Executive Committee



Christopher Moreland, M.D., M.P.H.


Christopher Moreland, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.H.M., is an internal medicine hospitalist and associate professor at U.T. Health San Antonio (UTHSA). He graduated from U.T. Houston Medical School and completed his residency and general medicine fellowship at U.C. Davis, where he worked closely with deaf community members as a primary care physician and in community service. Along with seeing patients at University Hospital, he serves the internal medicine residency program as associate program director. He has received teaching and mentorship awards at institutional and national levels. Interests in diversity among patients and health professionals have led to service on UTHSA’s diversity committee as well as national research, education, and publications on health disparities affecting the deaf and limited English proficient populations, accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing medical students and physicians, medical schools’ technical standards, and the education of interpreters as medical specialists. For over 15 years, he has been honored to support healthcare professional colleagues and mentor deaf and hard of hearing healthcare students and trainees in their professional goals, while advising educators in providing accommodations.


Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus, M.P.H.


Ian DeAndrea-Lazarus is a sixth-year M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in Rochester, New York. In addition to pursuing his M.D., Ian is working on a Ph.D. in Translational Biomedical Sciences with a special focus in cognitive neuroscience through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Ian graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., with a B.A. in Psychology in 2011. After graduating, he completed a two-year post baccalaureate fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and simultaneously taught Introductory Psychology at Gallaudet before enrolling at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, where he also got his Master's in Public Health. As a medical student, Ian has served as the Co-President of the Neurosurgery Focus Group, Vice President of the Medical Student Chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the neurosurgery co-liaison for the Surgery Interest Group. Ian is also involved in the Medical Education Pathway and the Deaf Health Pathway.


Rachel Grosz, C.N.A.


A Wisconsin native, Rachel Grosz, graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.S. in Community and Nonprofit Leadership. With a varied background, Rachel spent time working closely with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraising Team before continuing her career in the health and fitness industry, which ultimately lead her to find her passion for healthcare. She is currently a certified nursing assistant and continuing her education as post baccalaureate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She hopes to matriculate into medical school by 2021.

With severe-profound hearing loss and left-sided deafness, Ms. Grosz relies heavily on lipreading and assistance from a hearing aid to communicate. She is currently learning sign language and plans to incorporate into her practice in the future.


Zach Featherstone, D.O.


Zachary Featherstone, D.O., is a first year pediatric resident at University of Las Vegas (Nevada). He graduated from Pacific Northwest University-College of Osteopathic Medicine. While enrolled as a student, he was selected as Honoree Student Doctor of the Year, an award only given to one medical student annually based on their academic accomplishments and community services. He was also elected and served as Vice President/Member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. After graduation, he did a year of postdoctoral research at Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Center at Gallaudet University, where he worked closely with many outstanding individuals dedicated to improving healthcare in the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing population and has been involved in legislatures regarding this theme. Amongst his greatest joy are being with his family of three children, rafting/guiding whitewater rivers, working with others dedicated to improving healthcare, and mentoring Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing pre-med and medical students.