Dr. George comes from a bi-cultural background of Trinidadian/Tobagonian and American decent. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY, frequently visiting her second home in Tobago, WI. She completed her Physician Assistant education and later advanced her career by obtaining two Master degrees in Clinical Leadership and Public Health: Community Health, and a PhD in Public Health: Epidemiology.

Tonya moved to Texas in 2007 with her son and began her career at the university in 2010. She is currently an Instructor in Surgery and Physician Assistant within the Department of Surgery at McGovern Medical School. She provides care for burn patients 17 years old and over in the John S. Dunn, Sr. Burn Center in Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC. She also provides burn education for the community as a Faculty member of the American Burn Life Support Course.

Dr. George has clinical research interests in burn injuries, obesity, epidemiology, and minority disparities. She has authored peer reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, and has presented scientific research at regional and national meetings. She is an Ad hoc reviewer and Fellow member of the American Public Health Association, and a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Burn Association, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and African Heritage Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She has also been honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, culinary and fine arts, music, dance, and traveling the world.


BFA-Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance, Adelphi University, College of Arts and Sciences, 1992-1995
Certificate-Physician Assistant Studies , St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens, 1999-2001
MSHS-Master of Science in Health Science, Clinical Leadership: Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2002-2004
MSPH-Master of Science in Public Health, Public Health: Community Health, Walden University, 2005-2007
PhD-Doctor of Philosophy, Public Health: Epidemiology, Walden University, 2005-2015
Post Graduate Training
Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery Invasive Skills Course Ethicon- Endo Surgery Institute, 2005
Post Graduate Training
Intuitive da Vinci Surgical System Training Course, Methodist Hospital, 2007

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

Burn Injuries and Prevention, Obesity, Minority Disparities, Global Public Health, Epidemiology

Clinic Locations

The University of Texas Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic
6410 Fannin Street, Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77030

Memorial Hermann Hospital, TMC John S. Dunn, Sr. Burn Center
6411 Fannin Street, 8th Floor
Houston, TX 77030