TRISAT Educational Consortium – Program Leadership

Elizabeth P. Scherer, MD, MPH, FACS

Assistant Professor/Clinical  | Medical Director, SICU, University Hospital | Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Dr. Scherer was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She attended Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts where she earned a BA in Chemistry in 2004. She moved to New Haven, Connecticut following college where she attended Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health. She completed an internship between her first and second year at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, DC. In 2006, Dr. Scherer earned her MPH with a focus in Health Policy and Administration. She completed her basic science courses for medical school in College Station, Texas at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She had the opportunity to complete her clinical years at Scott & White in Temple and earned her MD in May of 2010. Dr. Scherer completed her General Surgery Residency at UT Health San Antonio in June 2015 after spending her last year as one of two peer-elected Administrative Chief Residents. Dr. Scherer completed the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in June 2016 and subsequently joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Trauma & Emergency Surgery. She is the Program Director for the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and the SICU Medical Director for The University Hospital in San Antonio.

Katharine Zentner, MD

Assistant Professor/Clinical  |  Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine Program Director

Dr. Zentner is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology at UT Health San Antonio.  She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in May 2013. She completed her Anesthesiology Residency in 2017 and Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship in 2018, both also at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  Dr. Zentner is board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology.  She serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology in the operating rooms at both University Hospital and the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital. She also serves as an Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital.  During the Covid-19 pandemic, she jumped at the chance to care for patients on the COVID ICU Green Team at University Health System. She was appointed Associate Program Director for the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship in 2020 and was promoted to Program Director in September 2021.

Lt. Col. Luke J. Hoffman, DO, FACS

Lieutenant Colonel (P), US Army  |  Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Program Director  |  Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Director  |  Deputy Consultant, OTSG (61J)  |  San Antonio Military Medical Center

Dr. Hofmann received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, followed by fellowships in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Dr. Hofmann is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Hofmann continues to serve as an active duty Army surgeon and he has completed multiple combat surgical deployments in Afghanistan and in the Horn of Africa. He also served as the Chief of Trauma for the NATO Role 2+ Multinational Hospital in Kabul. When he was not deployed, he was the trauma medical director in El Paso Texas at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His research interests include shock, damage control resuscitation/surgery, and austere/global surgery.

Program Coordinators:

Debbie Schwartz

UT Health San Antonio Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program Coordinator

Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery

 

Vanessa Acosta

UT Health San Antonio Anesthesia Critical Care Fellowship Program Coordinator

Department of Anesthesiology

 

Shawana Clay

SAUSHEC Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program Coordinator

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)