University Advisors

SHAFIK DHARAMSI

Professor, Public Health Sciences - Health Sciences (College of) Dean, College of Health Sciences

Questions around how to better prepare future health professionals to address health inequities and their causes are among the most pressing and challenging issues facing the health professions today. Dr. Dharamsi’s research interests focus on these questions from the perspectives of the social determinants of health, professional ethics, social accountability, global health, and population & public health. Competencies in the areas of health advocacy, professionalism, inter-professional collaboration, communication and ethics are integral to the practice of healthcare and the social accountability of health professionals. Dr. Dharamsi’s work focuses on improving the theoretical and practical understanding of these essential competencies, their integration into curricula and teaching practice, and their relevance in the practice of healthcare.

Alvaro Gurovich

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Rehabilitation Sciences Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Dr. Gurovich’s research expertise is in the clinical applied physiology field. Dr. Gurovich studies the interactions of exercise-induced blood flow patterns with endothelial function at the system, cellular, and molecular levels. In addition, Dr. Gurovich is passionate about exercise intensity management to personalized exercise prescriptions and use exercise as medicine.

MARIA DUARTE-GARDEA

Professor, Public Health Sciences - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Department Chair, Public Health Sciences

Dr. Duarte’s research focuses on nutrition interventions and chronic disease prevention in Mexican-Americans. Additionally, her research combines physical activity with nutrition intervention to result in a healthier community. She conducts community-based participatory research and has participated in multi-institutional transborder chronic disease prevention projects. Dr. Duarte has served as a reviewer in multiple study sections from the National Institutes of Health and Center for Disease Control, and in the Robert Wood Foundation’s Salud America initiative. She has been a member of the expert panel in gestational diabetes of the American Dietetic Association.

HARRY MEEUWSEN

Professor, Kinesiology - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Interim Department Chair, Kinesiology

Harry Meeuwsen is a professor of Kinesiology at The University of Texas at El Paso, former chair of the department, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences, Associate Provost, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and started the UTEP Leadership Development Institute which he coordinated for three years. He is currently the director of the Physical Education Teacher Education program. His research interest’s focus on team based learning, the flipped classroom, student learning, leadership development, program and course design.

Justin M. Wright, MD

Department of Family Medicine, Specialty of Sports Medicine

Clinical Expertise – Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Back pain, Preventive Care and Wellness, Adults and children, Heart failure, Depression, Dizziness, Including Well Women Exams, Thyroid disease, Smoking Cessation, Prostate problems, Arthritis, joint pain, Abdominal pain, Peptic ulcer and GERD, Musculoskeletal problems, Skin rashes, Headache, Allergic rhinitis, Hypertension, UTI, Asthma – child & adult, Diabetes, Chest pain, Anxiety, Upper respiratory infections

Board Certifications – Certificate of Added Qualifications, Sports Medicine; American Board of Family Medicine