Meet the Faculty
The program has well-known and outstanding faculty members who have served and are serving in numerous leadership positions at the local, state, regional and national levels. Three faculty members have served as presidents of the local (MHIMA) and the state professional organization (THIMA). Faculty members have contributed to the knowledge of the field, with chapters in textbooks, editing textbooks, articles in professional journals, editorship of the state Legal Handbook, and are often invited to speak at national and regional conferences.
Beth Bowman, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, professor emeritus, has been on the faculty since 1974 and retired June 2014. She is on post-retirement contract for the next several years. She is a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as well as past Chair of the AHIMA Assembly on Education. Bowman participated on a national curriculum group to develop model curricula for HIA and HIT programs. She is past chair of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Professional Development Committee and is a past-chair and commissioner of CAHIIM, the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education, which accredits HIM programs. Bowman also has served as President of the UT Health Science Center Faculty Senate as well as the Tennessee Health Information Management Association. Bowman is a recipient of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association’s Distinguished Member Award. Bowman has received the UTHSC Chancellor’s Distinguished Educator Award, the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, the THIMA Educator/Mentor Award and the AHIMA Educators Award. She is an AHIMA certified ICD-10 Trainer. She received the UT Public Service Award in 2014.
Dr. Sajeesh Kumar
Sajeesh Kumar KR, PhD., Associate Professor, joined the faculty in 2012 and brings a great research focus to the department. Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on design and development of telemedicine technology, healthcare delivery and health informatics technology evaluation. Dr. Kumar has travelled to more than 25 countries and has extensive international experience in healthcare, education and research works. Prior to coming to UTHSC in Memphis, Dr. Kumar was involved in healthcare activities in Pittsburgh-USA, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates and India. He has won several research awards, edited several books on telemedicine, book chapters and scientific papers in high impact journals. Dr. Kumar holds an impressive record of competitive research funding and research awards. He currently serves as a reviewer for Perspectives in Health Information Management.
Dr. Marcia Sharp
Marcia Sharp, EdD, MBA, RHIA is an associate professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She holds a doctoral degree in Higher and Adult Education, master’s degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Information Management program. She also serves as the program director for the post-graduate program in Health Informatics and Information Management.
Sharp has taught HIM students in finance and budgeting, personnel administration, statistics and leadership. She has a rich career as a Health Information Management and in Human Resource Management professional where she has held various leadership roles as a director and supervisor. She is an active member of MHIMA, THIMA, and AHIMA. She is currently a Tennessee delegate to the AHIMA House of Delegates. She is a member of the THIMA Program Committee where she lends her expertise to developing continuing education and programming to meet member needs. She is a past member of the THIMA Nominating Committee. She is a member of the AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education’s Faculty Development committee. Her research interests include faculty development, critical thinking, and information and technology fluency. She is also a board member of the JC Runyon Foundation. She has served as the treasurer of the Memphis Health Information Management Association and on the program committee. She served as president of the Allied Health Faculty Organization for the College.
Mary (Mamel) McCain, MPA, RHIA
Mamel served as department chair from 1973 until her retirement in 2008. She is the recipient of three national awards. The first was the 2009 AHIMA Champion Award which recognizes her years of service to the UT HIIM department and the profession. She won the AHIMA Educator-Practitioner Collaboration Award in 1994. MHIMA has recognized her contribution through the Mamel McCain Leadership Academy which was established in her honor to bring outstanding management speakers to MHIMA and the UT educational program. She received the AHIMA Legacy Award in 2010 as co-editor of the AHIMA publication, Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management, which was the first law book in the HIM field edited by HIM professionals for this accomplishment. She was also co-editor of the state THIMA Legal Handbook for ten years.
Dr. Rebecca Reynolds
Rebecca Reynolds, Ed.D. RHIA, FAHIMA, Professor and Chair, is a past president of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association and has served on workgroups for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as well as on the AHIMA Nominating Committee. She has served on the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Council on Excellence in Education. She joined the faculty in 2002 and is also privacy coordinator for the campus. She serves as editor for the THIMA Legal Handbook and also as a co-editor of the AHIMA publication Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management. Reynolds is a recipient of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association’s Distinguished Member Award. Reynolds is well known for expertise in legal and documentation issues through teaching numerous HIPAA, legal, and documentation workshops. She is the editor for the journal EducationalPerspectives in Health Information Management.
