Meet the Faculty
The program has well-known and outstanding faculty members who have served and are serving in numerous leadership positions at the local, state, regional and national levels. Three faculty members have served as presidents of the local (MHIMA) and the state professional organization (THIMA). Faculty members have contributed to the knowledge of the field, with chapters in textbooks, editing textbooks, articles in professional journals, editorship of the state Legal Handbook, and are often invited to speak at national and regional conferences.
Beth Bowman is a professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration and is a Registered Health Information Administrator. She is the past chair of the national AHIMA Professional Development Committee, the Assembly on Education and of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Bowman is a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. Beth Bowman received the 1999 AHIMA Educator Award, the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2009 Tennessee Health Information Management Association Educator/Mentor Award and the 2009 University of Tennessee Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award. Her areas of expertise are coding and classification systems and secondary uses of data.
Dr. Sajeesh Kumar
Sajeesh Kumar KR, PhD., is an associate professor in the Department of Health Informatics & Information Management. Dr. Kumar has a doctoral degree in Telemedicine. Dr. Kumar’s research focuses on design and development of telemedicine technology, healthcare delivery and health informatics technology evaluation. Dr. Kumar has travelled to more than 25 countries and has extensive international experience in healthcare, education and research works. Dr. Kumar has been involved in healthcare activities in Pittsburgh-USA, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates and India. He has won several research awards, edited several books on telemedicine, published book chapters and scientific papers in high impact journals. Dr. Kumar holds an impressive record of competitive research funding and research awards. In his free time he is involved in flying small airplanes, music, dance and voluntary social service to the needy.
Dr. Rebecca Reynolds
Dr. Rebecca Reynolds is an associate professor and the program director for the graduate program in Health Informatics and Information Management. She holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration and is a Registered Health Information Administrator. She is a past president of the Tennessee Health Information Management Association and has served on the AHIMA Nominating Committee. Dr. Reynolds’ expertise is on HIPAA privacy and security and legal issues relating to electronic health records. Her research interests include physician technology acceptance and faculty technology use. She is currently serving as the department chair. She received the 2010 AHIMA Legacy Award.
Dr. Marcia Sharp
Dr. Marcia Sharp is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She holds a doctoral degree in Higher and Adult Education, master’s degree in Business Administration and is a Registered Health Information Administrator. She has had an outstanding career in Health Information Management and in Human Resource Management. She is active in professional association activities and has expertise in management and personnel issues. Her research interests include faculty development, critical thinking, and information and technology fluency.
Mary (Mamel) McCain, MPA, RHIA
Mamel served as department chair from 1973 until her retirement in 2008. She is the recipient of three national awards. The 2009 AHIMA Champion Award which recognizes her years of service to the UT HIIM department and the profession. She won the AHIMA Educator-Practitioner Collaboration Award in 1994. MHIMA has recognized her contribution through the Mamel McCain Leadership Academy which was established in her honor to bring outstanding management speakers to MHIMA and the UT educational program. She received the AHIMA Legacy Award in 2010 as co-editor of the AHIMA publication, Fundamentals of Law for Health Informatics and Information Management, which was the first law book in the HIM field edited by HIM professionals for this accomplishment. She was also co-editor of the state THIMA Legal Handbook for ten years.
Shakita Conklin, BSBA
Shakita is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management in 2011. Currently she is a graduate student at the University of Memphis pursuing a Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies degree with concentration in Higher Education Administration & Curriculum Leadership. She has been with The University of Tennessee for 5 years. Shakita began employment at UTHSC as a Security Officer with the UTHSC Campus Police Department in Oct of 2008. In Oct of 2012 she was promoted to Administrative Aide in the College of Allied Health Sciences Department of Dental Hygiene. Shakita says she is honored to be the newest member of the Health informatics and Information Management family and looks forward to growing with department.
For the best first-hand knowledge about the field, one should contact local health information professionals and visit their departments. For the name of a contact person in your area, or if you would like a visit and campus tour, please contact the Chair:
Department of Health Informatics and Information Management
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6486