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.
By her colleagues Dr. Kupesic Plavsic is considered an acclaimed expert in the field of Reproductive Medicine and Ultrasound. She holds a M.D. and Ph.D. degree and also a University Professorship, and possesses clinical skills and experience in academia and scientific research. Before coming to the U.S., during the course of ten years she headed the Division for Human Reproduction, Reproductive Endocrinology and Menopause at Sveti Duh Hospital, Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia.
In a capacity of invited speaker she attended 270 major international meetings, congresses, symposia and/or conferences and has documented the ability to successfully present novel data at scientific gatherings. Her presentation skills, oral and written communication abilities were always rated as superb. As a principal investigator she has coordinated four long-term clinical projects.
She has published 182 peer reviewed articles and authored or coauthored 380 chapters in textbooks and 334 abstracts and/or proceedings. She has edited sixteen books, four slide atlases, two video tapes and three educational DVDs. Her publications were cited more than 3.100 times. Since 1992 she is the Secretary of the "Fetus as the Patient Society". Since 1997 she is the Board member of the Croatian Medical Academy. In 2000 she was elected a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, and in 2001 a member of the Board of European Society for Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation. From 2004-2006 she was the president of the Croatian Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vice president of the Croatian Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and vice president of the Mediterranean Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since 2010 she is a member of the Education Committee of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine and Executive Board member of “Ian Donald Inter-University School of Medical Ultrasound”. Since 2011 she is visiting professor and Human Reproduction fellowship co-director at Dubrovnik International University in Croatia.
In 1994 Dr. Kupesic was awarded National Academy prize for the best scientific paper published in 1993, in 1996 the Zagreb award for science, in 1999 European House award for science and National award for the best scientific paper published in year 2000. In 2005 she was honored with International award William Liley for contribution to the field of Gynecology, Human Reproduction, Perinatal Medicine and Ultrasound.
Currently she works as the Assistant Academic Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of OB GYN and Radiology at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University in El Paso. She received four excellence-in teaching awards: Dean’s Innovation in Medical Education Award (2009), Professor of the Year Award (2011), Excellence in Residents’ Teaching Award (2011) and Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2011).
Her experience as a lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as at scientific meetings and workshops has helped her to achieve the ability to translate scientific matters to different layers of audience in a practical manner. Her current major research interests include Faculty Development, Medical Education, Reproductive Medicine, and application of ultrasound in the field of Infertility, Menopause, Gynecologic Oncology and Early Pregnancy.
Assistant Academic Dean for Faculty Development
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Zuber D. Mulla, Ph.D., is associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and assistant dean for Faculty Development. He joined the faculty in 2006 and has worked over 20 years as an epidemiologist. Dr. Mulla earned his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa. 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. His professional interests include faculty development and women’s health.