Faculty & Staff


Ray E. Stowers, DO, FACOFP, dist.
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean

Carrie Kaelin
Executive Assistant to the Dean

Department of Academic Affairs

Melissa Efurd, EdD
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs & Institutional Research

Rebecca Ameis
Administrative Assistant

Abolfazl Ghasemi, PhD
Director of Data Analytics and Institutional Research

Department of Clinical Medicine

Amanda S. Wright, DO
Associate Dean of Clinical Medicine
Director of International Medical Education
Assistant Professor

Shannda Cater
Clinical Rotations Coordinator

Kesha Woolsey
Administrative Assistant

Andrew Ryals, DO
Director of Clinical Skills
Assistant Professor

Nancy Miller
Director of Clinical Rotations

Department of Family Medicine

Timothy Buffey, DO
Chair and Assistant Professor

Gary Edwards, DO, FACOFP
Assistant Professor


Natalie Jordan, MD
Assistant Professor

Emergency Medicine

Ryan Sullivan, DO
Assistant Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Holly Heaver Jennings, MD, FACP
Chair and Assistant Professor

Leslie Ziegler, MD
Assistant Professor


Nasser Adjei, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Assistant Professor


Eduardo A. deMondesert, MD
Assistant Professor

Infectious Disease

Mark L. Stillwell, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor


James Henry, MD
Associate Professor


Jon Gustafson, MD
Assistant Professor

Department of OPP

Thomas Fotopoulos, DO
Chair and Associate Professor

Kathryn Buffey, DO
Director of OPP Integration
Assistant Professor

Valerie V. Bates Romanski, DO
Assistant Professor

Lesley A. Schmitz, DO
Assistant Professor

Courtney Butler
Osteopathic Principles and Practice Coordinator

Department of Pediatrics

Louay K. Nassri, MD, FAAP, FCCP
Chair and Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Michael Gooden, MD
Assistant Professor and Chair of Surgery


Joe Queeney, DO, FACOS
Assistant Professor


Ismail Ihmeidan, MD
Assistant Professor

Department of Clinical Resources

Frazier Edwards
Executive Director of Clinical Resources and CME

Department of Graduate Medical Education

Tony A. Little, DO, FAAFP
Associate Dean of GME and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Department of Library Services

Elizabeth Wright, MLS
Director of Library Services

Connie Manning, MA, MLIS
Assistant Medical Librarian

Department of Preclinical Medicine

Ross E. Longley, PhD
Associate Dean of Preclinical Medicine

Lindsay Casanova
Administrative Assistant Preclinical Medicine

Ross E. Longley, PhD
Associate Dean of Preclinical Medicine and Research and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Patricia Cunningham
Director of Preclinical Curriculum

Dana Smith
OMS II Coordinator

Department of Anatomy

David L. McWhorter, PhD
Chair and Professor

Joanne Peterson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Raja Rachakatla, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy

Zachary Throckmorton, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Heather Guzik, MA
Anatomy Lab Instructor

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Sciences

Lance Bridges, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor

Kenneth Hensley, PhD

Brandy Ree, PhD
Assistant Professor

Matthew C. White, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Chair – TBD

Abby L. Geis, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Pathology

Julia A. Moffitt, PhD
Chair and Professor

Talal El-Hefnawy, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Eric Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor

Rakesh K. Singh, B. Pharm., PhD
Assistant Professor

William Zaloga, DO
Assistant Professor

Department of Security

Levi Risley
Director of Security
Chief of Police

Department of Simulation & Clinical Skills

Harvey Potts, MD, MPH
Executive Director of Simulation and Clinical Skills
Assistant Professor

Demetria Daniels, LPN
Standardized Patient Center Coordinator

Danielle Wilks, RRT
Simulation Clinic Coordinator

Department of Student Affairs

Laurel Starling-McIntosh, MeD HIED
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Kelly DeWitt
Director of Admissions

Charitee Evans
Student Services and Activities Coordinator

Amanda Evenson
Director of Student Services

Debbie Findlay
Director of Academic Support

Glenna Gilliam
Director of Financial Aid

Breeanne Hafley
Admissions Counselor

Donala Jordan, PsyD
Director of Mental Wellness
Assistant Professor

Shawna Mason

Janie Price


Susan Devero
Executive Director of Community Relations