TTUHSC President’s Awards Honor Faculty Achievements

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., recognized the contributions of TTUHSC faculty in every school and on every campus at his 2015 State of University Address and Faculty Awards Convocation. Faculty were selected for academic, research and clinical achievements.

Mitchell said the event was an important means to demonstrate the unity of purpose among the regional campuses.

“Each of our campuses is a microcosm of the whole university,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell explained key faculty members provide significant contribution to TTUHSC as a whole within each of their schools and campuses.

“Faculty like those acknowledged demonstrate the vision for education at TTUHSC,” Mitchell said. “Through taking initiatives in interprofessionalism, community service or advancing TTUHSC in other ways, these faculty members have set themselves apart. These educators are critically important to the success of the entire university.”

The awards and their recipients are below.

President’s Excellence in Teaching Team Award
The Clarion Course Team, Lubbock

  • Cindy Action, DNP, R.N., NEA-BC, School of Nursing

  • Lisa Popp, Ph.D., School of Medicine

  • Charles Seifert, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, School of Pharmacy

President’s Excellence in Teaching Award
Muhammad Haris Nazim, M.D., School of Medicine, Amarillo

President’s Excellence in Research Award
Ruiwen Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., School of Pharmacy, Amarillo

President’s Outstanding Clinician Award
Steven Pass, Pharm.D., FCCM, FCCP, School of Pharmacy, Dallas
Sachin Shah, Pharm.D., BCOP, FCCP, School of Pharmacy, Dallas

President’s Excellence in Community Engagement Award
Becky Geist, MSN, APHN-BC, R.N., School of Nursing, Lubbock
Ronald D. Warner, Ph.D., DVM, professor emeritus, School of Medicine, Lubbock

President’s Excellence in Interprofessional Teamwork Award
Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program, Lubbock

  • Dolores Buscemi, M.D., School of Medicine

  • Barbara Cherry, DNSc, R.N., NEA-BC, School of Nursing

  • Paul C. Fowler, MBA, School of Medicine

  • Rosalinda Jimenez, Ed.D., R.N., MSN, School of Nursing

  • Charles Seifert, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, School of Pharmacy

President's Young Investigator Award
Luca Cucullo, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy

University Distinguished Professors

  • Jon Weidanz, Ph.D., MPH, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


  • Thomas Abbruscato, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy

  • Fakhrul Ahsan, Ph.D., Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Sanjay Srivastava, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy

  • Thomas Thekkumkara, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy

  • Robert S. Urban, M.D., FACP, School of Medicine


  • Roland Patry, DrPH, School of Pharmacy

El Paso

  • Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


  • Patricia Allen, Ed.D, R.N., CNE, School of Nursing

  • Alyce Ashcraft, Ph.D., R.N., ANEF, School of Nursing

  • Susan Bergeson, Ph.D., Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Jean-Michel Brismee, Sc.D., School of Health Professions

  • Barbara Cherry, DNSc, R.N., NEA-BC, School of Nursing

  • Betsy Goebel Jones, Ed.D., School of Medicine

  • Min Kang, Pharm.D., School of Medicine

  • Rajinder K. Koul, Ph.D., School of Health Professions

  • Richard Lampe, m.D., School of Medicine

  • Emily Merrill, Ph.D., APRN, FNP, School of Nursing

  • Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D., School of Health Professions

  • Sherry Sancibrian, M.S., School of Health Professions

  • Phillip S. Sizer Jr., Ph.D., School of Health Professions

  • Simon Williams, Ph.D., School of Medicine


  • Shailesh “Bobby” Jain, M.D., MPH, ABDA, School of Medicine


  • Sharon B. Cannon, Ed.D., R.N., ANEF, School of Nursing

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