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Jack Alperin, M.D.
Jack Alperin, M.D.
Jack Alperin, M.D.
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A specialist in disorders of blood clotting and transfusion medicine, Dr. Alperin has been recognized as an exceptional teacher and clinician.

His many teaching awards include the Golden Apple Award presented by the Junior Medical School Class of 1988, the First Place Teaching Award presented by the Alumni Association of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1994 and the Alumni Appreciation Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UTMB School of Medicine Alumni Association in 1998. Earlier this year he received recognition for Commitment to Continuing Education from the School for Specialists in Blood Banking and the Blood Bank Staff.

Dr. Alperin is a member of the faculty in the Division of Hematology and Oncology within the Department of Internal Medicine and is the associate director of the UTMB Blood Banks within the Department of Pathology. He was appointed a professor in Internal Medicine and in Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics in 1983 and in Pathology in 1993.

Robert E. Beach, M.D.
Robert E. Beach, M.D.
Robert E. Beach, M.D.
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Dr. Robert Beach is the Assistant Dean for Educational Development and director of the Office of Educational Development . In addition, he is the course director for the Practice of Medicine and the Renal, Fluids, and Electrolyte courses. Dr. Beach is also the director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension.

He has been the recipient of the Golden Apple award, the James W. Powers award, and the outstanding teacher award in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Residency programs on numerous occasions. He has been named to Outstanding Physicians in U.S. and Who's Who in Medical Education. In addition, he continues to conduct research and serves on committees devoted to improving patient care at UTMB.

Osler Project: In order to provide individualized instruction and modeling of Oslerian Medicine, Dr. Beach has developed the Osler student rotations that include preceptorships, electives, and Basic Science/Humanities selectives. During these 4 week rotations, students are assigned periods with each Osler scholar on a weekly basis. The academy and students meet each week to have a scholarly discussion or presentation regarding patient care, the scientific basis of clinical medicine, or topics in medical ethics/professionalism relevant to activities of that week.

Daniel Breitkopf, M.D.
Daniel Breitkopf, M.D.
Daniel Breitkopf, M.D.
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Dr. Breitkopf received his MD degree from the State University of New York-Downstate College of Medicine and completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont. In 1997, he joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, serviing as associate professor.

Dr. Breitkopf is the holder of the Faculty Distinguished Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTMB and serves as the residency program director. His clinical and research interests include gynecologic sonography, minimally invasive surgery and medical education. He has directed postgraduate courses for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and currently serves as ACOG's representative to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Dr. Breitkopf is an inaurural inductee into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers.

Alfredo F. Gei, M.D.
Alfredo F. Gei, M.D.
Alfredo F. Gei, M.D.
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Dr. Gei joined the UTMB faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He lectures to third-year medical students and family practice residents and supervises the endocrinology course for second-year medical students. Dr. Gei also mentors second-year medical students and teaches nursing students in the midwifery program. He has received such honors as the Leonard A. Charpentier, M.D., Professorship Award for Excellence in Resident Education and the Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award. He has also earned a National Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Gei received his M.D. from the University of Costa Rica Medical School in 1988 and joined the university's three-year obstetrics and gynecology residency program in 1989. Prior to his residency, the Italian-born Gei worked in Costa Rica as an intern at the National Children's and Mexico hospitals in San Jose, and during his social service year, as the supervisory physician of the Ambulatory Medical Attention Unit, Primary Care Health Center of Limon, as well as in the Pediatrics and Emergency departments at Tony Facio Hospital in Limon. In 1992, Gei became the attending physician in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Max Peralta Hospital in Cartago and at a San Jose gynecology clinic. One year later, Gei arrived in Houston where he repeated his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine. He came to UTMB in 1998 as a fellow in maternal-fetal medicine and later joined the faculty.

Mark Holden, M.D.
Mark Holden, M.D.
Mark Holden, M.D.
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Dr. Holden graduated from UTMB's School of Medicine in 1985 and joined the internal medicine faculty three years later, becoming actively involved as a clinician instructor. The Houston native has contributed to the education of many students and residents in Internal Medicine and has directed four courses at UTMB, including Practice of Medicine 2, Great Syndromes, and Renal, Fluids, and Electrolytes.

He organized the implementation of the Osler Student Societies at UTMB in 2006. Dr. Holden has been recognized for his clinical skills, bedside teaching, and curriculum development, and waws a founding member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education. He serves as the Vice Chair for Undergraduate and Continuing Education for the Department of Internal Medicine.

When selected for the McGovern Academy, Dr. Holden indicated that, "Being appointed as an Osler Scholar is an incredible honor for me, especially considering the excellence of the scholars and the number of outstanding faculty we have at UTMB. As physicians, we all identify with the history of Osler as a role model for high-quality and compassionate care. I am very excited about the opportunity to participate in the academy, to further my own learning, and to enhance the education of others.

