Health professions school graduates 52

Podolsky confers first diplomas since becoming president of UT Southwestern

By Kristen Holland Shear

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern, conferred diplomas in mid-December to the first group of students to graduate since his arrival in early September.

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky awards a diploma to Jennifer McLean, of the Physician Assistant Studies program, at the December graduation exercises in the Tom and Lula Gooch Auditorium.

Dr. Podolsky joined with leaders of the
UT Southwestern School of Health Professions to recognize 52 future health professionals during a Dec. 14 commencement ceremony in the Tom and Lula Gooch Auditorium.

The graduates included students from the school’s physician assistant studies and medical laboratory sciences programs. They completed their degree programs in May or December.

Dr. Raul Caetano, dean of the health professions school, presided over the event. Alumna Dr. Tina Kaufman provided the opening remarks, and Dr. Jon Williamson, associate dean of the school, presented program descriptions.

Dr. Elizabeth Protas, dean of UT Medical Branch in Galveston’s School of Health Professions, delivered the commencement address.

Rebecca DesPlas, assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences, and Michel Statler, associate professor of physician assistant studies, served as marshals. Magistrates included Laurette Dekat, professor of physician assistant studies, and David Klocko, assistant professor of physician assistant studies.

UT Southwestern School of Health Professions 2009 Graduates

Master of Physician
Assistant Studies

Susan Bellrichard Agler
Vivian C. Agumadu
Dipti Bhatnagar
Douglas Lee Blake*
Savannah J. Brown
Dusten Reid Cardinal
Kenneth Alan Dakin
Lindsey Hunt Detwiler
Tra-My Nu Dinh
Melanie Ann Eilers
Sarah Anne Fisher
Roxanne Laine Gelbar
Daniella Gurgulescu
Jennifer Eleen Hauge
David Ray Kendrick
Diem Therese King
Cecilia Jeanny Laurent
Abigail M. Lewandowski
Kisha Renea Long
Rebecca Lydia Longoria
Jennifer Anne McLean
Diana Mendoza
Randolph Christopher Mitchell
Stacy Rawlston Moretta
Pauline Elizabeth O’Bryan
Lauren Marie Parma
Kathryn Marie Pasternak
Michael Gray Petersen
Anna Christine Roberts

Dori Kay Sims
Carlos Javier Soto
Hoang-Trang Duong Truong
Elizabeth Loveless Wetz
Erica Nicole Willis

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Manisha Hasmukhal Amodwala
Jessica Paige Barton
Irena Fajdetic
Stacie Elizabeth Hill
Jared Scott Jeffers
Christina Louise Johnson
Tae-Hoon Kim
Doma Lama
Ropafadzo Madamombe
Chad Randall Middleton
Timipre Nyanasimeibi
Bach Van Thi Pham
Hayley Deanne Raley
Lauren E. Scharrer
Ann Elizabeth Tabor
Anju Thomas
Jessica Kelley Weesner
Dr. Bangdong Wei**

*The candidate graduated in May.
** The candidate will receive a certificate.