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Dr. Andrew Muck

Dr. Andrew Muck


Originally hailing from western New York, I started life off as a dairy farming and hay throwing student of life. I met my wife during my undergraduate time at Colgate University. I joined the Air Force and headed to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. After Hopkins, I headed to San Antonio and completed my emergency medicine residency through the Air Force/Army program. After residency, I was promptly sent to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later, I spent some time in Afghanistan and spent six months performing Critical Care Air Transport. My family has grown, and I have three children. I have several things that I get excited about to include medical student and resident education, global health, farming, running, and riding my horse.

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Claire Gerall

Claire Gerall


Hi, My name is Claire. I’m from Houston, Texas and went to undergrad at the University of Chicago where I majored in neuroscience and played basketball for the university. In between college and medical school I did research on Parkinson’s Disease for a year here in San Antonio. At UTHSCSA, I have served as the community service chair and have been involved in several mentoring/tutoring programs both on campus and in the community. I am currently doing research in pediatric oncology and plan to pursue a career in pediatric surgery.

In my free time I enjoy kayaking/canoeing in Austin, going to the lake, running, playing basketball, and hanging with family and friends.

I am excited to be a Veritas MiM and look forward to meeting the new members of our Veritas group!

Patrick Young

Patrick Young


I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Notre Dame, majoring in History. I then attended Drexel University for a post-bacc. After surviving living in South Philly, I moved to the UK where I had studied abroad in London during college. This time, I spent a year working as a PE coach at a special needs school in Liverpool. In addition to having the opportunity to meet several Liverpool FC players and lift their 2005 “Miracle of Istanbul” Champions League trophy, I attended a match at all twenty Premier League stadiums. Moving on from England, I landed in New Zealand and found work as a migrant fruit picker through the islands. Leaving the Kiwis, I took a job teaching English in the Republic of Georgia. I lived in an old Soviet housing block in a small Caucasus Mountain village where I had to burn trash for warmth and slaughter my own meals. My contract with the Ministry expired shortly before the regime change which forced all foreign English teachers to be deported. Consequently, I was able to begin medical school two weeks later. As an MS1 I participated in the Ethiopia Outreach mission trip. I’ve also served as a community service co-chair for my class, starting the annual Great Pumpkin where we bring local kids to campus for trick-or-treating and other activities. Moving forward, I will be applying to Emergency Medicine in the coming year.

Alyssa Murata

Alyssa Murata


Hi! My name is Alyssa, and I am from right here in San Antonio, Texas. After growing up in Texas for my whole life, I went out of state for college to Auburn University (War Eagle!). After a wonderful four years that included watching my team win the National Football Championship (nbd), studying abroad in Spain, and 16-hour road trips between home and school, I graduated in 2012 with a major in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, I married my high school sweetheart and began medical school shortly thereafter. I've been very involved with the Pediatric Interest Group, AMWA, Student-Run Free Clinics, and class officers while in medical school. I have also been able to pursue my interest in global health, going on a trip to Panama during my MS1 year. When not in the hospital or studying, I enjoy cooking, wine tasting, yoga, and going on runs with my Siberian husky.

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

David Heath

David Heath


After bouncing around different parts of Texas, Tennessee, and South Carolina during my childhood, my family settled in Round Rock, TX. It was there that I developed a love for medicine and a love for my future wife Sabrina, who I met in middle school. I graduated from Round Rock High School in 2010 and went to play football at Furman University. Three semesters later I transferred to Baylor University, where I received a B.S. in Biology in 2014. In the summer between undergrad and medical school, Sabrina and I were married and we enjoyed some time in Italy on our honeymoon. I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends, traveling, and playing the drum set. I am interested in pursuing a career in Cardiothoracic Surgery, but I am staying open to all of the opportunities that medical school has to offer. It is a great privilege to be involved in Veritas and I look forward to the good times that are undoubtedly ahead.

Blair Lenhan

Blair Lenhan


Born and raised in Dallas, TX, I am a typical suburban southerner with the twist of being the child of immigrant parents. I went to Austin College and graduated with a dual degree in Biochemistry and Classical Studies. I loved the blend of humanities with hardcore sciences and try to incorporate this into my life in medical school; UTHSCSA gives me the ability to do so. Without question, UTHSCSA has provided me the opportunity to learn and do so many things both inside and outside of the classroom. Currently, I am active in community health research and am part of several student interest groups. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends, play soccer, get outside of the medical center, and do small art projects. As a VPA and future MiM, I look forward to meeting the incoming class and helping them have a memorable and enriching experience during medical school.