Frederick S. Huang, M.D.
Frederick S. Huang, M.D.
Frederick S. Huang, M.D.
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Dr. Frederick S. Huang, assistant professor and director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics , joined the UTMB faculty in 2001. He is a principal investigator with the Children's Oncology Group, which provides the latest treatments for childhood cancer. He is also a member of UTMB's Child Health Research Center and is conducting research on mucositis, a gastrointestinal injury resulting from the toxicity of chemotherapy cancer treatments. Dr. Huang teaches numerous courses in the university's schools of Medicine, Allied Health Sciences and Graduate Biomedical Sciences and has been recognized as an outstanding instructor, having received the Class of 1947 Excellence in Education Award and the Department of Pediatrics' Golden Rattle Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

Dr. Huang earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1994 and completed his residency in pediatrics at Baylor's affiliated hospitals three years later. He conducted his fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Alice Anne O'Donell, M.D.
Alice Anne O'Donell, M.D.
Alice Anne O'Donell, M.D.
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O'Donell is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine who has spent much of her professional life teaching students and residents the art of compassionate care.

She began her medical career as a pediatrician and later expanded her medical background to include adult medicine. She has long been recognized as being at the forefront of curricular innovation in Family Medicine.

Dr. O'Donell is known for her mentoring and support for students and serves as a role model in her approach and personal interest in caring for her patients.

Francis B. Quinn, Jr., M.D.
Francis B. Quinn, Jr., M.D.
Francis B. Quinn, Jr., M.D.
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Dr. Quinn's biography is currently under development.

Barbara Thompson, M.D.
Barbara Thompson, M.D.
Barbara Thompson, M.D.
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Dr. Thompson earned her M.D. from UTMB in 1971 and completed the university's family medicine residency program in 1974. That same year, she became a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice, receiving additional qualifications in geriatric medicine in 1987.

Thompson, who grew up in Amarillo, became interim medical director of UTMB hospital clinics and assistat dean for faculty practice in 2009. She is the Sealy Hutchings and Lucille Wright Hutchings Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Thompson also serves on the board of directors of UTMB HealthCare Systems, Inc., a nonprofit organization that acts as an HMO for special needs populations. She has been acknowledge by her colleagues for making her patients feel like participants in their care and for championing patient access to health care.

Tung Van Dinh, M.D.
Tung Van Dinh, M.D.
Tung Van Dinh, M.D.
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Dr. Dinh's biography is currently under development.

Student Alumni

Class of 2013
Rosalyn Adigun
John Arvesen
David Darrow
John Dryden
Christina Gomez-Mira
Phillip Hoverstadt
Class of 2012
Varun Chowdhary
Janese Laster
Kelly Ochoa
Gregory Valentine
Margaret Wardlaw (MD/PhD)
Class of 2011
Claudia Gomez
Chanel Granville
Gloria Li
M. Chandler Rainey
Heather Relyea Ashley
Class of 2010
Mary Carroll
Adam Djurdjulov
Douglas Heiner
Tara Kinra
Katie Kucera
Katrina Leonard
Christopher York
Class of 2009
Sandra Caldwell
Joshua Mourot
Tara Neubrand
John Ray
Briana Sacco
Class of 2008
Jennifer Barnhill
Brian Brendel
Milagros Martinez
Matthew Ramirez
Class of 2007
Jeffrey Cone
Amy Doss
Paula Doyle
Justin Fields
Ashley Gallagher
Zelime Ward
Arda Yalvac
Class of 2006
Carla DeJohn
David Martin Rider
David Ming
Stephen Ratcliff
Kristen Solana-Walkinshaw
Class of 2005
Ryan Scott Gregory
Barbara De La Torre
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Rosalyn Adigun

Rosalyn Adigun Rosalyn Adigun is third year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch. A first generation American, Rosalyn completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Houston with a Pharm.D. (Pharmacy). Shortly thereafter, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and stationed with the United States Food and Drug Administration, until the fall of 2009. During her tenure with the USPHS, she was deployed on various missions including the Surgeon Generals Rapid Deployment Force during the Hurricane Gustav and Ike relief efforts and was awarded a unit citation for her service.

A student in the UTMB Global Health program, Rosalyn spent the summer of 2009 conducting clinical research in Neurology at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana, West Africa. Rosalyn is involved with numerous organizations on and off campus and her interests in public health and care of the underserved are a few of the reasons she chose UTMB for her medical education. She desires to pursue a career in critical care medicine and hopes to be involved in medical missions locally and abroad.

