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While our campus in El Paso has educated medical students and provided quality health care to West Texans since 1973, in 2013 we officially became the fourth freestanding institution in the Texas Tech University System.

Our physicians, clinics and partnering hospitals provide over $33 million in uncompensated health care services to the greater El Paso community every year.



Along a 54-mile section of the Rio Grande, at the farthest western tip of Texas, is the intersection of three states and two countries. While the river forms boundaries that divide Texas from New Mexico and the United States from Mexico, the vibrant 400-year history of the region, replete with resiliency, united the people who live here. With an ever-increasing multicultural and majority-Hispanic population, our region serves as a proud exemplar of our nation’s future. There’s a palpable energy driving through the confluence of people and cultures in our border region, and the population here thrives in an atmosphere where multiple cultures and multiple languages create new opportunities. We understand — better than most — the advantages and challenges associated with immigration, health care access, educational opportunities and racial equity. At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, our history spans decades. As the only health sciences center on the U.S.-Mexico border, we serve 108 counties in West Texas that are historically underserved. Our unique story encompasses the thousands of lives we’ve impacted through access to health care and higher education in an area with several health care professional shortages. Together with our community, we’re reducing barriers to health care while providing students from our region and beyond with life-changing educational opportunities that will impact families for generations.



TTUHSC El Paso is the only health sciences center on the U.S.-Mexico border designated as a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.

Executive Leadership


Andrea Tawney - TTUHSC - El Paso

Andrea S. Tawney, Ph.D.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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Craig Holden - TTUHSC - El Paso

Craig Holden

Assistant Vice President of Development

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Veronique Masterson - TTUHSC - El Paso

Veronique Masterson

Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Communications

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From fundraising and marketing to alumni relations and giving initiatives, the Office of Institutional Advancement supports our Borderplex community and the university in making better health a reality in our region. We know our donors are the difference and our staff will work tirelessly to maximize the impact of your gift. Visit our online giving page or feel free to reach out to us to discuss additional opportunities. Thank you for your interest in making a difference for future generations.

Immersion courses for medical and dental students help them understand the border region’s unique health care needs while also honing clinical Spanish language skills.


Public health is ingrained in TTUHSC El Paso’s mission of improving lives, not only for El Pasoans, but for families across the globe. Our students, who learn to become talented leaders in their fields, are also changing the world with their compassion. Early in the immersion program, students at the Hunt School of Dental Medicine are exposed to real-life experiences that help them grow not only as oral health care providers, but also as human beings and members of a benevolent community. The students are expected to see and treat all patients with the same level of compassion and professionalism... regardless of where they may come from. In 2021, Hunt School of Dental Medicine faculty and first-year students treated refugees in the school’s public dental clinic, providing basic care, emergency procedures and educational tools necessary for good oral hygiene. The care provided improved the lives of those migrant families as they proceeded on their journey towards a better life.


Community Leaders Tackle Borderplex Health Disparities by Supporting the Future of Health Care


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