Shakita Conklin, BSBA
Shakita Conklin is the Academic Support Coordinator I for the department. Shakita is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management in 2011. Currently she is a graduate student at the University of Memphis pursuing a Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies degree with concentration in Higher Education Administration & Curriculum Leadership. She has been with The University of Tennessee for 5 years. Shakita began employment at UTHSC as a Security Officer with the UTHSC Campus Police Department in Oct of 2008. In Oct of 2012 she was promoted to Administrative Aide in the Department of Dental Hygiene. Shakita joined the Health informatics and Information Management department in 2013.
The program employs several adjunct faculty members who are subject-matter experts. These professionals maintain full-time employment in the healthcare industry and have been long-time instructors in the program. The expertise that they each bring to the classroom is invaluable to the students.
Ian Brooks, PhD
Ian Brooks is an adjunct instructor and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Office of the Office of Biomedical Informatics at UTHSC. He has a doctoral degree in molecular genetics. Dr. Brooks and his team have developed a suite of powerful informatics tools for UTHSC faculty projects. These informatics tools for clinical trials and patient registries can interface with data warehouses and feature customizable tools for highly detailed reporting and visual analytics. Dr. Brooks and his group were Laureates of the 25th Annual Computerworld Awards and collaborate actively with multiple research groups at UTHSC and its hospital partners. He teaches the MHIM 608 Knowledge Management course.
Stacy Dorris, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ
Stacy Dorris has been an adjunct member of the UTHSC HIIM faculty since 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ole Miss, a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) from UTHSC, and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Memphis. She has been employed by Qsource, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for TN since 1999. Her current job responsibilities primarily surround assisting TN hospitals with collection, submission, and QI efforts related to the JC/CMS core measures for inpatients and outpatients. She also serves as a Malcolm Baldrige Examiner for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) and an ISO Internal Auditor for Qsource. She is a past-president of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association and a delegate to the American Health Information Management Association. She teaches the quality courses MHIM 523 and MHIM 601.
Seth Johnson, MBA, RHIA
Seth Johnson is a new adjunct faculty member of the UTHSC faculty. He has Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) from UTHSC, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Milligan College. Seth started his career in the Emergency Department over 10 years ago. Since then, he has managed Operations of a multi-facility HIM Department, and served as Privacy Officer and Assistant Director of the HIM department of a level 1 trauma center. Seth moved into information technology to serve as Director of IT Project Management. While in this role, he managed a multi-million dollar McKesson Horizon implementation and successfully attested for Stage 1 Meaningful Use for 7 hospitals. He now serves a dual role as Director of Information Technology leading the Project Management Office and the IS Operations Department for Wellmont Health Systems in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Seth is a past-president of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association and a delegate to the American Health Information Management Association. He also served as President of the Upper East HIMA of THIMA. He teaches the MHIM 541 Information Technology course.
Amanda King, MHIIM, RHIA, CPEHR, CPHIT
Amanda King is the Manager of the Direct Project for Tennessee's Regional Extension Center (tnREC) a division of Qsource, where she provides support to provider groups regarding HIT adoption, continuous quality improvement efforts, and effective uses of data through onsite visits. She received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1999, bachelor's degree in Health Information Management from UTHSC is 2004, and her master's degree in Health Informatics and Information Management from UTHSC in 2009. Amanda is past chair for the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management for AHIMA as well as past-president for TN Health Information Management Association (THIMA). She was the THIMA Meritorious Service Award recipient in 2011, THIMA Achievement Award recipient in 2008, and the AHIMA Rising Star Triumph Award recipient in 2007. She has been an adjunct faculty member at UT HIIM since 2011. She teaches the MHIM 605 Healthcare Systems course.
Richard Warren, MHA, MT (ASCP)SH, DLM
Richard Warren has been an adjunct member of the UTHSC HIIM faculty since 2007. He has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Mississippi State University, a Master of Health Administration from the University of Memphis. In addition, Richard is licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Medical Laboratory Supervisor and holds certifications from the American Society of Clinical Pathology as a Medical Technologist, Specialist in Hematology, and as a Diplomat in Laboratory Management. Richard has 26 years of total medical laboratory experience including 18 years of management experience. He has been employed by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as Administrative Director, Pathology since 2001. He is responsible for operations, regulatory compliance, quality management and managing the fiscal and human resource needs of the Pathology Department which has 215 FTEs and an operating budget of $36,000,000.
For the best first-hand knowledge about the field, one should contact local health information professionals and visit their departments. For the name of a contact person in your area, or if you would like a visit and campus tour, please contact the Chair:
Department of Health Informatics and Information Management
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Health Informatics and Information Management
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6486