TTUHSC El Paso Physician Hosts Online Mental Health Q&A Friday Morning

An upcoming Facebook Live Q&A will invite the community to listen in and pose health questions to a physician from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

In honor of Mental Health Month, Peter Thompson, M.D., a physician and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry, will host the session. Dr. Thompson, who specializes in bipolar disorder, treatment-resistant depression and the biology of brain disorders, will take questions from viewers about a variety of mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia.

Dr. Thompson will also discuss El Paso’s first Brain Bank — a TTUHSC El Paso laboratory that conducts postmortem research to understand the biological underpinnings behind mental illness.

Dr. Thompson received his Doctor of Medicine and residency training from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to complete a fellowship at the University of California, San Diego and the Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Thompson is director of the Southwest Brain Bank; he joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2016.

Participants are encouraged to submit their questions to Dr. Thompson in advance and RSVP on TTUHSC El Paso’s Facebook Live Q&A on Mental Health and the Biology of Brain Disorders event page.

This Q&A session is part of a new TTUHSC El Paso initiative called The Exam Room. The Exam Room encourages the El Paso community to engage with expert health care professionals at TTUHSC El Paso.

Each month, The Exam Room will hold one or more public Q&As, each focusing on a different health-related topic and highlighting a TTUHSC El Paso health care specialist who has volunteered to answer questions on the subject.

What: Live health care Q&A open to the El Paso community

When: 11 a.m. Friday, May 12

Where: Online via Herald-Post’s Facebook page or TTUHSC El Paso’s Page