Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Academic Dean for Faculty Development
Director, Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation
SANJA KUPESIC PLAVSIC, M.D., Ph.D.
Kupesic Plavsic, M.D., Ph.D., is an acclaimed expert in the field of reproductive medicine and ultrasound. Before coming to the U.S., she headed the Division for Reproductive Endocrinology and Menopause at the University of Zagreb Sveti Duh Hospital in Zagreb, Croatia for 10 years.
Dr. Kupesic has been invited to speak at 285 major international meetings, congresses, symposia and conferences. She has presented novel data at numerous scientific gatherings and served as principal investigator on four long-term clinical projects.
She has published 220 peer-reviewed articles and authored or coauthored 447 chapters in textbooks and 338 abstracts and proceedings. She has edited 24 books, four slide atlases, two videos and five educational DVDs. Her publications have been cited more than 4,800 times.
In 2005, Dr. Kupesic was awarded the international William Liley award for her contributions to the field of human reproduction, perinatal medicine and ultrasound. In 2014, she became a member of the International Academy of Human Reproduction (IAHR), and an honorary professor at Buenos Aires University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University in Moscow, Russia. Since 2001, she has been a visiting professor and human reproduction fellowship co-director at Dubrovnik International University Libertas in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Dr. Kupesic has received numerous local, regional and national awards for her accomplishments in research and teaching, including the dean’s innovation in medical education award, professor of the year award, residents’ teaching award, dean’s excellence in teaching award, and special recognition for outstanding contributions to institutional faculty development and mentoring programs. She authored the innovative clinical presentation-based curriculum for reproductive medicine at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Kupesic has also led a successful accreditation site visit by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, which led to the five-year accreditation of TTUHSC El Paso’s Center for Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS) in April 2017.
Dr. Kupesic is also secretary of the international society Fetus as a Patient and executive board director of the Ian Donald Inter-University School of Medical Ultrasound. She serves as peer reviewer for 23 major international journals, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Clinical Ultrasound; European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology; and Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Currently, Dr. Kupesic is a full professor of obstetrics and gynecology, associate dean for faculty development, and director of the ATACS Center at TTUHSC El Paso. Her major research interests include human reproduction, pelvic ultrasound, medical education and clinical simulation.
Assistant Academic Dean for Faculty Development
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Zuber D. Mulla, Ph.D., serves as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and assistant dean for faculty development at TTUHSC El Paso. Dr. Mulla earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the El Paso Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, and a recipient of the 2017 University of South Florida College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Award. Mulla’s professional interests include faculty development, clinical simulation research, women’s health, and perinatal epidemiology.
He joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2006.