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The goals of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center-Permian Basin Department of Surgery are to promote excellence in clinical service, education, research and community service to meet the needs of the west Texas community.  The Texas Tech University Health Science Center-Permian Basin Department of Surgery with our community partners provides a wide variety of clinical services in a number of different settings. Our core academic programs are located at the Odessa Regional Medical Center and the very diverse and high volume surgical services at Midland Memorial Hospital. We have a focus on Rural surgery and provide services at a number of frontier, rural and community sites including among others Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring TX and Artesia General Hospital in Artesia NM. 

Our faculty includes the core academic faculty complemented by a large and diverse adjunct clinical faculty.  The faculty includes practitioners in all aspects of surgery including Cardio-thoracic surgery, Colon and Rectal surgery, General surgery, Minimally Invasive and Robotic surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic surgery, Plastic surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Surgical Oncology, Urology and Vascular surgery practicing in tertiary referral centers, community hospitals, and rural critical access hospitals. 

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin Department of Surgery has educational programs for third and fourth year medical students, the Physician Assistant program and for surgical residents. The surgical residency program is finishing the first year of a 4 year implementation. The residency program had a successful initial match of 4 categorical residents and 4 preliminary residents at the PGY-1 level in March, 2016. We also hired four residents at the PGY-2 level. These residents formed the first class of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin Surgical Residency Program when they started in June 2016.  We have had a very successful second match and look forward with great anticipation to welcoming our second group of 4 categorical and 4 preliminary first year surgery residents in June, 2017. Our well-balanced, comprehensive, evidence based educational programs utilize the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum and include didactic and self-directed learning activities. The fully functioning simulation center allows residents to prepare for the challenging world of surgery in a consequence-free environment and develop skills from basic suturing and knot tying to flexible endoscopy and advanced laparoscopic techniques to leadership of the healthcare team. The success of our educational programs was demonstrated by the scores achieved by our residents on this year on the American Board of Surgery In-training Examination (ABSITE). One of our residents will to taking a 2 year leave from the program after earning a prestigious Pediatric Burn research fellowship with Dr. David Herndon at the Shrine Hospital in Galveston TX. The resulting vacant residency position was filled with well-deserved promotions of current categorical and preliminary residents. We are proud to have received 1.5 million dollars in funding from The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to continue the development of our residency program. 

Research is the third component of the Department of Surgery’s mission. Current research efforts include studies in Creating a Virtual Center of Excellence for Rectal Cancer, the Management of Appendicitis during Pregnancy, providing Basic Screening Services in Frontier and Rural Areas, Assessing Surgical Quality in Low Volume Hospitals and a number of other educational, systems of care and socioeconomic projects.  These efforts have resulted in scientific presentation by the faculty and residents at numerous surgical meetings including the Texas Surgical Society, North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons to name just a few. The Department of Surgery’s clinical research efforts will be complimented by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin Basic Science Research Center scheduled for completion in 2018. 

We look forward to meeting interested candidates this interview season. 


C. Neal Ellis Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.,FASCRS, FACG
Professor and Regional Chairman
Residency Program Director
Department of Surgery
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin