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Pulse the Magazine of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Winter 2024

Sports pharmacist sees opportunity to augment the athletic health care team.
Winter 2024
Volume 34 | Issue 1
Summer 2023 Inside


Blake DeWitt, MD, (Medicine ’14) was grateful to be there for his neighbors this summer when an EF3 tornado tore through the Panhandle community of Perryton, Texas.
By Blake DeWitt, MD
With an increased spotlight on anti-doping policies and an enhanced desire for performance, athletes might be missing a key member of their sports medicine team: the pharmacist.
By Alessandra Singh
Susan Bergeson, PhD, journaled on Facebook about the arduous decade-long journey of caring for her husband as he slowly slipped away from her into the grip of dementia. When others might draw away into seclusion, Bergeson openly shared the lessons she learned hoping to help the next person.
By Tina Hay
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On the cover
Athletes are a unique patient population and one that could potentially benefit from having a pharmacist on the sidelines.
Illustration by Sarah Maxwell/Folio Art.


Serving as a standardized patient is not just a job, it’s a calling.
Lollipop lollipop‚ oh lolli lolli lolli — lollipop.
A neuroscience course set Volker Neugebauer, MD, PhD, on a new scientific path.
A physician’s treasured collection finds a permanent home in the department where it began.
Damon Hill, MD, (Medicine ’79) and his son, Joshua Hill, MD, (Medicine ’14) may not have superpowers, but they’re a dynamic duo in health care.
Winter 2024 Inside
Volume 34 | Issue 1
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Health care team springs to action when tornado rips through Panhandle town.
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Sports pharmacists ready to hit the field, earning their place on the team and demonstrating they’re ready to be in the game.
Susan Bergeson and Jim Bertrand
For a decade, Susan Bergeson, PhD, cared for her husband throughout his
dementia and eventual death. She hopes her experience helps others.
The best way to predict the future is to create it
The Future of Health Advertisement

Health Matters A Letter from Our President

Lori Rice-Spearman using her elbow to lean on a dresser while posing for a photo

Our Commitment to Closing the Cancer Gap

One of the most impactful memories I have of growing up in Odessa, Texas, was the year we made the 1,000-mile round-trip drive to Houston, Texas, to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. My grandmother had been diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. At the time, there wasn’t a cancer expert in West Texas, and TTUHSC was in its infancy.

We made that long journey many times, and it took a toll on her and our family. I know many of you may have faced similar challenges in getting the best health care for yourself or your family members — and we are working to address that across our state.

Everything we do at TTUHSC is considered through our vision of transforming health care through innovation and collaboration — including our approach to closing the gap on access to quality cancer care for the Texans we serve.


Editor’s Note

We’re excited to bring back a section in Pulse dedicated to research and scholarly work. Throughout the lifespan of Pulse, we have shared research content, but we haven’t had a dedicated section since 2019.

In collaboration with the Office of Research and Innovation, we introduce “Probe” in this issue of Pulse. In the section, you’ll find interviews with respected researchers, stories about groundbreaking studies and work that connects academia with health care. Additionally, we’ll share an annual update on the status of the university’s research efforts.

You’ve told us in Pulse readership surveys that you want to know more about TTUHSC’s research efforts. We believe Probe delivers! TTUHSC is a place of learning and discovery, and we’re dedicated to showcasing the amazing work of our TTUHSC community.

Join us in celebrating innovation, curiosity and the endless pursuit of knowledge at TTUHSC.

— Danette Baker, MA
Editor-in-Chief, PULSE
Office of External Relations


The article (“Stand By Me,” Summer 2023, pg. 16) is a heartwarming read! It’s incredible to see how supporting each other can make such a positive impact on people’s lives. Stand by each other through thick and thin —that’s what true strength and compassion are all about.

—Callie Maderos
co-founder at nurseio, via linkedin


These days, I rather be a “Do-er” than a “Talker,” but I’ve seen some questions in the comments of my posts. That said, thought I’d share this recent interview in a publication from my alma mater. I had the opportunity to shed some light on my story, the condition I was born with and the things that keep my ticker going. All in hopes it inspires you to double-down on YOUR differences, identify your purpose and grab life by the ‘big ’o honches.’

—Jason Albers (Health Professions ‘17)
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he’s our role model

I just saw the article (“I Belong,” Summer 2023, pg. 18) online, and my little boy shares his condition, so it would be great to have a physical copy rather than digital. We follow Jason on Instagram, and he’s a great role model for our Jack.

—Dolores O’Dwyer


Your feedback on the reader survey directly inspired three stories in the Winter 2024 issue. You wrote, “A colleague just brought up the rise in ChatGPT;” “I would like to see more about the different sub-specialities in nursing;” and “I would like to read about students from the class of 1979.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find these stories on pages 16, 17 and 43, respectively. We hope you enjoy them!


Victoria Young, PhD, (Biomedical Sciences ’22) was the Summer 2023 reader survey drawing winner.
Pulse welcomes thoughts and opinions from our readers via email at pulse@ttuhsc.edu


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Volume 34, Issue 1

Editor-in -chief

Danette Baker, MA

Managing Editor

Alessandra Singh


Jim Nissen


Michael Cantu, Carolyn Cruz, Matt Ebbers, Tina Hay, Mark Hendricks, Neal Hinkle, Kami Hunt, Holly Leger, Sarah Maxwell/Folio Art, Sarah Sales, Emily Shafer, Lena Zappia



Lori Rice-Spearman, PhD
(Health Professions ‘86)

Vice President of External Relations

Ashley Hamm

Assistant Vice President of External Relations

Mattie Been, Amarillo
Jessica Zuniga, Permian Basin
Cyndy Morris, Abilene

Assistant Vice President of
Institutional Advancement

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Celebrating the establishment of the Institute of Telehealth and Digital Innovation.

