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Round Rock Regional Campus


The Texas A&M University College of Medicine is a community-based medical school providing clinical training at regional clinical campuses across the state through affiliations with local physicians, clinics, and hospitals.

At the Round Rock clinical campus, clerkship directors supervise the students' clerkships and electives in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery at sites across central Texas. Leading community physicians with a broad range of experience serve as clerkship and elective faculty for these diverse clinical opportunities.

Campus Leadership

Kevin H. Brown, MD, FACOG
Associate Dean of Round Rock Campus
Assistant Dean of Clerkships and Electives
Texas A&M College of Medicine

Dr. Kevin H. Brown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia Honors Program and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Brown is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an ACOG Fellow. Dr. Brown first joined the Texas A&M University College of Medicine as the Round Rock OBGYN Clerkship Director in 2010. He has fulfilled many roles including Executive Clerkship Director and Director of Clinical Skills. He is the Assistant Dean of Clerkships and Electives for the College of Medicine and has served as Associate Dean of the Round Rock campus since April 2020.

Courtney Dodge, MPH, MBA
Assistant Dean
Texas A&M College of Medicine

Courtney Dodge currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Finance & Administration, the Assistant Dean of Graduate & Continuing Medical Education, and as the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for the Texas A&M University College of Medicine.  His duties also include overseeing daily administrative operations and business management processes on the Round Rock campus.  He joined the Health Science Center in February 2010.

Lisa Forrester, MD, PhD, FACP
Assistant Dean Student Affairs
Texas A&M College of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Forrester graduated from Auburn University Montgomery with a BS in Molecular Biology and then attended Texas A&M University where she graduated in 2002 with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. She went to medical school at the University of Alabama Birmingham and then did her residency in Internal Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center, Scott & White. She joined the faculty at the College of Medicine in 2009 where she teaches in the Internal Medicine Clerkship and Residency. She subsequently served as a Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine before joining the Office of Student Affairs in 2019.

Campus Staff

Eva Rivera
Administrative Associate
Phone: 512.341.4922

Sarah Cox-Sanders
Student Services Coordinator
Phone: 512.341.4920


Our clerkship directors and coordinators assure that all of our medical students get the necessary curriculum required, utilizing an ever-expanding number of medical services and facilities in our community.

Emergency Medicine

Roque Ruggero, MD, FAAEM
Clerkship Director

Dr. Roque Ruggero received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1997 and completed his emergency medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he also served as chief resident, in 2000. Ruggero has been a practicing emergency physician with Capitol Emergency Associates staffing St. David's facilities since 2000. He has a special interest in pediatric emergency medicine and has additionally worked at St. David's NAMC Children's ED since it opened in December 2014. He is a member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the Texas Medical Association, and the Travis County Medical Society. Ruggero is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

In addition to his work as the director of the Emergency Medicine clerkship, he is also the Round Rock director for Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulations. He strongly believes in the team model of delivery of healthcare for optimum patient outcomes. In addition to his interest, Ruggero is actively involved in the integration of bedside ultrasound into the medical curriculum. He has a strong interest in wilderness medicine and is the director of a wilderness medicine elective. Ruggero also participates in global health projects including Project SEMILLA in Nicaragua that strives to improve emergency healthcare capacity through education partnerships with local healthcare groups. Ruggero enjoys being a part of the Lake Travis Learning Community student group. He also participates in the clinical orientations incoming students receive at our Round Rock campus.

Family Medicine


Internal Medicine

Robyn R. Fader, MD, FHM
Electives Director

Obstetrics & Gynecology



Renee Higgerson, MD, FAAP

Dr. Renee Higgerson graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1989 and completed her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.  She has practiced Pediatric Critical Care Medicine for almost 30 years. She has been in Austin for the last 22 years, and is currently the Medical Director of the PICU at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Higgerson has had a special interest in clinical research and has collaborated on many projects with the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) Network. She has published scholarly articles on diverse topics including venous thrombosis, resident training, consent procedures, fluid management, and ventilator associated infections.  When not working, Dr. Higgerson enjoys family time with her six children, grandson, and extended family.  She and her husband also like to travel, especially to MLB stadiums to watch the Astros play. She is also involved in several local charities, including Sammy’s House, a daycare center for medically fragile children.