John Arvesen

John Arvesen John Arvesen is a fourth year medical student at UTMB with an interest in orthopedic surgery. A 2009 magna cum laude graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, he also was a member of two Big Twelve Championship tennis teams at Baylor. With a family legacy of medical practitioners dating back to the early 1800's, John developed an interest in medicine at an early age. During college, John was able to travel to Brazil and participate in Amazon Outreach, a medical mission trip to local villages along the Amazon River. As a Baylor senior, John was selected to spend a semester studying abroad in Baylor's pre-med program in Maastricht, The Netherlands where classes would travel to important historical medical sites including visits to King's College (London), the Louis Pasteur Institute (Paris), and meeting Gunter von Hagens, the founder of Body Worlds, in Guben, Poland.

Throughout medical school, John has been actively involved in leadership with the Christian Medical Association and Baptist Student Ministries and served with students both in Galveston at St. Vincent's Clinic and in Laredo, TX. He also is part of the global health track, spending two months in Kenya. While in Kenya, John worked at the House of Hope Orphanage where he and a team of students now continue to promote and develop a local clinic. Outside of medicine, John enjoys most sports, guitar, reading, and painting.

Varun Chowdhary

Varun Chowdhary Varun Chowdhary is part of UTMB's School of Medicine Class of 2012. Before coming to UTMB, he attended Texas A&M University for his bachelor's in Biochemistry and Physics. At UTMB, he has participated in several community service events. He founded his main project, the Fit-n-Fun group, during his second year. It identifies overweight children and encourages them and their families to participate in physical activity and healthy living lectures at a local gymnasium. Its participation has grown considerably over the past year, and is now a successful community program.

In the future, Varun would like to participate in community projects both locally and internationally. He is very interested in academia and research, and hopes to eventually become faculty at a medical school.

David P. Darrow

David P. Darrow David Darrow is a third year medical student at UTMB. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics and a Bachelors of Science in Pure Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2008. He attended medical school directly after college and was quickly exposed to patients through the St. Vincent's Free Student Clinic. He became interested in and was spurred on by the prevalence of debilitating disease states that were a product of preventable illness. He started a community garden in downtown Galveston in 2010, which incited him to create a nonprofit organization called the Green House Foundation with the goal of supporting gardening as a vehicle for change in communities and in health.

David joined Frontera de Salud as a Galveston-based Director in 2010 and has used that connection to expand his gardening initiative to the Galveston Independent School District through the installation of an on-campus garden at Austin Middle School. With the support of the John P. McGovern Foundation, he has been able to co-found the UTMB Botanical Medicine Garden, bringing together a historical perspective on modern medicine and pharmaceuticals. David has also been an officer of the UTMB Student Sailing club for two years and helped to develop and implement the Coastal Community Care Project in summer of 2010. In 2011, David became a director at St Vincent's student-run clinic, as well as an executive board member for the St. Vincent's Clinic. At the end of his third year, David will begin a one year masters in public health with the UTMB PMCH department.

John Dryden

John Dryden John Dryden is a member of the School of Medicine Class of 2013 at The University of Texas Medical Branch. Originally from Wichita Falls, he attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he played trombone in the Longhorn Band and UT Trombone Choir. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a History degree in the Plan I program, he worked as the writing intern for the Texas Historical Foundation before deciding to attend medical school at UTMB.

During his time at UTMB, John has been involved as a mentor in the Forssmann Osler Society and as president of the Bow Tie Social Club, the McGovern Academy's history of medicine organization. Additionally, he has served as an active member of Theta Kappa Psi Medical Fraternity, which hosts several community events, including the annual Teen, Kids, and Youth Camp. His travels to various clinics and hospitals in South America while in medical school have shown him the importance of cultural education and community organization--lessons he strives to apply as a director of St. Vincent's Free Student Clinic and as Vice President of the William Temple Episcopal Center, an affiliated student and community center.

Christina Gomez-Mira

Christina Gomez-Mira Christina Gomez-Mira graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Spanish Literature. She went on to spend two years as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in a rural village in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She later worked for a non-profit in Austin, Texas aiding newly arrived refugees in the resettlement process. Her interest in photography was born when she began photographing Somali Bantu refugees and their experiences on arriving in the U.S. Christina worked with a wildlife photographer in Panama on a story for National Geographic and on a project documenting the gentrification of the Historic District of Panama City. It was while photographing medical relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit that she felt she was on the wrong side of the camera and an interest in working in health care was re-inspired.

She worked with People's Community Clinic in Austin, a clinic for uninsured, as a health educator and manager of their satellite clinics for homeless youth before starting medical school at UTMB. She is now a 2nd year student interested in preventative and integrative medicine, addressing health inequities and fusing her passions for visual arts and health.

