Emergency Medicine Residency

UMC Health System is honored to welcome our first EVER class of Emergency Medicine residents! Our partnership with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has proven fruitful many times over the years, and we are grateful to partner with them to provide the region’s first Emergency Residency Program.

This residency program will improve emergency care throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico with:

  • The provision of board-certified, residency-trained emergency physicians
  • Access to a larger number of emergency-specific care providers
  • Care standardized in accordance with the most up-to-date information
  • Even more advanced treatment and technologies

With a combined volume of more than 77,000 pediatric and adult visits to the UMC EC each year, UMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program provides residents with exposure to a wide variety of critical adult and pediatric illnesses and injuries.

Meet our Emergency Medicine Residents

  • Lilly Amezquita

    Hometown: Edinburg, Texas

    Lilly completed her undergraduate degree in Immunology at Brown University before going on to medical school at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. One of her favorite research projects included the study of protein folding involved in Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

    She is excited about the opportunities UMC has in store for her, especially being a Level I Trauma Center. Lilly also looks forward to the teamwork in the UMC Emergency Center. She loves that our EC places an emphasis on teaching patients as we serve them.

  • Dan Brown

    Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dan pursued his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and attended medical school at Rocky Vista University in Denver, Colorado. He has previously worked as an ER tech in a small critical-access hospital and as a clinical researcher at the University of Utah.

    When asked why he chose UMC’s Emergency Medicine Residency, Dan answered: I am confident UMC will provide me a great training environment and a strong support system.

    It has been his dream to work in Emergency Medicine, so Dan is eager to fulfill that dream here!

  • Ryan Hirata

    Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia

    Ryan split his undergraduate career studying Biology and East Asian Studies. He became involved in Multiple Sclerosis research at ICORD in his last few years of undergrad, which set him on his current path.

    He originally applied to the Emergency Medicine Residency at UMC because he enjoys the promise new programs have: trailblazing the path for future Emergency Medicine physicians. Even before officially beginning his residency, Ryan could tell he “found his people” here at the UMC Emergency Center.

  • James Ko

    Hometown: Petaluma, California

    James completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He then worked as a scribe for a few years before beginning medical school at St. Georges University.

    He has had his eye on Texas for many years as a great place to live, work and raise a family. He is thrilled by the idea of helping shape the UMC Emergency Medicine Residency program. In addition, he thinks it is a privilege to begin his training at an excellent institution under the leadership of passionate attendings and other co-residents.

  • Christina Lee

    Hometown: Bushland, Texas

    Christina completed her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at the University of New Mexico. She then went to Medical School at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso.

    She and her husband have tried to move to Lubbock three times and are excited they are finally able to! When asked what stood out to her about UMC’s Emergency Residency Program, Christina said: “This residency will bring board-certified Emergency Medicine physicians to underserved areas… who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?!”


  • Nick Quigley

    Hometown: Lubbock, Texas

    Nick attended Lubbock Christian University for his undergraduate career. He then went on to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, Alabama. He and his wife are excited to return to Lubbock.

    Prior to medical school, Nick had the opportunity to work as a scribe for physicians in the UMC Emergency Center. During his time here, our emergency physicians became role models for him. The prospect of getting to learn from them on a higher level is exciting for Nick!

    Nick looks forward to serving in his home town in this way.


  • Katherine Sensenich

    Hometown: Leawood, Kansas

    Katherine completed her undergraduate studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, before continuing to medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. She has been looking to move to Texas, as both of her siblings live here, and after doing a rotation in the UMC Emergency Center during medical school, Katherine knew this is where she wanted to be!

    Our residency program stood out to her because the faculty demonstrated a clear commitment to establishing a quality program and a passion for teaching and mentoring. She is excited to make a lasting impact on Lubbock and the surrounding areas through her care.

  • Alex Sirney

    Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Alex completed his undergraduate education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He then attended medical school at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. Before continuing his education, Alex worked in public health and EMS. You could say he was born to be in the world of emergency medicine!

    Alex likes UMC because it combines aspects of a high-resource academic hospital with a community-oriented mission. He feels honored to have been picked for UMC’s Emergency Medicine Residency and sees this as a tremendous opportunity to learn and serve.

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