Deans of CHS/SON
College of Health Sciences
Dr. Dharamsi is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Charles H. & Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair in Health Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he went on to teach and earn tenure in the Faculty of Medicine. His research is primarily in the domain of public health with a focus on social accountability, ethics, global health, health inequities, and medical education. Immediately prior to joining UTEP, Dr. Dharamsi served as Founding Associate Dean of Social Accountability, Professionalism, and Community and Global Engagement for the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. His work has been published widely and funded through prominent foundations and research agencies. He has extensive education, research and community development experience in Asia and Africa, as well as in Canada and the U.S.
School of Nursing
Dr. Patricia Castiglia is the Interim Dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Dr. Castiglia has had a distinguished career as a nurse, faculty member, and higher education administrator. She returns to UTEP after having served as dean of The College of Nursing and Allied Health. Later, the college was renamed the College of Health Sciences, incorporating the discipline of Nursing (now the UTEP School of Nursing) from 1990 through 2001. During her deanship, she led the establishment of four comprehensive health care centers along the El Paso and Mexico border, allowing for faculty and students from the health science disciplines of both UTEP and Texas Tech University to serve disadvantaged populations in the region. Her programs were used as models throughout the Southwest. Dr. Castiglia was the first person, at the College, to be awarded with the Charles and Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair in Nursing and Health Sciences.
Dr. Castiglia comes to UTEP from upstate New York. She has spent most of her career at the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Nursing where she received her Ph.D. in Research and Development in Instructional Design. While at UB, she served as assistant professor, associate professor, associate dean, and interim dean in 1989 right before joining UTEP. Dr. Castiglia co-founded Professional Nurse Consultants, the first professional nursing corporation in New York State, and worked with the State Legislature in an effort that successfully allowed nurse practitioners to practice in New York.
Dr. Castiglia has been the recipient of a myriad of honors and awards including her induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame, her selection as Texas Nursing Association District I Nurse of the Year, and her appointment to the Texas Cancer Council by then governor, George W. Bush. She is associate professor emerita at UB, and was designated professor emerita at UTEP in 2001. Dr. Castiglia is also dean emerita of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In addition, both the University of Buffalo and the UB School of Nursing have awarded her Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Dr. Castiglia has remained active in nursing higher education. She is an active member of the Hamburg Counseling Board and the Gift of Life Board. She has also served as a consultant for The University of Vermont, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The University of Missouri at St. Louis, and UB School of Nursing. She continues to write, publish, and review manuscripts for several professional journals. Most recently, in 2013, she received an Excellence in Reviewing Award, jointly awarded by the American Academy of Nursing and the journal, Nursing Outlook.