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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.

2018 Professionalism Committee

Members of the 2019-2020 Professionalism Committee include:

  • Bruce Adcock, Assistant Professor Instruction, Respiratory Care, School of Health Professions
  • Jennifer Ander, Student Representative, School of Health Professions
  • Dr. Josette Armendariz-Batiste, Interim System Chief Nursing & Patient Care Executive
  • Dr. Amber Armstead, Assistant Professor Instruction, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions
  • Dr. Christine Baker, Co-chair, Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs, School of Health Professions
  • Esther Chavarria-Perez, Business Analyst, President's Office, Shared Services Administration (Admin Support)
  • Tilly Clark, Assistant Director, Special Use Facilities (EAC representative)
  • Philesha Evans, Associate Vice President, HR and Entity Services
  • Stefani Garcia, Student Representative,School of Medicine
  • Melissa K. Gonzalez, Nursing Program Manager of Professional Excellence
  • 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
  • Ashley Henry, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Vivian Kardow, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Kirby Karr, Student Representative, School of Health Professions
  • Rachel Laird, Student Representative, School of Medicine
  • Anne M. Nance, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Joan Nichols, Co-chair, Student Affairs Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Juanita Norton, Nursing Program Manager of Safety & Quality
  • Dr. Olugbenga Ojo, Associate Professor of Medicine Internal Medicine; Chief Medical Officer/Chief Physician Executive (TDCJ)
  • Aliza Patino, Student Representative, School of Health Professions
  • Dr. Norma Perez, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Geriatrics and Preventive Medicine and Community Health
  • Dr. Diana Pressley, Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, School of Nursing
  • Elizabeth Reimschissel, MSN, RN, CNL Director Professional Excellence in Nursing Services
  • Dr. Jose H. Salazar, Assistant Professor, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions
  • Shelley Smith, Assistant Professor, Interprofessional Education
  • Dr. Karen Szauter, Professor, Department of Medicine; Office of Clinical Simulation
  • Dr. Holly West, Sr. Medical Education - Educational Development; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ob-Gyn
  • Dr. Dana Wild, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions
  • Alexis Williams, Student Representative, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Carolanda Woodgett, Co-chair, Associate Vice President, Legal Affairs