Phillip Hoverstadt

Phillip Hoverstadt Phillip Hoverstadt is a 4th year MD/MPH student. After graduating from Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth, Texas, Phillip attended the University of Texas in Austin where he received a BS in Biochemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While enrolled at UT Austin, Phillip found his 'home away from home' at the University Catholic Center, where, in the company of phenomenal friends and mentors, increasingly valued the importance of service-centered activities, and the dignity of the human person. After a humanitarian trip to Arteaga, Mexico, an experience that enkindled his interests in international aid and culture, he studied in Guadalajara, Mexico as an exchange student where he studied medicine at a local medical school in addition to rotating in a hospital catering to the underserved. Upon returning to the U.S., he enrolled in an accelerated French course, and then, studied French humanities and culture in Strasbourg, France for five months the following year.

During his first year as a medical student Phillip became heavily involved in a number of service organizations including St. Vincent's Student Clinic, Frontera de Salud, the Ashbel Smith Society, and Catholic Medical Professionals, all of which, in subsequent years, he directed alongside his inspiring peers. During his first three years of medical school, Phillip returned to Mexico on four separate occasions, and completed a two-month research elective in Sao Paulo, Brazil in addition to volunteering at a family medicine clinic located in the heart of Sao Paulo's 'favelas' or slums.

In 2011, Phillip pursued a Master of Public Health (MPH) at UTMB, where he focused on public policy and health care transformation in the state of Texas. While completing his MPH, Phillip, with the assistance of David Darrow, a good friend and fellow Osler scholar, founded an organization known as Student's Together for Service, with the intent of protecting and promoting student service activities on campus and Galveston Island. That same year, under the auspices of Dr. Lee Grumbles and Sue Minello, he developed a hospice care training program for students.

Phillip is immensely grateful for the education received while at UTMB, and continually humbled by the abundant expertise and compassion present amongst the UTMB community. Upon finishing his studies, in the Spring semester, Phillip will work in a developing emergency department in rural Uganda, where he intends on utilizing his training in public health to provide improved access-to-care for the surrounding communities. He will later return to Europe to spend time in prayer with his beloved friends at Fraternité de Tibériade.

Janese S. Laster

Janese S. Laster Janese Laster is a third year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Psychology Pre-Medicine. Before matriculation into medical school, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator with various trials in pain management, orthopedics, etc.

She has been the class of 2012 Student Curriculum Representative for the past three years; was accepted as a John P. McGovern Osler Student Scholar in 2009; inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2011; a 52nd Annual National Student Research Forum Co-director. She has an interest in preventative medicine and indigent care. She hopes to apply for Residency in the specialty of Internal Medicine and to continue to embody compassion and humanistic values that have been fostered while at UTMB.

Kelly M. Ochoa

Kelly M. Ochoa Kelly Ochoa is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in 2008 earning a B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Biology.

Ochoa has been an active member of the UTMB and Galveston communities since starting medical school. She is a co-founder of the "Books to Bedside" volunteer project, which is dedicated to collecting donated books and distributing them to patients and their families during hospital stays. The "Books to Bedside" project will become the first patient library at UTMB and will open in Fall 2011. She is also an active member of the Forssmann Society and participates in volunteer activities such as vaccination campaigns, organizing the annual UTMB Halloween Carnival and Osler Student Societies Gala, and working with underserved medical communities both in Texas and abroad. Ochoa plans to pursue a residency in psychiatry with emphasis on cross-cultural studies.

Gregory C. Valentine

Gregory C. Valentine Gregory Valentine aspires to work in academic medicine with an emphasis on primary care, specifically pediatrics and international medicine. He has been awarded the American Medical Association's Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, was named an "Unsung Hero" by the Galveston Daily News in 2009, and is a current member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He has volunteered in Romanian orphanages in the summers since 2006 through Broken Heart Foundation where he serves as a mentor to the orphans. While in Romania in 2009, he helped create the first written educational materials covering wound care basics in both the Romanian and English languages for a wound care organization that reaches over 500 patients a month. In addition, as a first year medical student he founded Hands and Feet Medical Missions which provides free healthcare to residents on the Texas/Mexico border as well as people in Peru. This organization now has expanded to other medical schools throughout Texas, and it has had over 2000 patient encounters since it first began.

Recently, Gregory Valentine created a program entitled "Sir William Osler's Name That Book" to promote self-directed learning through a reading competition for third and fourth graders in the Galveston school district. This program brought together all eight Osler societies as well as community members to serve as mentors for the students in the Galveston schools. Gregory has a passion to continually instill the ideals of Sir William Osler in his every day life as well as advance patient education practices and health policy both domestically and internationally through public service endeavors.

Margaret P. Wardlaw

Margaret P. Wardlaw