From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

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New Addition to Leadership – I am pleased to announce that Peter Rotwein, M.D., will be joining TTUHSC El Paso as the Assistant Vice President of Research, Associate Dean of Research, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Regional Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on September 1, 2014.  Dr. Rotwein obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he also completed his Internal Medicine residency training. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in endocrinology at Einstein and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rotwein joined the faculty at Washington University and advanced to be Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics and Medicine.  In 1997, he was recruited to Oregon Health & Science University where he is now Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research efforts have focused on insulin-like growth factor signaling pathways and have won him election to several prestigious organizations, including the American Federation of Clinical Research, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians. He will be joined by his wife, Dr. Bonnie Aust, who is a pediatrician. They have 4 children, 2 of whom reside in Austin.

I would like to thank Dr. Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy for his superb leadership and dedication in assuming the role of interim associate dean of research as well as continuing with his other missions as Director of the Center of Excellence in Cancer, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and interim dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for the past year. Raj was instrumental in obtaining Texas Tech System Board of Regent approval for establishing a freestanding Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (as opposed to a regional campus) and initiating a new post-baccalaureate program.  Thank you, Raj!

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Board of Regents Actions – There were two major announcements from the Texas Tech System Board of Regents last week regarding our campus. They approved the appointment of Professor Emeritus status for Dr. David Steele, senior associate dean for Medical Education and Office of Curriculum, Evaluation and Accreditation. Dr. Steele’s legacy is the development of the novel and innovative TTUHSC PLFSOM curriculum, that the secretariat of LCME holds as the model for curricular innovation in designing new medical schools.  We are deeply indebted to Dr. Steele for his devotion and leadership in meeting our educational mission. The other announcement was the approval to establish a freestanding Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on the El Paso campus. Please read more in this Tech View.

Northwest Hospital Groundbreaking – Yesterday, I joined over 250 community members, elected officials and hospital and university leaders for the groundbreaking of a new teaching hospital and medical office building in Northwest El Paso. The groundbreaking marks the start of the project and a new era in healthcare for El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez. It is expected to be completed in 2016. Please read more about the event and see photos in this blog.