Geriatric Medicine Fellows 2013-2014



Chidinma “Chidi” Aniemeke, MD



Dr. Aniemeke was born in Nigeria but spent her childhood in New York City.  She received a BA degree from Connecticut College and graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. She completed one year of Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark campus and then transferred in her 2nd year to the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antoinio (UTHSCSA) where she completed her Family and Community Medicine Residency. She joins the Geriatric Fellowship program with an interest in Geriatric education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.


Laura Garcia, MD
Advanced  Geriatrics Fellow


Training in the specialty designed to serve the fast growing elderly age group has been my interest through high school, medical school, and residency. Now, after nearing completion of my Geriatric Fellowship year, I look forward to training as an advanced fellow to further solidify skills that I will use as a Clinician Educator teaching Internal Medicine and Geriatrics to Residents and Medical students.  In order to achieve these goals, I will continue to accrue experience working with already established Geriatric curriculum for Medical Students and work toward developing new curricula and evaluation strategies to utilize in my career. My long-term goal is to become an academic geriatrician and Clinician educator and make a contribution to the growing Medical School and existing Residency programs in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, along the Texas-Mexico border, where I completed my Internal Medicine Residency training. The Lower Rio Grande Valley as a whole has few Geriatric practitioners and I feel I will be able to make a large impact on the learners in this relatively underserved area for my specialty through transmitting the principles learned at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, both in my Geriatric fellow training and in my advanced training year.


Yuya Hagiwara, MD



Dr. Hagiwara was born in Japan and spent his childhood in Chicago. Graduated from Yamanashi Medical University in Japan. He then completed a Family Medicine residency at Michigan State University Program in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he also served as chief resident. Dr.Hagiwara has practiced as a rural family practitioner in South Dakota and also worked as a Palliative Medicine consultant prior to joining University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as a Geriatrics fellow. His interests are Geriatric education and international collaborations. His hobbies include fishing, tennis and skiing.


Brande M. Harris, DO


Dr. Harris grew up in Missouri and attended medical school in Tulsa, OK, at Oklahoma State University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center (or SAMMC) in San Antonio, TX. As a Major in the Air Force, she practiced medicine at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi for three years where she taught residents in Internal Medicine as well as maintaining a busy Internal Medicine practice. She completed specialty training in Medical Acupuncture at the Helms Institute and has incorporated acupuncture, as well as osteopathic manipulation into her treatment of her patients. She moved back to San Antonio to specialize in Geriatric Medicine with the expectation that she would return to active duty service to develop a robust geriatrics teaching program for Air Force residents. In her spare time, Dr. Harris enjoys cooking with her husband, feeding her friends, finding exciting new books to read with her daughter, and throwing a frisbee for her dogs.


Manuel Lopez Vazquez, MD


Born in Mexico City, MD from Universidad Anahuac México Norte, School of Medicine. Residency training at UTHSCSA RAHC, San Antonio, Texas. Research area of interest:  Measuring and designing Cognitive Debiasing techniques to teach and avoid common cognitive Biases and Diagnostic errors in Internal Medicine. Language Fluency: French (Basic)
Spanish/Spanish Creole (Native/functionally native) Hobbies & Interests: Literature, Football, Soccer, Art, Tae Kwon Do


Chikal Patel, MD


Dr. Chikal Patel is a board certified internist with fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative medicine and currently  working in her Geriatrics fellowship. She brings a great deal of experience from various aspects of medicine specially handling complex and vulnerable populations. Her long term career is  to become an expert in Geriatric Oncology as she is pursuing advance training in Hem-oncology. She has shown advance skills in working with older adults with cancer and applying her expertise so far in palliative care. Besides being a compassionate, high skill communicator, sincere, hardworking she is a fun loving person. She is a doting mother of two handsome boys and loves every minute of her time with them. She enjoys reading, baking and traveling as balancing life style with medical career is vital in her self care and a cornerstone for her success.