department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Faculty

 

Photo of Dr. Schenken Robert S. Schenken, M.D., Professor and Chairman
schenken@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-4950
Dr. Schenken assumed the position of Chairman in 2002. He holds the rank of Professor and the Humana Foundation Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Schenken completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in 1977 and concluded his residency training at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health, Pregnancy Research Branch, in 1982. Dr. Schenken was the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility from 1986 until 2002. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He was President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2005 and currently serves as a director of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and under the Residency Research Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Photo of Dr. Xenakis Elly M-J. Xenakis, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
and Director, Residency Program

xenakis@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Dr. Xenakis was born in Bucharest, Romania and received her M.D. in 1983 from Pavia Medical School in Italy. She completed her residency in 1989 at Brooklyn-Caledonian Hospital in New York. Dr. Xenakis completed a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in December 1991 and joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Xenakis became a Professor in Ob Gyn and holds the Jane and Roland Blumberg Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her special interests are prematurity, hypertension, and diabetes in pregnancy. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

 

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Ometeotl M. Acosta, M.D., Instructor/Clinical
acostao@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5035
Dr. Acosta graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He went on to complete an internship in Campus Ministry at Notre Dame prior to matriculating and earning his MD from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2007. During medical school, Dr. Acosta accepted and successfully completed a one year research fellowship through the American Gastroenterological Association, which initiated his commitment to research. During residency, he received the Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and served as Administrative Chief Resident prior to completing his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTHSCSA in 2011. Dr. Acosta joined the faculty as a Clinical Instructor and Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow. His interests include exploring placental function in determining fetal growth and fetal programming, patient advocacy, medical education, and the economics of medicine.

 

Photo of Dr. BerkusMichael Berkus, M.D., Associate Professor
berkus@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Dr. Berkus received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1976. He completed Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in 1980 at the University of Florida, and his Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Berkus is an Associate Professor. Dr. Berkus has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award, presented by Obstetrics and Gynecology Senior Residents. He has been an active researcher for many years, and is well published in many peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Berkus is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is certified by the American board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Photo of Dr. ConwayDeborah L. Conway, M.D., Associate Professor
conway@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5035
Dr. Conway received her B.S. in Biology, cum laude, from Texas A & M University, and her M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1991. In 1995 she completed her residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and joined our department as an Assistant Instructor on a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She became an Assistant Professor following the completion of her fellowship in 1997 and was promoted to Associate Professor in September 2008. Dr. Conway is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Her interests include diabetes in pregnancy, and pre-pregnancy counseling.

 

Photo of Dr. HuffRobert W. Huff, M.D. , Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
huff@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5000
Dr. Huff, a native San Antonian, received his M.D. in 1966 from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1972. He joined our faculty as an Instructor and is now Professor and Deputy Chairman. He holds the Joseph Seitchik Chair in Reproductive Genetics. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. His special interests include prematurity, genetics and prenatal diagnosis.

 

Photo of Maria D. BarnesMaria D. Barnes, C.N.M., Specialist - Certified Nurse Midwife
barnesm2@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Ms. Barnes received her Master’s degree in Nursing – Midwifery in 1991 from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Barnes worked as Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife at several U.S. Army facilities.  Most recently she worked in El Paso, TX for one of the local hospitals as well as the Texas Department of Health.  Ms. Barnes joined our Department as Faculty Associate/Certified Nurse Midwife in January 2005.

 
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Photo of Maria Falkenberg Maria Falkenberg, M.S.N., Specialist - Nurse Practitioner
falkenberg@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Ms. Falkenberg rejoined the Faculty of the Department in September 2009 as a Faculty Associate. Ms. Falkenberg received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is a graduate of University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Nurse Practitioner Program and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is certified by the National Certification Corporation and the Board of Nurse Examiners. Her previous experience includes working for University Hospital for 22 yrs in various capacities in women’s health.

 

Photo of Laurie Incledon Laurie Incledon, M.S.N., Specialist-Certified Nurse Midwife
incledonl@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Mrs. Incledon became an RN in 1984 through Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She received her BSN in 1986 and her MSN, as a WHNP, in 1996 through the Health Science Center. Being the wife of a soldier and mother of eight children made pursuing career goals and personal interests a challenge!  Her work experience has primarily been in labor and delivery. In 2009, when her youngest child began kindergarten, she started the re-entry process as a WHNP and finished training as a Certified Nurse Midwife, graduating in 2012 through Philadelphia University. Mrs. Incledon joined our faculty in September 2013 as a Specialist-Certified Nurse Midwife.

 

Photo of Maria Falkenberg Kelly Koss, W.H.N.P., Specialist - Nurse Practitioner
koss@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Ms. Koss received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Southern Illinois University in 2006. She has worked in women's health since 2006 as a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse, and all over the United States in travel nursing. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing in June 2012 at Frontier Nursing University and was Board Certified by the National Certification Corporation (NCC) as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. During her free time, she likes to spend as much time kayaking the Texas rivers as possible and seeing live music at all the wonderful venues in the area.

 

Photo of Jana Sullivan Jana L. Sullivan, C.N.M., Specialist - Certified Nurse Midwife
sullivanj2@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Ms. Sullivan completed her Masters in Nursing — Midwifery at State University of New York at Stonybrook in 2002. She has worked as certified nurse midwife in private practice settings and has also served as instructor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Ms. Sullivan joined our Department as Faculty Associate/Certified Nurse Midwife in June 2006.

 

Photo of Kayla Ireland Kayla Ireland
Dr. Kayla Ireland graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience in 2006. She attended medical school at the University of Texas at San Antonio and received her M.D. in 2010. Her outside interests range from reading and watching movies to spending time with family and friends.

 

Photo of Emma Rodriguez Emma Rodriguez, M.D.
Dr. Emma Rodriguez graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2002, and a Master's of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics in 2004. She attended medical school at the Univesity of Texas at San Antonio and received her M.D. in 2010. Her outside interests include reading, traveling, church, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering.

 
Division of Gynecology/Oncology

Photo of Dr. HallKevin L. Hall, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Gynecology/Oncology
hallk3@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Hall attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was awarded a B.S. in Chemistry/Engineering. He received his M.D. in 1983 from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Hall completed his residency training in 1987 and fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology in 1993 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Before joining the department, Dr Hall completed a military career, achieving the rank of Colonel before his retirement in May 2003. His last assignment was at Brooke Army Medical Center where he held a number of posts, including Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hall is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Gynecologic Oncology. His research interests include uterine sarcomas, eptithelial ovarian carcinomas and cervical carcinomas.

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Photo of Neera Bhatia, M.D.Neera Bhatia, M.D., Adjunct Professor
Phone: 210-567-4953
Dr. Bhatia obtained her M.D. degree from Maulana Azad Medical School in New Delhi, India, in 1973. She participated in a rotational internship at Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio 1973-1974 and then did her internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX from 1974 to1975. Dr. Bhatia completed her residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1978. Dr. Bhatia supervises the gynecologic rotation at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. Dr. Bhatia is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Photo of Dr. BoldtJohn W. Boldt, M.D., Clinical Professor
boldtj@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Boldt received his M.D. in 1954 from Vanderbilt University, and completed his residency there in 1958. Dr. Boldt completed a Cancer Fellowship at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in 1961, and was Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1964. His special interests include pelvic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Boldt joined our faculty as Clinical Professor in July of 1995. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Photo of Dr. BostJames Edward Bost, M.D., Associate Professor
bost@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Bost attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he majored in English and Biology. He left Austin College in 1978 at the end of his junior year to attend Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He graduated from BCM in 1981 but stayed on at Baylor to complete an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. At the completion of his residency in 1986, he returned to Sherman to open and run a private Obstetrics and Gynecology practice. He continued in private practice in Sherman until October, 2007, when he joined the faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In August 2007 he received his MBA from UT Dallas. Dr. Bost's major interests are minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, urogynecologic surgery, and the economics of medicine.

