Research Faculty

Roxana Delgado, Ph.D.,M.S., Assistant Professor/Research at UT Health San Antonio is an epidemiologist and health scientist, developing the “Military and Veteran Caregiver Portfolio,” a platform that addresses the short and long-term health-related outcomes of caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured service members and Veterans. Dr. Delgado has extensive experience on military medicine along with Kimberly Peacock, Ed.D., together they implement a variety of studies and initiatives to identify the determinants of health and the risk factors contributing to the adverse impact to military caregivers’ health and wellbeing. Dr. Delgado collaborates with a number of organizations like the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, leading the evaluation of the Campaign for Inclusive Care. She is a national advocate, a Dole Foundation Fellow Alumna, and serves as an advisor to a number of national organizations serving the Veteran and military caregiver community.

Erin P. Finley, PhD, MPH., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio, and a Research Investigator with the Center for the Study of Implementation, Innovation, and Policy (CSHIIP) at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Finley is a medical anthropologist, health services researcher and implementation scientist with expertise in mixed methodology, evaluation, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Finley has served as principal, co-principal, or co-investigator on studies funded by NIH, VA, Department of Defense (DoD), public-private partnerships, and the National Science Foundation, and has published widely on post-deployment health, PTSD, access to care, use of evidence-based practices, provider burnout, and program implementation. Dr. Finley collaborates actively with a national network of academic and healthcare researchers.

Kimberly Peacock, Ed.D., Instructor at UT Health San Antonio is an education researcher with expertise in the development of educational/training material and curriculum development. Her current work supports the “Military and Veteran Caregiver Portfolio,” a platform of research created by Roxana Delgado, Ph.D., to identify and understand the impact of caregiving on the health and wellbeing of military caregivers. She has conducted numerous interventional studies with the Department of Defense and utilizes her knowledge of curriculum development to create projects focusing on quality of life for military and Veteran families.

Lauren Penney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at UT Health San Antonio and Investigator at the VA Veterans Evidence-based Research, Dissemination, and Implementation Center, is a medical anthropologist with expertise in ethnographic methods and complex systems, and growing experience in implementation science. Her current work examines complementary and integrative approaches to chronic pain care and innovations to meet the needs of complex patients, with a ‘special focus on peoples’ experiences and how they work together (and apart) to accomplish things that matter to them.

Jacqueline Pugh, M.D., Professor at UT Health San Antonio and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), oversees the regulatory requirements for conducting both animal and human research at STVHCS as well as the continued development and expansion of research efforts. Dr. Pugh has a robust research background in type 2 diabetes mellitus to include case management, patient, provider, and community education, and end-stage renal disease associated with the disease. She has served as the principal investigator on several large multi-project grants and has received funding from the Texas Diabetes Council, MERECE, an AHRQ funded Minority Medical Treatment Outcomes Program grant, and VERDICT, a VA Health Services Research Enhancement and Advancement Award. Dr. Pugh uses her current research of complexity science as a lens to understand and improve healthcare organizations.

Temple A. Ratcliffe, M.D., Associate Professor/Clinical of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio is pursuing educational research interests in best practices in internal medicine clerkship, clinical reasoning, and inter-professional education. He is a 2016 Josiah Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar and his work address the implications and challenges facing learners in authentic interprofessional collaborative practice environments. Find him on Twitter @templeratcliffe.

David Schmit, M.D., Associate Professor/Clinical of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio, is involved in research focused on the development and implementation of a hospital medicine triage curriculum. He is the director of the hospital medicine elective, which exposes internal medicine residents to the essential skills in triaging. His work has been supported by multiple grants and showcased at numerous local, regional, and national meetings and workshops.

Sadie Trammell Velasquez, MD., Associate Professor at UT Health San Antonio, has conducted research in the role of the hospitalist as a triagist resulting in two grants, national workshops, posters and two publications with her colleagues. Her local research resulted in her leading a collaborative research project out of ten academic sites across the United States. This research aimed to further the understanding of the role of the hospitalist as a triagist and improve the understanding of the specific skill set needed for this role to improve medical education. She has also done research in her former role as co-director of the Clinical Skills Module on Interprofessional Education (IPE) within the Clinical Skills Module. As PI for two grants, her work has resulted in IPE being incorporated into the curriculum at the Long School of Medicine.

Ankur Segon, MD MPH SFHM., Professor/clinical at UT Health San Antonio, is interested in quality improvement, faculty development and medical education research. He has received grants from the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Within medical education, Dr. Segon is particularly interested in curriculum development and curricular innovations. Other areas of interest include performance improvement with feedback and coaching, factors that predict variability in healthcare systems, and qualitative research.

Emily Wang, M.D., Associate Professor/Clinical at UT Health San Antonio, is a board-certified internal medicine physician with educational and hospital based research interests. Her current work includes curriculum development in graduate medical education: (1) medicine consultation/co-management and (2) transitions of care with internal medicine as a triage physician for determining admissions and disposition decision-making. She is the principal investigator and co-investigator with other departments and academic institutions on state and national medical education grants.