Campus Director
Jim Donovan, MD

Jim Donovan

Dr. Jim Donovan is the vice dean and regional chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center, Round Rock. In that capacity, he provides leadership for medical education functions of the College of Medicine at the Round Rock Campus, serves as chief liaison for the college with local and regional health system partners, physician groups and state agencies and provides oversight of new graduate medical education activities.

Donovan attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, completed his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and has been a Board Certified Family Physician for over 30 years. His practice in Georgetown, Texas, spanned nearly a quarter of a century and included ambulatory and hospital adult medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and surgery. While on active hospital staff he held multiple leadership positions including chairmanships of committees and clinical departments as well as president of the medical staff and membership on the board of trustees. Subsequently, he moved to the Big Island of Hawaii as the initial faculty member and site director of the University of Hawaii’s first neighbor island Rural Track Family Medicine residency program. He has recently served as chief medical officer at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital and continues as chair of the Capital Area Primary Care governing board. During his tenure as CMO, St David’s Georgetown was selected as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics, and received Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in multiple years. In addition, the hospital received Leapfrog’s highest hospital safety award of A as well as being named an AARP Hospital Safety Superstar, one of only 66 nationwide.

Donovan holds memberships in the American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and holds medical licenses in Texas and Hawaii.

His academic interests include quality and patient safety and health care delivery both in the hospital and ambulatory environments.

For more information about the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum, contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997 

Campus Co-Director
EBMSR III (Evidence Based Medicine, Scholarship and Research)
Laura Ferguson, MD, FAAP

Laura Ferguson

Dr. Laura Ferguson is associate dean for education and faculty affairs and professor of Pediatrics at the Texas A&M College of Medicine in Round Rock. Ferguson is course co-director for EBMSR I-III, the fourth-year elective in Health Care Advocacy and Public Policy. She serves on the admissions committee and on the pre-clerkship curriculum committees. Ferguson sees patients at Austin Regional Clinic Pediatric After-Hours urgent care.

Ferguson graduated from Rice University, earned her M.D. at University of Texas at Houston Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at UT-Houston. After four years in private practice in Stephenville, Texas, she joined the faculty at UT-Houston and contributed to medical student and resident education at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in the nursery, pediatric ward, clinic and emergency room for 15 years. With a goal of learning how to provide multidisciplinary team care for children with disabilities, she completed a Health Resources and Services Administration sponsored fellowship in Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability in 2007.

After leaving UT-Houston in 2010, Ferguson served as a section chief at The Children’s Hospital Clinic of Scott and White Temple campus and was associate director of the Children’s Quality committee as well as a pediatric residency continuity clinic preceptor. From 2011 to 2013, she served as associate medical director and chair of the quality council at Lone Star Circle of Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Georgetown, Texas.

Ferguson is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has served on editorial boards at the American Academy of Pediatrics including those for AAP News, Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP) web based modules, Pediatrics, the Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP) writing CME board review questions. She serves as the education subcommittee chair for the executive board of the AAP Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Ferguson currently serves as the CME co-chair for the Texas Pediatric Society as well as on the executive board.

Ferguson serves on the Texas Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The board ensures patient medication safety for individuals covered by Texas Medicaid as well as evidence-based, cost-effective medication practices.

For more information about the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum and EBMSR III course, contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997

Campus Co-Director
Cayla R. Teal, PhD, MA
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Round Rock campus

Cayla Teal

For more information about the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum, contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997

CPC/MDL-Clinical Pathological Correlation/Multidisciplinary Labs
Robert Stern, MD

For more information about the CPC/MDL course, contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997

CSIE- Clinical Synthesis Integration Exercises
Sabitha Rajan, MD, MSc, FHM

Sabitha Rajan

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 CSIE course, contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997 

HEAL III (Humanities, Ethics, Altruism, and Leadership)
Rob Milman, MD

Rob Milman

Dr. Rob Milman served as a private practice radiologist with the Austin Radiological Association in Austin, Texas, for almost 25 years. Milman is a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine where he directs the HEAL III course for second year students on the Round Rock campus. He also teaches in the radiology course for third-year students. He helped implement the health systems science curriculum at the Round Rock campus. Milman has a deep interest in health communication and is the senior clinical advisor for the Center for Health Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. He received advanced health communication training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. As an adjunct clinical affiliate at the UT-Austin School of Nursing, Milman provides diagnostic imaging education for graduate nursing students in the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse program. He presents regularly at local and state wide meetings on various topics related to diagnostic imaging, clinical decision support, health communication, medical litigation and risk management. 

For more information about the HEAL III course, contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997 

Organ Blocks
For more information about the Organ Blocks course, contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997 

Sandra Esparza, MD

Sandra Esparza

Dr. Sandra Esparza received her medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2000 and completed her residency at Corpus Christi Family Practice in 2003. She is board certified in Family Medicine, and is serves as the assistant clerkship director in Family Medicine.

For more information about the Preceptorship course, please contact Jody Ping 512.341.4997