Adekunle Adedeji, MD
Graduated in 1997 from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He completed a family medicine residency here at UTHSCSA before starting his Geriatrics fellowship. His interests include soccer and medical missions.
Maria Yolanda Cipriani, MD
Graduated from the Universidad Peruana Cavetano Heredia in 1997. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Southern Illinois University in Springfield and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her Geriatrics Fellowship at UTHSCSA and is now working as a clinical research fellow under the direction of Dr. Musi (Texas Diabetes Institute) and Dr. Michael Lichtenstein.
Cesar H. Garcia, MD
Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 with a degree in pre-professional studies and Spanish. He graduated from UTHSCSA in 2006 and completed an internal medicine residency at the Regional Academic Health Center in 2009. His interests include playing the guitar/guitarron, singing Spanish music and Notre Dame football.
Cassandra Key, MD
Earned her Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and subsequently completed a Masters in Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She obtained her medical degree from UTHSCSA and went on to do an internal medicine residency here. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children (#4 is on the way!) and participating in church activities.
Neela Patel, MD
Earned her BS degree in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology in Bangalore, India. She graduated from Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangalore before moving to the United states to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado. She completed a residency in Family and Community Medicine at UTHSCSA and subsequently began her geriatrics fellowship. She is a second year fellow conducting research on yoga as an exercise intervention for older adults. Her interests include cooking, reading philosophy, classical dance and yoga.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows
Tarik Hadid, MD
Completed his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Khartoum. He then completed an internal medicine residency at Michigan State University Program in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His interests include palliative oncology, travel and theater.
Ashlei W. Lowery, MD
Graduated from Arkansas State University with a BS in biological sciences and graduated from University of Arkansas Medical School in 2005. She then completed her internal medicine residency here at UTHSCSA and served as a chief resident for the 2007-2008 academic year. Her hobbies include traveling, writing and cooking.
Jignesh Patel, MD
Completed his undergraduate medical education in India before coming to the United States to do an internal medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York.
Taral Patel, MD
Completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine. He attended the American University of the Carribean School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at West Virginia University. His hobbies include watching Lakers games, spending time with his family, and movies.
Palliative Care Fellows
Alfonso Orocio, Jr
Earned his BA/BS from Southwestern A/G University in Waxahachie, TX. He then completed his MA in Religion at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA in 2006. He is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God Church and completed a one-year residency at East Jefferson General Hospital in Louisiana prior to starting his palliative care fellowship here at the South Texas VA. His interests include running, playing guitar and missions work.
James Rodgers, PhD
Completed a BA in Psychology at the University of North Texas and earned his PhD from the University of Louisville in 2009 before starting his palliative care fellowship. Formerly a professional musician, he still enjoys playing on occasion for weddings, funerals and church functions. He enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and their 16 year old daughter.