About the Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is concerned with the overall growth, development, and graduation of medical students. Thus, the goal of our office is to serve students through a wide range of nonacademic activities and programs, including career counseling, residency placement, graduation activities, and much, much more.

Associate Dean

Owen P. Phillips, M.D.
Email: ophillip@uthsc.edu


Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

George Maish, MD

George Maish, MD
Email: gmaish@uthsc.edu

Dr. Maish is a native of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. from Penn State University and his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He, then completed a general surgery residency at Penn State Hershey prior to completing a surgical critical care fellowship at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and The Regional Medical Center. He was in practice for two years in the division of trauma surgery at Penn State Hershey before returning to The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2005.

Dr. Maish is an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in addition to being a faculty member in the division of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care in the Department of Surgery. He is, also, the Clinical Director of Interprofessional Education and Clinical Simulation, associate clerkship director for surgery, and the associate program director for the general surgery residency program.


Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Renate Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Renate Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Email: rrosenth@uthsc.edu

Dr. Rosenthal was born in Germany. She received her Ph.D. in clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona. She is the course director for Psychopathology (M-2 year) and also directs the Psychiatry Core Clerkship. She chairs the Professionalism committee and, in that role, is involved at all levels of medical student education. She also is faculty advisor to the student literary journal "Janus." She and her husband love the outdoors, and travels to music festivals and unusual destinations. In her spare time, she volunteers for an organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of giant breed guardian dogs.


Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Catherine Womack, MD

Catherine Womack, MD
Email: cwomack@uthsc.edu

Dr Catherine Womack is an Internist who has been working at the University of Tennessee's Health Science Center for the last 15 years. She has been involved in teaching students and residents the practice of Internal Medicine in the inpatient and outpatient setting during her tenure here. In her role as the Co-Chief of the General Internal Medicine division, she has worked with her partners to create a thriving private practice which allows multiple opportunities for learning for Medicine residents, Med-Peds residents and medical students. She is also involved in Graduate Medical Education as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine training program at UTHSC as well as the Site Director for the Medicine Training Program at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. She works in the Department of Preventive Medicine on several NIH funded clinical trials and understands the complexity of balancing teaching/research and clinical care.


Counselor Minority Student Affairs

Gerald Presbury, M.D.
Email: gpresbury@uthsc.edu


Assistant Dean, Admissions

Nelson Strother

Nelson Strother
Email: nstrother@uthsc.edu

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Strother grew up in Virginia. He attended East Carolina University earning a BA with a double major in philosophy and psychology. After completing an MA in philosophy at Memphis State University in 1978, Mr. Strother began working with TRIO programs at the Girls Club of Memphis and subsequently became Coordinator of Admissions at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.

Mr. Strother came to UT in 1985 and has worked in both the College of Medicine Admissions Office and the University Admissions Office.


Program Coordinator

Deborah D. Hester
Email: dhester@uthsc.edu


Sr. Administrative Services Assistant

LaPorsha Gibbs
Email: lgibbs2@uthsc.edu

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Contact Us

Office of Student Affairs

910 Madison Ave, #1043
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5684
Fax: (901) 448-7085

Associate Dean

Owen P. Phillips, M.D.

Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.