Rashmee Patil, MD
CEO and Principal Investigator
Specialty: Hepatology, Internal Medicine
- Principal Investigator for over 100 research studies in the areas of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Founder of South Texas Research Institute, the premier clinical research site network of the Rio Grande Valley
- Director of the Hepatology Department at DHR Liver & Transplant Institute
Madhavi Rudraraju, MD
San Antonio, TX
Specialties: Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology
Education: Andhra Medical College, 2001
Residency: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2006
Transplant Hepatology at Mayo Clinic – Arizona, 2007
Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, 2010
Practicing Since: 2010
Certifications/Publications: Over 6 original publications in peer-reviewed journals and 4 publications worldwide. 3 board certifications, and over 2 years of research support in the areas of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
Provider Background: Dr. Rudraraju is a board certified hepatologist with over 12 years of practice. Throughout her career she has had tremendous positions, including:
Medical Director of Methodist Liver Disease and Transplant Program VNOS Director
Medical Executive Committee as Chief of Transplant service line
Clinical Review Committee
Physician Advisory Committee
Active member of American Medical Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).
Dr. Rudraraju has been with Pinnacle since 2020 and has formed a multitude of relationships with San Antonio’s physicians and experts to raise awareness of liver disease and find a treatment for the patients that need it most.
Carlos Duncker, MD, PhD
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Certifications/publications: Has authored over 170 medical publications and over 20 years of clinical research support in multiple therapeutic areas. He is a founding member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and was a Reviewer for the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging for 12 years, as well as Professor of Medicine and Radiology for over 10 years
- Global Director of Medical Affairs at Perspectum Ltd.
- Manager of Hepatology Research at the Texas Digestive Disease Consultants
- Senior Researcher at National Institutes of Health Research System
- Head Molecular Nuclear Medicine for the Children’s Hospital of Mexico
Jacques Benun, MD
Austin & Georgetown, TX
Specialty: Pediatrics, Research
Education: Central University of Venezuela, 1992
Residency: Boston University School of Medicine, 1995
Chief Residency: Boston University School of Medicine, 1996
- A professor in Pediatrics at Alpert Medical School of Brown University
- Clinical Associate Professor of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas in Austin
- Research supporter in the Pfizer COVID vaccine study in children 5-11 years’ old
Heather Delaney, MD
Dimple Patel Desai, MD
- Expertise in obesity medicine, integrative medicine, and behavioral health
- Award-winning author of “The Lambda Factor”
David Ramirez Jr., DO
Mary Margaret Ara, MD
Lauren Jones, MPAS, PA-C
San Antonio, TX
Master of Physician Assistant Studies at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Shalene Thomas, MPAS, PA-C
San Antonio, TX
MPAS at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio.
Ana Diaz, MPAS, PA-C
San Antonio, TX
Education: BBA Finance at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
MPAS at the University of Texas Health San Antonio
Background: Ana comes from a family medicine and research background. She has previously worked for the Alliance for Health Policy in Washington, DC, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and UT Health San Antonio Community Pediatrics. She is NCCPA certified and a bilingual spanish speaker.
Provider Quote: Striving to empower patients to live a healthier life and acquire knowledge to better manage their health conditions.
Travis Kenney, FNP-C
Education: Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, Texas
Background: From the hometown of Arlington, Texas, Travis previously worked as an ED RN and as a NP in outpatient neurology.
Provider Quote: To educate patients and to help patients achieve their health goals.
Nirupama Esther Jerome,
Education: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Purdue university, West Lafayette, Indiana
Background: From her hometown in India, Esther is multi-lingual to include: english, telugu and tamil. She comes from a previous background in internal medicine, hospitalist, orthopedic surgery, cardiology, and cardio thoracic surgery.
- Certificate in post-graduate cardiothoracic nursing and operation theatre technique and management
- Member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, The Association of Clinical Research Professionals, Austin Advanced Practice Nurses, and Texas DNP
Provider Quote: To provide patient-centered care with excellence so patients are empowered and motivated to achieve their health care goals.
Education: BS Family Studies and Human Development at University of Arizona
MSN at University of Texas at Austin
Provider Quote: I strive to build collaborative relationships with patients by using shared decision-making to help them achieve their health goals.
Background: Jennie comes with a previous background in endocrinology, clinical and academic research, and primary care. Jennie is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Texas Nurses Association, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Austin APNs. Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, baking, knitting, and tending to her plants. She also loves to spend time with her husband and their pets, a Vizsla and an orange tabby cat.
South San Antonio, TX
Master’s of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at El Paso.
Provider Quote: It gives me great joy and satisfaction when I make the health of my patients their wealth by improving their therapeutic outcomes through my guidance from evidence-based practice in research.