Dr. Shena Thomas: Southwestern Gynecologic Assembly Awardand Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award

By Connie Piloto

Dr. Shena Thomas always knew she wanted to be a physician, but she thought she’d be a pediatrician.

Growing up in Cross Plains, Texas — population 1,000 — she loved visiting her pediatrician, Dr. Stephen Faehnle, even though his office was in Abilene, about 45 miles away.

Dr. Shena Thomas

“He got me interested in medicine,” Dr. Thomas said. “I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician just like him.”

In high school, Dr. Thomas shadowed him for several weeks.

“The kids were all sad and crying,” Dr. Thomas recalls. “And I got sick.”

While in college at UT Austin, she followed Dr. Richard Stanley, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology in Abilene. A
UT Southwestern alumnus, Dr. Stanley encouraged her to attend his alma mater.

“I watched babies being delivered and saw the photos of all the babies Dr. Stanley had delivered throughout the years displayed on his office wall and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Dr. Thomas said.

At UT Southwestern, she was co-leader of a gynecology clinic for second-year medical students. In her third year of medical school, she completed a rotation in reproductive endocrinology and pediatric endocrinology.

Dr. Thomas has garnered this year’s Southwestern Gynecologic Assembly Award and the Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award.

“Shena’s performance during both her reproductive endocrinology and medical endocrinology rotations was outstanding,” said Dr. Lisa Halvorson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. “She demonstrated clinical insight, teamwork and compassion that will undoubtedly make her a first-rate ob/gyn of whom UT Southwestern can be proud.”

Dr. Thomas also is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Students are selected for their high academic standing, leadership among their peers, professionalism, firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and commitment to service in the school and community.

Dr. Thomas majored in microbiology at UT Austin, and she’s thrilled to be heading back to Austin to complete her residency at the Seton Family of Hospitals. She will practice at several Seton medical facilities, including University Medical Center Brackenridge. When she is finished with her residency she’d like to work in private practice.

But before she begins her residency, Dr. Thomas and her fiance, Terrol Dillon, are getting married. Mr. Dillon is the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the football team at Texas State University in San Marcos.