Dr. Alan Tyroch Outlines TMA Recommendations at Hearing on Mass Violence Prevention

Alan Tyroch, M.D., FACS, FCCM, professor and chair of surgery at TTUHSC El Paso’s Foster School of Medicine and surgery chair for Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, testified at a recent hearing of the Texas House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety.

The committee met at the University of Texas at El Paso on Jan. 9 to hear invited and public testimony from individuals and families impacted by the Aug. 3 mass shooting at the Cielo Vista-area Walmart that claimed 22 lives and injured more than two dozen others.

Alan Tyroch, M.D., FACS, FCCM

Alan Tyroch, M.D., FACS, FCCM

Dr. Tyroch, who serves as chief of surgery and trauma medical director at University Medical Center of El Paso, coordinated trauma care for 14 shooting victims who were transported to UMC on that day. The hospital emergency teams responding to the mass shooting incident included TTP El Paso surgeons, physicians and nurses, and TTUHSC El Paso residents and students.

At the hearing, Dr. Tyroch spoke on behalf of the Texas Medical Association, outlining the Austin-based medical society’s policy positions on firearm safety and its recommendations for addressing mass violence.

Read more about Dr. Tyroch’s testimony on the Texas Medical Association’s website.