Throughout her career, Dr. Higgerson has enjoyed teaching and mentoring residents, medical students and nurses. She has served on the faculty of multiple medical schools and at the University of Texas College of Nursing before becoming an Aggie and joining the faculty at the Round Rock Medical Campus.  She is now the clerkship director for the Pediatric Clerkship hosted at St. David’s Children’s Hospital (SDCH) at North Austin Medical Center.  The clerkship includes inpatient Pediatric Medical/Surgical ward, Newborn Nursery, outpatient clinic and Pediatric Emergency Department experiences.  Additionally, there are electives in NICU, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Rheumatology and Pediatric Acting Internship opportunities at SDCH and associated clinics. 




Rodney Lewis, MD
Electives Director

Dr. Rodney Lewis graduated with honors from the University of Texas, Arlington and went to medical school at the University of Texas, Southwestern, in Dallas. He did his surgical residency and training at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas. Lewis is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Texas Medical Association. Lewis began practice in the Round Rock area in 2000.

For more information about the surgery clerkship, contact Clerkship Coordinator Erin Stavinoha: or 512.341.4919


Austin State Hospital

In 1856, the Texas Legislature established the Texas State Lunatic Asylum marking a major step in treatment of persons with mental illnesses by the state. Construction began in 1857 and by the 1950's, the facility housed almost 3,500 patients. As community treatment grew, the patient population decreased and the length of the day was shortened. Today, Austin State Hospital (ASH) serves and average of 292 patients on a daily basis, and averages over 4,000 admissions a year. The average length of stay at the hospital is about 18 days. The focus of treatment is generally stabilization of acute symptoms and return to the community for continued outpatient services. ASH serves a 38-county region of Texas, stretching from the Waco area to Galveston on the Gulf Coast. Child/adolescent services are provided to an additional 31 counties in Central and East Texas. Admission to the hospital requires that a person be a danger to themselves or others in the community due to a primary mental illness. Patients are screened by their local mental health centers prior to being admitted to the hospital.

Baylor Scott & Health-Round Rock

Baylor Scott & White Health-Round Rock is a 68-acre property with a full service hospital and specialty clinic. The hospital and clinic feature full integration with Scott & White's main facility in Temple. The campus offers more than 24 specialty services for adults and children and includes a 101-bed hospital. Located off I-35 and FM 1431, Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock is in the crucial hub of the Austin/Round Rock metropolitan area. The Scott & White-Round Rock region also includes nine primary care regional clinics that provide an integrated model of healthcare for Williamson and Travis counties. The regional clinics are located in Taylor, Pflugerville, Hutto, Cedar Park, Cedar Park West, Georgetown Sun City, Georgetown Town Central, Wells Branch and Burnet. Scott & White Healthcare-Round Rock is part of the Scott & White Healthcare system, the largest multi-specialty practice in Texas.

Bluebonnet Trails Mental Health Mental Retardation Center

Bluebonnet Trails Community Mental Health Mental Retardation Center was formed in 1996 through an agreement between the counties of Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee and Williamson. In 2000, Gonzales and Guadalupe counties joined the center. Today, the center has been renamed to Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and serves as the local mental health and mental retardation authority in eight counties with a population density of over 696,000 persons and a land mass of approximately 6,910 square miles. Services are provided to: adults with serious mental illness and chemical dependency; children and adolescents with serious mental illness or emotional disorders, chemical dependency, autism or pervasive developmental disorders; persons with mental retardation; and infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Additionally, the center operates as the outreach, screening, assessment and referral (OSAR) entity in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Region 7. As the OSAR, the Center serves 24 counties in Central Texas to support prevention services and provide access to treatment for persons with chemical dependency. The center also contracts with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to provide early childhood intervention services to children up to age 3, and families who have developmental problems.

