTUHSC El Paso,” said Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of the university. “This will enable us to recruit more researchers to tackle our region’s medical challenges, increase student enrollment in our programs, and ultimately, retain some of the nation’s most well-prepared, culturally competent health care professionals right here in the borderland.”

The MSB II second, third, and fourth floors — more than 87,000 square feet — will be dedicated to research, including laboratories, offices, and research administration. The first floor will house the campus’ largest teaching auditorium yet — a 9,200-square-foot space that can accommodate up to 500 people — and will also feature a dining and food services area that will be staffed by outside vendors. The remaining space will be dedicated to a library, a reflection room for quiet space, classrooms, student study rooms and administration.

“The completion of MSB II will catalyze the development of basic and translational biomedical research at TTUHSC El Paso by providing us with new laboratory facilities to grow interconnected scientific programs that address major diseases and other problems in health care,” said Peter Rotwein, M.D., vice president for research. “We will have the opportunity to recruit new faculty, teach our students the newest aspects of biomedical investigation, and enhance our capabilities in translating discoveries into better treatments and cures.”

Like other campus facilities, the building’s exterior will mirror the architecture of the Spanish Renaissance, which is distinguished by ornate columns, red-tiled roofs, and colossal archways.

Funding for the MSB II was approved by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015 under House Bill 100, which appropriated $75 million for the building’s construction. TTUHSC El Paso will contribute an additional $8 million, bringing the total construction cost to $83 million.

Construction of the MSB II will be complete in approximately two years. Houston-based architectural firm Perkins + Will designed the building and Sundt Construction, Inc. is contracted to build the new facility.

Gallery photos courtesy TTUHSC El Paso

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