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Dr. Salim Rezaie

Dr. Salim Rezaie


Dr. Rezaie was raised in San Antonio, and left for a brief while to complete his medical training, only to return back to the city of San Antonio. His undergraduate was completed at St. Mary's University with a B.S. in Biology May 1999. He received his medical degree from Texas A & M College of Medicine in Temple, Texas in 2005 and completed his Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine combined residency at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University/Pitt County Memorial Hospital June 2010. He joined the Division of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine July 2010.

Outside of work I enjoy running, swimming, kayaking, and camping. Essentially, anything outdoors. Oh and lets not forget a huge San Antonio Spurs fan.

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Michael Hallenbeck

Michael Hallenbeck


Hi! I grew up mostly in Killeen, TX as an Army brat. I spent four years in the Air Force before I attended college at UT Arlington, where I graduated with a degree in German. Since starting medical school I've been involved in several activities including mission trips with the Christian Medical Dental Association, health fairs and walking events with Salud al Pasito, and volunteering with the Student Run Free Clinics. Most importantly, I spent my third year down in the Rio Grande Valley serving patients and honing my Spanish. I'm applying for combined Medicine-Pediatrics residencies. My free time involves a lot of traveling, reading, cycling, and hanging out with my family.

I'm really looking forward to working with all the members of the Veritas group!

Tyler Hughes

Tyler Hughes


Looking forward to meeting you all! My name is Tyler Hughes, I am originally from Richardson, TX. I graduated from UT Austin in ’09 and before entering medical school, spent time volunteering at a Presbyterian Dallas. I also went on to receive my paramedic certification and worked in the field for 1 and ½ years as a EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic. I have decided to enter pediatrics for residency training due to my love interacting with children and my goal of improving patient health with early prevention and intervention. Outside of medical school my favorite hobbies include relaxing with my fiancé and our puppy, ultimate frisbee and spending time with friends.

Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson


I grew up in a small town in the southeast corner of Oklahoma before attending college at Oklahoma State University. I graduated with my B.S. in Human Nutrition and a minor in Leadership in 2011. Before starting medical school I was blessed with an opportunity to teach high school chemistry and nutrition in a small, rural high school. My experiences in nutritional sciences coupled with my holistic view of medicine led me to my current place here at UTHSCSA in the MD/MPH program. I plan to go into Dermatology. Outside of medical school I love photography, playing and watching sports, traveling and spending time on the lake.

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

Tanner Campbell

Tanner Campbell


Hey friends! My name is Tanner Campbell. I am from Katy, Texas and have always had a love for sports, outdoors and pretty much all things active. I pursued that passion into college and was blessed to be able to play college football at TCU, while I studied to get here! Go frogs! I graduated with a degree in biology and I actually focused on the ecology side of biology, purely because I have always loved and been fascinated by plants and animals. I had the most exotic pets growing up and had to get my fix before I really pursued my calling in medicine. No I am not from California, but yes I am probably going to end up living on some coast, somewhere, sometime, some way. Beach is life. That being said, I have a particular passion for traveling, meeting people all over the world, learning new cultures, serving people in need and just getting out of the country. So, global health is something that I am actively pursuing here at UTHSCSA. My faith is what guides me and God is my rock, without Him, I couldn’t have ever gotten to where I have. That’s pretty much me, in 203 words.

Meghan Drake

Meghan Drake


I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and then decided to go away from home and headed to the East coast for undergrad. At the University of North Carolina, I got a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish for the Medical Professions. I ended up staying at UNC for an extra semester, in order play my last year of eligibility on the UNC field hockey team (in the hopes of making it to another National Championship game, but came up short losing in the Final Four). After my last semester of college, I came back to Fort Worth and hung out with my parents for six months and worked at a restaurant and a coffee shop. When I am not doing school, I love to play outdoor sports and also consider cooking one of my passions. In terms of medicine, I have yet to find what my calling is, but am considering OB/GYN.