Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation (JCSI) - Faculty
Ross E. Willis, PhD - (Associate Professor, Director of Surgical Education, and
Director of the Johnson Center for Surgical Innovation)
holds a master's degree in human factors psychology and a
doctoral degree in cognitive psychology from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Willis's primary roles are curriculum development and evaluation and conducting
research on applying principles of learning theory to the world of surgical education.
Kent Van Sickle, MD - (Chief of the Division of General and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Associate Professor) received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed his surgical residency training at Georgia Baptist Medical Center and New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He went into private practice in general surgery for four years before returning to academics in 2003 to complete a two-year fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and GI Surgery at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Van Sickle is the Chief of General Surgery. He has performed research in surgical education, training, simulation and innovative technologies with emphasis on the impact of simulation in the early surgical training period.
Lori Pounds, MD - (Associate Professor) grew up in Jeannette, Pennsylvania (western PA). She went to the University of Pittsburgh for undergraduate school, and attended Temple University school of Medicine. She did her general surgical residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and then went back to Temple for a Vascular Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Pounds returned to UTMB in Galveston and was an assistant professor for 6 years. She relocated to San Antonio in 2007 and had a successful private practice, leaving for the opportunity to teach and work with the veterans in a dual appointment in the UTHSCSA Division of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery.
Patrick Nguyen, MD - (Assistant Professor) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Microbiology in 2000. He completed medical school in San Antonio in 2004 and his five years of General Surgery Training in San Antonio in June 2009. Dr. Nguyen was awarded numerous teaching awards during his training and joined the faculty upon completion of training. As an Assistant Professor in Surgery he has led the expansion of the General Surgery Service at UT Medicine Westover Hills. He is also the Co-Director of the Surgery Clerkship for the School of Medicine and is currently serving a 2-year term as the Chief of Surgical Services at the Christus Santa Rosa Westover Hills Hospital. Dr. Nguyen is fluent in French, Vietnamese, and some Spanish.