It is an honor to have been chosen the founding president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. My name is Dr. Richard Lange, and I am excited to begin this journey. Although in my official position for only the past few days, I have already had the opportunity to meet with many of our faculty, staff and students, and am impressed by the dedication, enthusiasm and kindness that characterize this institution’s culture. This has been especially evident from TTUHSC El Paso Vice President of Health Affairs and Founding Dean of the PLFSOM Dr. Jose Manuel de la Rosa and the Dean of the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, Dr. Jeanne Novotny, who have helped make my transition smooth and pleasant. I look forward to working closely with them as I learn the intricacies of our university.
Over the next few months, I plan to meet and get to know as many of you as possible. For now, let me share a bit about myself. I grew up in Dallas and obtained my B.S. in biochemistry at the University of North Texas and my M.D. at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After completing my internship and residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, I returned to UT Southwestern for fellowship training in cardiology. I subsequently joined their faculty, and became director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, served for many years as the fellowship program director, held the Jonsson-Rogers Chair in Cardiology and was director of the Bernard and Audrey Rapoport Center for Cardiovascular Research.
Most recently, I was vice chairman of medicine and director of educational programs at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, where I had oversight of 12 medicine subspecialty divisions, including clinical, research and educational efforts. The department was comprised of 250 faculty members with an annual budget of $50 million. I also hold a faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins Medicine, where I previously served as chief of clinical cardiology and the E. Andrus Cowles Professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While there, we increased research funding by 60 percent to $39.5 million, established new satellite clinical programs, and led the effort to raise funds for their new hospital.
Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of being a busy clinician, while being actively involved in education and research. As a clinical investigator, I have published 300 journal articles and book chapters dealing with ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease and congenital heart disease in adults. I hope to pass on much of this knowledge in my academic role as a professor in the TTUHSC El Paso Department of Medicine.
Yet the most important part of my past, present and future is my wife Joy Bobette, our three sons and two grandchildren. I am so grateful to share this new chapter with each of them.
I am thrilled to be part of a community that – against great odds – achieved an amazing dream through the creation of the medical school, the nursing school and now the health sciences center. I am inspired to live in a community with this level of commitment, drive and faith — and look forward to taking El Paso’s medical school and newest university to even greater heights – with the combined efforts of our outstanding faculty, staff, students and this great community I now call home.