Welcome Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine – Transmountain. Our department rests on a hillside overlooking the communities of El Paso, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez. We serve a diverse population from both the surrounding, suburban area of West El Paso, as well as physician shortage areas extending across the surrounding state borders. Our mission seeks to elevate the quality of life to those in need of our services, by the discovery of best care practices and implementing that care through our physicians and staff. Our vision is simple: become a model of compassionate, quality care that others seek to emulate.

Unique among medical schools, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine has the advantage of housing two distinct yet equal departments of family medicine, one located at Kenworthy, and one at Transmountain. As our enrollment has grown, so has our need to expand both faculty and facilities. The Department of Family Medicine – Transmountain is a solution to that need. Our two family medicine departments collaborate, each with a niche bringing value to the school and the community. Both departments actively teach medical students and have the full support of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  We are accepting new patients through our appointment line at 915-215-8400.

Together, we are making quality health care more accessible, improving lives in the Borderland and beyond.


Peter Catinella, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine – TM