If you asked me to describe Dr. Richard Homan, I would say he's the physician all his patients love, and the boss nobody wants to lose. The Dean of the Texas Tech Medical School turned in his resignation Wednesday to accept a position as Dean and Senior Vice President of Health Affairs at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
In his 16 years here at Texas Tech, Dr. Homan worked his way up from the mailroom to the top, so to speak. Even though he was promoted to dean nearly 4 years ago, Dr. Homan has continued his practice as a family doctor which is almost unheard of among medical school deans. And Dr. Homan told me he will dearly miss his staff, and his patients.
"I have patients I adore many of whom I have almost adopted. It's godfathers and family members and so the relationships i have with them and with the faculty, the superb faculty that we have dedicated faculty. Those relationships are very hard to separate. So it has been a very difficult decision and yet at our stage in our life it is the next step," says Dr. Richard Homan.
Since Dr. Homan grew up in the Long Island area, he is returning close to his roots. He says he is proud to have accomplished two personal goals here at Texas Tech. First, getting the medical school on better financial footing, and building a better relationship between the school and University Medical Center, and the community.
Dr. Homan will leave Lubbock for Drexel University in Philadelphia in September.