New Institute Supports Greater Access to Innovative Health Care

“Serving the health care needs of people in our region has and will continue to be our purpose,” says TTUHSC President Lori Rice-Spearman, PhD.

TTUHSC continues to do just that with the appropriation of $10 million, $5 million per year for the next two years, from the 88th Texas Legislature to establish the Institute of Telehealth and Digital Innovation.

The institute contributes to the university’s mission in providing accessible health care through innovation to make predictive, preventive care a reality for West Texans.

“As health care transitions to a technology-driven ecosystem, we must make that pivot as well,” Rice-Spearman says.

The institute continues TTUHSC’s telehealth journey to bridge barriers in the university’s 108-county service area of West Texas. Executive director for the Institute of Telehealth and Digital Innovation John Gachago, DHA, says the institute will engage people, processes and emerging technologies to transform the delivery of health care.

I Heard That!

“The future of health care for not just our state but also for our nation is in a technology-driven ecosystem. It is important, as a health science center, that we understand how that will require us as educators, leaders and researchers to pivot in these communities. We are convinced, after what we learned from the pandemic, (telehealth) is indeed the tool that we will utilize to continue to push out health care.” 
-Lori Rice-Spearman, PhD, president, TTUHSC
“So, our secret weapon in West Texas is that we provide the food, fiber and fuel not only for the state but also for the nation. Our job in higher education, our job in health care is to make sure that we’re taking care of the people who take care of us.” 
-Tedd L. Mitchell, MD, chancellor, Texas Tech University System
“Big day today; a significant day. Not just for the ribbon that we are going to cut but also the lives that we’re going to touch, the healing that’s going to take place because of these innovations and because of the purpose behind the need; and when need drives innovation, magical things happen.”
-Mark Griffin, Board of Regents chair, Texas Tech University System
“I want to say, thank you very much for the honor and privilege of being able to serve you, to serve West Texans — to be able to make a difference in the health care of West Texas.”
-John Gachago, DHA, executive director, TTUHSC Institute of Telehealth and Digital Innovation
ScopeFaculty profile

Valerie Kiper

(Nursing ’13)
Regional dean of the School of Nursing at Amarillo and associate professor in the RN to BSN program

Q: What motivated you to pursue a career in nursing?

A: As far back as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a nurse. My grandmother and mom were both nurses and my early influencers and role models for nursing.

Q: What inspired your transition into nursing education?

A: Most of my career has been in executive nursing leadership in the acute care setting, but I always anticipated that my next “stop” would be academia. Educating future nurses is probably the single most important role I will have had in my nursing career. That’s what I am most passionate about.

Valerie Kiper<br />
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Stat! TTUHSC Across the Decades

May commencement ceremonies will mark the 50th anniversary of TTUHSC’s first graduates.

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black and white image of TTUHSC's a masked rider atop Double T
TTUHSC funded Double T, the Masked Rider’s mount from 1993 to 1995, in the beloved Texas Tech tradition.

The Texas Tech University System, including TTUHSC, ranks


among the top


U.S. universities granted Utility Patents in 2022 as noted by the National Academy of Inventors

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“Ms. Hall wanted a place where all students could come together.”

— Elmo cavin, 2002, opening of the F. Marie Hall Synergestic Center

Lollipop Rx

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a medicated lollipop? While there’s not a chocolately reward in the middle, this method for oral medicine delivery does serve many purposes — including to soothe a sore throat, boost your body with vitamin C or electrolytes and help you curb a smoking habit. Pick your reason and a flavor! Medicated lollipops are available over-the-counter or as a pharmaceutical compound and make taking medicine a little more palatable for adults and children.
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Stick – keeps fingers from getting sticky!


The sugar candy mounted on a stick comes in a variety of flavors ranging from cherry and grape, to coconut lime and vanilla butternut.


Pharmacists mix syrup and medicine ingredients on a heated surface and transfer the mixture to a mold before wrapping with foil.

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Creating a Safe Place
in the Classroom

What color is the sky at noon on a cloudless day? This is not a trick question. It’s an example of how Kaci Bohn, PhD, (Biomedical Sciences ’11) associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at TTUHSC’s Amarillo campus, asks her students questions. These questions are just the first step in a series of key parameters that Bohn uses to set the tone for her classroom.

“I developed a way to ask questions while I’m providing a safe place for students to answer me,” Bohn said.

The method, while seemingly simple, was revolutionary enough to be recognized in a certain Ivy League publication, Harvard Business Publishing. Bohn says that if done correctly, her method increases active engagement and allows professors to assess on-the-go learning.

“It all boils down to creating a safe place. When the students feel valued, and they feel like you see that they matter, they really will open up to you, and that’s the heart of a teacher.”

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Safe spaces to explore answers are tools for learning.

Not Behind the Counter

The need for more pharmacists in the United States will continue to increase as the population ages, predicts the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Its data shows the number of prescriptions went from 3.9 billion to 4.7 billion between 1992 and 2021.

While the need for community pharmacists is critical, there is also a need for many careers outside of this setting.

Here are just five of the many career paths in pharmacy outside of the community setting.

1 | Hospitals and clinics: Acute care or ambulatory care pharmacists work in hospital or clinic settings. They help health care teams make decisions for acutely ill patients or assess and manage medication needs in clinics.

