Office of the President and Dean

President Lange

Welcome to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine website. We invite you to explore these pages to find out more about the only four-year medical school on the U.S.-Mexico border. When the inaugural class of 40 medical students began in 2009, faculty at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine broke ground with an innovative curriculum that is now serving as a model for new medical schools. For instance, before our students begin their medical studies, they attend an immersion course over three weeks in which they embraced the predominantly Hispanic culture by learning Spanish and selecting community service sites in which they can contribute their time and talents as students. The school’s nontraditional curriculum integrates basic science instruction across disciplines in the context of organ systems. Further, it incorporates an approach to clinical reasoning and problem solving from the first day of class. We are proud to say that our faculty and students are recognized for their accomplishments on local, regional and, national levels. There is so much more, but I hope you will one day experience it for yourself.

We are “Education, Research, Patient Care…Beyond Borders.”

Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A
President, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Dean, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine


Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is the Texas Tech University System’s fourth university. The mission of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso is to improve the lives of people in our State and our community by focusing on the unique health care needs of socially and culturally diverse border populations through excellence in integrated education, research, and patient care.. TTUHSC El Paso is comprised of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and is a regional campus for a L. Frederick Francis Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The university has a clinical practice called Texas Tech Physicians that is part of the largest network of healthcare physicians in West Texas. Research focuses on cancer, diabetes and obesity, infectious diseases, and neurology.

The President of TTUHSC reports to the Chancellor, who is theChief Executive Officer of the System. The Chancellor and the President are responsible to the Texas Tech University Board of Regents, which sets overall policy for the Texas Tech University System.