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Vol. 2, no. 8



APRIL 15, 2011

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The Texas Panhandle Poison Center cleaned house during its Medication Cleanout April 9. Nearly 400 cars drove through the TTUHSC parking lot, dropping off expired, leftover or unneeded medication to volunteers stationed outside the School of Pharmacy. According to Ronica Farrar with the Poison Center, 964.4 pounds of medication were collected making this the largest event to date. The Medication Cleanout Project was made

possible thanks to a three-year $300,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the annual project is to prevent medication-related poisonings, misuse, abuse and environmental contamination. The Poison Center will host two more Medication Cleanouts in the coming months. Events will be April 30 in Lubbock and June 18 in Pampa.

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Congratulations to the recipients of the Dean’s Faculty Awards DEAN’S AWARDS

Clinical Teaching Award JERRY KIRKLAND, M.D. Educational Innovation Award BRIAN WEIS, M.D., ROGER SMALLIGAN, M.D. Scholarship/Research Award RAKHSHANDA RAHMAN, M.D. Distinguished Faculty Service Award MARITA SHEEHAN, M.D.

Department of Family Medicine Department of Internal Medicine Department of Surgery Professor and Assistant Academic Dean


Clinical Teaching Award OLYEMISI FATUNDE, M.D. Clinical Teaching Award JANET MELLER, M.D. Clinical Teaching Award MICHAEL JENKINS, M.D. Community Faculty Service Award CULLEN HOPKINS, M.D. Community Faculty Service Award DAVID TYSON, M.D.

Department of Family Medicine Department of Family Medicine Department of Pediatrics Department of Pediatrics Department of Psychiatry Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Family Medicine

Community Faculty Service Award ZAK WEIS, M.D., RICHARD ELLINGTON, M.D., JAKE LENNARD, M.D.

Department of Internal Medicine

Community Faculty Service Award MUSTAFA HUSSAIN, M.D.

Department of Psychiatry

New Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award CHRISTOPHER TODD, M.D., FAISAL KHASAWNEH, M.D. Educational Innovation in Education Award CURTIS TURNER, M.D., HARVEY RICHEY, M.D. Distinguished Service Award MITCH JONES, M.D., EUGENE LUCKSTEAD, M.D. Scholarship/Research Award TETYANA VASYLEVA, M.D.


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Department of Surgery Department of Pediatrics Department of Internal Medicine

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RESEARCH AWARDS Most Published Faculty Member GOLDER WILSON, M.D. Most Published Department PEDIATRICS Most Published Department by Percentage of Faculty OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Most Student Presenters on Research Day by Department PEDIATRICS, SURGERY Most Resident Presenters on Research Day INTERNAL MEDICINE

If you have health insurance through the Employee Retirement System and your policy covers dependents, you should have received a letter from AON Hewitt regarding a dependent audit. If you have not received a

Research Day Results STUDENTS

Case Study First Place STEPHEN MATHEW, third-year medical student Poster - Hantavirus with Neurologic Manifestations in West Texas: A Case Report Second Place DANIEL GEORGE, third-year medical student Poster - A Man with AMAN Research Study First Place JENNA ALDINGER, fourth-year medical student Poster - A Prospective Evaluation of E/M Coding Variability Second Place ALLISON BOEMER, third-year medical student Poster - Hypertension and Obesity in Preterm Children: Can we predict the risk?


Case Study First Place Andrew Faniku, M.D. Poster - A Case of Precocious Puberty in a Six-Month-Old Girl Second Place Sarah Hasham, M.D. Poster - Denys-Drash Syndrome Research Study First Place Johnnie Faircloth, M.D. Poster - Injuries in Child and Adolescent Hurdlers Requiring Treatment in U.S. Emergency Rooms Second Place Steve Burgess, M.D. Poster - Blood Pressure Rising: Is There a Difference between Current Clinical and Recommended Measurement Techniques? 2011 Deans Scholarly Achievement Award for published articles, abstract and manuscripts from peer-reviewed journals LINH THI MY HA, M.D. IDEAN NIKROOYAN, fourth-year medical student

letter and you have dependent coverage, contact Human Resources to make sure your correct address is on file. It is important to note that not receiving a letter, does not excuse you from the audit. If you do not comply by the deadline, May 18, your dependents will be dropped from coverage and they will not be eligible for COBRA. This includes health, dental and dependent life. This dependent audit applies to everyone with health insurance through ERS except School of Medicine residents. If you are unsure of what documents to provide, a list can be found on the ERS web-site at: You may also contact AON Hewitt with any questions at (800) 987-6605.


DOT Shipping Labels Available

If you need Department of Transportation shipping labels, they are now available in the Safety Office. For more information, email .

Welcome to TTUHSC!


