Research Team

Dr. DeLorenzo, Robert

Robert A. De Lorenzo, MD, MSCI, MSM, FACEP
Professor and Vice Chair of Research

Currently at UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA) he also holds the position of Professor and Vice Chair of Research.  Additionally he is an Adjoint Faculty Member in the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio & UTHSA. Dr. De Lorenzo completed his emergency medicine residency at Wright State University and completed fellowships in EMS and research. He has been board certified in emergency medicine for nearly 25 years. He is the author of two textbooks in emergency medical services and has published over 200 scientific papers, medical articles, and textbook chapters. He retired from the US Army with after a career spanning 32 years including two combat tours in Iraq. He is past president of the Government Services Chapter of ACEP and past Chair of the Public health and Injury Prevention Committee. Dr. De Lorenzo has been invited to serve on numerous national-level advisory panels including the US Department of Justice, Health and Human Services, National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense, and Department of Transportation. His professional interests include research in airway management, acute preoperative management of open fractures, simulation modeling for life saving interventions, traumatic brain injury, intraosseous infusions, and medical device evaluations.  Dr. De Lorenzo resides in San Antonio.

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Patrick Ng, MS, MD
Associate Professor/ Director of Research

Patricia Sanchez

Patricia Sanchez
Administrative Assistant Associate

Patricia provides valuable support to Dr. Robert A. De Lorenzo and his research team, playing a crucial role in facilitating and assisting with various research endeavors and faculty development initiatives. With over 15 years of experience in administrative assistance, Patricia has honed her skills in areas such as credentials verification and credentialing. She has held positions as an Operations Manager at Bexar Credentials Verification in San Antonio, as well as an Executive Assistant/Credentialing professional at Victory Medical Center and Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, both located in San Antonio, Texas.


Stephanie Perez, MHA
Program Manager

Connor Evans

Connor Evans, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Connor is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Health San Antonio focused on medical device development with an emphasis on academic leadership development and cross-disciplinary collaboration. His interest in biomedical engineering stems from a desire to use math, science, and technology to find innovative solutions for civilian and military medicine. Prior to joining UT Health San Antonio, Connor was a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering studying biomedical applications of spectral photon-counting computed tomography with Dr. Ryan K. Roeder. His professional interests include research in airway management, biomaterials, medical imaging, and emergency medicine. In addition to his civilian career, Connor also serves part-time as an Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. During his free time, Connor enjoys distance running, watching college football, and spending time with his wife, Isabelle and cat, Shadow.

Cantu, Daniel

Daniel Cantu, B.S.
Research Area Specialist Associate

As a research assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Daniel Cantu is broadening his experience to pursue his passion of a career as an Emergency Medicine physician. He has over five years of clinical experience at University Hospital’s ER where he further confirmed his desire to pursue a career as an EM doctor. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology where he held multiple positions of leadership in several organizations, including President of the Pre-Medical Society at UTSA. During his free time, he likes to play video games, watch anime, listen to Bad Bunny with his homies and enjoy time with family whenever possible.

Dianeliz Tirado

Dianeliz Tirado, B.S.
Research Area Specialist Associate

Dianeliz Tirado embarks on an exciting journey in her research career, poised to broaden her horizons and leave a lasting impact in the dynamic field of medicine. She currently serves as a dedicated Research Assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine, where she actively contributes to making a difference in EM through her work in research and medical device development. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering concentrating in Biomechanics. She was a part of different activities taking place on campus including the Biomedical Engineering Society and UTSA Cheer. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and discovering new restaurants around town. 

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Alexander Nunnery, B.A., B.S.
Research Area Specialist Associate

Alex Nunnery is an amateur researcher and an aspiring physician. He became enamored with emergency medicine and research during his postgraduate studies. Driven by a desire to revolutionize healthcare through science, he returned to his alma mater, Texas Tech University, where he completed his second bachelor’s degree in biology. Before joining Dr. De Lorenzo’s Research Team, he garnered over three years of clinical experience and over two years of research experience. His current research interests encompass Traumatic Brain Injury, Photobiomodulation for Brain Disorders, Neurologic Emergencies, and Racial Disparities in the ED. His passion lies in serving the underserved through medicine and science. Outside of the lab, he enjoys traveling, riding sport bikes, spending time at the gun range, and weightlifting.