Program History

This is a postdoctoral research training program that originated in the Department of Pathology in 1980 under the direction of Colin J. Schwartz, MD.  Linda M. McManus, PhD, assumed directorship in 1993.  James D. Stockand, PhD, became Director of the program September, 2016.  At this time also the program moved from the Department of Pathology to Physiology.

General Program Information.

Cardiovascular disease complications remain the major leading cause of death and disability in the United States and other developed countries. While lifestyle clearly contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease, it has not proven realistic to expect resolution of major morbidities (and attenuate costs) simply on the basis of changes in lifestyle. Consequently, biomedical science must continue to address improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the widespread and devastating complications of cardiovascular disease. To achieve this goal, a cadre of well-trained, multidisciplinary scientists, capable of working in investigative teams, is required.  This postdoctoral research training program enables the continued achievement of excellence in research training in cardiovascular pathobiology by preparing new investigators with the necessary competencies and breadth of expertise needed for future biomedical research.

This is a multi-disciplinary postdoctoral research training program in cardiovascular science that annually supports six doctoral graduate fellows in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or the basic biomedical sciences. Program faculty are distributed among twelve academic departments at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and two departments at nearby sister institutions, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest National Primate Research Center.

Program Goals:

  1. Active recruitment of excellent trainees and mentors
  2. Training clinician-investigators and PhD scientists
  3. Securing a group mentoring environment in the program
  4. Facilitating trainee collaboration and broadening of trainee experiences
  5. Fostering the use of a multidisciplinary approach by mentors and trainees
  6. Insuring broad networking opportunities for trainees
  7. Continued evaluation and development of trainees
  8. Inclusion of didactic courses, workshops, and seminars in trainee development
  9. Insuring that workforce diversity is maintained in trainee and faculty mentor populations
  10. Regular expert evaluation of the training program


James D. Stockand, PhD,

James D. Stockand, PhD
FAHA Director
Professor of Physiology
UT Health San Antonio
Ph. (210) 567-4332
Fx. (210) 567-4410

Jean C. Bopassa, Ph.D

Jean C. Bopassa, PhD
Associate Director
Professor of Physiology
UT Health San Antonio
Ph. (210) 567-0429
Fx. (210) 567-4410




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Location: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Source of Funding: NIH/NHLBI HL07446
Program Title: Pathobiology of Occlusive Vascular Disease
Level: Postdoctoral Fellowship