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Dr. Christopher Moreland

Dr. Christopher Moreland


Chris Moreland, a hospitalist and near-native Texan, joined UTHSCSA in 2010. He graduated from UT Austin (Plan II) and UT Houston Medical School and completed internal medicine residency and academic medicine fellowship at UC Davis, after which he and his wife, an emergency medicine physician, returned to Texas. As an internal medicine residency associate program director and co-director of the residents' teaching elective, he maintains a strong interest in interprofessional medical education and communication. Other academic interests include health disparities (particularly for the deaf and limited English proficient), healthcare interpretation services, and diversity among healthcare professionals. On the personal side, he enjoys literature, the outdoors, staying active, and – most of all – spending time with his family.

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Chris Lam

Christopher Lam


Academic & internal medicine, LGBT health, and grassroots advocacy have defined my time in medical school, and UTHSCSA has offered many amazing opportunities. A couple examples are leading the PRIDE group to hold the first statewide LGBT health conference and being able to work directly with faculty on curriculum development to have the first transgender health patient panel. These opportunities were as unexpected as the way they have shaped my career.

Prior to medical school, I did mechanical engineering and graduated from UT-Austin. I also worked as a tech on a med/surg floor in a hospital for a year and did quite a bit of traveling: Spain, Germany, Peru, Brazil, Hong Kong, and even a four week road trip. Traveling is my favorite thing to do when I have extended periods of free time. On a regular weekend, you can usually find me in the kitchen cooking something new, playing a board game, and of course, catching a few extra z's.

Medical school has been a rewarding time with a great amount of personal growth where I have had my greatest successes as well as failures from which I have learned a lot. I hope medical school will be a formative experience for everyone here, and let us know how we can help!

Lauren Michael

Lauren Michael


Welcome! My name is Lauren Michael and I am a 4th year medical student planning to begin a career in the amazing field of Internal Medicine, which I compare to a wonderfully complicated puzzle or a book you can't put down.

Born in San Francisco, I grew up in a suburb outside the city in Danville, CA until my teens when my family transplanted to The Woodlands, TX, where they currently reside. After graduating from The Woodlands College Park High School, I attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a BS in Neurobiology. In college I was actively involved in my sorority and service projects for the blind in Austin. One of my proudest experiences in college was a summer spent in Munich, Germany performing research on zebra finch song patterns and day/night differences in neurogenesis. I took one year off between graduation and beginning medical school where I worked in Austin as a part-time receptionist at a family practice and nannied for 3 adorable kids.

Medical school has been the greatest adventure and honor. Imagine studying subjects you love surrounded by like-minded peers and mentors with the same passion to care for others! Throughout medical school, I have been involved in Veritas, the mentorship of incoming students with Welcome Weekend, Wilderness Medicine, and Global Health serving communities in the Dominican Republic with Project Hispaniola.

When I'm not in the Hospital I spend time with my fiancé exploring San Antonio, trying out new restaurants in town or taking a Saturday hike with my dog. When I have longer periods of time off, you can find me on the beach with my paints and brushes or skiing the slopes in Colorado. I love to dream of where I will venture next! Please feel free to reach out throughout the year for advice or with any questions that come up. I look forward to working with Dr. Moreland's group in the McFee society.

Alexa Rodin

Alexa Rodin


Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

Tori Galea

Tori Galea


Welcome to UTHSCSA! I was born in Orange County, California, and moved to Texas and have since stayed, minus my time at UCLA, where I received my degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Anthropology. Texas grown and California cultured, I did research comparing hunting modes of sabertooth tigers and dire wolves at the George Page Museum at Rancho La Brea, studied synchrocity and its implications on human behavior, and went on a global health trip to the Dominican Republic. During my gap year, I worked as a scribe at Presbyterian Dallas. Since attending UTHSCSA, I have enjoyed the many shadowing opportunities and student run free clinics, as well as the company of my awesome peers. In my free time, I enjoy soccer, peanut butter, cross training, and cooking. I have greatly enjoyed my time at UTHSCSA and look forward to meeting all of you!

Zaid Mahmood

Zaid Mahmood


I grew up in Egypt and moved to Austin, TX in 2010 where I finished my last year of high school and attended UT. I graduated with a BS in neuroscience and started medical school the very next fall.

With first year of medical school almost over, I am starting to develop interests in surgery and medical education so I will be exploring both over the next few years and see where that takes me. I have also been involved with recruitment efforts as I enjoy talking with prospective students about what UTHSCSA has to offer!

When I am not studying (which is more often than you might think), I can often be found in the student lounge honing my awesome pool skills or at home watching the equally awesome Spurs dominate every facet of the game.