April 15, 2011

$145,000 check presented to GiRL Power Program

Months of dedication and hard work paid off April 12 as Laura Street and Suzi Miller, co-chairs for the Power of the Purse, presented a $145,000 check to GiRL Power, a program created by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

GiRL Power, which stands for Growing Relationships in Life, empowers pre-teen girls and their mothers to help improve self-esteem, activity level, nutrition, Internet safety and communication. The funds, which were raised during the recent Second Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon and Designer Purse Auction, will allow GiRL Power to host a large event for area girls ages 9 to 12 and their mothers or other role models. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 28 at the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Ballroom and Regency Room. It will include breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, exhibits and more. For more information on GiRL Power, go to: y/girlpower For ticket information, call 356-4695.

TTUHSC Scientist Receives $1 Million Grant for Amarillo Campus The grant will allow for the purchase of a major research instrument that will support the nationally competitive research programs being conducted in Amarillo by TTUHSC research faculty.

Deborah Smith Correctional Nurse, Clements Judith Thomas Physician Extender, Clements Kimberly Pride Senior Business Associate, Clements Jerry Hatley Coordinator, Campus Police J’Taun Kinkade Analyst 1, Business Office

The piece of equipment, known as a confocal/multiphoton laser scanning microscope, will allow researchers to view images of drugs and cancer cells in the tissues of living organisms. It can also be used to explore the mechanisms associated with cell signaling and cell invasion within the body so that new therapeutic drugs can be tested.

The Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas has awarded a $1 million grant to Quentin Smith, Sr., Ph.D., and a team of collaborating faculty investigators and basic scientists from the TTUHSC Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine in Amarillo.

Key investigators expected to benefit from the equipment include Dr. Smith, Zonghan Dai, Ph.D., Ming-hai Wang, Ph.D., Ruiwen Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Junxuan Lu, Ph.D. and Paul Lockman, Ph.D. .......................................................................


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OB/GYN Employee of the Quarter Congratulations to Brenda Powell for being named Employee of the Quarter for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Powell, a patient service specialist, is always friendly and positive. She strives to project a professional image and when conflict arises Powell is always available and willing to work out the best resolution for the patient and physician. ........................................................................

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Scott Woolery Hometown: Amarillo since 1964, but spent the first 10 years in Denver, Colorado. Department: Police Job Title: Sergeant Years at TTUHSC: 5 1/2 Favorite thing about TTUHSC: The closeness of everyone that works here. Your family: Spouse: Sharon, Kids: Jason Woolery, Erin Roberts, Amanda Woods and Chris Morgan, Grandkids: Hannah, Jacob, Alice Woolery, Journi Jaxon Morgan and Bradley Burns Hobbies: Traveling, sports, working in the yard and going to the Amarillo Town Club. Place you would like to visit: Anywhere warm with clear blue water and a beach…for obvious reasons! Something few people know: I’m a retired Texas D.P.S. Sergeant and a retired U.S. Army Reserve major and served a tour in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005.

Campus Accomplishments Eileen Murphy, licensed clinical social worker with the Department of Psychiatry, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Panhandle Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Murphy was chosen for this prestigious award for her work with the geriatrics population. ———————————————————--Congratulations to Marge Dean, R.N., geriatric nurse practitioner in the Department of Internal Medicine, for being selected as a nurse practitioner leader by the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The AANP was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through education, policy, clinical practice and research. Dean will be inducted June 24 in Las Vegas. .......................................................................

Jodi Reid Going Away Party

Dozens of people gathered in the Dean’s Conference Room April 4 to say goodbye to Jodi Reid, unit coordinator for the Office of Development. Reid, who has been with TTUHSC for six years, is starting a new chapter in her career. Although she won’t be walking our halls, Reid is staying in Amarillo. We wish her the very best!

Patti Dillingham Retirement Party

Discounted Tickets for TTUHSC The Amarillo Bulls have made it to the second round of the North American Hockey League playoffs! All TTUHSC employees and students who would like to attend the next home game against the Topeka Roadrunners can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $10 by calling 242-1122 or stopping by the main office at 901 S. Buchanan. The puck drops at 7 p.m. April 21.

After 18 years at TTUHSC, Patti Dillingham has retired. Dillingham, who served as assistant director for graduate medical education, is moving to Houston to be closer to family. Her retirement reception on April 8 was well attended by faculty, students and staff. Dillingham will definitely be missed.


