Our Team

The PBRN Resource Center provides PBRN infrastructure development, training, research development and consultation to investigators and PBRN community members. The Resource Center is led by Sandra Burge, PhD.


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Sandra K. Burge, Ph.D. is the Director of The PBRN Resource Center and also serves as the Director of the Residency Research Network.  Dr. Burge is a social scientist and professor with tenure in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. For more than 20 years, Dr. Burge has taught behavioral science to family medicine residents, focusing on doctor-patient communication, health behavior change, and community-oriented health promotion. The  Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT)is a group of ten family medicine residency programs located in nine cities, including two on the Texas-Mexico border.


Team Members

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Walter L. Calmbach, M.D., MPH is a professor in the Dept. of Family & Community Medicine at UTHSCSA. He is the founder and director of the South Texas Ambulatory Research Network (STARNet), and is actively involved in local and national research projects with this research network. He currently serves as chair of the steering cmte of the Federation of Practice Based Research Networks, a national organization representing PBRN's around the country. Dr. Calmbach also directs the Primary Care Research Methods & Statistics Conference, a meeting funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) aimed at presenting new and emerging methods of primary care research. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, and his primary clinical interest is in primary care sports medicine. His primary research interests include physical activity promotion and methods related to practice-based research networks.



Dr. Robert Ferrer

Robert Ferrer, MD, MPH  serves as the  Director of the Community Engagement Function within the Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science.  Dr. Ferrer  is Professor and Deputy Chair for Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has experience in health services research related to primary care quality improvement and care redesign.  In 2002, he was the recipient of a Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Since 2005, he has co-directed a practice-based research network that includes six community health centers.  He has also worked on the evaluation team for the American Academy of Family Physician’s National Demonstration Project on patient-centered medical homes.  He is currently on the leadership team for two local PCMH implementation projects.


Cervando Martinez, MD is the director of the Psychiatry PBRN in addition to being a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Practice at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has an interest in the treatment of chronic and severe mental disorders in the community. Dr. Martinez was part of the team that developed the Regional Academic Health Center of UTHSCSA.                                                        martinez@uthscsa.edu

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Rahma Mungia, BDS, MSc, DDPHRCS

Rahma Mungia, is co-director of the South Texas Oral Health Network, as well as Clinical Coordinator for the South Central Area Health Education Center and Assistant Professor in the UTHSCSA Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She oversees all STOHN research and infrastructure activities. Her primary interest is in dental public health, especially tobacco cessation. She has also completed research on the effects of lead exposure in young children. Rahma is married with two children and enjoys living in the country.


Elisabeth De La Rosa, MS - Community Engagement Coordinator serves as the point of contact for the IIMS Community Engagement Team. She works with the Community Engagement Team leaders to develop and implement programs that facilitate the continuation and formation of community and academic research partnerships. For almost 15 years, she has coordinated different projects and research studies within the UT System. She has been a part of the IIMS Community Engagement Team since 2009 and has worked alongside various partners to help develop, implement, and evaluate various projects that address community health concerns including diabetes, environmental health, teen pregnancy, and suicide. Ms. De la Rosa received her Masters of Science in Sociology from UTSA in 2006. She believes that it is important to work shoulder-to-shoulder with community members on projects that address health concerns that matter to them.

210-562-4087                                                                                                             Delarosae@uthscsa.edu


Jennifer Daniels, BA - Network Coordinator facilitates the South Texas Psychiatry Network and the Residency Research Network of Texas (RRNeT). She maintains close communication and relationships with network members, providers and advisory boards to provide them with education and training; research ad technical support; and communication and dissemination assistance on their various research projects. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Women's Studies. She has been involved with healthcare, both in private practices and insurance companies. She is interested in research that relates to family violence, substance abuse, mental health, and sociological factors that affect underserved populations.

210-562-5653                                                                                           danielsj4@uthscsa.edu