Long School of Medicine

Our Team

Undergraduate Medical Education

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Deborah L. Conway, M.D.

Deborah L. Conway, M.D.

Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education


Jennifer B. Hernandez

Jennifer B. Hernandez

Assistant Director, UME Administration

As Assistant Director, I assist with departmental management including personnel, programs and practices and administrative functions. I also develop and implement departmental policies and procedures, manage and monitor fiscal activities, including budget preparation, accounts management, monthly variance reporting and reconciliation.


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Leslie Hernandez

Administrative Assistant – Sr

As Senior Administrative Assistant, I am responsible for managing the front desk for the Office for Undergraduate Medical Education assisting all divisions under UME.  I am responsible for greeting visitors, answering the main line, processing payments, requisitions, travel, and service requests.


Garrya Hatton Dunston, M.S.

Garrya Hatton Dunston, M.S.

Director for Accreditation, Compliance and Quality Improvement

As Director for Accreditation, Compliance, and Quality Improvement, I am responsible for the management of accreditation activities and special projects for the Long School of Medicine related to LCME/SACSCOC compliance and monitoring. I also develop and implement continuous quality improvement (CQI) strategies and direct a wide range of accreditation activities, including compliance monitoring, strategic planning and other projects as needed.


Admissions & Outreach

Judianne Kellaway, M.D., M.Ed., FACS

Judianne Kellaway, M.D., M.Ed., FACS

Associate Dean, Admissions & Outreach


Belinda Gonzalez, M.P.A.

Belinda Gonzalez, M.P.A.

Director, Admissions and Special Programs

I oversee the daily operations and budget of the Admissions & Outreach office including the following activities and events: interview season, second looks, welcome weekend, JAMP summer internship, and White Coat Ceremony.  I serve as the primary LSOM contact with the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service and monitor development of each entering class throughout the application cycle. 


Vanessa Macias, MSOL

Vanessa Macias, MSOL

Manager, Academic Programs

Faculty liaison between LSOM faculty, Admissions Committee members and Office of Admissions and Outreach. I manage the applicant screening and final review process during the interview cycle. I am responsible for coordinating interview schedule and working with medical student ambassadors who support interview days. In partnership with the team, I also assist in leading various special events.


Sylvia Ramos

Sylvia Ramos

Administrative Assistant – Sr, Admissions

As Senior Administrative Assistant, I am responsible for payment processing, monthly budget reconciliations for multiple accounts, and catering coordination for the Office of Admissions & Outreach. I assist the Associate Dean of Admissions and provide travel coordination for all members of the team.


Curriculum

Blake Browder, MEd

Blake Browder, MEd

Educational Development Specialist

As a member of the Education Development team, I am responsible for providing ongoing consultation and support services with curriculum management and collaborating with faculty/content experts to establish engaging learning activities and compelling course/program content delivery that enhances knowledge retention and transfer.


Renee Brown, Ph.D.

Renee Brown, Ph.D.

Director of Curriculum Management

As Director of Curriculum Management, I am responsible for the continuous quality improvement of the medical education curriculum through a set of structured activities designed to assess and adjust the curriculum based on several levels of review and evaluation.


Deborah Chang, Ph.D.

Deborah Chang, Ph.D.

Director of Curriculum Evaluation

As Director of Curriculum Evaluation, I oversee ongoing assessment, evaluation, and reporting efforts to ensure that all components of the educational cycle for medical students are meeting stated goals and learning outcomes, as well as to identify opportunities for program improvement and enhanced student success.


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Candice Garza, MA

Instructional Designer – Sr

As a member of the Educational Development team, I support,  develop and continuously manage curriculum resources for teaching and training to include the design and development of learning environment resources. Collaboratively, with faculty and staff,  implement educational technology in a blended learning environment and train faculty to use technology resources to support teaching.


Teresa Garza

Teresa Garza

Academic Program Coordinator

As a member of the Education Development Team, I provide in-classroom support for all first and second-year medical school student sessions, assist with audiovisual needs, presentation organization, student quizzes and Team-Based Learning (TBL) administration.