 
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Elizabeth Casiano, M.D., Assistant Professor
casianoe@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Casiano is originally from San Antonio. She completed an 8-year combined Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University receiving her BA in Political Science in 2000 and MD in 2004. In 2008 she completed her residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas. She then completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She returned home to San Antonio to join the faculty here at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Casiano is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She enjoys caring for women with uterine and vaginal prolapse and urinary incontinence. Her research interests include epidemiology and patient-centered outcomes following treatment.

 
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Rochelle M. David, M.D., Assistant Professor
davidr@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. David received her Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in 1997 and her MD in 2000 from the University of Florida. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. David is certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was in private practice in Pensacola, FL from 2004-2010. Dr. David joined our faculty in February 2011. Her interests include general obstetrics and gynecology, adolescent gynecology, and benign vulvar disease.

 

Photo of Dr. DiazKaren C. Diaz, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor
diazk@uthscsa.edu- Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Diaz was born in San Antonio, Texas. She received her M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. After completing her residency here at UTHSCSA, she joined the faculty at Duke University Medical Center. She returned to our department in 1989 as Assistant Professor. Her interests include colposcopy and urinary incontinence. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Photo of Dr. FrankaJ. Chris Franka, M.D., Associate Professor
franka@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Franka received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, receiving his M.D. in 1998. Dr. Franka remained at this institution for residency training, and following completion of residency training, Dr. Franka joined our faculty in August 2002. Dr. Franka is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Photo of Dr. FunkMark S. Funk. M.D., Associate Professor
funkm@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Dr. Funk received his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1995, and remained in San Antonio for residency training.  Dr. Funk joined our faculty following completion of his residency in 1999.  He is the Medical Director for the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), the Medical Director of Women’s Preventive Health Services, and the Director of Ambulatory Services.  His special interests include general obstetrics and gynecology, urogynecology, and working with residents and medical students.  Dr. Funk is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Dr. Edward R. Kost Edward R. Kost, M.D., Associate Professor
kost@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Kost received his baccalaureate in Biochemistry and Cell biology from the University of California in San Diego in 1983, and his M.D. from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD in 1989. Following residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center, he completed both a research and a clinical fellowship in Gynecology-Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine in 1994 and 1996 respectively. Prior to joining UTHSCSA, Dr. Kost was the Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Kost is certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology.

 

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Khim Lam, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
lamk2@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5009
Dr. Lam received her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Arkansas in 1995. She received her MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1999. She completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2003. She joined the staff here at UTHSCSA from 2004-2006, then took a leave of absence to focus on her family. She rejoined the faculty at UTHSCSA in August of 2011. Dr. Lam is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

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Georgia McCann, M.D., Assistant Professor Clinical
mccanng@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. McCann joined the faculty of the Health Science Center in July 2013. She received her B.S. in Biology at Boston University, graduating magna cum laude with distinction. She then earned her M.D. at Jefferson Medical College and was awarded membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. In 2010, she finished a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, then completed her fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Her interests include the diagnosis and treatment of cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and vulvar cancers. Dr. McCann also has advanced training in robotic surgery and radical pelvic and reconstructive surgery for the treatment of gynecologic malignancies.

 

Photo of Dr. MedranoGabriel A. Medrano, M.D., Assistant Professor
medranovalle@uthscsa.edu- Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Medrano earned a baccalaureate in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus in 2000. He then attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He joined the department as Assistant Professor in July, 2008 after successfully completing his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency here. Dr. Medrano's interests are PCOS, Pre Eclampsia and working with residents and medical students.

 

Dr. Erin Nelson Erin L. Nelson, M.D., Associate Professor
nelsone3@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5000
Dr. Nelson received her B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience in 1992. She received her M.D. from New York Medical College and was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 1998. Dr. Nelson completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Texas Houston in 2002. After three years in private practice and as adjunct clinical faculty at Duke University, Dr. Nelson joined UTHSCSA faculty in July 2005. In 2007, Dr. Nelson relocated with her spouse to El Paso, Texas and has rejoined the faculty at UTHSCSA in the summer 2009. Dr. Nelson is certified by The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her special interests are menopause, adolescent gynecology, and cervical dysplasia.

