The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Office of Faculty Affairs UTRGV School of Medicine

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The Office of Faculty Affairs implements a life-cycle of learning experiences to establish and sustain a culture that promotes faculty vitality toward integrating medical education, community research and patient care throughout the Rio Grande Valley to foster an academic climate that strives for excellence.

Faculty Development facilitates the success of faculty by providing comprehensive support services and professional development opportunities to assist in navigating the academic environment, support professional achievement and academic excellence.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development is committed to facilitating the success and academic advancement of our faculty.

Who We Are

Robert Nelson, Jr., M.D., M.S, F.A.A.P.

Robert Nelson, Jr., M.D., M.S, F.A.A.P.
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Innovation
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Robert M. Nelson, Jr received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1966 and earned a medical degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1970. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Neonatology at the University of Florida where he also served on the faculty for 3 years. From 1971-73 he was a Captain in the Medical Corps of the US Army. In 1980 he became the Chief of Neonatology at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska for 12 years. Dr. Nelson became Chief of Neonatology at the University of South Florida, Tampa in 1992 and over the next 22 years served in a number of roles there including Chair of Pediatrics (2004-2012) and Associate Vice President for Child Health (2012-2014). He also in 1993 received a Master of Science in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. In August of 2014 he joined the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine as Interim Chair of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Innovation.

Beatriz Tapia, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.

Beatriz Tapia, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Tapia is the Module Co-Director for Medicine, Behavior and Society for medical students of the UTRGV School of Medicine. Dr. Tapia is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She attended the Autonomous University of Puebla in Mexico, where she received her M.D., and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (JHSPH), in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received her Master’s in Public Health. In addition to her M.P.H., Dr. Tapia trained in environmental health, health disparities and health inequality at the JHSPH. Dr. Tapia is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Science Education from the University of Houston. Dr. Tapia is a strong advocate for the medically underserved; she continuously provides environmental and public health education to promotoras (lay healthcare workers), public health professionals and community centers. Her research interests are border health, environmental medicine, public health, minority health and medical education research.