UTHealth Expert List


Carmen Castro, M.S.

Carmen  Castro
  • Program manager, Harris County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Carmen Castro, M.S., manages the Harris County Long-Term Ombudsman Program which works with residents, families and facility staff to improve the quality of life of residents in long-term care. Carmen is available to do interviews in English and Spanish. 

Previous interview: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/State-finds-warning-signs-of-problems-at-nursing-5680330.php?cmpid=email-premium&t=2a71a26c2d6c634be6


Lorraine Frazier, Ph.D., R.N.

Lorraine  Frazier
  • Dean, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair for Nursing Education Leadership, UTHealth School of Nursing

    Lorraine Frazier, Ph.D., R.N., specializes in the exploration of biological and behavioral risk factors as predictors of outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease. Her focus is on the genetic-environmental interaction of inflammation and depression on coronary outcomes in individuals with acute coronary syndromes and heart failure.


    Robert Hanks, Ph.D., F.N.P-C., R.N.

    Robert  Hanks
    • Assistant Professor, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • Interim Assistant Dean and Department Chair, Family Health
    • Academic Project Manager – Graduate Nurse Education Project

    Robert Hanks, Ph.D., F.N.P-C., R.N. joined the UTHealth School of Nursing faculty in 2010 and specializes in primary health care. He is currently the Project Manager for the Graduate Nurse Education grant at UTHealth School of Nursing.

    Previous interview: http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/Fighting-Heart-Disease-in-Kids.aspx


    Deborah J. Jones, Ph.D., R.N.

    Deborah J.  Jones
    • Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • Assistant Dean and Department Chair, Nursing Systems Department, UTHealth School of Nursing

    Deborah J. Jones is assistant dean and chair in the Nursing Systems Department at UTHealth School of Nursing. Her research interests include improving outcomes in acute and critically ill patients through evidence-based oral health practices and interprofessional oral health education. She is a member of the National Nursing Oral Health Workgroup, an expert advisory committee on nursing’s role in advancing a national oral health agenda.



    Elda Ramirez, Ph.D., R.N.

    Elda  Ramirez
    • Professor of Clinical Nursing, Department of Acute and Continuing Care, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • Nurse Practitioner, Department of Emergency Medicine, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

    Elda Ramirez, Ph.D., R.N., specializes in adult, pediatric and geriatric care. She is available to discuss acute care, emergency care; heat exhaustion and dehydration, common minor emergencies, injury prevention and Hispanic health issues. Ramirez is available for interviews in English and Spanish.

    Previous Interview: http://bit.ly/KhxbV1 


    Jennifer Sanner, Ph.D., R.N.

    Jennifer  Sanner
    • Assistant Professor of Nursing Systems, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • Manager, UTHealth Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) Biobank

    Jennifer Sanner, Ph.D., M.S.N, R.N. specializes in genetic, depression, and women’s health research and is available to discuss the genetic link of heart disease, depression, and other conditions.

    Previous Interview: http://bit.ly/Inro4c


    Diane Santa Maria, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., R.N.

    Diane  Santa Maria
    • Assistant Professor, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • PARTNERS Faculty Research Scholar

    Diane Santa Maria, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., R.N., has extensive experience in public health nursing and adolescent health, particularly with HIV/STI prevention, including intervention development, dissemination and determinants research. With wide-ranging experience working in underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad, she currently is conducting research with homeless youth and at-risk youth and their families.

    Previous interview: http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-b/2015/05/27/how-many-homeless-youth-are-in-houston


    Jing Wang, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N.

    Jing  Wang
    • Assistant Professor of Nursing Systems, UTHealth School of Nursing
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar

    Jing Wang, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., specializes in behavioral lifestyle intervention for type 2 diabetes patients with mobile technology-based self-monitoring. Wang is available for interviews in English and Mandarin. 

    Previous Interview: http://go.uth.edu/hkskzluy