2 | Compounding or specialty care: Compounding pharmacists are tasked with creating medications not commercially available. Specialty pharmacists focus on higher-cost medications that requires close monitoring.

3 | Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists: Pharmacists in this setting may design clinical trials, be involved in safety regulation, sales, education or marketing.

4 | Consulting: A pharmacy career also may lead to providing one’s expertise to others. That could be as a consultant pharmacist, making sure proper medication is being used in places like nursing homes.

5 | Law, public health and business: Others may advise health care entities in pharmaceutical law or health care administration. There is also the possibility to advise in larger projects like pandemic response or vaccine drives.


Award-Winning Student Research

When Khadijah Mohiuddin, a third-year pharmacy student at TTUHSC Dallas, had the opportunity to conduct research with the National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program, she knew exactly what she wanted to study. Mohiuddin identified social determinants that put diabetic women at a greater risk of onset cardiovascular disease. Mohiuddin’s research placed second when presenting at the NIH All of Us convention.
As a young Muslim girl, I noticed how the women around me put their health second to their families’. Through my research, I recognized the importance of easily accessible screenings for women and the integral role pharmacists can play in providing optimal care for patients.
­­— Khadijah Mohiuddin
third-year pharmacy student at TTUHSC Dallas
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Kiwanis club of Lubbock
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A 100-year Giving History

When Cindy Ham pulled up to the TTUHSC Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, she told Sherry Sancibrian, associate dean for academic affairs for the School of Health Professions, that she would need a much bigger cart to unload the donations she brought. Ham, treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Lubbock, had arranged to help with the program’s upcoming book drive. Her car was full, and Sancibrian’s heart was too.

another way of giving

This gift was just another way that the Kiwanis Club has supported TTUHSC’s School of Health Professions over the past 10 years. The club has also given the school support for its Summer Therapy Program each year — a program of high-quality intensive therapy that Sancibrian, who also serves as program director for Speech-Language Pathology and associate chair for Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, describes as “the difference for some children.”

surprise history

The relationship between the school and the club, however, has gone on much longer than any of the current staff or members realized — 100 years, to be exact. Sancibrian discovered the greater connection between the two organizations while sorting through old records. “In 1932, Ruth Pirtle taught the first free speech clinic in the state of Texas. Together with her speech correction class, she provided speech therapy, funded by the Kiwanis Club,” Sancibrian said.


Ham, intrigued by the discovery, was not surprised by their long-standing history. After all, this is what they do and hope to continue to do to support children. “We try in every way to help the children in our community, as well as of the world,” said Ham. Sancibrian is grateful they are one of the organizations that the Kiwanis Club has chosen to help.
There’s always been a member of our club who has had a child who needed help from the professionals at TTUHSC, so there’s always been a personal connection there.
— Cindy Ham
treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Lubbock
the kiwanis club of lubbock has supported speech therapy AT TTUHSC FOR
and in texas for 100 years.
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Beyond the Uniform

Christopher Rodriguez (Health Professions ’22) felt lost entering civilian life after seven years of military service. The void of purpose is the greatest challenge, and it’s a daunting reality that many veterans face in life after service, he says.

“A lot of them think (the military) is all we can do,” Rodriguez says, but adds that’s far from the truth. “If (veterans) know the mission, we will be an asset to your organization.”

The ability to keep calm in stressful situations and work effectively only scratches the surface of what a veteran offers the civilian workforce, he says.

Transferring his administrative experience from the U.S. Army into health care, Rodriguez has once again found purpose.

Rodriguez works in health care administration at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

“This is my calling,” he says, “but just because some military people found their (new) purpose doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten their past.”

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Process-oriented approaches improve health care for patients and providers.

Revolutionizing Health Care

Health care must focus on being patient- and employee-centered in order to achieve better quality and patient safety, said Richard Greenhill, DHA, program director for the B.S. in Healthcare Management. “If health care professionals experience burnout, it negatively impacts quality and safety.” Placing emphasis on process-oriented approaches will help reduce variation in care and burnout to improve operational efficiency.


From Dropout to Doctor

If you met Benjamin Batson, DO, (Fellowship ’23 and Residency ’20; Nursing ’07) when he was a high school student in Coahoma, Texas, you wouldn’t have predicted much of a future for him. He was an “A” student, but he was bored and aimless; he frequently skipped school and landed in detention. No one — not his parents, teachers or guidance counselor — pushed him academically, Batson said. His dissatisfaction came to a head his senior year, when Batson learned he was short on English credits and would have to stay an extra year.

Instead, he dropped out.

Despite that inauspicious start, Batson, 43, is now a physician specializing in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Covenant Medical Pulmonary Clinic in Lubbock, Texas. One reason for his success is his determination: Batson eventually figured out what he wanted to do — work in health care — and he didn’t let anything stop him.

Benjamin Batson in his clinic
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Benjamin Batson, DO, (Fellowship ’23 and Residency ’20; Nursing ’07)


The End of One Era, But Not Yet Finished

John Pelley, PhD, MBA, was a post-doctoral student in 1972 in a successful lab when the offer came to join the faculty of the state’s newest medical school.

What ensued was a 50-plus year career at TTUHSC – with time spent in school administration, but most notably in developing and sharing mindful learning — the “what” and “how” to attain and retain information.

