Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty member Alexander Philipovskiy, M.D., Ph.D., has been elected as Chair-Elect of the Southern Section Council of the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR).
Dr. Philipovskiy is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at TTUHSC El Paso and is the first faculty member from the university to be elected as chair-elect for the Southern Section Council. He began his term on July 1 and will remain until the end of April 2021.
As chair-elect, Dr. Philipovskiy hopes to get TTUHSC El Paso more involved with the AFMR and open up research opportunities in the El Paso region.
“I hope I can add more members to my branch. Right now, there are a few researchers at TTUHSC El Paso who might be interested in the AFMR,” said Dr. Philipovskiy, who joined the organization in 2017. “In the future, I hope to bring visiting professors to El Paso and the TTUHSC El Paso campus to give lectures on their research. I think it would be a great opportunity.”
Hispanics, which make up a majority of El Paso’s population, tend to have more advanced stages of cancer at diagnosis, have higher cancer mortality compared to non-Hispanic and whites and are underrepresented in cancer research and clinical trials, Dr. Philipovskiy said.
“This underrepresentation limits the degree to which research findings can be generalized with any confidence and thereby likely contributes to widening the health disparities gap for minorities. There is a continuous need to improve access for patients in El Paso to quality cancer research,” he said.
Dr. Philipovskiy’s is a Board certified medical oncologist whose clinical interest includes care for adults with breast, colon and lung cancer. He is currently the principal investigator on two projects related to breast cancer and is collaborating with the University of Texas at El Paso’s Dr. Renato Aguilera, Ph.D. on a pilot program that evaluates the mutation and genes found in breast cancers derived from Hispanic women.
Dr. Philipovskiy received his medical degree from Odessa National Medical University in Ukraine, he received his Ph.D degree in immunology from the University of Kentucky. He completed his medical residency at the New York Medical College-Richmond Program and completed medical oncology-hematology fellowship training at New York Medical College-Westchester Medical Center in 2016.
The AFMR was established in 1940 and is an international association made up of scientists from multiple areas of biomedical and patient-oriented research. The organization encourages the growth of future generations of clinical scientists and investigators. Members of the AFMR work at government facilities, medical centers, universities and medical schools, research institutions and in private industries. For more information, visit afmr.org.