Faculty Appointments — November 2008

Dr. Burstein

Ezra Burstein, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of internal medicine in the division of digestive and liver diseases. Previously, Dr. Burstein was assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He was also a staff physician at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. Dr. Burstein received his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, and completed an internal medicine residency at

UT Southwestern, where he was the recipient of the John Miller Award. Dr. Burstein then completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School and a research fellowship at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Burstein’s research interests include the molecular biology of the inflammatory response and the ubiquitnation pathway.

Dr. Cheng

Jonathan Cheng, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of plastic surgery. His specialties include peripheral nerve surgery, brachial plexus reconstruction, migraine surgery, hand and wrist surgery, reconstructive microsurgery and cosmetic and breast surgery. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency at Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed fellowships in hand, peripheral nerve and microvascular surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently a fellowship in perforator flap microsurgery at University Hospital Gent in Belgium.

Dr. Iyer

Sandhya Iyer, M.D., has joined the faculty as as assistant professor of ophthalmology. Her interests include infectious keratitis, keratorefractive surgery outcomes, anterior segment imaging, newer techniques in corneal transplant and pterygium surgery. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pune in India and completed residencies in ophthalmology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, and at Sankara Nethralaya Medical Research Foundation in Chennai, India. She has also completed a research  fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Florida and a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Dr. Jotterand

Fabrice Jotterand, Ph.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of clinical sciences in the division of ethics and health policy. He previously was an assistant professor of philosophy at UT Dallas and had a part-time faculty appointment at UT Southwestern. He is a member of editorial board of the journal Nanoethics and of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and his research interests include the ethics of nanotechnology/nanomedicine, neuroethics, human enhancement, the impact of technology on the practice of medicine, medical professionalism and the philosophy of medicine. He earned his doctorate in medical ethics from Rice University.

Dr. Lee

Simon J. Craddock Lee, Ph.D., MPH,has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of clinical sciences in the division of ethics and health policy. Before his appointment, he was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, specializing in the ethics of prevention and public health. Dr. Lee’s research interests include medical anthropology, institutional culture and organizational ethics, and cancer disparities. As a member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Lee is participating in the development of the Population Sciences and Cancer Control program. He earned his doctorate in medical anthropology from a joint program of the University of California, San Francisco, and UC Berkeley. He also received a master’s of public health degree from UC Berkeley in the area of health policy and administration.

Dr. Matevosyan

Karén Matevosyan, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pathology. Before his appointment, Dr. Matevosyan was a fellow in transfusion services. He earned his medical degree at Azerbaijan State Medical University in Baku, Azerbaijan. He completed his residency and fellowship at UT Southwestern. His research interests include blood component therapy, apheresis, hemostasis and thrombosis.

Dr. Rahn

David Rahn, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Most recently a fellow at UT Southwestern, Dr. Rahn also received his medical degree and performed his residency on campus. His research interests include clinical trials of surgical and nonsurgical management of incontinence and prolapse, translational urogynecology research, pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse, effects of smoking and smoking cessation on pelvic floor disorders, and education in pelvic anatomy and surgery for ob/gyn residents and fellows.

Michel Statler, MLA, PA-C, has rejoined the faculty as an associate professor and associate director in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, part of the School of Health Professions. She is also program director for the general surgery postgraduate residency program. During her previous appointment at UT Southwestern, Ms. Statler was the clinical coordinator and later academic coordinator for the department. She left in 2003 to join the faculty at Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. In her new role, Ms. Statler will oversee the development of other postgraduate residency programs as well as the international rotations for students in the combined MPA/MPH track, which is offered through UT School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus. Ms. Statler holds a bachelor’s in German from Baylor University, a Bachelor of Science from the Surgical Physician Assistant Program at the University of Alabama, and a Master in Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Trello-Rishel

Kathlene Trello-Rishel, M.D., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry. Before her appointment, Dr. Trello-Rishel was a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Mental Health and Mental Retardation of Tarrant County. She earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield. She started her psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine and completed it at
UT Southwestern, where she also completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

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