UTHSC Spotlight


Student Spotlight: Mariah Kimes Morphs Personal Obstacles Into Health Care Passion


As a health care professional, helping others overcome illnesses and personal obstacles is an expected behavior. However, when you are the health care professional who can relate to the obstacles being presented, you instantly become part of a special collective. Mariah Kimes, second-year medical laboratory sciences (MLS) student is a… Read More


Student Spotlight: Stephen Atkinson Discovers Love of Nursing After Basketball Hiatus


In his first year of school at Marshall County High in Benton, Kentucky, second-year nursing student Stephen Atkinson was involved in an ATV accident, which sparked his interest in the nursing profession. He was a prominent basketball player at and had just received a college scholarship. “I broke my knee… Read More


Med Student Learns About Surgery in Space

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Shea Harrison, a fourth-year College of Medicine student at UT Health Science Center, can offer an interesting perspective on her chosen field. Through a research effort spearheaded by George Pantalos, PhD, a professor of surgery and bioengineering at the University of Louisville, Harrison is learning about surgery during space missions.… Read More


Student Spotlight: Bonnie Barnes Capitalizes On Love of Medicine Through Board of Trustees Involvement


When Bonnie Barnes – then Bonnie Lynch – was accepted to medical school, she knew it would be a great experience. But besides earning her MD, she also had the opportunity to serve as a student representative on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. Both her father, Bruce Lynch,… Read More


Student Spotlight: Charles Walker Brings Social Justice to the Forefront of Nursing


Previous: Bonnie Barnes Capitalizes On Love of Medicine Through Board of Trustees Involvement “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The above definitely reflects Charles Walker. Since graduating from the newly revived Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at UTHSC last December, Walker is showing no… Read More


Student Spotlight: Shelly Gareiss Finds Dentistry the Perfect Combination of Science and Art


Previous: Charles Walker Brings Social Justice to the Forefront of Nursing Shelly Gareiss decided to be a dentist while taking an undergraduate class in – of all things – metalsmithing. It was a fine arts class, associated with jewelry and silverware. Gareiss quickly noticed, however, that a quarter of her classmates… Read More


Student Nick Saites Honored for Exceptional Community Service


For as long as he can remember, UTHSC student Louis “Nick” Saites has had a love for science, research and public service. Now, he is in a position that marries all three, and he’s being honored for pursuing those passions. Involved in many service-oriented organizations, Saites was recently awarded the… Read More


Going Public: UTHSC Nurse Takes Helm of Shelby County Health Department

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Last year, the Shelby County Health Department was looking for a director who embodied a passion for public health, a commitment to innovation, a taste for change and well honed leadership skills to do the job. The county got that in January when Alisa Haushalter, DNP, began her new job… Read More