 

Photo of Dr. Newton Luke A. Newton, M.D., Assistant Professor
newtonla@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Newton graduated from Texas A&M in 1999 with a B.A. in Biology. He then attended medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas between the years of 1999-2003. He contined his training UNC Chapel Hill where he completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in 2007. He joined the faculty at UTHSCSA in the fall of 2007. Dr. Newton's interests are in minimally invasive surgery and medical education.

 

Photo of Dr. Paine J. Mark Paine, M.D., Associate Professor
painej@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Paine joined our faculty in October 2005. He received his baccalaureate in Biology from Austin College in 1967. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1971, and also completed his residency in Houston. He was in private practice in San Antonio since 1979 and was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor in our Department from 1979-1994. Dr. Paine is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Photo of Dr. PlastinoKristen Plastino, M.D., Associate Professor
plastino@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-7036
Dr. Plastino was awarded a B.S. and Pharm.D. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. She then attended the University of South Florida Medical School, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She received her M.D. in 1999. Dr. Plastino joined the department as Assistant Professor in July, 2003 after successfully completing her residency here. She is the director of the UTHSCSA Sex Education Program. Dr. Plastino is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her special interests are sex education, adolescent gynecology, and resident work hours.

 

Photo of Dr. ThaiBeth L. Thai, M.D., Assistant Professor
thaib@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Thai received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Art in Comparative Studies from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 2003. She earned her M.D. at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 2007, and became a member of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty in July 2011. Dr. Thai speaks fluent Cantonese.

 
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Photo of Dr. Randal Robinson Randal D. Robinson, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of REI & Fellowship Director
Robinsonr3@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-4924
Dr. Robinson joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology Division in 2011. He received his A.B (Arte Baccareleuratis) and M.D. degrees from the University of Missouri and completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA in 1992 and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA in 1996. He previously served on active duty in the US Army Medical Corps and retired at the rank of Colonel after more than 26 years of service. He served as both the Chairman and Residency Program Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the San Antonio Military Medical Center and the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Robinson currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the Army Section Chair of the Armed Forces District of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

 

Photo of Dr. Bareh Gihan Bareh, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor/Clinical
bareh@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-4924
Dr. Gihan Bareh received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Suez Canal University, Egypt in 2000. She completed her Ob/Gyn residency training at the University Hospitals of Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt. She earned her Master’s degree in Reproductive Physiology in 2004. She relocated to the US and participated in a three year research fellowship at the Center for Reproductive Research and Infertility at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. During this time she completed her PhD in Reproductive Biology through Suez Canal University. Dr. Bareh completed her OB/GYN residency in 2011 at Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio, and joined the faculty as a Clinical Instructor and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow and is currently completing her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Special interests include Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Disease, unexplained infertility and in vitro fertilization.

 

Photo of Dr. Chang Tien-cheng (Arthur) Chang, Ph.D., HCLD/ELD/CC, Associate Professor and Director, ART Labs
changt3@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-7047
Dr. Chang received his bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University, Taiwan. He earned his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining our department in 2007. Dr. Chang is board certified as High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director (HCLD), Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD), and Clinical Consultant (CC) by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). He serves as Director of Clinical Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Laboratories at the UT Medicine Fertility Center, and Embryology & Stem Cell Research Laboratory Director for the Department. His clinical and research interests include in vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete and embryo development, cryopreservation, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening (PGD/PGS), embyro implantation, andrology, ART laboratory quality management, as well as nonhuman primate embryology and stem cell biology for modeling reproductive and regenerative medicine.

 

Photo of Dr. Jennifer K. KnudtsonJennifer K. Knudtson, M.D., Instructor/Clinical
knudtson@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-4924
Dr. Knudtson earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004. She then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine, receiving her M.D. in 2008 and joined our faculty in July 2012. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

 

Photo of Courtney Failor Courtney Failor, M.D.
Dr. Courtney Failor earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina in 2005, and her M.D. in 2010. Dr. Failor enjoys spending time with family and friends, carrying out home improvement projects, and watching sporting events.

 
Division of Reproductive Research

Photo of Dr. Rajeshwar Rao TekmalRajeshwar Rao Tekmal, Ph.D., Professor,
Carl J. Pauerstein Professor
Director, Division of Reproductive Research

tekmal@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-4930
Dr. Tekmal received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the N.D.R.I./Kurukshetra University, India, in 1982. He was a faculty member of this department from 1989-1995. In June 1995, Dr. Tekmal moved to Emory University, where he rose to the rank of Professor. Dr. Tekmal rejoined our department in June 2003 as Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Research. Dr. Tekmal is the holder of Carl J. Pauerstein Professorship Reproductive Research. He is also Theme Leader of Women's Cancer of Cancer Therapy and Research Center, a NCI-designated Cancer Center. He is the Managing Editor (Hormonal Carcinogenesis) of Frontiers in Biosciences and Associate Editor/Editorial Board of Cancer Research. Dr. Tekmal is a member of a number of professional organizations. His current research interests are the role of hormonal carcinogenesis in breast and gynecological malignancies, hormone-mediated gene regulation, and the role of cytokine growth factors in endometriosis.

 

Photo of Dr. Hareesh Nair Hareesh Babu Bhaskaran Nair, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor-Research
nairh@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-4930
Dr. Nair received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University (Amala Cancer Research Center) India in 2003. After completing pre-doctoral training at University of Pittsburgh he joined as a postdoctoral research fellow in our Department in 2003 in Dr. Tekmal’s group. He became an Instructor in 2006 and Assistant Professor in 2008 in the same Department. His major research goal includes developing targeted therapeutics that could make a meaningful impact on the lives of cancer patients. His projects involve cancer chemoprevention, molecular epigenetic prognostic markers and modulation of targeted-drug activity in gynecological malignancies. 

 

Photo of Dr. Ratna K. Vadlamudi Ratna K. Vadlamudi, Ph.D., Professor
vadlamudi@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-4930
Dr. Vadlamudi joined our faculty in January 2006.  He received his doctorate in Molecular Biology from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY in 1994.  He completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School / Dana Farber Cancer Institute in 1997. His Academic appointments have included Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Associate Professor, in the Department of Genetics, Stanley S. Cancer Center, LSUHSC New Orleans. Dr. Vadlamudi’s research has focused on understanding the molecular mechanism of Nuclear Receptor Signal transduction using Estrogen Receptor as a model system. His current research interests include characterizing the role of novel coactivators in estrogen mediated cell cycle progression, chromatin remodeling and non-nuclear signaling, developing transgenic and knock-out mouse models for coregulators; characterizing the role of coactivators in tumorigenesis / hormonal resistance; and identifying small inhibitors/peptides targeting ER coregulators for therapeutic intervention. 

 

photo of Dr. Alan E.C. HoldenAlan E.C. Holden, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
holden@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5051
Dr. Holden earned his undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Statistics, and earned his Ph.D. in Public Health, Behavioral Science-Epidemiology/Reproductive Biology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in2003.  Dr. Holden joined our Department in 1989 and provides expertise in behavior intervention and statistical analysis.

 
Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research

photo of Dr. Peter NathanielszPeter Nathanielsz, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Co-Director
nathanielsz@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5055
Dr. Peter Nathanielsz completed his undergraduate and medical training in Cambridge University in England where he also received his PhD. He moved to UCLA in 1976 as the director of the Laboratory of Fetal Physiology and in 1982 to Cornell University as the director of the Laboratory for Pregnancy and Newborn Research. In 2002 he moved to New York University as the director of the Center for Women's Health Research. Dr. Nathanielsz received an adjunct appointment at UTHSCSA in spring of 2003, and joined our full time faculty as Director of the Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research in September 2004. His interests are fetal growth, developmental programming, and the regulation of term and preterm labor.

