In the late ’80s, Pennye Rohde, PA, worked in a reference lab in the Texas Medical Center. At that same time, a new virus was sweeping the nation — HIV. As someone who had worked in various areas of microbiology, including virology, Rohde desired to become more hands-on and help where it was most needed.
“As the AIDS epidemic grew, I decided I wanted a more direct role in patient care,” she explained. “I explored several medical career options and finally decided I wanted to become a physician assistant.”
By 1998, Rohde received her additional training and degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Shortly after, her mission to care for HIV-positive patients began.
“For the next 23 years, I dedicated myself to this field and its patients,” she shared.
As a certified specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Rohde works diligently to spread awareness of the condition and reduce the stigma that often surrounds those battling the disease. In her spare time, she represents various HIV organizations as a community and professional speaker.
At the UT Physicians Multispecialty – Jensen clinic, Rohde’s role will focus on caring for adults with HIV and other chronic medical conditions.
Marlon Stewart, practice manager, is thrilled to add her expertise to his team.
“The addition of Pennye’s wealth of clinical experience and knowledge strengthens our assurance of patient-centered care through providing services central to the needs of the community,” he said.
As a recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Jensen clinic is committed to the continuous improvement of various health disparities such as lack of access to care and mental health services, as well as insurance barriers. For additional information on this location or to schedule an appointment, visit their page.