Professionalism at UTMB Health

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.

Members of the 2021-2022 Professionalism Committee include:

  • Bruce Adcock, Assistant Professor Instruction, Respiratory Care, School of Health Professions
  • Dr. Josette Armendariz-Batiste, Vice President, Patient Care Services & System Chief Nursing 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; Professor, Physicial Therapy
  • Christine Kovach Britian, Sr. Manager, HR Operations
  • Esther Chavarria-Perez, Business Analyst, President's Office, Shared Services Administration (Admin Support)
  • Tilly Clark, Assistant Director, Special Use Facilities (EAC representative)
  • Joshua Derington, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Janice Endsley, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, ad interim; Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Philesha Evans, Associate Vice President, HR Operations and Employee Health
  • Melissa K. Gonzalez, Nursing Program Manager of Professional Excellence
  • Charles Hardy, PT, Rehabilitation Services Manager, Acute Care Physical Therapy
  • Nanci Jaimes, Student Representative, School of Health Professions - Respiratory Care
  • Vivian Kardow, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Laryn Kropic, Student Representative, School of Health Professions - Occupational Therapy
  • Nicole Lloyd, Student Representative, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Juanita Norton, Nursing Program Manager of Safety & Quality
  • Marie Ogedegbe, Student Representative, School of Health Professions - Clinical Lab Sciences
  • Kehinde Ogunseye, Student Representative, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Dr. Olugbenga Ojo, Associate Professor of Medicine Internal Medicine; Chief Medical Officer/Chief Physician Executive (TDCJ)
  • Mario Zuniga Palma, Student Representative, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Diana Pressley, Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, School of Nursing
  • Dr. Norma Perez Raifaisen, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Geriatrics and Preventive Medicine and Community Health
  • Elizabeth Reimschissel, MSN, RN, CNL Director Professional Excellence in Nursing Services
  • Dakota Rodgers, Student Representative, School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jose H. Salazar, Associate Professor and Chair, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions
  • Shelley Smith, Interprofessional Education and QEP Director, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
  • Jeremy Stovall, OT, Rehabilitation Services Manager, Occupational Therapy
  • Elizabeth Stum, Chief of Staff
  • Dr. Karen Szauter, Co-chair, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Asst Dean, Educational Affairs
  • Amber Tran, Student Representative, School of Nursing
  • Nick Viator, Sr. Strategic Planning Analyst, Business Development
  • Dr. Holly West, Sr. Medical Educator - Educational Development; Adjunct Associate Professor, Ob-Gyn
  • Dr. Dana Wild, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs; Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Department, School of Health Professions
  • Meisha Wilson-Leonard, PT, Rehabilitation Services Manager, Angleton Danbury Campus
  • Carolanda Woodgett, Co-chair, Associate Vice President, Legal Affairs
  • Gabrielle Young, Student Representative, School of Nursing