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Wednesday, April 20 Severe Weather Presentation

A severe weather training course will be from 2 to 3 p.m. April 20 in the SOP Auditorium. Krissy Scotten with the National Weather Service will be the presenter. For more information, email World Health Lecture Series

The Office of International Affairs invites you to attend the ongoing lecture series on world health. The lectures are at noon every first and third Wednesday of the month. Invited guest speakers share their experiences and work involving global health issues. The speaker on April 20 is Meredith Aikman, M.P.H., School of Nursing student. Aikman will present, “The Heart of Tibet: improving Public Health and Education in Rural Tibet.” The lecture will be in Room 4720. For more information, email

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Monday, April 25 The Harrington Library presents the Rehabilitation Reference Center

You’re invited to join the Harrington Library faculty for an informal presentation on the Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) April 25. The instruction will be presented on a come-and-go basis anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The RRC is an evidence-based clinical reference tool for rehabilitation clinicians at the point-of-care. RRC provides physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and rehabilitation students with the best available evidence for their information needs. The RRC features evidence-based content, clinical reviews, American Hospital Formulary Service drug information, exercise images, key reference handbooks, patient education topics in English and Spanish, news and clinical updates and customizable treatment regimens. No registration or sign up is required. If you are unable to attend, drop by the library for a demonstration or schedule an individual appointment by calling 354-5442.

Wednesday, April 27 Geriatric Grand Rounds

Ron Cook, D.O., will discuss exercise and aging at noon April 27 in Room 107 at the School of Pharmacy.

Friday, April 29 2011 Cancer Symposium

The Annual Cancer Symposium will begin April 29 and run through May 1 at the School of Pharmacy. During the event, participants will review the current status of cancer research being conducted throughout the Texas Tech University System, promote scientific collaboration and plan for future cancer research infrastructure. For more information, email Casino Night

The Phi Delta Chi – Beta Rho Chapter at the School of Pharmacy and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are hosting a casino night to raise money to aide in the fight against childhood cancer. The event will be from 7 to 11 p.m. April 29 at the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Ballroom. Tickets are $10 and include gambling chips and food. A cash bar will also be provided. Cocktail attire is requested. For more information, email


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Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F In a large skillet, sauté onions in 1 tablespoon of butter until transparent. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in crabmeat and shrimp. Shred the cheese and mix half of it into the seafood. Place a large spoonful of the mixture into each tortilla. Roll the tortillas up around the mixture and arrange the rolled tortillas in a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine half-and-half, sour cream, 1/4 cup butter, parsley and garlic salt. Stir until the mixture is lukewarm and blended. Pour sauce over the enchiladas, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. ……………………………… If you would like to submit a recipe for the Beat please email it to

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BOOKS ARE FUN SALE: A great turnout for the Books are Fun Sale in the TTUHSC lobby. Students, staff, faculty and patients were able to buy items at 40 to 70 percent off. All proceeds go to the Employee Love Fund (ELF) Holiday Project.

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WANTED: Referrals Support your fellow Texas Tech Physicians by referring in-house.

FAMILY MEDICINE Comprehensive Primary Care for the Family: Preventative Services Cancer Screenings Immunizations Sports, School, Employment & Travel Physicals

Office based procedures: Skin Biopsy and Excision, Skin Abscess Drainage Laceration Repair Fracture Stabilization Pap Smears & Breast Exams Ingrown Toenail Removal Newborn Circumcision Trigger Point Injections, Knee & Shoulder Injections

Chronic Medical Management: Diabetes High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol Asthma COPD Heart disease Reflux Arthritis Depression Anxiety Insomnia Dementia screening Memory Care Programs Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Nursing Home Care at Bivins Memorial Hospital Care at BSA Pre-natal Care & Delivery at NWTH Specialty Referrals


OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Routine Obstetrical Care High-Risk Obstetrical Care with the Panhandle’s ONLY board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Well Woman Care Routine and Surgical Gynecology Colposcopy Procedures Incontinence Treatment Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Genetics Specialist ..............................................................................

INTERNAL MEDICINE Inpatient and Outpatient Consults/Management for: Uncontrolled Diabetes Hypertension Endocrine Disorders Other Medical Problems

Geriatrics consults ID Consults Pulmonary consults Endocrine consults Pulmonary function test in-house Dexa scans for bone density determination Women’s Health consults including: Fibromyalgia Sexual Health Menopausal Issues Osteoporosis Well Woman Visits Botox injections

PEDIATRICS General Pediatrics Adolescent Behavioral development Cardiology Gastro-Intestinal Hematology/Oncology Endocrinologist Pulmonologist Nephrology Special Needs Intensivists Med/Peds Genetics Specialist




PSYCHIATRY Cognitive behavioral therapy Play therapy Hypnotherapy Anxiety Childhood/parenting/school dilemmas Relationship issues Blended family predicaments Depression Post traumatic stress disorder Offers counseling to children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population. ..............................................................................

Laparo/Endoscopic Surgery Pediatric Surgery Hernia & Gallbladder Endocrine Surgery Wound Care Breast Diseases Head & Neck Cancers Esophageal Surgery Surgical Oncology General Thoracic Surgery Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) Bronchoscopy Thoracic Oncology Hyper Hydrosis Ear Nose and Throat


AMARILLO PHARMACEUTICAL CARE CENTER 1400 S. Coulter, Suite 1100 First floor of the main TTUHSC building Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (806) 356-4620

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