New Faculty Introduction 2021-2022 | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Welcome to West Texas!

The School of Medicine has a passion to provide a prodigious education for our medical students, residents and fellows, along with improving health outcomes in the most unreached, underserved communities in West Texas and around the world. We are excited to have you on board to further our mission.

Amarillo Campus

Department of Internal Medicine

Kelly McMaster
Kelly McMaster, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor
    • Graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (MD)
    • Graduate of Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business (MBA)
    • Family Medicine Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Thomas Byrne
Thomas Byrne, MD
Associate Professor
  • Graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Maywood, Illinois
  • Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tanay Patel
Tanay Patel, MD
Assistant Professor
  • Graduate of Ross University, School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies
  • Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology

 Lubbock Campus

Department of Cell Biology & Biochemistry

Jeremy Bailoo
Jeremy Bailoo, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
  • Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina

Department of Cell Physiology & Molecular Biophysics

Hariharan Parameswaran
Hariharan Parameswaran, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
  • Doctorate in Biochemistry from the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan

Department of Family & Community Medicine

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Katy Kemeze, MD
Assistant Professor
  •  Graduate of the University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • Residency in Family Medicine, Natividad Medical Center, California

Department of Internal Medicine

Marina Iskandir
Marina Iskandir, MD
Assistant Professor
  • Graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
  • Fellowship in Interventional Cardiovascular Disease, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas
Mareena Zachariah
Mareena Zachariah, MD
Professor
  • Graduate of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
  • Postdoctoral Research in Diabetic Nephropathy at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburg School of Medicine
  • Fellowships in:
    • Nephrology
    • Transplant Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology

Temilolu Abikoye
Temilolu Abikoye, MD
Assistant Professor
  • Graduate of Lagos University Teaching Hospital
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship at the Children's National Hospital/George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation

Amara Abid
Amara Abid, DPM
Assistant Professor
  • Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Residency in Podiatric Medicine - Foot and Ankle Surgery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

Department of Pediatrics

Tala Porter
Tala Porter, MD
Assistant Professor
  • Graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas
  • Residency in Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Lubbock, Texas

Department of Psychiatry

Bryce Cragg
Bryce Cragg, MD
Assistant Professor
  • Graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
Natalie Scanlon
Natalie Scanlon, PhD, LP
Assistant Professor
  • Graduate of Texas Tech University
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Specialized Training in:
    • Cognitive-Behavioral Theraphy (CBT)
    • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for TICS (CBIT)
    • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Department of Surgery

Samundani Dhanasekara
Samudani Dhanasekara, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
  • Graduate of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas
  • Doctorate in Nutritional Sciences
Ashley Northcutt
Ashley Northcutt, MD
Assistant Professor
  • Gradute of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock & Amarillo, Texas
  • Residency in General Surgery, Louisana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Fellowship in Surgical Critial Care, University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Board Certified in:
    • General Surgery
    • Sugical Critical Care
    • Endoscopy
    • Fundimentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)
    • Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)

Permian Basin Campus

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Gregory Bartha, MD
Associate Professor
  • Graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Megan Galindo
Megan Galindo, MD
Instructor
  • Graduate of the University of Texas School of Medicine, San Antonio, Texas
  • Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

Department of Surgery

Yi-Zarn Wang
Yi-Zarn Wang, DDS, MD
Associate Professor
  • Graduate of the School of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical College, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Republic of China
  • Graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon
  • General Surgery Residency at Barnes Hospital, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Oral Pathology Residency, Department of Pathology, School of Dentistry, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon