The AMC Executive Committee

Members of the Academy of Master Clinicians (AMC) inaugural executive committee have been selected by nomination from the AMC Steering Committee, and from Departmental Chairs, to reflect and represent all major clinical areas and departments for 2-year terms.

    Linda Phillips, MD
  • Director:
    Linda Phillips, MD
    Plastic Surgery, SOM
  • Linda G. Phillips, MD, Truman G. Blocker, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Chair; Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, attended medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency program at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (Plastic Surgery); and Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (General Surgery).

    Dr. Phillips’ special interests are the healing of difficult wounds; body contouring after massive weight loss; reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery; and cosmetic facial and body contouring of all types. Research projects are biology of surgical infection; use of pharmaceuticals to decrease post-operative nausea and vomiting; and complications/outcomes in body contouring after massive weight loss.

    Throughout her career, Dr. Phillips has received a number of accolades. She has been included in the Best Doctors in America database, was listed in the Guide to America's Top Surgeons, was named a Texas Top Doc and was recognized by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Doctor. She was honored with the Young at Heart award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Distinguished Service Award from the Plastic Surgery Foundation.

    Dr. Phillips is a member of 25 professional organizations, including the American Surgical Association, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association for Hand Surgery, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons and the Singleton Surgical Society. She is a fellow of both the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. She has served as President or Chair of the Association of Women Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Research Council, the Residency Review Committee for Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Plastic Surgery Foundation, the American Council of Academic Surgeons and the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons.

    Masood Ahmad, MD
  • Masood Ahmad, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, FACC, FAHA, FASE
    Department of Internal Medicine, SOM
  • Masood Ahmad, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, FACC, FAHA, FASE, Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Endowed Professor in Cardiology, and Director, Echocardiography Laboratory received his medical degree from Kashmir Medical College in Kashmir, India. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Euclid General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and at Long Island Jewish/Queens Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Ahmad completed his fellowship in cardiology at Southwestern medical School in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in cardiovascular disease. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Prior to coming to UTMB, Dr. Ahmad was a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri Medical Center and served as Director of Noninvasive Laboratories and Chief of the Cardiology Section at the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

    Dr. Ahmad’s research interests are in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging and he is an expert in 3D echocardiography. Dr. Ahmad is a board member of the Houston Chapter of the American Society of Echocardiography. At the national level, Dr. Ahmad serves on the FASE committee of the American Society of Echocardiography. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of Echocardiography, a journal of cardiovascular ultrasound and allied techniques.

    Ashraf M. Aly, MD, PhD
    Pediatric Cardiology, SOM

    Ashraf M. Aly, MD, PhD, received his MD with honors from Cairo University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt.  He completed his Pediatric residency at Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Pennsylvania and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He received his PhD in Genetics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

    Dr. Aly and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.  Before joining UTMB, Dr. Aly was in private practice in Michigan.

    Dr. Aly specializes in Pediatric Cardiology and sees patients with possible congenital heart diseases from the fetal life throughout adulthood.

    He is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics and Child Care and Journal of Pediatric Genetics. Honors include Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society; recipient of the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award; established by UTMB John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine; Elected for the UTMB School of Medicine Faculty Senate Representative; University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor and elected as a member of the Academy of Master Teachers at the UT System; Pediatric Educator Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education; Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Mentorship of a Resident Scholarly Project, Department of Pediatrics.

    Dr. Aly is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Society, Arab American medical Association and Egyptian Medical Syndicate.


    April C. Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT
  • April C. Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT
    Department Occupational Therapy, SHP
  • April C. Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She obtained specialty certification in Hand Therapy from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. She completed her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.

    Dr. Cowan’s scholarly interests include the use of standardized tests and measures to assess hand function following thermal injuries and reconstructive procedures. She teaches interventions using evidence-based practice, with a focus on musculoskeletal disorders and conditions. She acts as advisor for the Nu Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national occupational therapy honor society. Additionally, she maintains active clinical practice in an out-patient hand clinic and in a pediatric burn hospital setting.

    Dr. Cowan is a board certified Hand Therapist and Occupational Therapist. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions. Honors include Academy of Master Clinicians (lifetime member); Scientific Session Reviewer at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association Mountain Central Conference, Section Moderator during the 18th Annual Conference on Innovations in Sports Medicine, Examination Reviewer Course panel participant at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, and Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society (lifetime member).

    Dr. Cowan holds professional membership in American Occupational Therapy Association, American Society of Hand Therapists, Texas Occupational Therapy; Texas Society for Hand Therapy, and the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy.

    J. Sean Funston, MD
  • J. Sean Funston, MD
    Anesthesiology, SOM
  • J. Sean Funston, MD is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Medical Director of John Sealy Operating Rooms and Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services for John Sealy Hospital.

    Dr. Funston received his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his anesthesiology residency in 1998 and critical care fellowship in 1999 at UTMB. He and is board certified in anesthesiology and critical medicine.

    Dr. Funston currently serves on the Block Management Committee, Surgical Value Analysis Committee, Equipment and Procurement Planning Task Force, John Sealy Operating Rooms Operational Steering Committee, Multidisciplinary Trauma Review Committee and Professional Liability Review Committee. He serves as a PBL instructor for two courses in the School of Medicine: Renal, Fluids and Electrolytes; and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary.