After retirement in December 2023, Pelley, a professor in the Department of Medical Education, will continue to build out his legacy, the SuccessTypes Medical Education website — an innovative approach to learning for students and educators.

founding faculty —July 1, 1972:

Francis J. Behal, PhD
Charles Garner, PhD
William H. Gordon Jr., JD
J. Richard Hillman, PhD
Gwynne H. Little, PhD
John Barry Lombardini, PhD, MD
Lorenz Lutherer, PhD, MD
John M. McKenna, PhD
Larry J. O’Brien, PhD, MD
Orene W. Peddicord, MD
John Pelley, PhD, MBA
William G. Seliger, PhD, DDS
Willis L. Starnes, PhD

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John Pelley, PhD, MBA is the last of the founding faculty members. He retired in December 2023.
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The Metamorphisis of a Career Into Retirement

“As you build your career, you sort of go through periods, or crisis, if you will, where things change. If you study the writings of Gail Sheehy, she has a beautiful way of comparing that to how a lobster sheds its shell in order to grow. Likewise, we cannot grow until we shed our protective outer coating — or move beyond where we are comfortable and become vulnerable.”
— john pelley, phd, MBA
former Professor, Department of Medical Education

My Friend, ChatGPT

Experts discuss how to utilize artificial intelligence for enhancement and why you should be talking about it.
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Stephanie Hoelscher, DNP, NI-BC, CPHIMS
Professor, School of Nursing, Director
MSN Informatics Program

Can ChatGPT replace faculty?

Hoelscher Sharing real-world experiences helps students build trust in their faculty’s knowledge and expertise; educators seem less intimidating, more credible and more human. Faculty and students can also be passionate and truly excited about the topic being discussed. AI really doesn’t have this ability or personal experiences without forcibly prompting it to.

How can professors learn to use ChatGPT as a teaching tool?

Hoelscher It starts with learning what AI is and what it is not. Knowing that it can be used and abused is half the battle. Have a conversation with your students about AI and define expectations.

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Grace Sun, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Why should we educate students on ChatGPT?

Sun It is our responsibility to foster responsible AI use, empower informed decision-making, enhance critical thinking, promote digital citizenship, support and foster innovation and collaboration, promote lifelong learning, and prepare our students for the future in a world increasingly influenced by emerging technology.

What is ChatGPT’s place in educating health care providers?

Sun Beyond the traditional learning methods, ChatGPT evolves with students and the dynamic health care landscape. It’s an indispensible part of the future of health care education and practice.

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A Match Made at Hendrick Health

When Susan Greenwood, MBA, BSN, RN, vice president and system chief nursing officer of Hendrick Health, approached Pearl Merritt, EdD, MSN, RN, School of Nursing regional dean at TTUHSC Abilene, about finding a way to join forces to combat the nursing shortage, it felt like the perfect opportunity to help.

With some brainstorming and ingenuity, the school and Hendrick Health launched its pilot program, the Academic Practice Partnership, in fall 2021. Since then, the hospital has continued to see notable increases in both recruitment and retention while TTUHSC nurses are gaining invaluable experience. The program is expanding to TTUHSC Odessa, implemented through the School of Nursing and community hospitals.

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Carrie Edwards, PhD, CA- and CP-SANE, (Nursing ’93)


When crimes involve sexual assualt acts against people, forensic nurses are on the scene. These specially trained nurses advocate for the victims by identifying injuries, collecting evidence, maintaining chain of custody and testifying in court to assure justice.

Nurse, Interrupted

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When Lauren Rea, RN, (Nursing ’22) learned she had been admitted to TTUHSC’s Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing program, she was “over the moon,” she says. “I was so ready to be a nurse.”

Rea already had a bachelor’s in supply chain management and had spent three unfulfilling years working at a business consulting firm before a friend suggested she look into nursing. Rea shadowed another friend who was a trauma nurse, and after two shifts, she was hooked. She applied for the accelerated Second Degree BSN—an intensive, one-year program—at TTUHSC at Dallas and was accepted.

At the same time, though, she was dealing with a nagging, mysterious medical problem: excruciating pain in her left shoulder and elbow that came on unexpectedly one night and, despite multiple visits to specialists and many weeks of physical therapy, wasn’t getting better.

Rea enrolled in the nursing program as scheduled in January 2021, but one month in, she learned the cause of her arm pain — a diagnosis that would upend everything. It was Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Rea made the difficult decision to withdraw from school to focus on her treatment. She was “heartbroken,” she says, but TTUHSC’s support buoyed her. “They told me, ‘Whenever you’re able to come back, you just tell us, and you have a spot here.’” Rea and her husband moved in with Rea’s parents in Sugar Land, Texas. For seven months, she underwent chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation treatments at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

She lost her hair. She lost weight. She felt weak much of the time. But the treatment worked: In just three months, she was declared cancer-free, and by September 2021, she was finished with treatment. Then, once blood tests showed that her immune system had recovered, her physicians cleared her to go back to school. In January 2022, less than a year after having to drop out, Rea was back in the BSN program. She graduated the following December and is now an ICU nurse resident at Methodist Richardson Medical Center in Richardson, Texas.

“You’re not going to find someone who understands what the patient needs more than Lauren,” says Karen Schmidt, RN, BSN, a retention counselor in the accelerated BSN program. “She’s walked in those shoes. She’s been there.” Rea herself agrees that her cancer experience has made her a better nurse: She experienced firsthand the difference a caring, communicative nurse can make in helping a patient feel comfortable at a stressful time in their life. “I learned very much the type of nurse that I want to be.”


Researcher, Professor and Mentor

Driven, Type A students are common in Whitni Redman’s, PhD, (Biomedical Sciences ’21) lab. She is a research assistant professor for Binghamton University’s First-Year Research Immersion program, which allows students to enter the lab their first year of college to gain research experience early in their careers.