 

Dr. Leslie MyattLeslie Myatt, Ph.D., Professor, Co-Director
myattl@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5055
Dr Myatt is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Co-Director of the Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He moved to Texas in Jan 2009 having been a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati for 22 years and Director of the NIH-funded Physician Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) and the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholars Program. Dr Myatt served as North American Editor of the journal Placenta (1997 to 2004), President of the Perinatal Research Society (1997), President of the International Federation of Placenta Associations (2002 to 2004) and is currently President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. Dr Myatt’s research interests are control of fetal placental vascular reactivity, the role of oxidative and nitrative stress in placental function and the regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and action in intrauterine tissues at parturition. He has published over 190 papers and 290 abstracts and has served on many review panels and study sections for NIH, CIHR and other international grant giving bodies.

 

Thomas B . Jansson, M.D., Ph.D.Thomas B . Jansson, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
jansson@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5055
Dr. Jansson received his MD in 1985 and PhD in Physiology in 1990 at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Subsequently he was a postdoctoral fellow for three years in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr Jansson returned to Sweden in 1994 to pursue his clinical career at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. In 1996, he was awarded a 6-year position at the Swedish Research Council as Junior Researcher with appointment as Associate Professor at Department of Physiology, University of Gothenburg. Dr Jansson was Head of the Department for Integrative Physiology at this institution 2003-2005 and was appointed as full Professor in Physiology 2004. In 2005 Dr Jansson returned to the USA as Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Cincinnati 2005-2009. Dr Jansson’s research is focused on exploring the cellular and molecular mechanisms of regulation of placental nutrient transporters and to investigate the role of placental function in determining fetal growth and long-term health. Dr Jansson’s lab employs translational approaches and is particularly interested in developing animal models of high relevance to human pregnancy. Dr Jansson joined the department in July 2009.

 

Photo of Dr. Cun LiCun Li, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
lic@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5055
Dr. Cun Li obtained her M.D. from Harbin University in China in 1982 where she worked as a clinical neurologist. She came to Cornell University in 1991 to join the Laboratory for Pregnancy and Newborn Research. She transferred to New York University in 2002 as a Research Assistant Professor, and in summer of 2003 to UTHSCSA as adjunct faculty. Dr. Li was appointed Assistant Professor here in September 2004. She works closely with Dr. McDonald on the development of the fetal pituitary adrenal axis and splanchnic nerve function.

 

Photo of Dr. Alina MaloyanAlina Maloyan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
maloyan@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-7045
Dr. Maloyan obtained her Ph.D. in 2004 from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. She completed her postdoctoral training in the Division of Molecular Cardiovascular Biology from the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In 2007 Dr. MaIoyan became Research Associate at the same Institute. In 2009 Dr. Maloyan received an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of OB/GYN at UTHSCSA. Her research interests are cardiovascular aspects of developmental programming as well as role of mitochondria and programmed cell death in the development of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

 

Photo of Dr. Mark NijlandMark Nijland, Ph.D., Associate Professor
nijland@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5055
Dr. Nijland obtained his BA and PhD from Witwatersrand University in South Africa. He undertook post doctoral research at the University of California Riverside between 1989-1992. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA from 1995-2002 before joining the research group at Cornell. He moved with the group to New York University in 2002 as an Associate Professor. He joined our full time faculty in the fall of 2004. His interests include the development of the fetal cardiovascular system and regulation of blood pressure and salt and water balance between mother and child.

 

Dr. Theresa PowellTheresa Powell, Ph.D., Associate Professor
powellt3@uthscsa.edu - Phone: 210-567-5055
Dr. Powell completed her graduate training in Comparative Physiology at the University of Kentucky. She was a post doctoral fellow first in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego then moved to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California San Francisco. She was Assistant then Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Gothenburg Sweden until returning to the USA to assume a position of Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati. Dr Powell’s main focus of study is pathological fetal growth, its causes and the lifelong consequences of being born too small or too large. Using clinical materials Dr Powell has characterized a number of functional changes in the human placenta that may contribute to pathological fetal growth. Currently her interests lie in determining the maternal parameters that may be involved in altering placental function, and to finding meaningful clinical interventions that help women to have healthier pregnancies. She is currently leading a study of omega 3 fatty acid supplementation in pregnancies complicated by obesity and gestational diabetes. Dr Powell joined the department in July 2009.