Helene J. Krouse, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean, Interprofessional Education
Phone: (956) 296-1615
Dr. Helene Krouse, PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor and serves as the Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education (IPE). Dr. Krouse oversees the development and implementation of IPE programs throughout the School of Medicine and the UTRGV Division of Health Affairs, a paradigm which will evolve to ever-increasing importance in the future of our medical school and university.
Dr. Krouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a board-certified adult nurse practitioner and a certified otorhinolaryngology nurse. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology from Boston College in Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Nursing—Family Nurse Adult Practitioner Track, from the University of Rochester in New York.
Naomi D'Acolatse, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Family and Community Medicine
EMEBL 3.143 (Edinburg)
Phone: (956) 296-1923 Dr. Naomi D'Acolatse received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to entering medical school, she earned a Masters in Public Health with emphasis on Health Education and Disease Prevention. She then earned her medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan where she was elected as a member of The Gold Humanism Honor Society for her leadership and compassion in medicine. Dr. D'Acolatse completed a family medicine residency with a Global Health concentration at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. D'Acolatse joined the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine initially as a Family Medicine residency faculty member and is now serving as Interim Associate Dean of Educational Affairs.
Dr. D'Acolatse is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a long-standing passion and commitment to the care of underserved populations, reducing health disparities, and global health.
Lori Berry, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs, Clerkship
Phone: (956) 296-1960 Dr. Curtis L. Galke received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Scott Air Force Base in O’Fallon, IL. During his residency he was elected as Chief Resident and also completed additional training in Flight Medicine. After his residency, Dr. Galke served as a Family Physician and Flight Surgeon at Howard Air Force Base in the Republic of Panama. Dr. Galke has been a part owner of a multi-specialty practice and worked as an Emergency Physician. Dr. Galke also worked as a physician for the US State Department where he served the diplomatic corps in Mexico City and Panama City. He had a weekly 30-minute television program on the ABC network in southeast Idaho on which he would answer medical questions live on the air. Dr. Galke jointed UTRGV-DHR Family Medicine Residency as an Associate Professor and is currently serving as the Program Director.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Galke likes to spend time with his family, working in his yard and traveling. He is fluent in Spanish.
Beatriz Tapia, M.D., Ed.D., M.P.H, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen, Texas. 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 occupational health and environmental medicine, health disparities and health inequality at the JHSPH. Dr. Tapia is also a recent graduate of a Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Science Education from the University of Houston.
Since her appointment as assistant dean in 2015, Dr. Tapia has led the planning of over 120 faculty development series and workshops for UME and GME. Dr. Tapia is also a founding member for the Texas Consortium for Faculty Success (TCFS) established in 2016. The TCFS is a professional community of faculty and administrative leaders responsible for faculty affairs and faculty development in Texas' academic health institutions.
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, faculty development and medical education research.