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Dr. Christopher Moreland

Dr. Christopher Moreland


Chris Moreland, a hospitalist and near-native Texan, is in his fifth year on the faculty in the Department of Medicine. 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, diversity among healthcare professionals, and perioperative medicine. On the personal side, he enjoys literature, the outdoors, martial arts, and – most of all – spending time with his family.

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell


Hi, my name is Jeff Bell. I am from Williamsburg, VA and went to undergrad at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where I studied exercise science and walked on the football team. I am interested in Orthopaedic surgery. My interests include exercising, playing intramural flag football, and spending time with my wife and son. Medical school has been a great experience for us and I hope to do my part to help you through this process.

Nicole Clifton

Nicole Clifton


I went to undergrad at Centenary College of Louisiana and entered into medical school after earning a Master's in Public Health at Tulane. I am strongly committed to health and human rights. I love to study disease, but I also love to dissect issues of social justice that reinforce the vicious cycle of poverty and disease. I am excited to start a career in ! I love the outdoors, hiking, swimming, baking, reading and playing the piano. I am thrilled to be a MiM this year! The transition into medical school can be difficult; however, I believe our school is unique in the way students support other students. I am ready to pass on the kindness, support, advice and fun that my Veritas mentors have shown me over the past three years.

Cassie Hartline

Cassie Hartline


Hi, I am Cassie Hartline, a MiM for Dr. Moreland's Veritas group. I grew up in Houston, went to University of Texas at Austin for undergrad where I majored in Plan II, worked at MD Anderson after college, and plan on specializing in surgery when I graduate from medical school. I enjoy running with my dog, staying active, teaching, and cooking - anything to distract me since I gave up watching all of the Real Housewives on Bravo. I look forward to meeting all of you and am especially interested in helping ease student's fears about anatomy, the OR, and medical school in general!

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

Alexander Constantine

Alexander Constantine


Howdy! My name is Alex Constantine and I am a native San Antonian. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Molecular & Cell Biology and entered medical school right after college. I am a huge fan of being outdoors - hiking, hammocking, camping, and recently rock climbing. In addition I enjoy reading, working out, traveling, cooking (and eating) and playing intramural kickball. I am interested in surgery and hope to work in global health in the future. I am very excited to be a Veritas leader and to welcome you all to UTHSCSA!

Lauren Michael

Lauren Michael


Hello, my name is Lauren Michael and I was born in San Francisco, CA. My family moved to The Woodlands, TX when I was a freshman in high school, however I am a true Texan now! I graduated from UT Austin in 2012 with a B.S. in Neurobiology. During college I was an active leader in my sorority. My absolute passion is traveling – experiencing new places and meeting new people. During college, I had the opportunity to serve in Nicaragua on a medical mission trip. The experience was influential on my decision to pursue medicine. I also spent a summer in Munich, Germany conducting behavioral neuroscience research, which was culturally enriching. Right now I am keeping an open mind as to what specialty I want to do. When I'm not studying, I'm spending time with friends and family, planning my next travel adventure, or playing with my dog, Stella. I'm looking forward to being a VPA and helping first year medical students find their way.