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Chair for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Miguel A. Pirela-Cruz, M.D.

Professor and Chair for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Phone: 915.215.5480

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Job Description
Professor & Regional Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation

Bio Sketch
Prior to his appointment to the Texas Tech University HSC Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Pirela-Cruz had experience in private practice, academic medicine, military medicine and the United States Public Health Service. His academic appointments were to the University of New Mexico, the University of Kansas, Wright State and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He has twenty seven years of military service as a flight surgeon. He is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and fellowship trained in Hand and Micro Vascular Surgery. In addition to the practice of orthopaedic surgery he is a medical illustrator.

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part II Board Examiner
Paul Foster School of Medicine Scientific Principle of Medicine Committee Member
Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation Founder
Perioperative Services Committee Chairperson
Medical Executive Committee Member, Thomason General Hospital
Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor

Honors And Awards
American Red Cross “Heroes of the Pass”, El Paso, TX 2004-05
Honorary Member Hand Society of Guatemala 2005
Meritorious Service Metal 2006
“Faculty of the Year”, Texas Tech University HSC – El Paso, TX 2007

American Medical Association (AMA)
Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons (SOMOS)
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) 032205
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
American College of Surgeons (ACS)
American Association of Hand Surgery (AAHS)
American Orthopedic Association (AOA)
American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN)
South West Trauma Association (SWOTA)

Research Focus
Peripheral Nerve Regeneration
Peripheral Nerve Transfer Surgery
Negative Pressure Therapy for Soft Tissue Defects

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columnTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, the Texas Tech University System’s fourth university, with a mission to provide education, research, and patient care to West Texas and beyond. It is comprised of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and is a regional campus for a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The university has a clinical practice called Texas Tech Physicians that is part of the largest network of healthcare physicians in West Texas. Research focuses on cancer, diabetes & obesity, infectious diseases, and neurology.