What: TTUHSC El Paso hosts a lecture and art viewing in honor of Tom Lea month.
When: Noon and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21
Where: Various locations on campus. Please see schedule.
EL PASO, Texas – Every October, the city of El Paso celebrates one of its most famous natives: Tom Lea. Lea was a renowned artist, novelist, historian and war correspondent. His painting “Rio Grande” was displayed in the Oval Office during President George W. Bush’s two terms.
Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) El Paso, which houses some of Lea’s artwork, is joining in on the month-long celebration with two events.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Alan Tyroch, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, will present a lecture called “Thoracic Trauma: Five Centuries of Progress ( to Present).” The presentation will revolve around Lea’s famous 1965 drawing “The First Recorded Surgical Operation in North America: Cabeza de Vaca, 1535,” which hangs on campus in the Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation. The painting depicts Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca removing an arrowhead from a Native American’s chest. Dr. Tyroch will go over modern day case studies of how medicine has advanced in thoracic, or chest, trauma since Cabeza de Vaca’s time.
Dr. Tyroch’s talk will begin at noon in the Medical Education Building of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. To RSVP for this lecture, call 915-215-4880.
At 1 p.m. the same day, the public will have the opportunity to view Lea’s “The Pass of the North,” which is reproduced in TTUHSC El Paso’s state-of-art Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON). The building officially opened this year. Large photographic panels of the artwork line the first floor of nursing school. After viewing the artwork, attendees will be invited to tour the new building and staff will share what the new school means for the future of nursing.