From the Desk of the President

From the Desk of the President

Groove and Glow 5K Run/Walk – It was an exciting Thursday morning when we joined forces with Rave Marketing & Events to announce the first Groove & Glow 5K Walk/Run to be held on our main campus and the surrounding neighborhood. The health and wellness of our community matter and it’s events like this that bring attention to the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. This is also a great opportunity to invite the community to visit our campus.

The festivities won’t stop at the finish line. Following the walk/run we’ll have a “Groove & Get-Down” party on our campus to celebrate our Homecoming.

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The Hospitals of Providence – This week the Sierra Providence Health Network announced that it has renamed its hospitals and medical facilities “The Hospitals of Providence” as part of a renewed commitment to moving health forward in our community.


We’ve been closely collaborating with them on a new teaching hospital which is scheduled to open in early 2017 and will be called The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus.


Researching Tuberculosis – Congratulations to Subramanian Dhandayuthapani, Ph.D., associate professor in the Center of Emphasis in Infectious Diseases at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) for being awarded a $375,000 grant from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation to develop genetically altered vaccines against tuberculosis (TB).

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Dr. Dhandayuthapani has actively pursued research to generate effective vaccines against TB using genetic and recombinant methods in collaboration with Manjunath Swamy, M.D., and Premlata Shankar, M.D., professors and co-directors of the Center of Emphasis in Infectious Diseases at TTUHSC El Paso.




Faculty Interviewers Needed – The PLFSOM has received thousands of applications for admission to next year’s entering class. The Office of Admissions is looking for faculty interviewers who can commit to interviewing candidates Sept. 10, Oct. 22 and 29, Nov. 5, and Dec. 10 and 17 from 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Any faculty member interested in participating in the interview process should contact John Snelling or Manuel Schydlower, M.D. for more information.Candidates

Our thanks to those who’ve already helped out and to our “PLFSOM Ambassadors.” These are the students who meet with the visiting candidates, sometimes lodge them and host a social hour for them. The PLFSOM Ambassador will now be an institutional service activity for students’ ERAS application



Emeritus Status – On Aug. 7 the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the conferral of emeritus appointments upon two distinguished faculty members.

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Don Meier, M.D., FACS, was presented with the title of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Meier is a professor of clinical surgery and division chief of pediatric surgery. Since his arrival in 2003, Dr. Meier has raised the quality of surgical care for children in El Paso, far west Texas, southern New Mexico, and the state of Chihuahua. Dr. Meier will retire on Aug. 31.


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Arvin Robinson, M.D., was presented with the title of Chair Emeritus. Dr. Robinson is a professor of radiology and served as the department chair for nine years. Dr. Robinson has been instrumental in establishing the Radiology Residency program. He also established the “Dr. Arvin and Beverly Robinson Scholarship for Residency Training in Radiology” at the PLFSOM to ensure that outstanding physicians receive the specialized training needed to pursue careers in radiology. Dr. Robinson will retire Dec. 31.