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Round Rock Regional Campus

ABOUT ROUND ROCK

The Texas A&M College of Medicine is a community-based medical school providing third- and fourth-year clinical training at regional clinical campuses around the state through affiliations with local physicians, clinics and hospitals.

At the Round Rock clinical campus, clerkship directors direct the students' rotations in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery at sites across Williamson County. Additional community physicians serve as clerkship faculty in these and other clinical areas.

Campus Leadership

Kathleen Jones, MD 
Interim Associate Campus Dean - Round Rock 
Texas A&M College of Medicine

Campus Staff

Eva Rivera 
Administrative Associate 
Phone: 512.341.4922 
rivera@medicine.tamhsc.edu

Sarah Cox-Sanders 
Student Services Coordinator 
Phone: 512.341.4920 
cox@medicine.tamhsc.edu

CLERKSHIP DIRECTORS & COORDINATORS

Our clerkship directors and coordinators assure that all of our medical students get the necessary curriculum required, utilizing an ever-expanding number of medical services and facilities in our community.

Emergency Medicine

Roque Ruggero, MD, FAAEM 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Roque Ruggero received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1997 and completed his emergency medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he also served as chief resident, in 2000. Ruggero has been a practicing emergency physician with Capitol Emergency Associates staffing St. David's facilities since 2000. He has a special interest in pediatric emergency medicine and has additionally worked at St. David's NAMC Children's ED since it opened in December 2014. He is a member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the Texas Medical Association, and the Travis County Medical Society. Ruggero is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

In addition to his work as the director of the Emergency Medicine clerkship, he is also the Round Rock director for Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulations. He strongly believes in the team model of delivery of healthcare for optimum patient outcomes. In addition to his interest, Ruggero is actively involved in integration of bedside ultrasound into the medical curriculum. He has a strong interest in wilderness medicine and is the director of a wilderness medicine elective. Ruggero also participates in global health projects including Project SEMILLA in Nicaragua that strives to improve emergency healthcare capacity through education partnerships with local healthcare groups. Ruggero enjoys being a part of the Lake Travis Learning Community student group. He also participates in the clinical orientations incoming students receive at our Round Rock campus.

For more information about the emergency medicine clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Erin Stavinoha: stavinoha@medicine.tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4919


Family Medicine

Joel Goode, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Joel Goode received his medical degree from University of Texas-Houston Medical School in 1994, and completed his residency in 1997 with Memorial Family Practice Residency Program, an affiliate of the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Goode is board certified in Family Medicine and established the Brushy Creek Family Physicians, P.A. with other physician partners in 1997.

Goode belongs to the Travis County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and American Academy of Family Physicians.

For more information about the family medicine clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Sarah (Cox) Sanders: cox@medicine.tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4920


Intensive & Critical Care

Harold D. Cain, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Harold D. Cain has been practicing Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Austin for 37 years. A native Texan, he completed undergraduate school at Texas Tech University and medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, internship and residency in North Carolina at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Cain also provides occupational lung disease evaluations and is a certified B-Reader for pneumoconioses (occupational dust-related lung diseases). In addition, he has been involved in the diagnosis and management of sleep related respiratory diseases for many years. Cain is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

For more information about the internal medicine clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Jody Ping: ping@medicine.tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4997


Internal Medicine

Robyn R. Fader, MD, FHM 
Clerkship Co-Director

Sabitha Rajan, MD, MSc, FHM 
Clerkship Co-Director

Dr. Sabitha Rajan graduated from Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine and completed her residency at Cornell Weill Medical Center in New York. After residency, she worked and studied at Columbia University as a Hospitalist while she completed a master's degree in biostatistics with a thesis on patients with heart failure and a normal ejection fraction. She began the hospitalist program at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut in 2004 and remained its director until coming to Texas in 2007 to join Scott and White as its chief medical officer for the Continuing Care Hospital. Currently, she is an editor at Hearst Health, MCG and an assistant professor of medicine at Texas A&M. She is the assistant director of the Internal Medicine clerkship on the Round Rock campus.

For more information about the internal medicine clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Natalie Washburn: washburn@medicine.tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4960


Obstetrics & Gynecology

Kevin H. Brown, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Kevin H. Brown received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1998 and, in 2002, completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Brown was chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and co-chair of the Perinatal Safety Committee at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock in 2008. He maintains a position as reviewer for Obstetrics and Gynecology. His honors include recognition among the top 10 percent of all reviewers for the publication in 2007. He is also on the editorial advisory board for the national publications, Pharmacist's Letter and Prescriber'sLetter.

