Message from the Chair

Nationwide, all academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology share a similar vision of improving the lives of our patients by providing excellent patient centered care, and by cultivating the next generation of culturally competent providers at the graduate and undergraduate levels, exposing them to the highest quality education, taught by committed, superior faculty. We recognize that the future requires an integrated team of professionals who understands the continuum of knowledge rests in their ability to translate their intellect and experience in an evidenced based approach. To that end, we must also provide research that continuously expands the limits of our knowledge about the health of women. These are the essential components of training the next generation.

As a founding chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, it is my vision for the school to emerge as the leader in tertiary and quaternary care of women in the west Texas border region, providing innovative and comprehensive educational opportunities for medical students and residents that encompass the breadth of women's health. As part of this vision we will be recognized as first in the region for patient safety and quality improvement, inter-professional teamwork, as well as our contribution to the improving the health of the border community.

The success of this vision requires a diverse cadre of support staff, generalists, and specialists who are aligned in the quest of excellence in the three main missions of the school, medicine, education, patient care, and research. We endeavor to be the best in all the missions:

Dr. V. Mallett - Msg from Chair

Teaching is why we exist. Teaching on the undergraduate and graduate level allows us to shape the minds of the next generation and influence the practice of medicine in the border community. It is what separates us from our practice colleagues.

We understand that as a border community our patient's health care challenges are both first world and developing world. We pride ourselves on serving this community in a patient centered, culturally sensitive, effective way, elevating the standard of care for the whole community.

We have already made great strides in realizing our vision with faculty representatives from all the subspecialties including general obstetrics and gynecology, maternal and fetal medicine, gynecologic oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery.

We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about the many innovative activities at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. We are excited about our prospects and want you to share in our unbridled enthusiasm about our future.

Chair's Bio

Dr. Mallett was born in Detroit, Michigan. She attended college at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York and then attended medical school at 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 went on to complete a research and surgical fellowship in electrophysiology of the pelvic floor/reconstructive surgery from St. Mary's Hospital, Manchester, England in September 1993. Since finishing her education, Dr. Mallett has served on the faculty of Northwestern, Wayne State, and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

She moved to the University of Tennessee in Memphis as chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and transitioned into the director of health care excellence and the director of centering pregnancy in August 2009. She joined the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso in March 2011 as chair of obstetrics and gynecology.

In addition to her medical training, Dr. Mallett has undergone leadership training by the AAMC, Covey Leadership Center, Scientific Methods Inc, the Council on Resident Education in Ob/Gyn (CREOG), Executive Leaders in Academic Medicine (ELAM), the National Association of Public Health Hospitals, the University Health Consortium Medical Leadership Program, and Patient Safety Improvement Corporation. She obtained her master's degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh in March 2011.

Dr. Mallett has been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences as a thought leader and expert. She has also been an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Among her multiple leadership positions she most recently served as the vice chair of the Tennessee Section of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She has received a number of research grants awards from the NIH and other funding resources. The most current for infant mortality reduction in Shelby County granted by the Tennessee Bureau of TennCare to conduct the Centering Pregnancy Intiative. She has authored over 40 articles, book chapter, and abstracts. She has conducted numerous clinical trials and has had a fruitful research career.

Dr. Mallett is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Uro-Gynecologic Society, American Medical Association and the International Uro-Gynecology Association.