Meet Our Residents

2014-2015 Chief Residents

Two new Chief Residents in Pathology took office on April 1, 2014. Both are outstanding residents with strong backgrounds in educational and administrative activities. They will serve through March 31, 2015.

Jake Dennis, M.D. – AP/CP

Amanda Hernandez, M.D.
Jake Dennis, M.D.

Born on the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, the product of a military family, Jake attended a health-careers magnet high school in San Antonio and went on to Texas A&M University, where he worked part-time as an emergency medical technician and drove the campus ambulance.

On the academic front, Jake was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity and graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Biochemistry and Genetics. After graduating in December, Jake spent the six months before starting medical school as a technician in the lab of biochemist Patricia Liwang, Ph.D. He had previously worked on the synthesis of an anti-HIV drug in the lab.

As a medical student at UT in Houston, Jake spent the summer after his first year developing an ELISA-based method for detecting catalytic antibodies in the lab of Keri Smith, Ph.D., in the Department of Pathology. His specialty decision didn't become clear until his clinical clerkships demonstrated how pathology ties together genetics, physiology, and medicine.

During residency, Jake has pursued projects on CMV gastritis and Her2 image analysis. Outside of medicine, Jake enjoys reading, golf, and jogging.

Bret Evers, M.D., Ph.D. – AP/NP

Bret Evers, M.D., Ph.D.
Bret Evers, M.D., Ph.D.

Bret attended Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Genetics. His undergraduate experience included a research project that confirmed paternal imprinting of IGF2 in bovines, and a student research fellowship looking at homeotic gene expression in the central nervous system of larval drosophila.

He also participated in a 10-week research program in Adelaide, Australia, characterizing novel bioactive molecules. He credits this experience with directing him into medical research and eventually to the Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Southwestern.

Here, his research in the Brown and Goldstein Laboratory dealt with the role of Insig-mediated cholesterol homeostasis in palate and hair follicle development in mice. It was recognized as one of the top five posters of the UTSW Graduate Student Association for 2006, and the work has been published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Bret has a background as an Eagle Scout and has been active with the STARS Program at UT Southwestern, mentoring high school students interested in health care. Other pursuits include fossil-hunting, hiking, camping, and snorkeling. He is interested in tribal art of Oceania and New Guinea, and he plays the Australian didgeridoo.