GOOD NEWS: Gowda nabs top educational award

Dr. Dinesh Gowda, a pediatrician at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, was recently awarded a top educational award in a ceremony held at Odessa Country Club.

The Dean’s Educational Innovation Award was bestowed upon him by Texas Tech Dean Dr. Steven L. Berk in recognition of his contribution to help the school to meet its educational mission.

Gowda is an associate professor of pediatrics and also clerkship director for third and fourth year medical students. Gowda’s role as an educator is helps ensure the next generations of physicians are properly trained to provide a high level of care.

Through his position of clerkship director, Gowda is responsible for developing curriculum, documenting the educational experience, and evaluating, grading, and providing feedback for the students.

Gowda is also a pediatrician and sees kids from newborn to adolescents in the clinic located at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Via email, he said his philosophy is promoting healthy emotional and physical development, as well as emphasizing the value of good nutrition, education and exercise.

“I am honored to receive this award, which inspires me to work harder to better serve West Texas to the best of my abilities,” Gowda said.

Gowda also has received other awards including Outstanding Faculty Award voted by medical students and Top Pediatrician 2018 by the Top Doctor Awards.

Gowda was born in India and attended medical school at J.J.M. Medical College, India. His residency training in pediatrics was in India. He then moved to New York to do his residency from Columbia University at Harlem Hospital.

Gowda was a chief resident for a year and supervised 30 to 40 residents in his program in addition to teaching medical students from Columbia University.

He relocated to West Texas six years ago. He said he loves this area and is happy to serve what he describes as a “very friendly population of West Texas.”

He has a special interest in asthma, ADHD and newborn care. He has published several reports in journals of pediatrics and is also a member of research advisory committee, clinical education committee and students promotional and professional conduct committee

He is married to Niriksha Hoskoppal, a hospitalist physician at Medical Center Hospital. He has two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy. He and his family enjoy traveling and have a mission to visit all 50 states of the United States. Their last memorable visit was to the scenic Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Gowda is an MD in pediatrics and ABP board certified pediatrician. He is also fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). He is employed by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and his clinic is located in the Texas Tech building.