UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Wettstein, Richard B.

School of Health Professions
Respiratory Care
(210) 567-7966
wettstein@uthscsa.edu

Since entering the healthcare field as a professional I have had a passion to provide patients with the best respiratory care available anywhere. This naturally led me to become an educator, to foster a new generation of professionals with a passion for excellent patient care and patient advocacy. For over twenty years I have been privileged to mentor students, medical residents, and most recently junior faculty in becoming lifelong learners that provide only the best evidence based medical care. One of my greatest pleasures as the director of clinical education for our program is the testimonials regarding the skill, knowledge, and professionalism of our graduates that I repeatedly encountered while visiting our clinical partners. The truly rewarding moments are when employers cannot offer enough praise for the graduates that were not academic stars but through encouragement and mentorship successfully completed the program and now provide care at the highest level. I have now taught respiratory care in Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Everywhere I travel, I encounter graduates who have picked up the torch and now in their own positions of influence, are promoting excellence in healthcare. This is what makes education such a fulfilling and enriching career.

9/2013 - Present Associate Professor and Director of Admission (Dept. Respiratory Care) UT Health Science Center, Respiratory Care, San Antonio, TX