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Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D.

Texas Member

Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D.

Dr. Jose Manuel de la Rosa is a professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at El Paso. He is also the vice president for health affairs TTUHSC El Paso and the founding dean of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. de la Rosa is board certified in pediatrics. He received his medical degree and internship from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock and completed a pediatric internship and residency at Texas Tech University at El Paso. He also holds a masters in health sciences from Harvard School of Public Health.

Soon after his appointment as Regional Dean for the School of Medicine at TTUHSC-El Paso in 1997, Dr. de la Rosa set a goal of bringing a full-fledged four-year medical school to the El Paso community. After more than ten years dedicated to this initiative, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine received its LCME accreditation on February 6, 2008 and will now welcome its inaugural class of first year medical students in July of 2009. This milestone will bring the full resources of both a medical school and health sciences center enterprise to the community. El Paso stands to benefit from the education, service, research, and policy initiatives defined by the health sciences center.

As a Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. de la Rosa’s involvement with the community led to the establishment of the Kellogg Community Partnership Clinics, which are four school-based clinics that provide services to colonia residents in El Paso’s lower valley. In an effort to focus the nation’s attention on health issues on the border, he served many times as a spokesman in various media outlets that included national public radio broadcasts, the Life Magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. Appointed by President Bush in 2003, Dr. de la Rosa serves as a member of the United States-México Border Health Commission where he continues his advocacy in addressing health issues on the border, in addition to his own research endeavors with a study group on H. Pylori infection in children on the U.S.–México border. He has continued his involvement in advocating for the border by testifying before state interim committees of the Texas Legislature.

Past academic accomplishments as the Assistant Dean for Educational Programs include the integration of the Offices of Student Affairs, Graduate Medical Education Residency Programs, and Continuing Medical Education into one functional Office of Medical Education. Again, his strong community involvement with school-based clinics led to the designing of an experimental curriculum in community medicine. This curriculum allows medical students the opportunity to rotate through colonias and experience the need for cultural sensitivity in the practice of medicine. The curriculum continues to serve as a model for national teaching efforts in cultural sensitivity, cultural awareness, and cultural competence in medicine.

Dr. de la Rosa remains active as a member of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, with school-based health center initiatives at the local and state level, with the American Association of Medical Colleges, and various other national, state, and local organizations.

Contact Info:
Texas Tech University
Health Science Center School of Medicine
5001 El Paso Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79905
(915) 783-5517