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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)

Michael Blair

J. Michael Blair


I grew up in Bedford, TX which is in the mid-cities area between Dallas and Fort Worth. I began working as a cashier and then server at my family's small breakfast restaurant, and I decided I wanted to become a doctor sometime in high school. I attended UT Austin, majored in Human Biology, graduated 2012, and remained in Austin for a couple of years before coming to medical school. In that transition period I worked as a TA at UT for chemistry and biology and MCAT instructor at a private company. I even waited tables in Austin briefly while applying to medical school. Now that I am in medical school approaching my last year I am most interested in pursuing Internal Medicine followed by fellowship. ICU settings and intensive care as well as cardiology are two particular areas I am interested in pursueing down the road. In my free time I have a dog that keeps me occupied and I try to catch up on exercise when I can. I also enjoy dinners, movies, and trying new restaurants with friends.

Chris Foote

Chris Foote


Hello, and welcome to the Long School of Medicine! My name is Chris Foote and I am originally from here in San Antonio. I graduated undergrad at UT Austin in 2007, finished graduate school at UNTHSC in 2014, and had many years of school and work in between. I have studied several years of biology, research and business and worked as a contractor, instructor and paramedic. To say that I am a nontraditional student is an understatement. I intend on going into anesthesiology and critical care medicine after medical school, and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences to help guide you and answer any of your questions. Congratulations on making it into medical school and to a future of challenging but wonderful things to come.

Ricky Olmsted

Ricky Olmsted


Hi there! I grew up in Waco, TX, where I enjoyed playing all kinds of sports. After high school I moved to Israel to coach basketball for a year, then it was on to The University of Miami where I earned my undergraduate degree in economics. I then earned a master's from the UNT Health Science Center in Ft. Worth, and now could not be happier to be a MiM here at UTHSCSA. When I am not studying, I enjoy exploring the many activities of the hill country with my fiancée and taking care of our cat, George. I will be applying to radiology; I think it's too bad students don't get much formal exposure to radiology, so I encourage you to seek out opportunities in the field if you are interested!

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

Keerthana Pakanati

Keerthana Pakanati


Hey Y’all! Welcome to the Long School of Medicine at UTHSA!

I was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but have lived in Texas since I was 5 years old. I grew up in The Woodlands, and moved to San Antonio 4 years ago to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I was fortunate enough to be a part of a 7-year BS/MD Dual-degree program. During my time at UTSA I was a UTSA Ambassador, co-founded and danced on Sapna, a Bollywood Dance Team, and explored all the wonderful places to eat here in town.

When I came to medical school, I found myself surrounded by incredibly passionate individuals who have become some of my best friends. I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the MS1 Liaison for the American Medical Women’s Association, and now currently serve as the Chapter President; the other officer's and I just got back from the National Conference in San Francisco! I am also incredibly excited to serve as one of the Head VPAs for this year! UTHSA also has so many opportunities for service. This Spring Break, I traveled to Guatemala on a medical mission trip through our wonderful Humanities and Ethics program. It was a life-changing experience and reminded me why I came to medical school in the first place. And because I just couldn’t shake the dance bug, a classmate of mine and I created an MS1 Bollywood dance for UTHSA’s Annual Culture Show!

My goal is to somehow survive these 4 years, create incredible memories with my classmates, and become a Reproductive Endocrine and Infertility Specialist.

When I’m not spending all my time with a large Chick-fil-a sweet tea in the Library, I like to dance, try out new restaurants, and give my friends a hard time!

I can not wait to see what is in store for you as you begin your own journey here at UTHSA!

Chisato Nishikawa

Chisato Nishikawa


Hi everyone!! Let me start off by saying that I am so excited and looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you better! I'm Chisato (pronounced just the way it's spelled ""Chi-Sah-Toh""), and I was born in Yokohama, Japan. I moved around every 2-4 years growing up, so I've lived in quite a few places. I graduated from an International High School in Japan, and then decided to go to Vanderbilt University in Nashville for undergrad. There, I was a pre-med who double majored in Psychology and Spanish (and ALMOST got a minor in Philosophy). These fields demonstrate a few of the things that I am interested in, and I believed that they would help me become a more thoughtful, well rounded doctor in the future. After graduating college in 2010, I taught HS Science in a high need area of Dallas with Teach For America. Becoming frustrated that there was a lack of alignment and teaching practices that led to my high school students being so behind, I wanted to continue to serve them through strong vertical curriculum and pedagogy. Therefore, I moved on to becoming Science Curriculum Coordinator for 3-12th graders at the largest charter school network in Dallas-Fort Worth. I absolutely loved working in Education, but there was always that desire to become a doctor and educate people about their health. After spending a total of 6 years in Education, I decided to move on and continue serving people through medicine.

When I'm not studying, I enjoy playing with my pup (you will have to meet her - she looks like a real life stuffed animal; I'm pretty sure she is ""the cutest dog in the world""), working out (Zumba, kickboxing, and BodyPump), traveling (ok - this was when I had SOME money and lots of time), trying out new bars and restaurants with friends and my fiance, organizing, trying to do DIY projects, etc. Overall, I'm a person that likes to learn new things and enjoys having genuine connections with others. That being said, please don't hesitate to reach out for anything that you need!

My Hanh Nguyen

My Hanh Nguyen


Welcome to UT Health San Antonio! I was born in Vietnam and lived there for 5 years before moving to America with my mom to reunite with my dad. I lived in Fairfax, Virginia, in a townhouse with my parents, where I spent most of my childhood. In 2007, my whole family moved to Houston, TX where I attended York Junior High and Oak Ridge High School. After graduating from High School, I attended The University of Texas at Austin earning a BS in Biochemistry. The summer after graduation, I traveled to Vietnam with my family to visit my relatives. After returning from a fun and relaxing trip, I got busy with preparing for medical school.

I am now almost done with my first year of medical school. Since starting school, I have volunteered at the Alpha Home Clinic a few times, joined the Frisbee team as a free agent, and attended many of the clinics and events organized by the student-run organizations. Even though I came in thinking that I wanted to do internal medicine, I have started to gain an interest in nephrology. During my free time, I like to play board games, watched movies and explore San Antonio, with the wonderful friends I have made in medical school. Also, I enjoy going to the Gold’s gym or playing piano.

I am so excited to meet all of you and assist in anyway that I can to make your journey a wonderful and memorable experience! :)