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Texas Tech HSC President Announces New Role for El Paso Regional Dean

May 27th, 2005

WHAT:A press conference and question and answer session to learn more about Texas Tech Regional Dean Jose Manuel de la Rosa's new role as vice president of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

WHEN:9:15 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2005

WHERE: Texas Tech El Paso School of Medicine Medical Library, 4800 Alberta Ave.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center President M. Roy Wilson, M.D., M.S., has named Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D. vice president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso .

"We are excited that Dr. de la Rosa has accepted this new position and look forward to growing the stature and reputation of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso", Wilson said.

Wilson said with the progression of the development of the four-year El Paso medical school, there is a need to have greater visibility locally, nationally and internationally. In order to accomplish this, he added that a senior-level administrative effort is needed.

"Dr. de la Rosa has been regional dean for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center since 1997. As a native of El Paso , a graduate of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and the first alumnus dean, he has been a champion in leading the way in the efforts toward the establishment of the four-year medical school and a tremendous leader in this community", Wilson said.

"He is a product of this city. He was born in the old Hotel Dieu Hospital , lived the first six years of his life across the border in Juarez and graduated from Cathedral High School . His father was a teacher in El Paso for 38 years. There is no person better qualified than Dr. de la Rosa to lead the way as a public ambassador."

Wilson said de la Rosa also will pursue collaborations with higher education institutions in Mexico . "Not only do we look to expand opportunities for the Office of Border Health, but he will serve as an ambassador to the local El Paso community and to local, state and international governmental offices, institutions of higher education and national organizations," Wilson said.

In 2003, President George W. Bush named de la Rosa as a member of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. The bi-national commission develops and coordinates actions to improve the health and quality of life along the United States and Mexico border.

De la Rosa has been an advocate for the border by testifying before state interim committees of the Texas Legislature. His involvement in the community includes the establishment of the Kellogg Community Partnership Clinics, four school-based clinics that provide services to colonia residents in El Paso 's lower valley. He served as a spokesman for the rights of colonia residents to water services through the city and was a lead proponent for passing the Texas Colonia Water Rights Bill.

In his primary role as vice president he will foster interdisciplinary and intercampus education, research and patient care initiatives among the Health Science Centers in Amarillo , Dallas , Lubbock and the Permian Basin . These initiatives include Health Careers Opportunity Program, Hispanic Center of Emphasis and the SUN Program - Specialists in Underserved Needs. He will oversee general operations on the campus including the Institutional Development Office, the Office of Communications and Marketing, campus police, library, registrar, financial aid and other Health Sciences Center central support services. He also will serve as a liaison to the Texas Tech System Facilities, Planning and Construction for the master plan, design and construction of the El Paso campus buildings.

Wilson announced that he will begin a national search for a founding dean for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso School of Medicine. "This is a time-sensitive search as we work toward provisional accreditation," Wilson said.

The dean for the medical school will focus on academic and clinical issues including development of an innovative curriculum, recruitment of departmental chairs and teaching and research faculty, development of research infrastructure and securing partnerships with hospitals and ambulatory clinics to assure appropriate clinical experiences for the El Paso students. "Until we have secured the founding dean's position, Dr. de la Rosa will continue to oversee daily operations of the regional school of medicine campus at El Paso ," he said.