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Faculty Physicians

Veronica T. Mallett, M.D.

Professor and Founding Chair

Veronica T. Mallett, M.D., is Professor and Founding Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York and her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Following medical school, she did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University in Detroit where she also completed a Fellowship in Urological Gynecology. She then completed a Research and Surgical Fellowship in Electrophysiology of the Pelvic Floor/Reconstructive Surgery at St. Mary's Hospital, Manchester, England in September 1993. She obtained her Masters degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh in March 2011. Dr. Mallett has received several leadership and teaching awards. She has also received a number of research grant awards from the NIH and other funding resources. Her special areas of interest are incontinence, reconstructive pelvic surgery and urogynecology.

GENERALISTS

Sireesha Y. Reddy, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair
General Obstetrics and Gynecology Division Chief
Women's Health Practice Medical Director

Sireesha Y. Reddy, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a secondary appointment in Pediatrics, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. She trained at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and at the University of Rochester. Dr. Reddy is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who joined the faculty as Division Chief for the General Obstetrics and Gynecology Division and Medical Director of the Women's Health Practice. Her clinical focus is in the care of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology patients understanding that this special young population has unique requirements for physicians who are skilled in the medical evaluation, surgical management, and correction of gynecologic disorders of this age group. Dr. Reddy has lectured and given workshops at national meetings including the North American Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting. She is a member of the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the past years, Dr. Reddy has authored and co-authored peer reviewed publications. She has also been awarded several foundation and NIH grants to support her research.

Jose Aun, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Jose Aun, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. Dr. Aun received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. He completed his internship and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. Dr. Aun is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was in private practice prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech. He is involved in resident and medical student education as well as direct patient care. Dr. Aun's areas of interest include general Obstetrics/Gynecology and robotic surgery.

Sanja Plavsic Kupesic, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Radiology in the Department of Medical Education at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kupesic obtained her medical degree in 1987, Master of Science in 1990 and Ph.D. degree in 1992 from the University of Zagreb in Croatia. She completed her subspecialty training in Endocrine-Infertility from the same institution. Dr. Kupesic has published extensively on 3D Ultrasound & Colored Doppler. She is acting secretary of The Fetus as a Patient Society, and has received numerous awards to include the Sir William Liley Medal in 2005.

Heidi Lyn, M.D.

Heidi Lyn, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. Dr. Lyn received her Residency training at the University Of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Tx. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was previously an Assistant Professor and Associate Clerkship Director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Lyn will be involved in research, teaching and patient care. Her special areas of interest are adolescent gynecology and abnormal bleeding.

Melissa D. Mendez

Melissa D. Mendez, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Residency Program Director

Melissa D. Mendez, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Mendez obtained her medical degree from the University of California College of Medicine in Irvine, California. She completed her Residency training at the Phoenix Integrated Residency in Ob/Gyn (PIROG) in Phoenix, Arizona. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was previously a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Creighton University at the St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Mendez is involved in research, teaching and patient care. Her areas of interest are adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive surgery.

Ghulam Murtaza, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Associate Residency Program Director

Ghulam Murtaza, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Murtaza received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan and completed his internship and residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Murtaza is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is also certified in Acupuncture by the Academy of Pain Research. He was in private practice prior to joining Texas Tech. Dr. Murtaza is involved in resident and medical student education as well as patient care. His areas of interest include minimally invasive surgery as well as complementary and alternative medicine with a special interest in acupuncture.

Patricia Rojas-Mendez, M.D.

Instructor

Patricia Rojas-Mendez, M.D., is an Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Rojas- Mendez, a native of Costa Rica, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico and obtained her medical degree from Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She completed her Residency training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rojas-Mendez is Board Eligible after having passed the Basic Written Examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology upon completion of her residency. She will be involved in research, teaching and patient care. Her special areas of interest are general Obstetrics/Gynecology and minimally invasive surgery.

Robert W. Vera, M.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Professor and Chief of Gynecologic Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Vera is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and he finished his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1985. He practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for the National Health Service Corp from 1985-1989 and was Medical Director of the Brownsville Community Health Center from 1988-1989. He returned to El Paso to teach and practice in 1989 and has been Chief of Gynecology since 1991. Dr. Vera's main areas of interest are vaginal surgery, pelvic support, pelvic prolapse surgery (to include stress urinary incontinence), laparoscopic surgery, and breast disease.

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY

Harvey Greenberg, M.D.

Harvey Greenberg, M.D.

Associate Professor
Gynecologic Oncology Division Head

Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. Dr. Greenberg received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in New York and his medical degree from State University of New York School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Greenberg received the "Friends of Women's Health" Award, the TTUHSC "Dedication to Resident Education and Patient Care" Award, Armed Forces District Chairman's Award for Best Clinical Research paper, American Cancer Society Clinical Fellow and the New York State Regents Scholarship and Scholar Incentive Award. Dr. Greenberg is involved in the management of gynecology malignancies, complicated pelvic surgeries, teaching and research.

J. Salvador Saldivar, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor
Gynecologic Oncology
Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Director

Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. Dr. Saldivar, native El Pasoan, is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and completed his residency training in OB/GYN at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. He received a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health and research training in gynecologic oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He finished his Clinical Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Saldivar has authored numerous research articles involving genetic susceptibility, cancer prevention and biomarkers in gynecological malignancies. His areas of interests include minimally invasive surgery, management of complicated gynecologic cancers and fertility-sparing surgery in women with gynecologic malignancies.

FEMALE PELVIC MEDICINE RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Veronica T. Mallett, M.D.

Professor and Founding Chair

Veronica T. Mallett, M.D., is Professor and Founding Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York and her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Following medical school, she did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University in Detroit where she also completed a Fellowship in Urological Gynecology. She then completed a Research and Surgical Fellowship in Electrophysiology of the Pelvic Floor/Reconstructive Surgery at St. Mary's Hospital, Manchester, England in September 1993. She obtained her Masters degree in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh in March 2011. Dr. Mallett has received several leadership and teaching awards. She has also received a number of research grant awards from the NIH and other funding resources. Her special areas of interest are incontinence, reconstructive pelvic surgery and urogynecology.

T. Ignacio Montoya, M.D.

Assistant Professor

T. Ignacio Montoya, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Montoya, a native El Pasoan, is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his undergraduate degree from UT El Paso and his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He returned to Dallas to complete a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He has received multiple teaching and research awards, including the President's Award for Outstanding Research in Gynecologic Surgery from the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and a research grant from the American Urogynecologic Society/June Allyson Foundation. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and has performed research studies on pelvic anatomy, native tissue vaginal reconstructive procedures, and anal sphincter recovery after injury. Areas of interest include transvaginal surgery, vaginal reconstruction for prolapse, urinary and anal incontinence.

Robert W. Vera, M.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Professor and Chief of Gynecologic Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Vera is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas and he finished his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1985. He practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for the National Health Service Corp from 1985-1989 and was Medical Director of the Brownsville Community Health Center from 1988-1989. He returned to El Paso to teach and practice in 1989 and has been Chief of Gynecology since 1991. Dr. Vera's main areas of interest are vaginal surgery, pelvic support, pelvic prolapse surgery (to include stress urinary incontinence), laparoscopic surgery, and breast disease.

MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE

James, Janine

Janine James, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Janine James, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. James graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Mount Sinai Hospital and the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. During her training, she became interested in high-risk pregnancy, pediatric gynecology, teen pregnancy, and sexual assault. Dr. James obtained a Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship from the University of Illinois, and was later recruited to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee clinical campus. She served on several hospital, university and community committees that revolved around quality assurance, ethics and mentoring of students. She later became Director of Obstetrics, Director of the Sexual Assault Treatment Center and Associate Professor and consultant for the adolescent treatment center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After years of academic service, Dr. James went into private practice and co-managed hundreds of patients along with their midwives, family physicians and obstetricians. Dr. James' areas of clinical interest are prevention of preterm birth, prevention of adverse outcome, adolescent pregnancy, mothers of advanced maternal age, diabetes, obstetrical and gynecologic ultrasound, pediatric gynecology and sexual assault.

