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Dr. Tom Patterson

Dr. Tom Patterson


History: a Texan by birth (Gilmer, in East Texas) & accent (strong!); Baylor University (slightly before RGIII); Medical School at UT Houston; Internal Medicine training at Vanderbilt and Yale; Infectious Diseases fellowship and early faculty years at Yale; at UTHSCSA almost 20 years!!

Day job: Professor of Medicine and Chief, Infectious Diseases; special interest: Medical Mycology—especially new antifungal drugs and diagnostic methods.

For fun: family—proud dad & husband (married to Dr. Jan Patterson also an ID doc, faculty member & VERITAS leader!), runner and triathlete, snow skiing, travel, cooking, gardening, & spending time at our ranch in Comfort!

Welcome to UTMSSA and our purple society VERITAS group!!

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Jordan Buckley

Jordan Buckley


Hi! My name is Jordan Buckley and I'm so honored to be your Veritas Mentor in Medicine this year! I'm originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan (yes that's actually a place!), but grew up here in Texas. In your book Michigan may be some random state that's divided into two bodies of land, but I'm fairly certain this place is the promise land. It's my second home- where all of my extended family lives, and where I've spent every summer of my life! I often refer to it as the hidden gem of the United States because most people don't know that it's one of the most majestic places on earth. Okay, less about Michigan, more about me.. I attended The University of Texas at Austin (hook 'em!) where I majored in psychology, met my soul sisters, and discovered bananarchy (look it up!). After this, I came directly into medical school here in San Antonio for the most challenging yet rewarding experience of my life! In the coming year I plan to apply for a dermatology residency.

Aside from medicine, my interests include architecting outrageous cheese boards, exploring new ice cream flavors, long distance running, and just about anything involving the outdoors. My faith is paramount to me and is one of the reasons I decided to pursue a career in medicine. It has served as a source of encouragement, strength, and peace during my years in medical school. I feel so thankful to have had this incredible opportunity to study the systems and intricacies of the human body which has only strengthened my faith. I would love to chat with you about any of the above (mostly Michigan) or attempt to answer any questions you may have! I look forward to working with you this year!

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson


Howdy! I am from McKinney, Texas. I went to Texas A&M University and graduated in Biomedical Sciences. I graduated a semester early, so I worked as a Ski Lift Operator in Telluride, Colorado for a semester before medical school snowboarding every day. I am applying for Orthopaedic Surgery. During first and second year of school, I played hours of ping-pong, explored San Antonio, lifted-weights, and played basketball and sand volleyball. Now, my free time is split enjoying time with my wife, friends, and my old dog. I also mountain bike, so hit me up if you do too. I am here to help you guys however possible!

Harriet King

Harriet King


Hi all and welcome to our school! I look forward to meeting you this July. I grew up in Los Angeles and Dallas, thus am very happy that I found a medical school that is both in Texas and has palm trees. I attended Davidson College in North Carolina where I studied Art History and Spanish. One of the highlights of my life was studying abroad for a semester in Madrid! After college, I had a major change of heart about career choice and went back to school to complete my pre-med classes at UT Dallas. I worked for two years in a Hepatology clinic as a scribe and research assistant, an experience that really solidified my desire to go into medicine. While in medical school, I have participated in the student-run free clinics, especially Alpha Home, and the Internal Medicine Student Interest Group. Medical school can be challenging, but overall I am amazed by how much I have learned and really enjoyed getting to know my classmates. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, reading, yoga, traveling, art, and spending time with family and friends.

Kevin Ozment

Kevin Ozment


What’s up everyone! I am originally from the Dallas area and lived in Scottsdale, AZ for 10 years of my childhood, but I moved to San Antonio for high school and consider it to be my home. At Texas A&M I studied Biology and Neuroscience and I am the first person in my family to pursue a career in the medical field. My medical school experience thus far has surpassed my expectations in nearly every asset and my time at UTHSA has been more fun than I could have ever expected. I am planning on going into PM&R with interests in spinal cord injury and biomechanical prosthetics, but as of now I have tentative plans to do a fellowship in Sports Medicine with the ultimate goal of working with professional athletes.

I am a huge sports fan (Go Spurs Go!) and like to spend my free time mountain biking, playing basketball, and learning how to cook new kinds of food. Needless to say, I am happy to be one of your MiM’s for this year and I am excited to get to know everybody!

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

John Lacci

John Lacci


Hello everyone! I'm John and I was born and raised in West Lafayette, IN; I have also lived in McLean, VA before moving to the Woodlands, TX for high school. I then attended the University of Notre Dame with a major in Economics, graduating in the class of 2015. Afterwards, I spent a gap year as a medical scribe in an ED, which was a great experience, before starting medical school in San Antonio. Although I am still undecided on a specialty, anesthesia, rehab medicine, and pediatrics all interest me. In some form, I aspire to be involved in health policy, which is a passion of mine. I quite enjoy talking and discussing politics of any form. In my spare time (there is some, I promise!), I love playing any type of sports, especially soccer and tennis. To stay active, I enjoy running outside and time in the gym (the Gold's Gym on campus is fantastic). Additionally, I like to read non-fiction of all sorts, and keep up with the news outside medicine. I am really looking forward to being a VPA next year and getting to meet you all!

Matthew Milam

Matthew Milam


Hi my name is Matt, and I am originally from San Antonio. For undergrad I went to UTSA for a year and transferred to UT Austin where I attended for two years until I graduated with a degree in neurobiology. Following graduation I worked as a scribe for a year in the emergency department primarily at Mission Trail Baptist hospital here in San Antonio. In the free time that I dream of having I like to play sports (mainly football, basketball, and volleyball), music, and doing other outdoor activities like camping, hiking, or going to the lake. I think that I would like to be an interventional cardiologist or an emergency physician at this point. I also have become increasingly interested in public health and addressing social determinants of health since I started medical school so I may also explore ways to be involved with those issues as well. Anyway... GO PURPLE!!

Joseph Wortman

Joseph Wortman


Hey everyone! So I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, but when I was 18 I moved out and joined the Marines. I was stationed and deployed from California (29 Palms for any of you unfortunate enough to know about the place) where I served 4 years active duty as a Rifleman. I got out in 2010 and decided to move to Texas with a friend. I attended the lovely Texas State University where I got my undergrad in biochemistry, before being accepted to the best medical school ever (in my humble opinion). I love playing sports but am pretty terrible at following teams, my favorite is rugby which I discovered and played during my undergrad. I also play on a sand volleyball intramural team here. Besides sports I like everything from hiking to video games or just hanging out