Research Faculty

Roxana Delgado, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at UT Health San Antonio is an epidemiologist, developing the “Military and Veteran Caregiver Portfolio,” a platform that addresses the short and long-term health-related outcomes of caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Along with Kimberly Peacock, Ed.D., together they implement a variety of studies and initiatives to identify the determinants of health and the risk factors contributing to the adverse impact to military caregivers’ health and well being. Dr. Delgado is a national advocate and serves as an advisor to a number of national organizations serving the veteran and military caregiver community.

Erin P. Finley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at UT Health San Antonio, and a Research Investigator in the Veterans Evidence-Based Research Dissemination and Implementation Center (VERDICT) at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, is an internationally known medical anthropologist with expertise in health services and implementation research. Dr. Finley’s research examines post-traumatic stress disorder, access to care, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2012, she was honored with the Margaret Mead Award given jointly by the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology. She has been principal, co-principal, or co-investigator on studies funded by NIH, VA, Department of Defense (DoD), public-private partnerships, and the National Science Foundation, and has published widely on post-deployment health, PTSD, access to care, use of evidence-based practices, provider burnout, and program implementation. Dr. Finley collaborates actively with a national network of academic and healthcare researchers. She was elected to the Executive Board of the Society of Medical Anthropology in 2015.

Holly J. Lanham, Ph.D., MBA, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Lanham’s research interests are in organizational behavior and information technology use in knowledge-intensive organizations, with a special emphasis on health care delivery systems. Dr. Lanham’s research and teaching interests include health informatics, complexity science, the role of work relationships in improving health care delivery systems, managing uncertainty in health care, organizational theory, and qualitative research methods. Her research has been awarded Best Paper in the International Medical Informatics Association Yearbook of Medical Informatics and Top 10 Cited Paper 2014 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Luci Leykum M.D., MBA, MSc, FACP, SFHM is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General and Hospital Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. Her research has focused on the application of complexity science to clinical systems. She has received federal, state, and foundation funding, and her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. She teaches on the Inpatient Medicine and Medicine Consult/Co-Management services. She co-directs three student electives on healthcare reimbursement and policy.

Dr. Leykum currently serves on the Council for the Society of General Internal Medicine. She is a former Chair of the Research Committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine and former Co-Chair of the Academic Hospitalist Task Force of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She is a Senior Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and a Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Christopher Moreland, M.D., Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and a Veritas longitudinal faculty mentor, has been recognized as an educator with multiple teaching awards. His research and curriculum development focus on two areas: medical education and health disparities affecting the deaf and limited English proficient communities. Some topics in his published chapters and peer-reviewed articles include medical schools’ technical standards, the work of interpreters as healthcare specialists, communication barriers in healthcare, and the education of residents as consultants.

Lauren Penney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at UT Health San Antonio and Investigator at the VA Veterans Evidence-based Research, Dissemination, and Implementation Center, is a medical anthropologist with expertise in ethnographic methods and complex systems, and growing experience in implementation science. Her current work examines complementary and integrative approaches to chronic pain care and innovations to meet the needs of complex patients, with a ‘special focus on peoples’ experiences and how they work together (and apart) to accomplish things that matter to them.

Jacqueline Pugh, M.D., Professor at UT Health San Antonio and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), oversees the regulatory requirements for conducting both animal and human research at STVHCS as well as the continued development and expansion of research efforts. Dr. Pugh has a robust research background in type 2 diabetes mellitus to include case management, patient, provider, and community education, and end-stage renal disease associated with the disease. She has served as the principal investigator on several large multi-project grants and has received funding from the Texas Diabetes Council, MERECE, an AHRQ funded Minority Medical Treatment Outcomes Program grant, and VERDICT, a VA Health Services Research Enhancement and Advancement Award. Dr. Pugh uses her current research of complexity science as a lens to understand and improve healthcare organizations.

Temple A. Ratcliffe, M.D., Associate Professor/Clinical of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio is pursuing educational research interests in best practices in internal medicine clerkship, clinical reasoning, and inter-professional education. He is a 2016 Josiah Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar and his work address the implications and challenges facing learners in authentic interprofessional collaborative practice environments. Find him on Twitter @templeratcliffe.

Jessica Parker-Raley, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UT Health San Antonio where her research interests include communication effectiveness training and curriculum development in healthcare with a concentration in interdisciplinary team communication and patient-provider interaction. Dr. Parker-Raley conducts healthcare communication studies that focus on difficult conversations including breaking bad news, the negotiation of family presence, social support and cancer survivorship, and the explanation of advance care directives. Her research can be found in The Journal of Trauma, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, American Journal of Critical Care, Qualitative Health Research, Journal for Healthcare Quality, Communication Education, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication Research Reports.

David Schmit, M.D., Assistant Professor/Clinical of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio, is involved in research focused on the development and implementation of a hospital medicine triage curriculum. He is the director of the hospital medicine elective, which exposes internal medicine residents to the essential skills in triaging. His work has been supported by multiple grants and showcased at numerous local, regional, and national meetings and workshops.

Sadie Trammell Velasquez, M.D., Assistant Professor at UT Health San Antonio, conducts research in the role of the hospitalist as a triagist. Her local research resulted in her leading a collaborative research project out of ten academic sites across the United States. This research aims to further the understanding of the role of the hospitalist as a triagist and improve the understanding of the specific skill set needed for this role in order to improve medical education.

Joel Tsevat, M.D., MPH, is a general internist and outcomes researcher. He holds a joint appointment at UT Health San Antonio and Dell Medical School. He is Professor of Medicine and Joaquin G. Cigarroa, Jr., M.D., Distinguished Chair; Director, Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH); and Director, Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) KL2 program.

Dr. Tsevat is a past-president of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM). He is recognized internationally in health-related quality of life research, in particular, health status vs. utility assessment; spirituality/religion; cost-effectiveness analysis; and decision analysis. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, book chapters, and editorials. He has served as PI on multiple federally-funded grants from NIH, VA, and AHRQ, including as 1 of the 2 PIs on the University of Cincinnati’s CTSA grant, and as PI of a BIRCWH K12 and an NIH K30 clinical research curriculum award. He has a long track record of mentoring trainees and junior faculty and won an award for a short course on mentoring from SMDM. He currently serves on the CTSA Steering Committee at NCATS.

Emily Wang, M.D., Associate Professor/Clinical at UT Health San Antonio, is a board-certified internal medicine physician with educational and hospital based research interests. Her current work includes curriculum development in graduate medical education: (1) medicine consultation/co-management and (2) transitions of care with internal medicine as a triage physician for determining admissions and disposition decision-making. She is the principal investigator and co-investigator with other departments and academic institutions on state and national medical education grants.