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    Preventive Medicine Residency
    Mail Code: 1864
    1100 W. 49th St.
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-3686
    Fax: 512-776-2822


Leadership and Program Oversight

Our program has over 30 faculty members with a wide variety of expertise, including but not limited to clinical preventive medicine, public health leadership, infectious disease, and epidemiology.

Peter Pendergrass, MD, MPH

Program Director

Dr. Peter W. Pendergrass serves as the Associate Residency Director for the Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Prior to rejoining DSHS in 2019, he served as an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Mississippi where he developed and launched a new preventive medicine residency program. Also, he served as an expert consultant to the State Epidemiologist at the Mississippi State Department of Health focusing on healthcare acquired infection prevention.

Prior to UMMC, Dr. Pendergrass served as the Coordinator of the Bureau of Family Health Services at San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Bureau Chief for Communicable Disease for Texas Department of Health, and the DSHS Regional Medical Director for Region 1 in Lubbock, Texas. He gained considerable expertise in health policy, emergency preparedness and the medical care of persons with tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases.

Otto Boneta, MD, MPH

Associate Program Director

Dr. Otto Boneta serves as the Texas Department of State Health Services Preventive Medicine Residency Program Director as well as the Tuberculosis Elimination Physician. He has over 25 years of military experience as a Colonel in the US Army and previously held leadership positions in Aerospace Medicine residency programs. In his current role as program director, he has been successful in establishing numerous partnerships across our agency and throughout the state of Texas.

Sharon Huff, MD, MS

Dr. Huff is the Regional Medical Director for Region 4/5N in Tyler, TX. Prior to this she was the Associate Program Director of the Occupational Medicine Residency training program and an Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Sciences for 7 years at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Janette Ingram, MD, MBA

Dr. Janette Ingram is medical director of the Health, Developmental, and Independence Services division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). In this position, she provides clinical direction for a wide range of health service programs for women, children, and families who reside in Texas. She authored The Texas Clinician's Postpartum Depression Toolkit and The Texas LARC Toolkit, both published by HHSC for use by Texas clinicians. Dr. Ingram also serves as the faculty lead for the DSHS Preventive Medicine Journal Club.

Sharon Melville, MD, MPH

Dr. Sharon Melville serves as chair of the Clinical Competency Committee of the DSHS Preventive Medicine Residency. She has over 20 years of public health experience and has been the Medical Director for DSHS Public Health Region 7 since 2013. Prior to her role as Regional Medical Director, she served as Manager of the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch at DSHS for 17 years. As a core faculty member, Dr. Melville has mentored residents, been a preceptor for the required resident Community Health Assessment project and presented lectures regarding sexually transmitted infection in the infectious disease lecture series.

Stephen Pont, MD, MPH

Dr. Stephen Pont works to improve the health of children, families, and communities with a focus on underserved and Spanish-speaking populations. Through working in Federally Qualified Health Centers in East Austin and as the medical director for Austin Independent School District, he recognized the need for clinical childhood obesity programs and co-founded and served as the medical director for Dell Children's Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity. Nationally, Dr. Pont co-founded and served as the inaugural chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity and was the lead author on the AAP Policy Statement Stigma Experienced by Children and Adolescents with Obesity.

Dr. Pont is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the UT Austin Dell Medical School and serves as the Medical Director for the Office of Science and Population Health. This office works collaboratively to develop and advance public health priorities for Texas, serves as a focal point to coordinate and provide medical and epidemiologic expertise across the department, and identifies opportunities to more effectively utilize DSHS data to monitor and drive improvements in health and wellness across Texas.

Emilie Prot, DO, MPH

Dr. Emilie Prot serves as the DSHS Regional Medical Director of Region 11 based in Harlingen, TX. She completed her residency training in preventive medicine at Texas Department of State Health Services. Dr. Prot received her Master of Public Health from UT Health Science Center School of Public Health. She is passionate about global health, advocacy, and health equity and strives to care for populations in Texas with attention to the Texas-Mexico border region.

Jennifer Shuford, MD, MPH

Dr. Shuford was an infectious disease physician in a private practice prior to joining Texas Department of State Health Services. She is currently the infectious disease medical officer for DSHS, where she provides clinical infectious disease support for a variety of infectious disease programs. Dr. Shuford is a member of Travis County Medical Society and Infectious Disease Society of America. She is also a member of Texas Medical Association, where she serves as a consultant to their Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Last updated August 13, 2020