“If you go through this rigorous program, you develop strong foundations in the process of science as well as discipline-specific knowledge and lab skills,” said Redman, “so you can jump in (to future research) pretty easily.”

Redman has 10 years of lab experience, five working to develop new treatments for chronic infections associated with biofilms. In her first year as a professor, she is excited to teach her students the trial-and-error processes of research.

“You learn that in research, you fail more than you succeed, and it’s okay to fail,” Redman says. “You probably learn more from your failures than your successes.”

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Student Research Week, annually held in March, began April 28, 1987, as Student Research Day. For the past 36 years, the single-day event has been a weeklong symposium hosted by students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The event attracts participants from the school and from multiple disciplines and universities across the state for judged and open poster sessions, and oral presentations. In the history of Student Research Week:
poster presentations have been presented
first-place poster winners
student speakers
categories each year for poster presentations
keynote speakers, including physicians from Duke, Johns Hopkins, Yale and the National Institutes of Health


Support for Access to Care

Deborah Birx, MD, led efforts under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Africa resulting in clear outcomes for HIV/AIDS impact and strategies for treatment access. As a president’s advisor at TTUHSC and population and public health adjunct faculty, Birx’s expertise will contribute to developing strategies in rural areas that foster alignment of investments with regional resources to expand access to care.
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Digital health options expand access to care in underserved areas.



With the looming shortage of public health workers and an increasingly virtual workforce, online learning has become more vital than ever. The Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health addresses this issue by offering an Online Master in Public Health (MPH) program.


The demands of graduate school can be challenging for students. Family commitments, working full time or living in a different city are barriers to someone earning their degree, said Rubini Pasupathy, PhD, associate professor of public health at TTUHSC. The Online MPH program is accessible to students in Texas and across the U.S.


Work and travel can prevent students pursuing their master’s degree from wanting to attend face-to-face classes. The online MPH program offered by the school allows students to manage a work-life balance.


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the future workplace. Many companies and industries are transitioning to remote work, and employees are adapting to these changes. The MPH program is preparing students to adapt and thrive as members of a virtual workforce. “Online students not only learn to manage their time without direct supervision, they also learn to communicate and build relationships and communities in a virtual environment,” Pasupathy said.


The use of video-based learning allows students to watch lectures multiple times and digest the information they receive to get the most out of their degree. With easy online access to professors, students can work closely with faculty to construct new knowledge and skills.


Earning a graduate degree can be an expensive investment. The online MPH program allows students to continue working and eliminates moving or relocation costs, saving students money.
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From Bedside to Bench

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ith five current R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — an accomplishment matched by fewer than 1% of principal investigators — and more than $14 million in NIH funding awarded to him since he joined TTUHSC in 2014, one might assume Volker Neugebauer, MD, PhD, was destined to be a scientist.

“I actually came from the humanities; I studied philosophy and theology as an undergraduate,” Neugebauer said. “I’m from Germany, and in that system, they frowned upon the empirical sciences that would just capture a very narrow aspect of the world versus philosophy and theology that deal with the world’s big questions.”

Following his undergraduate studies, Neugebauer, chair for the School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, considered teaching high school, going as far as enrolling in the graduate track for teaching. Then a newspaper ad, announcing a fast-approaching deadline for medical school applications, caught his eye.

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Abbruscato Lab Investigates E-Cigarette Impact on Brain Health

Most people believe electronic cigarette use is safer than traditional tobacco smoking; if they are right, how safe is it?
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A TTUHSC research group led by Thomas Abbruscato, PhD, has asked the question of e-cigarette safety since the first e-cigarette products were introduced in the U.S. Their efforts have primarily focused on use and impact on brain health and the risk of neurovascular diseases such as stroke.

E-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco products among U.S. youth since 2014. In the decade since, focused engineering of e-cigarettes have created more efficient nicotine delivery systems that are tolerated better by users than conventional cigarettes, resulting in e-cigarette users exposing the brain to much higher levels of nicotine.

Abbruscato, chair of the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, said years of grant support from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has allowed his team to study the effects of tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapor exposure on neuroinflammation, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and oxidative injury, which increases the risk and worsens the outcome for stroke.

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By the Numbers: funding makes the difference

TTUHSC’s increase in National Institutes of Health funding from 2022 to 2023.
The number of TTUHSC researchers currently funded as principal investigators by the National Institutes of Health.
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TTUHSC’s increase in National Institutes of Health funding from 2022 to 2023.
The number of TTUHSC researchers currently funded as principal investigators by the National Institutes of Health.
Total number of National Institutes of Health grants on which TTUHSC researchers are currently funded as principal investigators.
Total 2023 research project funds received by TTUHSC from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas.
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Lance R. McMahon, PhD
Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation

Elevating Health Care:

Research and Innovation Set the Stage for Transformative Discoveries
The TTUHSC Office of Research and Innovation works collaboratively with the university’s research community to advance discovery in health care. Our divisions include the Office of Sponsored Programs, Research Integrity Office, Office of Research Innovation, Collaboration and Entrepreneurship, and the Laboratory Animal Resources Center. We are proud supporters of the programs and projects our faculty pursue.

As we reflect on the achievements in research at our institution over the past six years, a clear pattern of growth and success emerges. Our researchers are actively engaged in collaborations with both internal and external partners, embracing calculated risks and building upon the foundation of their own accomplishments and the successes of their peers.

In the past fiscal year, our research programs experienced significant growth. Expansion was fueled by increased support from agencies that include the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas and various foundations and international sources. The increasing trend in external funding reflects growth across the entire university.

