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UTB has just established a new College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions. The TIME initiative is perfectly set to assist our faculty of new Department of Biomedicine to develop a BS in Biomedicine that will provide a unique curriculum that will markedly enhance physician and health professional education and training at UTB.

Dr. Eldon L. Nelson,
Interim Dean​

UT Brownsville (UTB)


UTB’s A-PRIME TIME mission is to provide accessible and affordable pre-health professional education of high quality that will meet regional and national needs through a novel and vibrant program of medical training to prepare students from the principally Hispanic population for successful completion of medical school. The program will (1) develop an innovative and rigorous curriculum designed to fully integrate academic and clinical experiences through all years of training and (2) support access for a diverse population through multiple entry and exit points to promote efficiency in the education of physicians and other health professionals.


An integrated and competency-based organ systems approach to medical education will be provided by the College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions at The University of Texas at Brownsville in collaboration with the A-PRIME TIME consortium: a member of the UT System TRANSFORMATION OF MEDICAL EDUCATION (TIME) Initiative.


UTB is developing and implementing a new model for medical education appropriate for the 21st century. In partnership with the A-PRIME TIME Consortium members (UTEP, UTPA and medical schools at UTHSCH and UTMB) and under the auspices of the TIME Initiative, UTB is committed to provide a pre-health professions program that will produce a cadre of highly-qualified and compassionate students prepared to succeed in a shortened and collaborative undergraduate/ medical school curriculum. Students admitted to the program will enter a structured system with a continuum of academic and experiential learning opportunities with exposure to research and medical/health professionals. In this program, students will progress from a foundational year to a two year innovative organ systems curriculum and finally to a swirled, or shared, environment where faculty of both UTB and its partner medical institutions (UTMB and UTHSCH) are heavily involved in the education process. Throughout their learning, students will have the opportunity to receive instruction from practitioners in the field and gain a holistic understanding of health care. The students’ ability to apply learned knowledge and skills will be continually assessed by a competency based curriculum, jointly developed by the A-PRIME TIME partnership. The pre-health professions program leads to a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and admission to a partner medical school.



Hugo Rodriguez, MD, Assistant Professor, Biomedicine
Office: BRHP 1.124 / Phone: 956-882-5046


Michael Lehker, PhD, Professor, Associate Dean

Office: BRHP 1.112 / Phone: 956-882-7960


Boris Ermolinsky, PhD, Assistant Professor
Office: BRHP 1.123 / Phone: 956-882-5774
Kim Garcia, M.Ed, RRT, NPS
Associate Master Technical Instructor

Emilio Garrido-Sanabria, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedicine
Office: BRHP 2.116 / Phone: 956-882-5053
Masako Isokawa, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Office: BRHP 2.115 / Phone: 956-882-5731
Alexander Kazansky, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Office: BRHP 1.122 / Phone: 956-882-5780
Saraswathy Nair, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedicine
Office: BRHP 1.120 / Phone: 956-882-5108

Angelika Potempa, Ph.D
Associate Professor (History Department)

Hugo Rodriguez, MD, Assistant Professor, Biomedicine
Office: BRHP 1.124 / Phone: 956-882-5046

Andrea Schwarzbach, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedicine
Office: BRHP 1.121 / Phone: 956-882-5057

Masoud Zarei, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedicine
Office: BRHP 2.112 / Phone: 956-882-5027


Michael Ainsworth, M.D.
UTMB - Sr. Associate Dean, Professor (Internal Medicine)

Jose Ayala, D.P.M.

VBMC - Chief Medical Officer (Podiatry)

Jose R. Barba, M.D.

VBMC - Surgery

Karen Brooks, M.D.

VBMC - Physican (General Surgery)/Trauma Director

Jose Perez Enriquez, M.D.

VBMC - Family Medicine

Magdalena Flores, M.D.

VBMC - Physican (Ob/Gyn)

Khadim Hussain, M.D.

VBMC - ER Medical Director

Jose R. Nieves-Sosa, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

VBMC - Ob/Gyn

Joanne Oakes, M.D.

UTHSOM - Associate Professor (Emergency Medicine)

Lorenzo Pelly, M.D.

VBMC - Internal Medicine​

Jaime Silva, M.D.

VBMC - Cardiology

Stanley Sy, M.D.
VBMC - Physician (Critical Care/Pulmonary)



Dr. ​Hugo Rodriguez, Director

Office: BRHP 1.124
Phone: 956-882-5046

​Dr. Manuel G. Saldivar
Office: SET B 1.510

Phone: 956-882-7163

Elizabeth Peña
Office: SET B 1.510

Phone: 956-882-7156​


Biomedical Research
and Health Professions
BRHP 2.101

Phone:  956-882-5744

Fax:  956-882-5003


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