From the Desk of the President

GSBS – The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) Class of 2015 will be honored on Monday, May 11 at 4 p.m. in the Academic Education Center’s Misenhimer Auditorium at 4800 Alberta Ave. TTUHSC El Paso GSBS Regional Dean Peter Rotwein, M.D., Interim Associate GSBS Dean Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., and I invite everyone to attend a reception recognizing the culmination of our students’ research studies that will undoubtedly enrich the future of medicine.

A Mother’s Gift – The TTUHSC El Paso Baby Café had an open house in honor of Mother’s Day this week. Since 2008, the Baby Café has provided mothers struggling with breastfeeding, or looking for support, with a valuable resource. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, improving breastfeeding in the U.S. is one of our most important public health goals as it improves childhood nutrition and prevents infections and chronic diseases. Over 3000 El Paso mothers have received guidance on their breastfeeding journey though the Baby Café. A special thanks to TTUHSC El Paso Faculty Instructor and Lactation Consultant Libby Berkley – for bringing this program to life.

Honorable Mention –TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine third-year student Kevin Lowder was recently awarded an honorable mention in the 2015 Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Competition for his essay “From Medical Student to Midwife: The Day I Delivered My Daughter On Our Bedroom Floor.” Kevin – you did a great job and what a wonderful story to share with your daughter one day. Read his heart-warming story in this week’s Tech View blog.

Nurses Week – As a cardiologist, I understand first-hand the importance of nurses. Without them, our health care system would fall apart. Their contribution to our community and our institution is immeasurable. I would like to express my appreciation to all nurses — especially those within the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso family — for their skills, compassion, and commitment. A huge thank you, for all you do!