Significant funding awards from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging and National Institute of General Medical Sciences played a pivotal role in our 25% increase in NIH funding over the last fiscal year. According to the Group on Research Advancement and Development, only 10% of universities and research institutes receive 70% of NIH funding. Therefore, we take immense pride in our TTUHSC community for excelling in this demanding environment.

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An EF3 tornado hit the Panhandle town of Perryton Texas, in June 2023.

Member Voices: Triage in the Moment of Trauma

Triage in the Moment of Trauma
Health care team springs to action when tornado rips through Panhandle town.

Republished with permission from the author and Texas Academy of Family Physicians
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a reprint from the Texas Academy of Family Physicans website, published Oct. 18, 2023, with minor edits to incorporate Pulse’s publication style. Blake DeWitt, MD, (Medicine ’14) is a family physician who was born and raised in Perryton, Texas. After residency and fellowship, he returned home to set up DeWitt Family Practice, where he maintains the tradition of rural family medicine, including inpatient care, ER work, clinic and obstetrics. He is married to Katy Beth DeWitt and has three daughters: Kalie, Chloe and Emma. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as hunting and fitness.
It was the end of another full and exhausting day in clinic in my hometown of Perryton, Texas. My three daughters were away at church camp with my fiancée, so I was looking forward to a nice, quiet evening. As I drove home, I noticed the storm that was building.

One of my favorite things about living in the Texas Panhandle is watching a storm build and roll in over the plains. The beauty of such a thing is hard to overstate. So, I found myself doing just that, watching the storm build as I drove.

Once I arrived at home, I positioned myself in the recliner to finish up a few notes from work. Then the lights began to flicker and finally went out completely. Wind in the Panhandle is nearly as common as the saying “y’all,” so having the lights shut off as a storm rolls in is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, I found it a good excuse to take a nap.

The Walk On

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Sports pharmacists ready to hit the field, earning their place on the team and demonstrating they’re ready to be in the game.

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By Alessandra Singh

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hether they are intentionally doping or not, most likely athletes are not experts in medicine for enhancement or to address health issues. However, they must navigate complex and everchanging lists of prohibited substances, which can vary depending on the sport, the governing body and more. These lists are regularly updated and become an integral part of an athletes’ responsibility.

An athlete, by definition, is a person proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise. Their specialty is the sport they play. As for the medical part, there’s a team for that. But is that team fully comprehensive?

To Athena Cannon, PharmD, (Pharmacy ’20), there’s one perspective missing. With a passion for the emerging field of sports pharmacy, the response she often hears is, “Athletes are healthy; they don’t take medications, therefore (pharmacists) don’t have a role in their care.”

“When we have myths that truly disregard athletes taking dietary supplements or athletes that are just like everybody else that (have) other chronic conditions (such as) paralympic athletes, we’re really excluding them from the interprofessional resources that we could be providing them,” Cannon says.

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Susan Bergeson, PhD, and her husband, Jim Bertrand, about a year before his death from Alzheimer’s disease.

Lessons from ‘The Long Goodbye’

For a decade, Susan Bergeson, PhD, cared for her husband throughout his dementia and eventual death. She hopes her experience helps others.

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red flag warnings

The first signs of trouble came 10 years ago. Jim Bertrand, a 63-year-old engineering designer, was active and athletic, regularly enjoying hikes with his wife, Susan Bergeson, PhD. But then, says Bergeson, “he started face-planting.” He would trip and, inexplicably, not try to break his fall. It happened in a national park. It happened at work. More than once, Bergeson had to treat a bloody gash on her husband’s head.

“I thought, ‘That’s not normal,’” says Bergeson, a University Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry. “So, I asked Dr. Edwards to give him the mini mental test.”

David Edwards, MD, (Medicine ’02), associate professor in the School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, was Bertrand’s primary care physician, and he administered the Mini Mental State Examination, a common tool for diagnosing cognitive impairment. Bertrand did well on some parts, but when prompted to remember the three words he had been told earlier in the test, he drew a blank.

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A Tangible History Comes Home

On a Saturday in January 1988, Robert Henderson, MD, (Medicine ’86) walked into a familiar building, but it felt quite different. Entering his colleague’s office, Henderson felt an overwhelming sadness. Across the room hung lab coats and fresh dry cleaning. Reality struck. Daniel Swartz, MD, would never return to pick up his clothing — and the office was now Henderson’s.

Just four months after colleagues and friends Daniel Schwartz, MD, and Thelma Yamboa, MD, and seven other Amarillo residents tragically died in a plane crash in December 1987, taking off from Zaire, Africa, a vice president of High Plains Baptist Hospital encouraged Henderson to consider assuming Schwartz’s practice.

Treating Schwartz’s patients would not be the last moment of grief for Henderson, but it did become an opportunity to honor his friend. But how?

Over the years, Schwartz had received physician figurines from patients that he proudly displayed in his lobby. Ironically, Henderson had been collecting his own figurines. So, Henderson combined the collections and displayed them just as his colleague had done.

From 1988 to 2002, Henderson grew the collection to over 100 figurines. After leaving Amarillo to explore new opportunities in North Carolina, Henderson took the figurines with him. That is until retirement came, and he knew it was time to find them a permanent home. There was really only one place that felt right — the place where it all began.

“In giving the figurines to the TTUHSC Ob/Gyn department at the Amarillo campus, I wish to establish and maintain the history of the early department of Ob/Gyn,” Henderson explained. “The figurines are just a symbol of that and the gracious people, including my friends, who served there. I also wanted to honor those who gave those figurines to Dr. Schwartz and myself by bringing them back to Amarillo.

