Dr. Tilahun (Tilay) Adera, MA, MPH, PhD, (ex-officio)
El Paso Children's Hospital, Board - Dr. Tilahun Adera
Dr. Tilahun (Tilay) Adera, MA, MPH, PhD, currently serves as the Dean of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University.
Dr. Adera oversees the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, the Department of Public Health Sciences, the Southwest Survey Research Center, the Southern Area Health Education Center, and the Institute for Health Disparities Research.
The College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University
has over 1,600 students and over 100 faculty and staff members.
Prior to serving as Dean for the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University, Dr. Adera served as Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology, Associate Dean for Public Health, and Senior Associate Dean for Public Health in the School of Medicine, at Virginia Commonwealth University.
As a professor, he received several Outstanding Teacher awards, and Educator of the Year awards at two universities.
As a researcher and methodologist, he has conducted research in various research fields including: the etiology of breast cancer, determinants of low birth weight and premature birth, high cholesterol and coronary heart disease, hearing loss in adult and pediatric populations.
Dr. Adera received his pharmacy degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, where he worked as an industrial pharmacist and operations manager before coming to the United States.
He received a master's degree in Environmental Health from Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon, a master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and his PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University in Oregon.
Dr. Adera has been a member of various professional organizations at various times including the American Public Health Association, the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation, and the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the Society for Occupational and Environmental Health, the World Health Organization: Global Environment Epidemiology Network, the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, and the National Environmental Health Association.