Board of Regents Approves New School of Medicine Department

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August 8, 2015
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Board of Regents Approves New School of Medicine Department

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Department of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine. The board also authorized the TTUHSC Office of Academic Affairs to submit for approval for the department to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

This medical specialty deals with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, otolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.

Along with clinical treatment, the Department of Otolaryngology also will focus on the academic and research activities related to Otolaryngology with regard to student medical education, establishing and maintaining new residency training program and conducting appropriate and relevant research in the specialty.

Steven L. Berk, M.D., TTUHSC executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, said the Department of Otolaryngology will allow the school to further expand its mission of providing excellent health care to the people of this region by training future physicians who are likely to establish clinical practices in West Texas following graduation.

“Our new department will present the faculty, residents and medical students opportunities to develop ongoing, cutting-edge advances in ENT clinical service, research and teaching, which are so vital to a dynamic academic environment,” Berk said.

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