From the Desk of the Founding Dean

Texas Tech Physicians at El Pasoand COG – TTUHSC at El Paso Dept. of Pediatrics Chairman and Physician-in-Chief of El Paso Children’s Hospital Dr. Bradley Fuhrman along with pediatric specialists in hematology/oncology faculty Drs. Benjamin Carcamo, Lisa Hartman, Mary Lacaze, and Arlynn Mulne, were excited to participate in a news conference this week when El Paso Children’s Hospital announced that it is now part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). COG, a national Cancer Institute supported clinical trials group, is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. It has nearly 100 active clinical trials at any given time. El Paso Children’s Hospital is now part of this elite group that can officially call themselves the “World’s Childhood Cancer Experts.” No other institution in the city or county of El Paso has this distinction. These specialists will now have access to national protocols and cutting-edge treatments for childhood cancer. I am very proud of my pediatric colleagues and El Paso Children’s for helping achieve this distinction.

El Paso’s First Geriatric Behavioral Unit- Sierra Providence Health Network (SPHN) will collaborate with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at El Paso to bring El Paso its first Geriatric Behavioral Unit (GBU), slated to open this month.  Staff, faculty and students are cordially invited to tour the GBU, before it opens to the public, on Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at Providence Memorial Hospital on the third floor.  Because of patient confidentiality, once the GBU is in operation, it will no longer be open to media or the public.  This is the only opportunity to tour the facility before doors open to patients so please make plans to join us.  The GBU will be located at Providence Memorial Hospital and will initially feature 12 private rooms and community space for patients 65 and older who require both acute care and psychiatric support.  The unit will also provide an additional site for TTUHSC’s Department of Psychiatry Residency Program.

Educator of the Year Award – Our congratulations go out to Dr. Herb Janssen who was selected by the American Physiological Society as the 2014 Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year winner. Dr. Janssen was successfully nominated for this award by his distinguished colleague, Dr. David Osborne. This very significant career-based award brings well-deserved national recognition to Dr. Janssen, and highlights the potential of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine to attract and support exceptional educators to the benefit of our students, our local community, and the global community of scholars. Read more in this week’s Tech View blog.

Go Nuts Tour – We have two special guests arriving on campus next week. Jason Morton and Chris Olsen are members of the Single Jingle team with the Go Nuts Tour, supported and sponsored in part by the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF). Jason is a Texas Tech University HSC Lubbock employee who decided to take his story of overcoming testicular cancer, on the road. He started out from San Diego last Friday and will arrive in Orlando, Florida in two months. Along the way though, Jason and Chris will make a stop in El Paso to visit with TTUHSC staff, faculty and students Friday, April 18, at noon in the MEB courtyard where they will join with TCF representatives to promote testicular cancer awareness and the importance of self-exams. I encourage everyone to come out and meet this dynamic duo. Read more about them in this week’s blog.