Chair for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Miguel A. Pirela-Cruz, M.D.

Miguel A. Pirela-Cruz, M.D.

Professor and Chair for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation


 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Website

Prior to his appointment to the TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. 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 L. 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, Texas, 2004-05
Honorary Member Hand Society of Guatemala 2005
Meritorious Service Metal 2006
“Faculty of the Year”, Texas Tech University HSC – El Paso, Texas, 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