    Dr. Funston is the recipient of the Laura Bragg McDaniel Teaching Award, James F. Arens Excellence in Teaching Award and the Daneshvari R. Solanki Teaching Award. In 2014, he was selected as a Texas Monthly Super Doctor.

    Sandra Hatch, MD, FAACS, FACCS, FACR
  • Sandra "Sunny" Hatch, MD, FAACS, FACCS, FACR
    Radiation Oncology, SOM
  • Sandra "Sunny" Hatch, MD, FAACS, FACCS, FACR is Professor and Chair ad Interim, Director of Clinical Operations, Residency Program Director, Irma Labardini Mendoza & Jesse Jesus Mendoza Chair, and Ruth Levy Kempner Professor.

    Dr. Hatch is Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She received her MD from UTHSC in Houston and completed residency training at Baylor College of Medicine. Her practice is devoted to the treatment of breast and gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Hatch was awarded the Irma Labardini Mendoza and Jesse Jesus Mendoza Distinguished Chair in Breast and Gynecologic Malignancies by her grateful patient for the care she received. The grandsons of Ruth Levy Kempner established a Professorship in her honor and bestowed the endowment to Dr. Hatch for her care of breast cancer patients.

    She has been recognized in multiple registries for her patient care including Best Doctors in America, Texas Super Doctors, Top Doctors in Houstonia Magazine, Consumer’s Research Council of America, as well as numerous Who’s Who publications. She is passionate about patient care and serves on many local and national boards devoted to patient advocacy.

    Sunil Jain, MD
  • Sunil Jain, MD
    Pediatrics - Neonatology, SOM
  • Sunil Jain, MD, received his M.B.B.S. from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, India. He completed his Pediatric Residencies at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. He completed a Neonatal Fellowship at the Royal Women's Hospital & Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Australia and B.C.'s Children's Hospital, Vancouver & Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Canada.

    Dr. Jain is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics and Subspecialty Board in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Honors at UTMB include the Golden Rattle Award – Excellence in Clinical Teaching; Special Recognition - Outstanding Mentorship of a Resident Scholarly Project; Pediatric Educator Award Excellence in Residency Education, Excellence in Clinical Teaching – John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and Educator of the Month – January 2015 Academy of Master Teachers.

    Dr. Jain holds professional membership in the Society or Pediatric Research, Texas Pediatric Society and Southern Society of Pediatric Society.

    Cheryl A. Juneau, DrPH, RN, FNP-C
  • Cheryl A. Juneau, DrPH, RN, FNP-CR
    Radiation Oncology, SOM
  • Cheryl A. Juneau, DrPH, RN, FNP-C, received her BSN from the University of St. Thomas, her MPH in International and Family Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health, her MSN in Advance Practice Nurse/Family from the University of Texas Medical Branch and her DrPH in International and Family Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health.

    Dr. Juneau has conducted research and authored and co-authored journal articles in The Online Journal of Advance Nursing Practice and The Journal of Nurse Practitioners.

    Dr. Juneau is a board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Texas Board of Nurse Examiners as a Register Nurse.

    Dr. Juneau holds professional membership in the Texas Nurse Practitioners. Honors include Faculty of the Year 2011 and 2013 and was awarded the Jesse and Alicia Dunn Endowed Professorship in Nursing.

    Luis D. Pacheco, MD
  • Luis D. Pacheco, MD
    Obstetrics/Gynecology and Anesthesiology, SOM
  • Luis D. Pacheco, MD is Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Anesthesiology. Dr. Pacheco received his medical degree from the University of Costa Rica in 1996. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2000,where he also earned fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Anesthesia Critical Care.

    His specialties include Anesthesia Critical Care and Maternal Fetal Medicine (OB/GYN). He is board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and also in Critical Care Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology Examination/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    Dr. Pacheco has been a UTMB faculty member since 2008. He is a member of the Donor Council Committee and is the Director of the Residency Education Program, Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He is the Departmental Director of Obstetrical Patient Safety and Chair of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee.

    Dr. Pacheco has received numerous teaching awards for Excellence in Medical School Training. He is a journal reviewer for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; American Journal of Perinatology Repertory Care Journal, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also a reviewer for Obstetrics, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrical Critical Care for Oak Stone Medical Publishing Continuous Medical Education Program – OB/GYN Practical Reviews.

    William Mize, MD
  • William Mize, MD
    Pediatrics, COM
  • William Mize, MD, earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed his pediatric residency and a one-year fellowship in developmental pediatrics. He also completed an additional three years of fellowship training in behavioral and developmental pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University.

    Dr. Mize is interested in complementary medicine, nutrition and neuro-feedback as adjuncts to traditional care. His research interests include nutrition and essential fatty acids in brain development, brain biofeedback treatments for children with ADHD, and screening for learning disabilities.

    Dr. Mize is certified in the subspecialty of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Prior to joining UTMB, Dr. Mize was in clinical practice at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Peoria, caring for children with developmental delay, ADHD with co-morbidities, autism spectrum disorders, behavior problems and psychosomatic problems.

