Ernie Fernandez, M.D.
Dr. Fernandez has served as Camp Director since 1991. He joined the Sweeney Medical Staff in 1985 and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Fernandez graduated medical school from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed he is Residency at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
Bob earned his degree in Telecommunications Engineering in the United States Air Force, where he served for four years at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Following his military service, Bob worked as an independent telecommunications contractor, eventually working for MCI Telecommunications, where he spent 16 years. During his time at MCI, Bob was responsible for North Texas Operations, Texas Provisioning, National Virtual Pre-Sales Technical Support and oversaw the Network Operations Administration of the MCI-Avantel network deployed in Mexico. In this position, Bob oversaw the first and only ISO-9002 Quality Certification of a Telecommunications Network Operations organization.
In early 2000, Bob left MCI to join IP Communications as VP of Network Operations. In this role, Bob oversaw the development of a 5-state network, including all aspects of Operations, Engineering, Technical Support and Provisioning.
Bob left IP Communications in early August of 2001 to begin a new career in Video Production, a long-time passion. In 2001, Bob Cannon Productions was launched. After several years of building this business, Bob began working with Camp Sweeney. For the past 17 years, Bob has provided year-round production, including Video Production, Photography and Social Media Support, for Camp Sweeney.
Bob has been married to his wife, Roxanne, for 35 years and together they have raised four children; Natalie, Robby, Melissa and April. They have one grandchild by their daughter Natalie and her husband, Matt, and a new grand baby due in August by their son Robby and his wife, Sarah. Melissa just graduated from TCU and starts work this fall as a High School Choir Director in Fort Worth, while April will be entering her second year at TCU, where she is majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Child Development.
Bob’s passion for media production has only been enhanced by the joy of working with the staff and being around the kids of Camp Sweeney for these many years. In his new role, his operations and management experience will enable him to work to continue to build on the program and legacy of Camp Sweeney in the years to come. Please join us in welcoming Bob as our new Program Director.
Kathryn Sumpter, M.D.
Medical Director of Development________________
A Texas native, Dr. Sumpter was born in Austin but moved to St. Petersburg, FL at the age of 6. She eventually returned to Texas to attend Rice University. During her junior year, Dr. Sumpter took a road trip with friends and made them stop every hour or so to let her use the bathroom and buy another water bottle. A few weeks later, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. That diagnosis changed her life in many ways, including her career choice. After a brief stint as a management consultant, Dr. Sumpter attended UT Southwestern and has been there ever since, first as a student, then a resident, then a fellow, and now as an attending Pediatric Endocrinologist. Camp Sweeney has been close to her heart since she became as a medical student in 2002.
Soumya Adhikari, M.D.
Medical Director of Faculty and Research________________
Dr. Adhikari came to Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2001 to complete his residency in Pediatrics. Prior to that he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Florida and went on to medical school at the University of Miami (FL). At the conclusion of his residency he was awarded the “White Hat” award, as elected by vote of his fellow 3rd year residents when asked to select the colleague they would most want as their own child’s pediatrician. After his residency he stayed at UT Southwestern (UTSW) to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology. Upon completion of his fellowship, he joined the faculty at UTSW, as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. In 2008, he assumed the position of the Director of the Pediatrics Clerkship, in addition to his clinical responsibilities.