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opened in December 2007, a joint venture between Community Health Systems and Seton Family of Hospitals. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is located in the Texas Hill Country, 17 miles northwest of Austin and less than three hours from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. This 93-bed facility, with capacity for expanding to 150 beds, is dedicated to delivering exceptional healthcare with advanced technology and compassionate physicians and staff. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center offers a hospital, physician offices, labs and diagnostic services all in one location. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility that provides full-service acute care and comprehensive inpatient/outpatient services. New services include Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery, de Vinci Robotic Technology, Occupational Medicine Clinic, Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and a Sleep Medicine Center. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is committed to making Cedar Park healthier in more ways than one.

Lone Star Circle of Care

Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) is committed to the energetic and steadfast pursuit of quality, accessible and sustainable primary healthcare for Central Texas residents, focusing on the uninsured and underserved. LSCC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and a federally qualified community health center operating 10 community clinics for the uninsured and underinsured in Central Texas. LSCC offers a range of services, including primary care for adults and children; complete OB-GYN care, including labor and delivery; integrated behavioral health services, including psychiatry and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and children; general dentistry for adults and children; and pharmacy services with substantially discounted medications. In 2008, the clinics provided more than 96,000 patient visits to 33,000 of the area's most vulnerable residents.

St. David's Georgetown Hospital

St. David's Georgetown Hospital has a 60-year history as a community healthcare resource in Williamson County. A comprehensive healthcare provider, St. David's Georgetown Hospital includes an accredited full-service 98-bed hospital with an intensive care unit, a 24-hour major and minor emergency department staffed with emergency medicine and specially trained emergency physicians, inpatient and outpatient surgery, acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy, and a state-of-the-art pulmonary program. St. David's Georgetown Hospital takes pride in its medical staff, employees and volunteers who are dedicated to providing innovative services using advanced medical technology and equipment. St. David's Georgetown Hospital offers comprehensive healthcare services, including exceptional programs for maternity & newborn care, emergency care, joint replacement surgery, cancer care, and rehabilitation services.

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center

St. David's Round Rock Medical Center provides comprehensive health services to residents of Williamson and surrounding counties. As a leader in the region, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center provides leading-edge care in cardiac services, emergency & trauma, surgical services, orthopedics & joint replacement, St. David's Neuroscience & Spine Institute and rehabilitation. With 173 beds, the hospital's most recent $100 million expansion included a three-story tower housing a larger intensive care unit (ICU) and additional surgical suites that include dedicated open heart surgical suites. The expansion also included the opening of the Heart and Vascular Institute with advanced high-tech and digitized technology available to the community. With over 950 physicians, representing every specialty, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center is committed to the health and well being of the community.

St. David's North Austin Medical Center

St. David's North Austin Medical Center combines convenience with leading-edge healthcare services. Located at Parmer Lane and Mopac Expressway, the facility has provided comprehensive medical services since 1995. The campus is home to the St. David's Women's Center of Texas (includes a Level III NICU), Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, Certified Stroke Center and rehabilitation services, and Kidney Transplant Center. The mission of St. David's is to provide exceptional care to every patient every day with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

St. David's Medical Center

Since 1924, St. David's Medical Center has provided quality medical care to the residents of Central Texas. Located within minutes of downtown Austin, St. David's Medical Center includes a 347-bed, acute care hospital, and a dedicated 64-bed Rehabilitation Hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David's Medical Center provides leading-edge services in women's health, neurosciences, oncology, cardiac care, surgical services, orthopedics and rehabilitation. It is home to the renowned NeuroTexas Institute, (including the TIA Center for Stroke Prevention and designation as a Primary Stroke Center); the acclaimed Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute; high-level women's services with Level I, II and III nurseries; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; the Breast Center; orthopedic services; and a 24-hour emergency department. St. David's Medical Centerwas named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals®by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

Texas Star Recovery

Texas Star Recovery is located on the campus of the Texas NeuroRehab Center and provides hope for adults who are chemically dependent. In a park like setting, Texas Star Recovery provides access to a low impact ROPES course, physical and occupational therapy, a gymnasium and beautiful walkways. Texas Star Recovery's services include acute detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, residential programs and outpatient programs. Texas Star Recovery is staffed by experienced professionals and supportive volunteers who develop personalized treatment plans that teach the steps needed for health living. Texas Star Recovery is committed to provide the best environment for patients.