    He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.

    Jennifer R. Raley, MD
  • Jennifer R. Raley, MD
    Family Medicine, SOM
  • Jennifer R. Raley, MD is Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stephen F Austin University. She graduated from UT Health Science Center Houston Medical School and completed her Family Medicine residency there in 1994. She joined UTMB working at the newly formed Dickinson Community Based Clinic under the direction of Stephen Spann, MD and Ben Raimer, MD. She transferred to the Department of Family Medicine in 1999 after the closure of several community based clinics. She was the Medical Director for Family Medicine Clinics and later the Vice Chair for Clinical Services for 9 years. During this time the Urgent Care Clinic was developed as well as the Family Medicine Island West Clinic. Under her direction, the department saw 40,000 visits annually.

    Dr. Raley has served on numerous university committees including the Medical Staff Executive Committee and was co-chair of the Health Information Services Committee for 7 years. She is part of the Family Medicine Medical Student Education Committee. She was chosen Family Medicine Residency Teacher of the Year in 2014.

    Dr. Raley has always enjoyed working with medical students and residents to improve their knowledge and patient care skills. She was on the university’s first POM 1 Course Committee. She is currently a POM 2 facilitator. She sees patients and works with FM clerkship and SCOPE students at Dickinson Family Medicine UTMB Health clinic. She has had the privilege to work with many bright students and residents over the years, several of whom are now part of the UTMB faculty. Her special medical interests are women’s health and related procedures.

    Dr. Raley credits Drs. Thompson and Sierpina’s leadership and vision with helping her achieve many of her successes.

    Jeanne Smith, PT, DPT, OSC, SCS, MTC, STC
  • Jeanne Smith, PT, DPT, OSC, SCS, MTC, STC
    Department Physical Therapy, SOM
  • Jeanne Smith, PT, DPT, OSC, SCS, MTC, STC, is a senior physical therapist in the Galveston Outpatient OT/PT Clinic. Dr. Smith completed her Masters in PT from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and her transitional DPT from the University of St. Augustine (Florida).

    She is the Clinical Coordinator and a faculty member for the Orthopedic Residency Program. She conducts labs for the spine components of the residency program and mentors throughout the program. She perform running video analysis for both patients and healthy runners to improve form efficiency.

    She attained her Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) credentials through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, her Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine (Florida) in 2009, and her Sports Therapy Certification (STC) from North American Sports Medicine Institute. Honors include UTMB 2014 Foster Boston Memorial Award-Physical Therapy Department Annual Award.

    Dr. Smith holds professional membership in the American Physical Therapy Association, the Texas Physical Therapy Association and Current APTA Section Membership: Orthopedic Section, Sports Section.

    Michael M. Stone, MD
  • Michael M. Stone, MD
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SOM
  • Michael M. Stone, M.D. is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Inpatient Services (Psychiatry).

    Dr. Stone received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas in 1984. He completed his internship at University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston in June 1985, and his residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia in 1995. He is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. His medical interests are in General Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Psychopharmacology.

    Dr. Stone has been with UMTB since 2000. He has been the Director and Attending Psychiatrist, Adult Inpatient Service for UTMB, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston since December 2008. Dr. Stone previously was the Head of the Mental Health Department at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, a Staff Psychiatrist at Tomball Regional Hospital in Tomball, Texas as well as at New Day Counseling Center in Tomball, Texas.

    Dr. Stone serves on the Medical Staff Executive Committee and the Physician’s Health and Rehabilitation Committee at UTMB. In the Psychiatry Department at UTMB, Dr. Stone serves on the Residency Curriculum, Undergraduate Education and Residency Training committees.

    He is actively involved in teaching at UTMB as a Facilitator for the Psychiatry and the Cinema Medical Student Selective/Elective, a lecturer for the Psychotherapy Curriculum for Psychiatry residents, a Case Developer and Facilitator for third year medical student Psychiatry Team Based Learning, a Clinical Preceptor for second and fourth year medical students, Instructor for third year Medical Student Clerkship Inpatient Psychiatry Rotation and Clinical Supervisor of Psychiatry residents for inpatient psychiatry.

    In 2014, Dr. Stone was awarded the National Alliance on Mental Illness National Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.

    Dr. Stone serves on the Editorial Board of Innovation in Clinical Neuroscience, and is an Expert Reviewer for the Texas Medical Board.

    Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD
  • Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD
    Physical Therapy, SHP
  • Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD, is Chair and Associate Professor with tenure in the School of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy. She holds the Jeanette Winfree Endowed chair, and is a 2015 recipient of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. In her 41 years of practice as a physical therapist, she has provided patient care in acute care, home health, rehabilitation, and outpatient settings.

    Dr. Utsey received advanced training for physical therapists in pelvic health and, for the past five years, she has practiced part time at the UTMB Pelvic Health Clinic at Victory Lakes. She has two grants related to pelvic health investigating fall reduction in the elderly through the physical therapy management of incontinence. Through her classroom teaching, student mentoring in the clinic and grant activity, Dr. Utsey provides opportunities for integration of evidence with clinical excellence.