Kate Starnes currently serves as the associate vice president for practice plan administration at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT). In addition, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy, Economics and Management. Previously, Starnes was the executive director for The Northeast Texas Center for Rural Community Health where she oversaw all Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) activities and managed the day-to-day operations of the center.

Most importantly, Kate is married to her wonderful husband, Drew. They have two spirited boys, Cooper (8) and Jake Michael (5). In their spare time they enjoy playing sports, attending Texas Aggie football games and working on the family peach farm.

Education and Training

Juris Doctor, May 2010, Licensed (Texas) November 2010
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

Master of Education, Health and Human Performance, May 2006
University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Minor in English, May 2002
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Courses Taught

HPEM 6370 Health Law and Ethics

Publication Highlights

Orsak, Gabriela; Starnes, Kate and Ledlow, Gerald (2018). “Examining the Return on Investment of The Breath of Life Mobile Pediatric Asthma Clinic in a Rural Region with Small Metropolitan Statistical Areas,” Hospital Topics, DOI: 10.1080/00185868.2018.1488546
Orsak, G., Starnes, K., McGaha, P., Sharkey, P., & Singh K.P. (2019). Challenges and opportunities in utilization of a mobile pediatric asthma clinic in a primary rural setting: A pilot study. JP Journal of Biostatistics. In press.
Starnes, Kate P., Allen, C., Brandon, P. UT Health Northeast Center for Rural Community Health: Working Together to Improve Healthcare. Texas Public Health Journal, Volume 69, Issue 2 Spring 2017 pgs. 11-12.
Orsak, G., McGaha, P., Starnes, K.P, & Sharkey, P. Efficacy of a mobile pediatric asthma clinic in reducing missed school days and emergency room visits among mostly African American and Hispanic children. Manuscript submitted for review. 2017.