Three physicians, a physician assistant, and a nurse practitioner join UTHSCT

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Three physicians, a physician assistant, and a nurse practitioner have joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

They are Sharon Huff, MD; Christine Powell, MD; C. David Rowlett, MD; Lara Jennifer Beverly, a physician assistant; and Ellen Gastauer, an adult health nurse practitioner.

Dr. Huff, who is board certified in occupational medicine, is an assistant professor of occupational medicine in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences.

She has served as education coordinator for the Department of Occupational Health Sciences. In 2009, Dr. Huff completed her residency in occupational medicine at UTHSCT, where she was chief resident.

Dr. Huff served her internship in family medicine at Baylor-Garland Family Practice and received her medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She also has a master’s degree in environmental science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Powell, a family medicine physician, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is practicing at the University Health Clinic, located at 3310 Patriot Drive, near the corner of University Boulevard and Patriot Drive on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler.

She comes to UTHSCT from Trinity Mother Frances DirectCARE. Dr. Powell completed her residency in family medicine at UTHSCT and received her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine.

Dr. Rowlett, who is board certified in preventive medicine, is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences. He comes to UTHSCT from B&W Technical Services-Pantex LLC in Amarillo, where he was medical director.

Dr. Rowlett received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock. He completed a residency in occupational medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and obtained a master’s degree in preventive medicine while in residency at the University of Iowa.

Beverly, a certified physician assistant in the Family Medicine Clinic, comes to UTHSCT from ENT Associates of East Texas. Physician assistants are health-care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.

Beverly has a master’s of physician assistant studies from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s School of Allied Health Science, located in Midland.

She also has a master’s of public health from the School of Public Health at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center in College Station.

Gastauer, a certified adult health nurse practitioner in the Center for Healthy Aging, joined UTHSCT after working at Community Health Clinics of Northeast Texas.

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed specific advanced nursing education in a health care specialty. With physician supervision, they can diagnose and treat patients.

Gastauer specializes in geriatric primary care and long-term care. She has both a bachelor’s and a master’s of science in nursing from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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