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Core Advisors

Core Advisors for Careers in Medicine

Texas A&M College of Medicine Core Advisors for all specialties are available to discuss any questions you may have about a specialty you are interested in or any other specialty you are considering.

The specific duties of a core advisor are:

  • Serve as a resource to answer questions about getting into that specific specialty
  • From M1-M3’s from any campus
  • Most communications will be via email. A phone call or in person visit may be arranged if advisor wishes.
  • Second opinion source for M3’s and M4’s regarding their specialty
  • Field questions from specialty-specific advisors regarding difficult or unusual situations.
  • Some core advisors may elect to serve as specialty specific advisor as well. In about February of year 3, students will be assigned a personal specialty specific advisor based on their specialty of choice.

At any time during medical school, if a student has questions about a specific specialty, questions may be directed to campus Student Affairs Deans or email questions to one of the Core Advisors. The list of Core Advisors’ specialties, names and emails are listed below.

Clint Tippett, MD


Katie Fiala, MD


Scott Wieters, MD

Emergency Medicine

Dorian Drigalla, MD

Trey Hill, MD

ENT, Otolaryngology

David Clark, MD

John Manning, MD

Family Medicine

Rachael Evans, MD

Scott Thomas, MD

General Surgery

Geoffrey Funk, MD

Austin Metting, MD

Internal Medicine

Doug McDonald, MD

Interventional Radiology

Tresa McNeal, MD

Med Peds

Jeff Clark, DO


Jason Huang, MD


L. Gerard Toussaint, MD

Chris Birkholz, MD


Adrianne Browning, MD

Kenneth Lao, MD


Doug Fornfeist, MD


Russell Ward, MD

Joseph Guileyardo, MD

Myron Rosen, MD

Christopher Hovland, MD


James Albers, MD

Physical Medicine/ Rehabilitation

Amy Wilson, MD

Helen Patel, MD

Wendy Czerwinski, MD

Plastic Surgery

Maxanne Flores, MD


Sameer Jhavar, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology

James Schnitker, MD


Anastacio Saenz, MD

Umesh Oza, MD

Patrick Lowry, MD


David Dawson, MD

Vascular Surgery