RESEARCH

Zuber D. Mulla, MSPH, PhD

Associate Professor

Zuber D. Mulla, MSPH, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Epidemiologic Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He received his master's degree and doctorate in epidemiology from the University of South Florida Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health, in Tampa. Dr. Mulla's research interests include patient outcomes/clinical epidemiology, preeclampsia, cervical cancer detection, and anaphylaxis. He has approximately 60 publications in peer-reviewed clinical and public health journals. In 2002 he was a co-recipient of a productivity award from the State of Florida for assisting in the public health investigation of the Florida anthrax outbreak during the fall of 2001. Dr. Mulla also received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the El Paso Regional Campus of The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston in May of 2004.

PROFESSOR EMERITUS

William H. Scragg, M.D.

Professor Emeritus

William H. Scragg, M.D., was conferred an appointment of Professor Emeritus by the Texas Tech Board of Regents in August 2013. He retired in August 2013 after 40 years of service at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Scragg was a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, TX. During his tenure at TTUHSC he served in multiple capacities such as Interim Regional Dean, Assistant Dean, Associate Department Chairman, Clinical Director and Residency Director for OB/GYN, and Medical Director for Family Planning. He is a tenured professor and has been recognized by his colleagues and students for outstanding achievements as a teacher, faculty member, and mentor.

VOLUNTEER FACULTY

Richard W. Farnam, M.D., FACOG

Clinical Associate Professor

Richard W. Farnam, M.D. is a Board Certified Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso. He received his medical degree in 2001 from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Farnam completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training in 2005 at Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Metrohealth Medical Center. He completed an AAGL Gynecologic Endoscopy Fellowship in 2006 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, New York. Dr. Farnam is one of the nation's leading experts in Robotic Gynecologic surgery. He is one of only 28 da Vinci Epicenter program directors in the entire country. He is the director and chairman of the robotic Surgery program at Las Palmas Medical Center. In 2002, he participated in the original trials of robotic surgery in gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and is one of the first gynecologists in the country to use the technology. He has performed over 1500 minimally invasive surgeries, over 250 Robotic hysterectomies, and currently performs over 200 da Vinci surgeries per year. Dr. Farnam is the nation's leading expert in reduced port robotic surgery. Specifically, he is the first physician in the entire country to perform a single incision Robotic hysterectomy. In 2011 he presented his three port technique at the World Robotic Conference and at the 40th annual AAGL global congress. His Robotic experience also includes tubal reanastamosis, myomectomy, adnexal surgery, Pelvic lymphadenectomy, excision of Stage IV endometriosis, appendectomy, sacral colpopexy, ureterolysis, and adhesiolysis. Since 2007 Dr. Farnam has been an active proctor for robotic surgery across the entire country. He is a member of the AAGL Special interest group on Robotic surgery. In 2009 he won an award for best robotics manuscript at the 38th annual global congress on minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Farnam is a reviewer for the Journal of minimally invasive gynecology, and has also published on robotics in a peer reviewed journal.

Luis S. Noble, M. D.

Luis S. Noble, M.D.

Clinical Professor

Luis S. Noble, M. D. is a Board Certified Associate Clinical Professor in Reproductive Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University HSC-El Paso. He graduated with honors from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Medical School, Monterrey, Mexico and did his residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX. Dr. Noble did a Research Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and a Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. He is the recipient of numerous national research awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for research in endometriosis. Dr. Noble's areas of interest are Endometriosis, Reproductive Surgery and Assisted Reproductive Technology.

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