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Vasan Ramachandran, MD


Vasan Ramachandran, MD, FACC, FAHA is the Founding Dean of  UT School of Public Health in San Antonio, Texas, and a Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Ramachandran previously served as the Chief in the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology in the Department of Medicine and as Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine (BUSM) and Public Health (BUSPH). Ramachandran also served as the Principal Investigator of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS, the oldest running epidemiology study in the US) between 2014 to 2022 and is the Principal Investigator of the Risk Underlying the Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal (RURAL) Study (one of the youngest cohort studies in the US).

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Deepu Kurian, PhD

Associate Dean, Finance & Administration

Deepu Kurian is the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration at UT School of Public Health San Antonio. As the Associate Dean, Deepu is responsible is for the marshaling and allocation of the human, financial, and capital resources needed to support the mission of the School of Public Health. Prior to joining UT Health, Deepu served as the Executive Director of Academic Affairs and Business Operations at University of Houston.

Deepu completed his Ph.D. in Human Resources Development from Texas A & M University. Deepu also holds a Master of Science in Management from Houston Christian University (formerly HBU) and an MBA from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India. He completed his undergraduate studies from Bangalore University, India. His research interests are in the areas of leadership, organizational justice, and human resources development. Deepu considers himself as a scholar practitioner and has authored or co-authored numerous research articles and conference papers. Deepu has over 25 years of professional experience with stints in higher education, hospitality, real estate, healthcare, and information technology industries.

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Courtney Peebles, MPH

Director, Business & Research Operations

In her role as Director of Business and Research Operations at the School of Public Health, Courtney leads efforts related to establishing the school’s research, education, and community service missions. Her professional background includes program management in HIV health services, a focus on increasing health equity and addressing health disparities, and academic faculty development. She holds an MPH in Social and Behavioral Health from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health.  

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Monica Palomo-Mendoza, MBA

Director, Finance & Administration

As the Director of Finance and Administration at the School of Public Health, Monica provides strategic business planning and fiscal oversight of the school’s daily operations. In collaboration with her colleagues, she works diligently to ensure the financial integrity and accountability of the school and all departments by building and maintaining internal processes and controls. Monica has been with UT Health San Antonio for almost two decades and is excited to be involved with the new school’s mission to educate the next generation of public health leaders, provide meaningful public health research and serve the community to promote a culture of health and well-being. Monica holds bachelor’s degree of Science in Biology from UTSA and an MBA from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.