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Now, That’s Personal

What does healthy mean to you? Mattias Pitka (Health Professions ’13), says health shouldn’t be limited to the absence of sickness but instead personalized on an individual basis because one size doesn’t fit all.

Everything around us is personalized, even the shoes we wear and the laces we pick. “Yet for some reason, when it comes to our health, the approach is based on fitting the individual within population-derived averages and a generalized ‘normal range,’ which has limitations when it comes to personalized health,” Pitka says.

Starting Optima Dx in 2022, Pitka, a laboratorian by practice, aims to redefine the view of health care and move from a diagnose and prescribe model to a predict and prevent model. Using an advanced biometric monitoring service, the company tracks essential biomarkers to create personal data and analyze how lifestyle impacts health.

Optima Dx supplements the care you receive, not replaces it. Typically, the doctor is the gatekeeper of your data, says Pitka, and what you know is what they tell you. By adding OptimaDx to your care plan, you can enter your annual checkup equipped with data showing your health encounters during the past year.

This approach is an effort to place patients in full control of their health. Pitka wants to skip the catch-all phrases like “work out and eat right” because he recognizes this looks different for individuals based on their goals.

“When I look at personalized medicine, it really is from an angle of what do I want my body to be able to do?” Pitka wants to teach you what your body needs to achieve your goals, empowering you with information.

“Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Just because I’m not broke doesn’t mean I’m rich. Health is an incredibly personal endeavor, which requires you to be an actively informed and engaged participant and not another item on your to-do list,” Pitka says.

Mattias Pitka (Health Professions ’13)
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Mattias Pitka owns OptimaDX

optima Dx predict and Prevent model

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fingerstick eliminates need for venipuncturE.

analysis results are ready in under 15 minutes.

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subspecialty blood tests, including expanded metabolic panel.
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essential biomarkers serve as indicators of organ and overall health.
Source: Optima Dx website
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A ‘50,000-foot view’

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Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, (Nursing, ’19, ’08, ’06), joined the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) as a class project, she likely never considered the outcome. As the current CEO of the organization, Bumpus reflects on the education that led her here.

“Our professor’s philosophy was if you don’t want someone else making decisions on how you practice nursing in this state, then you need to be a member of this organization,” Bumpus says.

She can confidently say it was some of the best advice she’d ever been given, but she didn’t join the organization to one day lead it. Or did she?

While she struggled with an uncertain path during her doctorate program, Bumpus was confident in one thing — she wanted to create a greater impact in nursing. Her final project focused on researching policy and the peer review process for Texas nurses.

In 2020, she became the practice director at TNA — and then COVID-19 changed everything. “I had the 50,000-foot view of what was going on, what our nurses were experiencing and how to work with our stakeholders and legislators to help nurses get through that time.”

After working separately from TNA, the CEO position at TNA opened, and Bumpus knew the timing was right for her to step forward. “With the significant challenges we currently face in health care, I knew this was my time to step in and lead. It’s everything I could have imagined and then some.”

Her words perfectly describe what she faces in this current health care climate. The industry, according to Bumpus, is experiencing one of the most significant nursing shortages in history. So the CEO and her team, including some fellow TTUHSC alumni, are rolling up their sleeves. “Putting our minds together as a team and within our board of directors, leveraging the education we received at TTUHSC, is a lot of fun to watch come into action. There is a lot of work ahead to transform nursing and health care in general. I am grateful for the education I received at TTUHSC that prepared me to lead through these challenging times.”

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Medicine Graduates: 1979, 2014


Amidst a wall of framed degrees above Joshua Hill’s, MD, (’14) desk hangs a central image – one of him and his father. This is the heart of Hill Medical Associates, where a father and son duo live up to their mantra, “family helping families.”

The atmosphere of the clinic mimics home as Joshua yells down the hall, “Dad!” to Damon Hill, MD, (‘79). To practice alongside his father is a privilege and one Joshua wasn’t sure was in the cards for them. After all, he followed in his father’s footsteps with a passion to care for others. Now, the two navigate new waters as father and son turned business partners.

Coming from two different eras of medicine, the clinic is their classroom. Joshua learns the art of care from his father by taking time with patients. Damon reviews the advancements in medicine, and the help with technology is pretty good for him, too.

Overall, reflecting on his years in medicine, Damon has one collective thought as he stares into space, thinking out loud – “I’m so proud of my son.”
— Alessandra Singh

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Bonnie Dugie,

Senior Director, Pharmacy Program Management
Maxor National Pharmacy Services LLC, Amarillo, Texas

Pharmacy Graduate: 2000

Moving on Up

An avid hiker, Bonnie Dugie, PharmD, MBA, FTSHP, has an impressive summit list that includes the two tallest peaks in Colorado and parts of the Andes Mountain range in Peru.

She’s climbed to great heights in her career, too. What began as a job in retail and mail-order pharmacy has led to a senior leadership position with Maxor National Pharmacy Services. In her role, Dugie uses her expertise from behind the counter to open new pharmacies across the country. “The company has grown, and I’ve grown with it,” Dugie said. “I try to help others to grow, too. I think that’s the beauty of it.”

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Dugie partners with health systems to create pharmacies that serve the specific needs of a community, whether it is an urban program focused on treatment and prevention of HIV or a rural program that increases overall access to health care.

