Department of MedicineResidency: Key faculty
At the University of Texas Health Sciences Center we have a broad and diverse faculty that contribute to the supportive environment and help foster learning. Above are those educators most closely connected with the program, and who interact with the residents on a daily basis. Roll over each name to learn more about the skills and interests of these leaders of the residency program.
Dr. Patricia Wathen
Dr. Patricia Wathen received her AB degree in Biology Cum Laude from Harvard University. She received her MD degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Wathen completed her Family Practice training at the Duke/FAHEC Family Medicine Program and her Internal Medicine residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, multiple Teacher of the Year Awards, and the Lifetime Clinical Teaching Award from the Department of Medicine.
Dr. David Hillis
Dr. David Hillis obtained his B. A. and M.D. degrees from Columbia University, New York, NY, then performed his internship, residency, and Chief Residency in medicine at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed fellowship training in cardiology at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, then he returned to UT Southwestern, where he eventually rose to the rank of Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine. He served for 15 years as the Director to the Department's Residency Training Program. In 2008, he assumed the position of Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine at UTHSCSA and holder of the Dan F. Parman Distinguished Chair. During his career Dr. Hillis has received numerous teaching awards and he has been a productive investigator, publishing more than 350 journal articles and book chapters on ischemic, valvular, and congenital heart disease. He has been elected to several honorific societies in academic medicine. For 15+ years, he has served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Cardiology, Circulation and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Richard Lange
Vice Chair of Medicine
Richard Lange, M.D.,M.B.A., obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas and M.D. degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. After completing his internship, and residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he returned to UT Southwestern for fellowship training in cardiology. He subsequently joined their faculty, where he became Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. He served for many years as the Fellowship Program Director, held the Jonsson Rogers Chair in Cardiology and was Director of the Bernard and Audrey Rapoport Center for Cardiovascular Research. In January 2004, he left UT Southwestern to be Chief of Clinical Cardiology and the E. Andrus Cowles Professor at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he earned his M.B.A. In July 2008, he joined the faculty at UTHSCA. At UT Southwestern and Hopkins, Dr. Lange received numerous teaching awards from students, residents, and fellows. He has been president of the Texas AHA Affiliate and an active and productive clinical investigator publishing more than 200 journal articles and book chapters dealing with ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, and congenital heart disease in adults.
Dr. Jane O'Rorke
Jane O'Rorke, M.D., received her BA with high honors from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA and attended The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. After completing her internship and residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio she served as Chief Resident of the program. She went on to complete a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and has won numerous teaching awards including Southern Society of General Internal Medicine Clinician Educator of the Year Award and Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the Division of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. George Crawford
Associate Program Director
Dr. George Crawford graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame and attended the Northwestern University Medical School and graduated with Alpha Omega honors. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Washington. He is Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Infectious Disease and General Internal Medicine and has won numerous teaching awards including the American College of Physicians Laureate Award.
Dr. Christopher Moreland
Dr. Christopher Moreland, MD MPH, graduated with a BA in Plan II Honors from UT Austin, followed by UT Houston Medical School as an Alpha Omega Alpha member. After completing internal medicine residency and academic general medicine fellowship at UC Davis in Sacramento, he and his wife, an emergency medicine physician, returned to Texas where he joined the faculty at UTHSCSA as an assistant clinical professor. His teaching roles also include co-director of the internal medicine consult rotation as well as the Resident as Teacher elective, team-based learning facilitator with medical students, and Veritas faculty mentor for medical students. His presentations and publications delve into issues relating to effective perioperative medicine, inter-professional communication, health disparities, healthcare interpretation services, and diversity among healthcare professionals. Teaching awards from trainees reflect his continuing interest in medical education.