The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Graduate Medical Education UTRGV School of Medicine

Faculty


Arden Dingle Portrait

Arden D. Dingle MD
Program Director

Arden D Dingle MD is a Professor and the Residency Program Director. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Dingle has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults and families in community settings, often using integrated care models. She is involved with the undergraduate medical school curriculum and the principal investigator of a grant involving effective use of technology to teach communications skills from the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. Dr. Dingle is involved nationally with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as the co-chair of the AACAP Ethics Committee and the American College of Psychiatrists as the Editor in Chief of the PRITE Editorial Board.


Gabriel De Erausquin MD Portrait

Gabriel De Erausquin MD
Chair

Gabriel de Erausquin MD PhD MSc is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. He works with students and residents in a variety of settings. Dr. de Erausquin is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. de Erausquin came to UTRGV from the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. He has a PhD in behavioral pharmacology and a Master of Science in genetic epidemiology. Dr. de Erausquin’s research and clinical interests are diverse and include neuromodulation, genetics, developmental disorders, community mental health and education.


James W. Castillo II, MD Portrait

James W. Castillo II, MD
Faculty

James W. Castillo II MD is a Clinical Associate Professor who works with students and residents on the Valley Baptist Medical Center Palliative Care Consultation Service which he established. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The consultation program won the Vanguard Health Systems Mission Award for 2012. In 2014, Dr. Castillo partnered with Aspire Healthcare to launch a home based palliative care program focusing on Medicare Advantage plan members with advanced illnesses. He also serves as on the Health Authority for Cameron County Texas.


German Corso, MD Portrait

German Corso, MD
Faculty

German Corso MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with trainees at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health (TTBH). He is the Medical Director of the Harlingen facility. Dr. Corso is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He initially worked as a primary care physician in Colombia, and then moved to the United States to do research in transcranial magnetic stimulation. He has various publications and presented posters at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting.


Maria G. Dill, MD Portrait

Maria G. Dill, MD
Faculty

Maria G. Dill MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with students and residents at the Rio Grande State Center. She is the Medical Director of the facility and manages the outpatient primary care center. Dr. Dill is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Wound Management. Dr. Dill has volunteer memberships with UTHSC San Antonio Medical Alumni Board, Rio Grande Valley Indigent Health Care Corp Advisory Board-dba Cameron Care and is a lifelong member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Francisco Fernandez, MD Portrait

Francisco Fernandez, MD
Faculty

Francisco “Frank” Fernandez MD is a Professor of Psychiatry who works with students and residents in several settings. He is board certified in Psychiatry. Dr. Fernandez is the Director of VIDAS (Valley Interprofessional Dedicated Access and Service) Integrated Colonia Care Program. He has extensive service in organized medicine, psychiatry, and in the community. Dr. Fernandez’s clinical interests consist of consultation liaison, psychopharmacology, and cognitive disorders. His research is on the psychiatric complications of medical illness; assessing effective treatment strategies for HIV related cognitive disorders; thanatology; and depression in Hispanic men. Recent work is associated with integrated healthcare services design and provision, consumer experience, and cost.


Laura Garcia, MD Portrait

Laura Garcia, MD
Faculty

Laura Garcia MD is an Assistant Professor. She works with students and residents at Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen and Rio Grande State Center. Dr. Garcia is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. She is the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency based at VBMC-H. Dr. Garcia directs resident primary care clinics and is involved in a number of educational activities.


Esteban Gonzalez, MD Portrait

Esteban Gonzalez, MD
Faculty

Esteban A Gonzalez MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor. He works with students and residents at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System - McAllen. Dr. Gonzalez is board certified in Psychiatry. He has significant experience working with patients and families in a variety of locations in Texas. Dr. Gonzalez is an active mental health advocate and currently is the President of the South Texas Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association and the President of the Mental Health Coalition for Rio Grande Valley.


Robert Guevara, MD Portrait

Robert Guevara, MD
Faculty

Robert Guevara MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with trainees in inpatient settings. He works at Origins and Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville. Dr. Guevara is the Medical Director at VBMC – B Psychiatry Unit. Dr. Guevara is board certified in Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Addiction and practices in settings where he can provide both primary care and mental health treatment. Previously, he has worked with the homeless and in the VA Health System. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.


Daniel Gutierrez, MD Portrait

Daniel Gutierrez, MD
Faculty

Daniel Gutierrez MD is a Clinical Professor who works with students and residents at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health. He is the TTBH Chief Medical Director. Dr. Gutierrez is board certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior to working in community mental health, he worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in private practice and an inpatient facility in the Valley. Dr. Gutierrez has been involved in clinical educational activities for many years. He participated in the Psychiatric Leadership Development Program sponsored by the National Council and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine from 2008 to 2009.