“What I love about my job is each pharmacy has its own flavor,” she said. “I love developing people and programs and helping everybody be their best. That’s kind of what makes me tick.” — Holly Leger

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Brinda Dass, PhD

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Biomedical Sciences Graduate: 2001

‘More Than Meets the Eye’

“I serve the United Nations on a committee, so I’m not sure how I’m going to make it to the 2024 Gay Games. I’ll train like I’ll make it, but sometimes work gets in the way.” Brinda Dass, PhD, humble about their impactful work in regulatory science and policy development of genetically engineered animals, is more than meets the eye.

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology, Dass’ path to becoming a senior technical expert for the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health working on malaria control and elimination in Sub-Saharan Africa has been both unexpected yet somehow predestined. “I’ve always been interested in ecosystems, human well-being, animal well-being and disease control — that’s what I like to work on.”

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Taking their research to a platform that is more externally impactful, like their current work in public service, is right where they want to be — when they’re not training for their next powerlifting competition, of course.
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Julie Hubik, AuD

Cornerstone Audiology, Lubbock, Texas

Health Professions Graduate: 2005, 2001

lifelong passion becomes profession

For Julie Hubik, AuD, her passion for helping those with hearing loss started at a Dairy Queen in Shallowater, Texas. There, she would observe a man named F. J., who was deaf, as he communicated with patrons using a notepad.

From a young age, Hubik was intrigued by the idea of becoming a connector for those who struggled to interact with the outside world. She observed people such as F.J. through her adolescence and, later, her college roommate battling hearing loss, ultimately growing her into an advocate to support those experiencing it.

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Hubik and her Cornerstone Audiology team take pride in connecting with and serving patients, even providing hearing aids for those who might not be able to afford them, through their Hearing is Worth Sharing program.

“I am still as passionate about hearing as I was all those years ago!”
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Richard Musonera,

Abilene Community Health Center, Abilene, Texas

Nursing Graduate: 2013

Impacting a Community

“Oh, you speak my language! I didn’t know how I would explain how I felt.” Richard Musonera, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, often hears the sentiment from patients seeking medical services at TTUHSC’s Abilene Community Health Center. As a refugee fleeing genocide and war in Africa, Musonera found a home, abundant opportunity for education and work, and an unexpected community in Abilene. After graduating as a nurse practitioner, his first mission was to give back to the community that had given him so much.
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“The fact that I’m in a position where I can work alongside TTUHSC in helping other refugees or immigrants fleeing war, when I’ve been in their shoes before, is gratifying.”

Musonera hopes to stay in Abilene and even continue his education to expand care for his patients struggling with mental health.
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Jennifer Lezama-Sierra, MPH

Data Research Coordinator
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Population and Public Health Graduate: 2023

An Ounce of Prevention

We all have a “why” – the reason we’re passionate about what we want to achieve in our personal lives and jobs.

Jennifer Lezama-Sierra, MPH, discovered hers when her mom passed away from complications related to sleep apnea, knowing medical care might have prevented the disorder. Her loss led to Lezama-Sierra’s career in health care prevention.

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Prevention is defined as trying to stop something from happening — easier said than done. For instance, the HPV vaccine has dramatically reduced cervical cancer cases and deaths in the U.S., but it remains prevalent in regions of Texas with barriers to health care, such as health literacy, language barriers and cultural beliefs.

Lezama-Sierra is part of a team focused on increasing awareness for cervical cancer screenings, specifically in populations that will be less likely to have access to a clinic for a pap test.

Sometimes, to understand these problems, Lezama-Sierra said, you don’t just need to ask the right questions on a survey; you also have to really listen to the answers. — Danette Baker

UpdateNews & Notes
  • News & Notes

    School of Medicine

    Awad Alyami, MD, (Resident ’23) is a pediatrician at OSF HealthCare in Danville, Illinois.

  • Sue S. Bornstein, MD, MACP, (‘92) receives Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ 2023 Presidential Award of Merit.
  • Cheyene Bownds, MD, (Resident ’23, ’20) joins Covenant Health as a pediatrician.
  • Leopoldo Cabrera, MD, FAAP, (’96) joins Campbell County Medical Group Kid Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming.
  • News & Notes

    Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy

    Jennifer Bulin, PharmD, (’20) is a specialty pharmacy senior manager at Essentia Health in Superior, Wisconsin.

  • Katherine Casias, PharmD, (’19) joins Maxor National Pharmacy Services as a prior authorization pharmacist.
  • Sarah Casselberry, PharmD, RPh, (’23) is an inpatient pharmacist at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.
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    Friends We’ll Miss

  • David Curtis, MD, PhD (’18, and Biomedical Sciences’16) died April 18, 2023.
  • Kathy Gilbreath died Sept. 27, 2023. She was a member of the Texas Tech Foundation, a friend of TTUHSC Lubbock, and the Texas Tech System, serving on two endowment campaigns.
  • Janice Henry died June 14, 2023. She was a nurse, a friend of TTUHSC, and was married to the late Charles E. Henry, EdD, founding faculty member of the School of Medicine.
  • Holly Stewart Hester, MD (Medicine ’94) died June 15, 2023.
  • James Ratliff “Buzz” Hurt died Nov. 2, 2023. He was a friend of TTUHSC Odessa with his wife, Betsy Triplett Hurt.
  • Janie Robles, PharmD, AE-C (Pharmacy ’03) died Aug. 16, 2023.
  • Patricia Willborn (Health Professions ’59) died Aug. 15, 2023.
  • Gary Ventolini, MD died June 20, 2023. He served as the TTUHSC School of Medicine regional dean at the Permian Basin for 12 years.
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