Meet Our Residents
Two new Chief Residents in Pathology took office on April 2, 2013. Both are outstanding residents with strong backgrounds in educational and administrative activities. They will serve through March 31, 2014.
Amanda Hernandez, M.D. – AP/CP
Born in Andrews, Texas, Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laudein Clinical Laboratory Science from Texas Tech University. As an undergraduate, she began working as a medical technologist in hematology, coagulation, and urinalysis. After graduation, Amanda remained at Texas Tech for the master’s program in Molecular Pathology.
As part of this curriculum, in 2006, she completed a preceptorship with Dr. Deborah Payne in the Molecular Diagnostics lab at UT Southwestern, where she up a new quantitative real-time PCR assay for determination of EBV and CMV viral loads. She also was first author on a case report of a CMV antigenemia-positive PCR-negative transplant patient.
Amanda then entered the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In addition to her routine studies, she spent a summer in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaoping Sun at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, studying SOX4 overexpression in leukemogenesis. For her academic achievements, Amanda was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
While a resident at UT Southwestern, Amanda has presented to the American Society of Dermatopathology, the International Society of Dermatopathology, the College of American Pathologists, and the Society for Pediatric Pathology. She has served as a peer-selected representative to the Pathology Resident Education Committee and at the national level is a delegate for Southwestern to the CAP Residents Forum and a resident member of the CAP’s Diagnostic Immunology Resource Committee.
Amanda was selected to serve as a Chief Resident in Pathology for 2013-2014. Upon graduation in 2014, she will serve a fellowship in Dermatopathology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her hobbies and interests include playing tennis, jogging, spending time with her husband, and walking her dog.
Adam Hoffhines, M.D., Ph.D. – AP/CP
An Oklahoma native, Adam earned his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry summa cum laude from Oklahoma Christian University, earning academic distinctions including Outstanding Student in the Physical Sciences. His research focused on the anti-inflammatory effects of PPAR ligands in septic shock and won first place in the microbiology division of the Collegiate Research Competition of the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences. He also was a tutor in natural sciences, through which he met his wife.
Adam entered the M.D.-Ph.D. program at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where as a graduate student of Dr. Kevin Moore he explored the role of protein tyrosine sulfation in male fertility, using a knock-out mouse model. This led to a poster at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and six publications.
As a Pathology resident at UT Southwestern, Adam has been engaged in projects on HIV-associated and non-associated lymphomas and on lupus anticoagulants. He has served as a peer-selected representative to the Pathology Resident Education Committee and as a delegate to the CAP Residents Forum.
He was selected to serve as a Chief Resident for the Pathology program for 2013-2014. When he finishes residency in 2014, he will serve a fellowship in Hematopathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Outside of work, Adam enjoys playing piano, reading, exercise, and gardening. He and his wife welcomed a second daughter in January 2013.