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About the Professionalism Committee


In 2002, UTMB was one of five medical schools selected to participate in a medical professionalism pilot project sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's. The goal of the project, entitled Putting the Charter Into Practice, is for participating institutions to apply the principles and responsibilities of the Physician Charter that was published by the ABIM in 2002 to its medical school student body.

The Professionalism Committee was established to develop a multidisciplinary approach to advancing professionalism, recognizing that a fundamental concern for a supportive and productive environment that advances educational, patient and institutional outcomes is our prime objective. Committee membership includes individuals from across the mission areas and workforce segments (e.g. academic and health system administration, physicians, nurses, faculty and students from all four UTMB schools). The broad representation ensures that efforts will address and impact all areas of our community. Members are appointed by the President and have demonstrated a commitment to professionalism and to act as effective change agents. The committee's major activities include: updating the Professionalism Charter, managing the Professionalism online reporting tool, and hosting campus wide lectures, brown bag discussions, workshops and training.

If you would like more information you may contact a member of the committee.

2018Committee members Additional FY18 members

Members of the 2017-2018 Professionalism Committee include:

  • Lindsey Alderink, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Sasha Azar, Student Representative, GSBS
  • Dr. Ian Barrett, Vice President, Human Resources and Employee Services, ad interim (term ended)
  • Tonya R. Callender, FNP, Student Representative, School of Nursing (term ended)
  • Esther Chavarria-Perez, Executive Assistant, OSM Office of the President, Administrative Support
  • Tilly Clark, Assistant Director, Special Use Facilities (EAC representative)
  • Jami Cooper, Student Representative, School of Health Professions
  • Philesha Evans, Associate Vice President, HR and Entity Services
  • Ruth Leah Finkelstein, OSM Project Manager, Office of the President-Operations
  • Stefani Garcia, Student Representative,School of Medicine
  • Dr. Kristene Gugliuzza, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics; Alonzo Alverly Ross Centennial Chair in General Surgery; Program Director, General Surgery Residency; Director, UTMB Renal/Pancreas Transplant Program; Scholar, John P McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine
  • Dr. Mark Holden, Co-chair, Edna S. and William C. Levin Professor in Internal Medicine; Director, Division of General Internal Medicine; Vice Chair for Undergraduate and Continuing Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine; Emeritus Scholar, John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine
  • Vivian Kardow, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Phil Lavere, Student Representative, Honor Pledge Committee, School of Medicine (term ended)
  • Dr. Charles Mathers, Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine (resigned)
  • Anne M. Nance, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Omneya Nassar, Student Representative, Honor Pledge Committee, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Joan Nichols, Student Affairs Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr. Olugbenga Ojo, Associate Profesor of Medicine Internal Medicine; Chief Medical Officer/Chief Physician Executive (TDCJ)
  • Dorothy Pearrow, Director of Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Jeffrey Rabek, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, School of Medicine  (retired)
  • Elizabeth Reimschissel, MSN, RN, CNL Director Professional Excellence in Nursing Services
  • Dr. Rebecca Saavedra, Co-chair, Vice President for Strategic Management, Office of the President-Operations (retired)
  • Dr. Marlene Salas-Provance, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, School of Health Professions  (resigned)
  • Dr. Jose H. Salazar, Assistant Professor, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions
  • Alexandria Smith, Student Representative, School of Medicine
  • Shelley Smith, Assistant Professor, Interprofessional Education
  • Dr. Karen Szauter, Professor, Department of Medicine; Office of Clinical Simulation
  • Soraya Toghani, Student Representative, School of Health Professions
  • Stephanie Vega, Student Representative, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences