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David Gibbs, PhD, CPHIMS, CPHI, CHPS, CISSP, FHIMSS

David Gibbs

Department Chair and
Associate Professor

NURS, Suite 204
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: dgibbs@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, East Tennessee State University

  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning, California State University, East Bay

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Texas State University

Teaching Areas:

  • Health Informatics

  • Health Information Technology

  • Interprofessional Education

  • Leadership

Research Areas:

  • Health Informatics

  • Interprofessional Education (IPE)

  • Privacy and Security

  • Requirements Elicitation

Dr. David Gibbs joined the Department of Health Information Management in 2015 bringing 30 years of relevant industry experience, the most recent decade focused on federal healthcare information technology. Combining his strong technical background with graduate degrees in adult education and certifications in health information management, Dr. Gibbs develops and delivers courses in the graduate and undergraduate HIM programs. He serves AHIMA, HIMSS, and other professional organizations on a variety of national committees and working groups and has presented at national and state conferences. He previously was appointed as a visiting instructor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes multi-year assignments with industry leaders Hewlett Packard and Lockheed Martin in leadership roles supporting enterprise-level projects for the US Army Medical Information Technology Center, the Defense Health Agency, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and National Security Complex. For his significant and sustained professional contributions, scholarly achievements, and demonstrated leadership, Dr. Gibbs has been recognized as a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of HIMSS.

 

Link to CV:  David Gibbs


Sylvia Benitez, MHIM, MAMAdjunct Faculty Sylvia Benitez

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer

NURS, Suite 204
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: svb17@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education, Specialization in Business Studies, Wayland Baptist University

  • Master of Art in Management, Specialization in Organizational Management, Wayland Baptist University

  • Master of Health Information Management

 Teaching Areas:

  • Medical Terminology

  • Human Disease

 

Link to CV: Sylvia Benitez


Sue Biedermann MSHP, RHIA, FAHIMARetired Chair Sue Biedermann

Associate Professor Emeritus and
Former Department Chair
Retired August 31, 2014

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science Medical Record Administration, Southwestern Oklahoma State University

  • Master of Science Health Professions, Health Administration, Southwest Texas State University

Teaching Areas:

  • Departmental Management 

  • Healthcare Statistics 

  • Leadership

 


Diane Dolezel, EdD, RHIA, CHDAHIM Faculty Diane Dolezel

Associate Professor

NURS, Room 238
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: dd30@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, Texas State University

  • Master of  Science in Computer Science,  Texas State University           

  • Doctor of Education, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Teaching Areas: 

  • Informatics, Analytics, and Data Use

  • Health Information Management Research and Data Analysis

  • Quality Improvement for HIM

 

Diane Dolezel, EdD, RHIA, CHDA, is an Associate Professor in the HIM department at Texas State University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in healthcare informatics and analytics, and computer information systems. Dr. Dolezel earned a Doctor of Education, a MS in Computer Science, and a BS in Health Information Management. Her research focused on computer security and predictive health analytics is published in Computers and Security, Decision Support Systems, Association for Information Systems, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Healthcare, Journal of American College Health, Brain Sciences, and Perspectives in HIM. 
 
She edited a book on informatics and authored several chapters. She brings a decade of experience in the information technology field, as a senior developer, into the classroom. At the university, she serves on the faculty student research forum, and works on several initiatives seeking to engage students in data science.
 

Link to CV: Diane Dolezel


Cathy Hess, RHIACathy Hess, HIM Faculty

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer

NURS, Suite 204
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: ch32@txstate.edu

 

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science Medical Record Administration, Southwest Texas State University

Teaching Areas:

  • Medical Terminology

 

Cathy Hess graduated from the MRA Program, Southwest Texas State University and has been the primary medical terminology instructor since 2000.

 

Link to CV:  Cathy Hess


Barbara Hewitt, PhDBarbara Hewitt

Associate Professor and
Graduate Clinical Coordinator

NURS, Room 239
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: bh05@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science Computer Science, University of Texas at San Antonio

  • Master of Business Administration, Texas State University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration-Information Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio

Teaching Areas:

  • Fundamentals of Health Information Systems

  • Data Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality

  • Healthcare Informatics

  • Legal Aspects of HIM

 

Barbara Hewitt received her Ph.D. in Information Technology (IT) and her BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Texas State University. She currently teaches Health Information Security, Project Management, Health Information Technology and is the Graduate Clinical Coordinator for the Masters in Health Information Management (HIM) in the Department of HIM at Texas State University. She previously taught in the Computer Information Systems Program at Texas A&M University – San Antonio. Her research, which focuses on computer security and health interventions, is published in Database, Information Systems Frontier, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, Communication of the American Information Systems, Perspectives in HIM, Healthcare, and Behavioral and Information Technology. She brings over 15 years of software development experience with her to the classroom. Dr. Hewitt supports students in competitions including in healthcare and several security competitions. She founded the San Antonio Women in Technology to support women considering a computing career. 

