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image of Aaron DavisAaron Davis
School of Health Professions

2016 Graduate: Master of Science in Healthcare Administration


What is your hometown?

Lubbock, Texas

Where did you complete your undergraduate education?

Texas Tech University ­Rawls College of Business ­ Bachelor of Business Administration, Management

Why did you choose to attend TTUHSC?

The program was cost effective, easy to incorporate into my busy work schedule and provided health care related coursework.

Furthermore, since I already had the business background, I wanted to specialize in a field versus incorporating a similar program like an MBA.

Where do you currently work?

I currently work at UMC Health System (UMC) as the director of Service Development and Regional Outreach.

What do you enjoy most about your job/area of interest?

The patient experience is infused into every aspect of care. As a result, my position allows me to engage with staff throughout the organization to improve workflows, quality outcomes and best practices.

The position also allows me to speak directly with our customers, whether through advisory councils or one-on-one conversations; I¹m able to see firsthand the effectiveness of our Service Is Our Passion culture.

What drew you to your current specialty?

The professional specialty truly evolved over time. I have worked at UMC for nine years, serving in four separate positions along my journey. Every position had some form of patient engagement or interaction. That background coupled with my desire to improve processes led to my current position. Ultimately, this was possible since I work for an organization that recognizes employees, promotes from within and provides leadership training.

Was there a particular professor who influenced you?

Sharon Hunt, MBA, (assistant professor and Executive in Residence) was a great influence throughout my graduate program. She has a great personality and engages with students in a constructive manner. Also, I appreciated that she had real-life experience in health care. Teaching a subject is one thing, but being able to speak to something from experience carries a weight that can¹t be achieved through a textbook.


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School of Health Professions

Dawndra Sechrist, OTR, PhD, ('94); Sandra Whisner, OTR, PhD, ('97); and Craig Cox, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, ('00) received the Texas Occupational Therapy Association Interdisciplinary Team Award.

School of Medicine

Dustin Reid, MD, (’97) was named for the fourth consecutive year to the Super Doctors list, published by MSP Communications. He also recently received the distinguished Castle-Connelly "Top Doctors" nomination by his peers. Reid is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the America Board of Plastic Surgery. In 2005, he founded Restora Austin Plastic Surgery Centre in Austin.

The Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society presented its 2016 Hippocratic Award Damon Hill, MD, ('79).

School of Pharmacy

Kristopher Zepeda, MBA, PharmD, BCOP, ('04) has a new position with Seattle Genetics as associate medical director.

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