Ricardo Irizarry, MD Portrait

Ricardo Irizarry, MD
Faculty

Ricardo Irizarry MD MMM is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with trainees at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health. He is the TTBH Medical Director of the Assertive Community Program. Dr. Irizarry is board certified in Psychiatry with additional training in medical management and substance use. Dr. Irizarry works with patients with a wide range of psychopathology and is actively involved with telepsychiatry approaches.


Alejandro Kudisch, MD Portrait

Alejandro Kudisch, MD
Faculty

Alejandro Kudisch MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with students and residents in inpatient settings. He works at Origins and Valley Baptist Medical Center – Brownsville. Dr. Kudisch is the Medical Director at Origins. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction. He has extensive experience treating psychiatric, chemically dependent, and dual diagnosed patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Kudisch holds an appointment on the Health and Human Services Drug Utilization Review Board, and is an expert panelist in psychiatry for the Texas Medical Board. He is a former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health.


David Moron, M.D Portrait

David Moron, M.D
Faculty

David Moron MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with students and residents at Rio Grande State Center. He is the Clinical Director of the facility. Dr. Moron is board certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has significant experience working with the severely mentally ill and is actively involved in quality improvement initiatives.


Victoria Parada, MD Portrait

Victoria Parada, MD
Faculty

Victoria Parada MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor. She works with students and residents on the Valley Baptist Medical Center – Harlingen neurology service. Dr. Parada is the Clinical Director of Neurosciences and the Stroke program. She is a board certified vascular neurologist.

Dr. Parada was instrumental in developing stroke center from a simple unit to a fully realized comprehensive stroke center. She has been active in undergraduate and graduate medical education for many years.


Belinda Reininger, PhD Portrait

Belinda Reininger, PhD
Faculty

Belinda Reininger PhD is a Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science for the University of Texas, School of Public Health Regional Campus at Brownsville. She is the interim Chair of the UTRGV SOM Department of Population Health and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Reininger works with trainees during community research and outreach rotations. Her research focuses on development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions through participatory approaches to improve the health of minority populations. Dr. Reininger is the principal investigator for several projects addressing chronic diseases.


Ramona Rogers, MD Portrait

Ramona Rogers, MD
Faculty

Ramona Rogers MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with students and residents at Rio Grande State Center. She is board certified in Psychiatry. Prior to joining the staff at the state hospital, Dr. Rogers did inpatient work at a private facility. She has been actively involved in medical education for many years. Dr. Rogers is on the board of the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation and involved in state professional educational initiatives.


Michael Salib, MD Portrait

Michael Salib, MD
Faculty

Michael Salib MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with trainees at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System – Harlingen. He is board certified in Psychiatry. Previously, Dr. Salib worked in a variety of locations with diverse patient populations. His clinical interests include substance use and telepsychiatry.


Valerie Terry, PhD Portrait

Valerie Terry, PhD
Faculty

Valerie Terry PhD is a Communication Discipline Coordinator who works with the students, residents and faculty in designing and implementing educational programming. She has a PhD in Communication with expertise in rhetorical communication. Dr. Terry spent eleven months in the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the former Soviet Union, as the 2001-02 Fulbright Scholar in Journalism. Her professional background is in advertising, political campaigning, and issues advocacy. Her primary focus is developing, teaching and evaluating an innovative Communication curriculum in undergraduate and graduate medical education.


Desi Vasquez, PhD Portrait

Desi Vasquez, PhD
Faculty

Desi Vasquez PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is the Chief Psychologist at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System and works with trainees within that system. Dr. Vasquez has clinical and research interests in a variety of areas including trauma, gender issues, and immigration. Dr. Vasquez has significant experience working with patients and families in a variety of settings, including the court system.


Daniel Villarreal, MD Portrait

Daniel Villarreal, MD
Faculty

Daniel Villarreal MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor who works with students and residents at the Rio Grande State Center. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Villarreal also has certification in Adolescent Psychiatry. He has extensive experience working with diverse patient populations in a range of settings.


Jennifer Wood, MD Portrait

Jennifer Wood, MD
Faculty

Jennifer Wood PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor. She is the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System and works with trainees within that system. Dr. Wood also supervises an APA Accredited Psychology Internship Program. Her clinical interests include PTSD, Depression, and Post Deployment Re-adjustment, neuropsychological testing.