Jessica Hernandez, Ed.D.

Jessica Hernandez, Ed.D.

Director for Educational Development

As Director for Educational development, I collaborate in the development, implementation, and growth of existing and new initiatives in curriculum design.  Alongside with faculty  continuously seek innovation opportunities and pathways in academic medicine.  I also oversee the educational development team, who is dedicated to providing educational collaboration and excellence in medical education.


Kristin Hilty

Kristin Hilty

Manager, Academic Programs

As Manager, Academic Programs in OUME, I provide oversight of day-to-day operations in the medical education program by facilitating and coordinating various academic activities in support of the Associate Dean for Curriculum. I manage all grades for the pre-clinical curriculum and maintain up to date student records.


Ruby Rodriguez, M.A.

Ruby Rodriguez, M.A.

Program Coordinator – Sr, Curriculum

As Program Coordinator, I oversee operations in the medical education program by facilitating and coordinating various academic activities in support of the Associate Dean for Curriculum. I manage and proctor student exams, maintain/update student records, assist in developing clerkship schedules and faculty/student evaluations, and serve as a resource to students, faculty and department coordinators.


Student Affairs

Joshua T. Hanson, MD, MPH, MBA

Joshua T. Hanson, MD, MPH, MBA

Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Leadership Training


Stephanie Reeves, DO

Stephanie Reeves, DO

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs


Robert M. Esterl, Jr., M.D.

Robert M. Esterl, Jr., M.D.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education


Norma Fox

Norma Fox

Administrative Assistant – Sr, Student Affairs


Derek Holbrook, Ed.D.

Derek Holbrook, Ed.D.

Director, Academic Enhancement and Career Development

As Director for Academic Enhancement and Career Development, I focus on promoting academic success by designing and implementing an array of academic services and activities. In addition, I support students as they prepare for residency by hosting career development programs and helping them build professional networks. My goal is to provide holistic support as students navigate their medical school journey and beyond.


Paulina Mazurek, Ed.D.

Paulina Mazurek, Ed.D.

Director, Wellness & Prof. Formation

As Director of Wellness and Professional Formation, I am responsible for programs designed to develop and improve the self-care and resilience of medical students throughout their training and beyond. I guide students as they make meaning of their experiences, developing their identity as a physician.


Jacklyn Nieto, M.Ed.

Jacklyn Nieto, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator – Sr, Student Affairs

As a Senior Program Coordinator for the Student Affairs Office, I monitor student progression, help coordinate Long School of Medicine events and assist with the Veritas mentorship program.


Mercedes Esquivel

Mercedes Esquivel

Program Coordinator – Sr.

As a member of the Student Affairs team, I work closely with the Director of Wellness and Professional Formation in overseeing programs in these areas for medical students. I also play a role in planning and executing events and ceremonies.


Stephanie Gutierrez, M.ED

Stephanie Gutierrez, M.ED

Manager, Academic Programs


MD/MPH

Barbara Taylor, M.D.

Barbara Taylor, M.D.

Barbara Taylor, M.D. Assistant Dean for MD/MPH


MD/PHD

José E. Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D.

José E. Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D.

Director and Assistant Dean, STX-MSTP


Mengwei Zang, M.D., Ph.D.

Mengwei Zang, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Program Director, STX-MSTP


Ratna Vadlamudi, Ph.D.

Associate Program Director, STX-MSTP

Ratna Vadlamudi, Ph.D.


Jennifer Schmerber Davila, M.Ed.

Jennifer Schmerber Davila, M.Ed.

Director, STX-MSTP


Alyssa Soto

Alyssa Soto

Administrative Assistant, STX-MSTP


Clinical Skills

Diane Ferguson, BSN, RN

Diane Ferguson, BSN, RN

Director


Kevin C. Schindler, MD

Kevin C. Schindler, MD

Medical Director


Kenton Coker

Kenton Coker

Standardized Patient Educator


Suzanne Brandt

Suzanne Brandt

Standardized Patient Educator


Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley

Technology Specialist