IMH Graduate Program Current Students

Carole Anhalt, BA, MHA, JD, LLM

E-MailL csanhalt@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: William J. Winslade, JD, PhD

Carole  received her BA in International Studies with a focus on world affairs from Trinity University, in San Antonio, a MHA (Master of Health Administration) from Saint Louis University, a JD from Loyola University in New Orleans, and an LLM in Health Law from the University of Houston.  She joined the Medical Humanities PhD program in January 2016.  Her interests are in women’s health care (including infertility) and factors affecting clinical decision making.
 

Stephanie "Stevi" Darrow, BA

E-mail:  sldarrow@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor:  Arlene Macdonald, PhD 

Stevi received her BA in Anthropology from Texas A&M University, College Station.  She joined the medical humanities graduate program in Fall 2010.  

John Davis

E-mail: jowdavis@utmb.edu
Program: MD/PhD
Advisor: Anne Hudson Jones, PhD

John graduated from Baylor University in 2017, earning a BA in an interdisciplinary program that included extensive studies in Great Texts, Spanish, and the Medical Humanities. He is planning to earn a joint MD-PhD degree in order to refine his own practice of medicine, while also assuming educational leadership positions to further the study of Medical Humanities. He is soon to be married to Jacquelyn Kellar, a digital and marketing professional with the Miller Outdoor Theatre. 
 

Shannon Guillot-Wright, BA, MA

E-mail:  spguillo@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Arlene Macdonald, PhD

Shannon received her BA in Urban Studies from Nazarene University and worked throughout the United States on poverty reduction initiatives before going on to earn her MA in Human Rights from Columbia University. Her research seeks to understand the logics and forces that contribute to the creation of spaces of dehuminization, with a specific interest in labor conditions as a social determinant of health. In 2015, she accepted a Fellowship position through the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, Health Policy and Legislative Affairs at UTMB. She is also the co-founder of TWELVE (twelvepeople.org) and is an advocate for storytelling via pictures, voice, or video as an avenue towards health policy change.
Guillot-Wright, Shannon

Syed Habeebullah Husaini, MD

E-mail:  shhusain@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Michele A. Carter, PhD

Syed joined the program in the fall 2014 term.  He has an MD from Sind Medical College, Pakistan. He works as a Clinical Research Coordinator at UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging.  His interests are in laying a foundation for academic endeavors such as neuromodulation and neurodiagnosis, which he thinks face extremely complex ethical and legal issues in the next few years.   
 

Wilmon "Dwayne" Jones, BA, MURP

E-mail:  wdjones@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Arlene Macdonald, PhD 

Dwayne joined the medical humanities graduate program in summer 2012.  He received his BA in History & Asian Studies at Trinity University, San Antonio and an MURP in Urban & Regional Planning from George Washington University.  

 

Susan McCammon, MD

E-mail:  admccamm@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor:  Jerome Crowder, PhD

Susan McCammon graduated from Columbia University in 1988 with a B.A. in Music History. She then went on to complete an M.F.A. in Historical Musicology at Princeton University. After several years of teaching and researching the role of the surgically altered voice, Dr. McCammon matriculated at the University of Alabama School of Medicine where she received her M.D., magna cum laude, and continued into her chosen field of head and neck surgery, with an internship in General Surgery and a residency in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. 

In 2005, Dr. McCammon completed her advanced fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In March 2006, Dr. McCammon joined the UTMB full-time faculty, where she serves as the Co-Director of the Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck. 

HONORS AND AWARDS:
  • 2014 - Recognized as William Osler Scholar, The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine 

 

Deborah "Debbie" McNabb, BA, MD

E-mail: dlmcnabb@utmb.edu
Program: MA
Advisor: Anne Hudson Jones, PhD

Debbie graduated from the University of Texas in 1979 with a BA in Biology.  She later went on to graduate from the Baylor College of Medicine in 1984, receiving her MD degree.  She finished her residency in OB/Gyn at the UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 1988.  Following that, she had a private practice in San Antonio.  She has been married for 32 years to Graham Hall, who is a pediatrician, and she has two children:  daughter, Kate, age 26 and son, Trevor, age 23.  Debbie joined the medical humanities graduate program in the fall of 2015 to pursue an MA degree.  She has had a life-long interest in the humanities and a career-long interest in bioethics.  Following graduation she hopes to teach medical or college students or peers in CME courses.
 
 Deborah McNabb

Rebecca "Becca" Marvi Permar, BA, MA, MLItt

​Email: rmpermar@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Anne Hudson Jones, PhD

Becca graduated with a BA in English Literature, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics from the University of Paderborn, Germany, and completed graduate studies in German and Comparative Literature with a MA from the University of Bonn, Germany, and a MLitt from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She also holds a CELT certificate for teaching English as a foreign language, and spent a semester abroad at Yonsei University, South Korea. Her final dissertation focused on the theme of the physician as patient and analyzed autopathographies in terms of the unique double experience of illness, its language, and stigmatization. In addition to physician-authored illness narratives, her research interests include studies of trauma, pain, and palliative care, using a phenomenological approach to these highly subjective experiences with hopes to encourage an empathetic understanding of suffering and dying. 

Corisa L. Rakestraw, B.A., M.S.