 

Link to CV:  Barbara Hewitt


Jackie Moczygemba MBA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMADepartment Chair Jackie Moczygemba

Associate Professor and
Undergraduate Program Director

NURS, Room 242
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: jm38@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science Medical Record Administration, Southwest Texas State University

  • Master of Business Administration, Southwest Texas State University

Teaching Areas:

  • Technical Concepts of HIM

  • Quality Improvement

  • HIM Practicum

  • Disease & Medical Science

 

Jackie Moczygemba, MBA, RHIA, CCS received her Bachelor of Science (Medical Records Administration) and Master of Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  In addition to a BS and MBA from Texas State University, Ms. Moczygemba holds certification as a registered health information administrator and coding specialist. She has been in the HIM profession since 1982 and has been on the Texas State University faculty for 20 years. Prior to teaching, Ms. Moczygemba spent 12 years as a director of HIM services in an acute care hospital. She also has several years of experience in HIM consulting in long-term healthcare. Ms. Moczygemba was named a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA) in October 2012. She was appointed to the AHIMA’s Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) Workforce Committee in January 2014. She is a member of the editorial review panel for Perspectives in Health Information Management. Ms. Moczygemba served on the board of the Texas Health Information Management Association as the public relations director from 2002 to 2004. Her research areas include health data quality, electronic health records and usability factors associated with health information technology. She recently completed an exploratory study to examine current practices in migrating longitudinal clinical data into electronic health records. Her teaching areas include quality improvement in healthcare and health data content and structure.

 

Link to CV:  Jackie Moczygemba


Kim Murphy-Abdouch MPH, RHIA, FACHEKim Murphy-Abdouch

Clinical Associate Professor and
Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator

NURS, Room 243
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: km74@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts Health Information Management, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

  • Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Teaching Areas:

  • Principles of HIM

  • Leadership

  • Professional Practice Experience

 

Kim Murphy-Abdouch joined the Health Information Management Department as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2010 and earned promotion to Clinical Associate Professor. Kim has a broad base of health care leadership, hospital operations, health information management and finance experience and has held a variety of healthcare operational positions from Director of Health Information Management to Hospital Chief Executive Officer. 

 

Link to CV: Kim Murphy-Abdouch


Danette Myers, PhD, RHIADanette Myers, HIM Faculty

Clinical Assistant Professor

NURS, Room 244
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: dm19@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science Health Information Management, Southwest Texas State University

  • Master of Business Administration, LeTourneau University

  • Ph.D. Adult, Professional, and Community Education

Teaching Areas:

  • Management & Technical Aspects of HIM

  • Seminar

  • Medical Terminology

 

Dr. Myers is an Assistant Professor, the BSHIM Program Director, and has been teaching in the HIM Department at Texas State University for 16 years. She teaches: Principles of Management, the practicum and seminar course, Medical Terminology, and Information Governance in the HIM Department. She is the HIM Student Association's advisor (HIMSA) and is a Faculty Senator who represents the College of Health Professions.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) from Texas State University San Marcos, formerly known as Southwest Texas State University. She worked in the HIM field for about four years, transitioning to the Facility Privacy Officer at South Austin Hospital. During that time, she earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Dr. Myers holds a certification as a registered health information administrator (RHIA), and in August 2019 she graduated with a Ph.D. in Adult Professional Community Education from Texas State. Her research area and interest includes communication strategies and preferences between elderly patients of color and their healthcare professionals as well as the impact/influence of telemedicine with this population.

 

Link to CV: Danette Myers


Jennifer Teal, EdD, MS, RHIA, CCS, CPCTeal

Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer

NURS, Suite 204
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: jlt151@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • AS in HIT with Honors, Santa Barbara City College

  • Bachelor of Arts in Health Information Management, The College of St. Scholastica

  • Master of Science in Health Information Management and Healthcare Informatics Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica 

  • Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Lamar University

Teaching Areas:

  • Health Data Content

  • Disease & Medical Science

  • Coding and Classification

 

Link to CV: Jennifer Teal


Melissa Walston-Sanchez, MHIM, RHIA

Lecturer

NURS, Room 232
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: mw20514@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science Health Information Management, Texas State University

  • Master of Health Information Management, Texas State University

Teaching Areas:

  • Medical Terminology

  • Human Disease

  • Technical Aspects of HIM

  • Comparative Record Systems

 

Link to CV: Melissa Walston-Sanchez


Tiankai Wang, PhDLinda Thomas, HIM Faculty

Professor and Graduate Program Director

NURS, Room 241
Phone: 512-716-2840
Email: tw26@txstate.edu

 

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Tianjin University, China

  • Master of Business Administration, Tianjin University, China

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers University

Teaching Areas:

  • Health Information Systems

  • Enterprise EHR

  • Finance

 

Dr. Tiankai Wang joined Health Information Management Program in 2009. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Cheyney University, PA during 2005-2008 and a project manager in Massachusetts in 2008. He has authored one book, authored and co-authored two peer-review publications and has given a scholarly presentation at an international conference. Dr. Wang has also been previously awarded a grant in Health Disparity research.

 

Link to CV:  Tiankai Wang