Our Team

Janice L. Zimmerman, MD, MACP, FCCM, FCCP
Janice L. Zimmerman, MD, MACP, FCCM, FCCP   Dr. Zimmerman is the program director for the Houston Methodist Hospital Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship. She received her medical degree with magna cum laude honors from Baylor College of Medicine and completed post-graduate training in internal medicine and critical care at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is board-certified in critical care and internal medicine. Dr. Zimmerman is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist. She serves as the Division Head for Critical Care in the Department of Medicine. She has served in numerous leadership positions in the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and was a founder of the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course. She is currently treasurer of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and Treasurer of the PanAmerican and Iberic Federation of Societies of Critical and Intensive Care. Dr. Zimmerman has authored many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and served as director of many critical care courses. She is regularly invited to present at board review courses, national professional meetings and international congresses addressing many aspects of critical care including toxicology, sepsis, and environmental injuries. She has been a member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign involved with guideline creation since 2003.  Her contributions have been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award of SCCM, 2001 and 2013, and the Joseph and Rae Brown Award in 2015.


Key Clinical Faculty

Zeenatp Safdar, MD
Zeenat Safdar, MD, is associate program director of the fellowship program and an acting associate professor of medicine at the Institute of Academic Medicine, and director of the Clinical Research and Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Houston Methodist Hospital Lung Center in Houston, Texas. She is also an adjunct associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Safdar serves as a chair of Young Council at Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute, pulmonology chair at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Online University, and national chair at PHA on the Road program. She serves as Registries and Databases Workforce leader at PH council of International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).

Dr. Safdar is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), and Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute. She is a member of the PH Council of International Society of Heart Lung Transplant, American Thoracic Society and Texas Medical Association.

She has been invited to serve as the session facilitator, presenter, and abstract reviewer and selector at the International Conference of the ATS, CHEST and ISHLT. Dr. Safdar has served as an invited reviewer for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease and serves as a member of the editorial board of several journals.

Timothy A. Connolly, MD   Dr. Connolly attended Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating cum laude along with election into the AOA Medical Honor Society. He completed an Internal Medicine residency with an extra year as Chief Resident followed by a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  He is in private practice and has been volunteer clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine since 2002. He is the current Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services at Houston Methodist Hospital. His areas of clinical interest include COPD, sleep apnea, asthma, advanced bronchoscopy and sports-related lung injuries. Dr. Connolly has participated in the care of local and national elite athletes including members of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA as well as triathletes and regular “weekend warriors”. He is actively involved in clinical research projects using bronchoscopic interventions to treat end stage emphysema.  He performs specialized bronchoscopic procedures such as endobronchial ultrasound, bronchial thermoplasty, cryotherapy, argon plasma coagulation, endobronchial closure of bronchopleural fistulae and was the first doctor in Texas to implant endobronchial coils for lung volume reduction as treatment for emphysema.

Deepa Gotur, MD, FCCP
Deepa Gotur, MD, FCCP   Dr. Gotur completed her MBBS degree in Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in India. She did an internal medicine residency at Richmond University Medical Center in New York and completed her fellowship in critical care medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. She is board-certified in internal medicine and critical care. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist. Her interests include hemodynamic monitoring and mechanical ventilation.

Neeraj Sinha, MD   Dr. Sinha received his MBBS degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed an internal medicine residency and Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at New York Medical College. He subsequently trained in a pulmonary transplant fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care. Dr. Sinha is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Institute of Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. He is currently assistant director of the transplant floors. Additionally, his interests include lung transplant and pulmonary hypertension.  

Aditya Uppalapati, MD
Aditya Uppalapati, MD   Dr. Uppalapati received his MBBS at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and completed Critical Care training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Neurocritical Care. Dr. Uppalapati was Assistant Professor of Medicine at St. Louis School of Medicine before joining the Houston Methodist Hospital MICU team. He is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Institute of Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Uppalapati has won numerous teaching awards. His area of interest is use of ultrasound in the critically ill.