Email: clrakest@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Anne Hudson Jones, PhD

Corisa joined the Medial Humanities program in the fall of 2017. She received an A.A. degree at Cottey College, a B.A. in Philosophy and B.A. in World Languages- German at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a M.S. in Heath Care Ethics from Creighton University. Corisa also completed a semester of study at the Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany. Her previous interests revolve around the concept of what it means to be human and how this plays a role in medical practice and decision making. While Corisa is still exploring her current concentration, she is looking forward to investigating the promotion of, or defining the limitations of, adolescent autonomy. She is also interested in exploring the role of animals in medicine, including their value in the process of healing. 

 

Imanni Sheppard, BA, MA

E-mail:  iksheppa@utmb.edu
Program:  PhD
Advisor: Jerome Crowder, PhD

Imanni Sheppard comes to UTMB from the University of New Orleans and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo where she got her BA in Anthropology and participated in the National Student Exchange program, respectively.  Imanni is also an alumnus of the University of Houston where she got her MA and specialized in Medical Anthropology.  While and soon after acquiring her Masters degree, she became an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, Houston Community College, a contract Reviewer for Oxford University Press and an Executive Board Member of the Write!Nola Initiative.  In addition to the aforementioned, Ms. Sheppard has authored the texts Health, Healing and Hurricane Katrina: A Critical Analysis of Psychosomatic Illness in Survivors, The Autobiography of Illusion and was a supplemental author of the text Anthropology: What Does It Mean to be Human?  She has also written several articles for the Encyclopedia of Infanticide, the Encyclopedia of U.S. Government and the Environment: History Policy and Politics as well as chapter analysis of “Beyond Nature-Nurture:…Biology and Culture,” “Medical Anthropology: Health Illness and Culture,” and “Identity & Social Inequality …Race, Ethnicity and Class” in the Chumash Renaissance and Cultural Anthropology texts by Paul Gelles, Luis Vivanco and Robert Welsch respectively. 

While at UTMB, her focus will be on social medicine as she also analyzes the intersection of technology with cognitive and/or neurological processes. 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
(2008) The Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi
(2007) Golden Key International Honour Society
(2003) Rose Black Union Academic Award
(1997) Anna Sanchez Teaching Excellence Award

 

 
 

Ye-kyung "Yekki" Song, BS

E-mail: yesong@utmb.edu
Program: MD/PhD
Advisor: Jeff Farroni, JD, PhD

Yekki graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Biochemistry, minoring in Medicine and Society.  After completing three years of medical school in the MD-PhD Program, she joined the IMH in Fall 2015.  Her research interests are constantly evolving; currently, she is interested in basic science and clinical research ethics, factors contributing to health disparities in the Houston-Galveston area, and issues in surgical ethics.  

 Yekki Song

Andrew Taylor, BS, MS

E-mail:  anjtaylo@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Michele A. Carter, PhD

Andrew joined the program in the fall 2014 term.  He has a BS in Respiratory Therapy and an MA in Health from Texas Southern University.  His primary goal of pursuing his PhD is an interest in Health Care Ethics.  His specific research interests include end-of-life decision making, determinants of quality of life, DNR status and its impact on the delivery of health care services, and the impact of inter-professional education on learning in bioethics.  
 

David "Mike" Vaughan, BAIS, MPH

E-mail: dmvaugha@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Anne Hudson Jones, PhD

Mike joined the Institute for the Medical Humanities as a joint JD/PhD student in 2015. Mike graduated from Texas State University with a BAIS in International Relations. He then received a MPH and a certificate in the history, ethics, and law of public health from Columbia University. After earning his MPH, he had the opportunity to intern for the Global Health Ethics Unit at the World Health Organization. As part of the joint JD/PhD program, Mike is currently also a student at the University of Houston Law Center. He anticipates completing both his JD and LLM studies in 2018.

Mike's interests include: the primacy of perspective in ethical decision making, notions of moral deservingness of disease, many questions in neuroethics, ethical substance use policy, the potential definition of death as a disease, end-of-life questions, ethical concerns surrounding human life extension, the misappropriation of the semblance of ethical comprehensiveness by partisan interests, and the pursuit of empathy and humility as an alternative response to impulses now frequently answered by assertions of human dignity.



Rebecca "Amerisa" Waters, B.F.A., M.A.

E-mail:  rawaters@utmb.edu
Program: PhD
Advisor: Jerome Crowder, PhD

Amerisa joins the Institute for the Medical Humanities with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a double Master of Arts in Women's & Gender Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies in Bioethics & Medical Humanities from the University of Louisville. Her interests include the intersection of art and clinician education with a focus on palliative and end-of-life care. While at the IMH she hopes to further explore the development of educational tools and methods that utilize the arts for clinical learning.


 

Brenda Wilson, BS, MA

E-mail:  bkwilson@utmb.edu
Program:  PhD
Advisor:  Arlene Macdonald, PhD 

Brenda received her BS from Texas State University and her MA from the University of Manitoba, Canada.  Her interests are in health and healthcare in local and global contexts, community service, and social activism.  She is especially interested in issues, policies, and programs concerning health equity and justice, poverty reduction, environmental sustainabilty, international/local development in under-served communities, and social/economic initiatives for the health and well-being of women/children.

 Wilson, Brenda
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