‘Circle of life’ reunites PA student with her delivery doctor

November 12, 2019

By Diane Smith 

Precep Web

Lindsey Graff was delivered into the world 24 years ago after her mother experienced a high-risk pregnancy that included strict bedrest. 

Marco Uribe, MD, an obstetrician in Austin, made sure Lindsey Graff’s birth was successful. 

“He was determined to ensure Lindsey would make it into the world,” said Tracey Graff, Lindsey’s mother. 

Now, years later, Dr. Uribe helped guide Lindsey Graff’s training as a physician assistant student at the UNT Health Science Center Physician Assistant Studies Program. He was Graff’s OBGYN preceptor for about four weeks this fall 

“It was really cool seeing it come full circle,” Graff said. “He delivered some of my friends and other family members. 

Graff spent October in Austin working with Dr. Uribe and his physician assistant, Amy Grove King. As part of the rotation, Graff interviewed and examined patients. 

The clinic felt familiar. The baby pictures and announcements on the walls included her brother. 

“I think it’s the circle of life,” said Dr. Jeffrey Mott, director of clinical education for the School of Health Professions. “He delivered her, and now she is going to be a physician assistant.” 

Tracey Graff said she is grateful her daughter trained with Dr. Uribe. 

“He is an extremely special man to my family and delivered all three of my children, while helping me through some challenging health issues,” she said. 

Graff, who majored in biology at The University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate, explored different health professions before deciding to become a physician assistant. 

“I like interacting with people and working with people,” she said. “I shadowed different health professions – doctors, physical therapists, PAs – and when I shadowed a few PAs, it seemed to match up best with what I wanted.” 

The UNTHSC Physician Assistant Studies program links students with professionals for rotations, including students who share connections with medical professionals, Graff said. She asked for a rotation under Dr. Uribe’s guidance. 

 “I just know Dr. Uribe put in a lot of work to get me here because I was a few weeks premature,” Graff said. “He brought me into this world, and all these years later, I have an interest in doing something similar to what he has done. It was cool to get to learn from the person who made it happen for me.” 

Dr. Uribe, who has delivered about 10,000 babies in 30 years of practice, said he felt pride and joy to be able to work with Graff. He said he saw her evolve and grow professionally during the rotation. 

“It was a total pleasure,” he said. “It was a privilege and a gift.”  

Graff said she learned about various procedures and surgeries in gynecology. She also saw fertility and post-menopausal patients. 

 Graff said she was able to observe Dr. Uribe perform caesarian sections. She was touched by the notion of helping deliver babies into the world. 

“It’s unbelievable,” she said. “It surprised me how fast it happens once everything is going.” 

Student Hina Ajaz
MHA student demonstrates leadership in action in a most critical year

By Sally Crocker In an election year like no other, UNTHSC Master of Health Administration (MHA) student Hina Ajaz stepped up in a major way to help get out the vote and advocate for state and local initiatives supporting public health and health equity. Ajaz plans to work in health...Read more

Jan 21, 2021

New Logo Hsc Install On February 16th On Ead Building.
HSC receives Fort Worth Beautiful Award for 2020-2021

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC Fort Worth) is a recipient of the Fort Worth Beautiful Award for 2020-2021. “I am very proud of the work put in by our Grounds Team which consists of Riaz Dhanji, Raul Cano, and Ignacio Rodriguez,” said Seth Willmoth, ...Read more

Jan 19, 2021

Rickards, Rosenberg, Anderson in the lab
Mountain highs

By Sarah Hewitt I lay on my back on a table with my lower body from the waist down inside a triangular wooden box, not unlike a magician’s box as if I’d volunteered to be sawed in half. Dr. Caroline Rickards, an associate professor from UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, secured a...Read more

Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha
Texas CEAL Consortium works to debunk COVID-19 misinformation

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) is participating in a virtual town hall titled: “United to Debunk Misinformation in Our Communities; A Town Hall on COVID-19.” The webinar will be held on the Zoom platform on Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (CST)....Read more

Jan 13, 2021