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Department of Humanities in Medicine

About the Department of Humanities in Medicine

The Department of Humanities in Medicine, founded at the inception of the college, is a charter department in the School of Medicine.

Mission: To infuse medical education with, and engage in scholarly activity around, humanities, the arts, ethics, leadership, altruism to provide excellent, holistic, and patient-centered care for the people in Texas and beyond while instilling our learners with the core values of Texas A&M University.

Vision: Keeping Medicine Human - Equip learners in medicine with the ability to effectively address quality of care, patient access, health disparities, and never overlook that patients, caregivers, and physicians are human beings.

In the process, we will enhance/instill respect for history, traditions and diverse heritage of our patients and fellow professionals. We will do this by focusing on these core set of attributes:

  • Ethics
  • Altruism
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Caring
  • Compassion
  • Communication
  • Excellence in Scholarship
  • Respect


Patricia Watson, MD Patricia Watson, MD
Department Head, Department of Humanities in Medicine
Dr. Mark Sicilio, MD Mark Sicilio, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Craig Borchardt, PhD Craig Borchardt, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dr. Rania Cannaday, MD Rania Cannaday, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Michael Dewsnap, PhD

Michael Dewsnap, PhD
Instructional Assistant Professor

Dr. Nancy W. Dickey, MD 

Nancy W. Dickey, MD
Joint Professor

Dr. Heidy B. Frias Ferreira, MD Heidy B. Frias Ferreira, MD
Instructional Assistant Professor
Dr. Barbara Gastel, MD Barbara Gastel, MD
Dr. Marcy Halterman-Cox, MPH, JD, DC Marcy Halterman-Cox, MPH, JD, DC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Dianne Kraft, PhD  Dianne Kraft, PhD
Instructional Assistant Professor
Dr. Susan Rudd Bailey, MD  Susan Rudd Bailey, MD
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Fabiola Saldivar, MD  Fabiola Saldivar, MD
Instructional Assistant Professor
 Dr. Michael Schwartz, MD Michael Schwartz, MD
Joint Professor
 Dr. Karen Wakefield, PhD, RN Karen Wakefield, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor