Message from the Interim Chair

Dr. V. Mallett - Msg from the Interim 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 interim 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:

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.

Interim Chair's Bio

Sireesha Y. Reddy, M.D., is a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, with a secondary appointment in pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. She trained at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Reddy is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who joined the faculty as division chief for the general obstetrics and gynecology division and medical director of the Women's Health Practice. Her clinical focus is in the care of pediatric and adolescent gynecology patients understanding that this special young population has unique requirements for physicians who are skilled in the medical evaluation, surgical management, and correction of gynecologic disorders of this age group.

Dr. Reddy has lectured and given workshops at national meetings including the North American Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting. She is a member of the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the past years, Dr. Reddy has authored and co-authored peer reviewed publications. She has also been awarded several foundation and NIH grants to support her research.