Brown is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Karen Southmayd Strawser, MD 
Clerkship Co-Director

For more information about the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Alyssa Berneche: berneche@tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4960


Pediatrics

Danielle Arnold, MD, FAAP 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Danielle Arnold received her medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2012 and completed residency at University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital at Aurora, Colorado in 2015 where she was named Chief Resident for 2015-2016. Dr. Arnold is board certified in pediatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been an inpatient pediatrician at Baylor Scott & White Health in Round Rock since 2016. She is the clerkship director for Pediatrics on the Round Rock campus.

Maheswari Ekambaram, MD, FAAP 
Associate Clerkship Director

Dr. Maheswari Ekambaram received her medical degree from Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research and completed residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Ekambaram is board certified in pediatrics. She is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Round Rock. Her interests: Newborn care; Medical education. She is the Associate Clerkship Director for Pediatrics on the Round Rock campus.

For more information about the pediatrics clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Jody Ping: ping@medicine.tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4997


Psychiatry

Victor M. Garza, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Victor Garza, a Houston native and first generation college graduate, received his Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Rice University and received his Doctorate of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Garza is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His previous work includes inpatient consultation-liaison and outpatient care at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago. He's provided outpatient psychiatric consultation and clinical care at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System's Austin Outpatient Clinic within its integrated primary care-mental health program. Garza currently provides telehealth psychiatric services to community mental health centers in the State of Texas.

For more information about the psychiatry clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Vicki Pilsner: pilsner@medicine.tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4916


Surgery

Rodney Lewis, MD 
Clerkship Director

Dr. Rodney Lewis graduated with honors from the University of Texas, Arlington and went to medical school at the University of Texas, Southwestern, in Dallas. He did his surgical residency and training at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas. Lewis is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the Texas Medical Association. Lewis began practice in the Round Rock area in 2000.

For more information about the surgery clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Erin Stavinoha: stavinoha@medicine.tamhsc.edu or 512.341.4919

CLINICAL EDUCATION LOCATIONS

Austin State Hospital

In 1856, the Texas Legislature established the Texas State Lunatic Asylum marking a major step in treatment of persons with mental illnesses by the state. Construction began in 1857 and by the 1950's, the facility housed almost 3,500 patients. As community treatment grew, the patient population decreased and the length of the day was shortened. Today, Austin State Hospital (ASH) serves and average of 292 patients on a daily basis, and averages over 4,000 admissions a year. The average length of stay at the hospital is about 18 days. The focus of treatment is generally stabilization of acute symptoms and return to the community for continued outpatient services. ASH serves a 38-county region of Texas, stretching from the Waco area to Galveston on the Gulf Coast. Child/adolescent services are provided to an additional 31 counties in Central and East Texas. Admission to the hospital requires that a person be a danger to themselves or others in the community due to a primary mental illness. Patients are screened by their local mental health centers prior to being admitted to the hospital.

Baylor Scott & Health-Round Rock

Baylor Scott & White Health-Round Rock is a 68-acre property with a full service hospital and specialty clinic. The hospital and clinic feature full integration with Scott & White's main facility in Temple. The campus offers more than 24 specialty services for adults and children and includes a 101-bed hospital. Located off I-35 and FM 1431, Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock is in the crucial hub of the Austin/Round Rock metropolitan area. The Scott & White-Round Rock region also includes nine primary care regional clinics that provide an integrated model of healthcare for Williamson and Travis counties. The regional clinics are located in Taylor, Pflugerville, Hutto, Cedar Park, Cedar Park West, Georgetown Sun City, Georgetown Town Central, Wells Branch and Burnet. Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock is part of the Scott & White Healthcare system, the largest multi-specialty practice in Texas.

Bluebonnet Trails Mental Health Mental Retardation Center

Bluebonnet Trails Community Mental Health Mental Retardation Center was formed in 1996 through an agreement between the counties of Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee and Williamson. In 2000, Gonzales and Guadalupe counties joined the center. Today, the center has been renamed to Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and serves as the local mental health and mental retardation authority in eight counties with a population density of over 696,000 persons and a land mass of approximately 6,910 square miles. Services are provided to: adults with serious mental illness and chemical dependency; children and adolescents with serious mental illness or emotional disorders, chemical dependency, autism or pervasive developmental disorders; persons with mental retardation; and infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Additionally, the center operates as the outreach, screening, assessment and referral (OSAR) entity in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Region 7. As the OSAR, the Center serves 24 counties in Central Texas to support prevention services and provide access to treatment for persons with chemical dependency. The center also contracts with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to provide early childhood intervention services to children up to age 3, and families who have developmental problems.

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opened in December 2007, a joint venture between Community Health Systems and Seton Family of Hospitals. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is located in the Texas Hill Country, 17 miles northwest of Austin and less than three hours from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This 93-bed facility, with capacity for expanding to 150 beds, is dedicated to delivering exceptional healthcare with advanced technology and compassionate physicians and staff. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center offers a hospital, physician offices, labs and diagnostic services all in one location. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides full-service acute care and comprehensive inpatient/outpatient services. New services include Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery, de Vinci Robotic Technology, Occupational Medicine Clinic, Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and a Sleep Medicine Center. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is committed to making Cedar Park healthier in more ways than one.

Lone Star Circle of Care

Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) is committed to the energetic and steadfast pursuit of quality, accessible and sustainable primary healthcare for Central Texas residents, focusing on the uninsured and underserved. LSCC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a federally qualified community health center operating 10 community clinics for the uninsured and underinsured in Central Texas. LSCC offers a range of services, including primary care for adults and children; complete OB-GYN care, including labor and delivery; integrated behavioral health services, including psychiatry and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children; general dentistry for adults and children; and pharmacy services with substantially discounted medications. In 2008, the clinics provided more than 96,000 patient visits to 33,000 of the area's most vulnerable residents.

St. David's Georgetown Hospital

St. David's Georgetown Hospital has a 60-year history as a community healthcare resource in Williamson County. A comprehensive healthcare provider, St. David's Georgetown Hospital includes an accredited full-service 98-bed hospital with an intensive care unit, a 24-hour major and minor emergency department staffed with emergency medicine and specially trained emergency physicians, inpatient and outpatient surgery, acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy, and a state-of-the-art pulmonary program. St. David's Georgetown Hospital takes pride in its medical staff, employees and volunteers who are dedicated to providing innovative services using advanced medical technology and equipment. St. David's Georgetown Hospital offers comprehensive healthcare services, including exceptional programs for maternity & newborn care, emergency care, joint replacement surgery, cancer care, and rehabilitation services.

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center provides comprehensive health services to residents of Williamson and surrounding counties. As a leader in the region, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center provides leading-edge care in cardiac services, emergency & trauma, surgical services, orthopedics & joint replacement, St. David's Neuroscience & Spine Institute and rehabilitation. With 173 beds, the hospital's most recent $100 million expansion included a three-story tower housing a larger intensive care unit (ICU) and additional surgical suites that include dedicated open heart surgical suites. The expansion also included the opening of the Heart and Vascular Institute with advanced high-tech and digitized technology available to the community. With over 950 physicians, representing every specialty, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is committed to the health and well being of the community.

St. David's North Austin Medical Center

St. David's North Austin Medical Center combines convenience with leading-edge healthcare services. Located at Parmer Lane and Mopac Expressway, the facility has provided comprehensive medical services since 1995. The campus is home to the St. David's Women's Center of Texas (includes a Level III NICU), Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, Certified Stroke Center and rehabilitation services, and Kidney Transplant Center. The mission of St. David's is to provide exceptional care to every patient every day with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

St. David's Medical Center

Since 1924, St. David's Medical Center has provided quality medical care to the residents of Central Texas. Located within minutes of downtown Austin, St. David's Medical Center includes a 347-bed, acute care hospital, and a dedicated 64-bed Rehabilitation Hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David's Medical Center provides leading-edge services in women's health, neurosciences, oncology, cardiac care, surgical services, orthopedics and rehabilitation. It is home to the renowned NeuroTexas Institute, (including the TIA Center for Stroke Prevention and designation as a Primary Stroke Center); the acclaimed Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute; high-level women's services with Level I, II and III nurseries; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; the Breast Center; orthopedic services; and a 24-hour emergency department. St. David's Medical Centerwas named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals®by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

Texas Star Recovery

Texas Star Recovery is located on the campus of the Texas NeuroRehab Center and provides hope for adults who are chemically dependent. In a park like setting, Texas Star Recovery provides access to a low impact ROPES course, physical and occupational therapy, a gymnasium and beautiful walkways. Texas Star Recovery's services include acute detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, residential programs and outpatient programs. Texas Star Recovery is staffed by experienced professionals and supportive volunteers who develop personalized treatment plans that teach the steps needed for health living. Texas Star Recovery is committed to provide the best environment for patients.