Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Faculty Bios

Faculty Bios

Program Director, Clare Hawkins, M.D.

Dr. Hawkins is a Board–Certified Family Physician. He holds a Master´s degree in Community Health Science. He was born in Canada, received his medical education and residency at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1986 he became a faculty member involved in teaching medical students and residents. In 1994, he became a Program Director. In 1998 he relocated to Baytown Texas and became Program Director. He has a Master’s degree in Community Health Science and has a ABFM CAQ in Palliative Care. His special medical interests are COPD, Asthma, obstetrics, pediatrics and out-patient surgical procedures. He is the current President of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the Commission on Continuing Professional Development for the AAFP. Dr. Hawkins is married with three sons and two daughters, together they enjoy skiing, travel, and photography.

Associate Program Director, Isaac Goldberg, M.D.

Dr. Goldberg is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and has been in Houston for more than thirty years. He received his B.Sc. with honors in Biology from the University of Houston. Dr. Goldberg interned in general surgery at Hermann Hospital and later in thoracic surgery. In 1984 he went to Israel, where he completed his OB training, returning in 1990. He has been delivering babies in Houston and Bellaire ever since. In 2004 Dr. Goldberg entered the San Jacinto Family Medicine Residency Program, graduating in 2006 and joining the faculty. He enjoys traveling, snow skiing and good food.

Faculty, Louis B. Hughes, M.D.

Dr. Hughes graduated from Tulane Medical School in 1949. He completed an internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Hughes has been in practice for 61 years including time spent in the Marine Corps as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He has been affiliated with the Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program since 1993. He and his wife, Edwina have been married for 61 years and have four children and seven grand-children. His hobbies include flying, snow skiing, jogging, swimming, sailing and hunting.

Faculty, H.N. Williston, M.D.

Dr. Williston was born in Alberta, Canada, did 3 years toward a B Sc in Chemistry degree at the University of Victoria, and then graduated from the University of British Columbia Medical School in 1967. He did an internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal Quebec. After 2 months of providing locum services in Ontario and Nova Scotia he next served for Canadian International Development Agency providing services as a Medical Officer in Nigeria during the Biafrin civil war. Working for 9 months at the government hospital in Ikeja and then he was the only physician in a small international community 300 miles from Lagos at Kainji Dam on the Niger river. He then practiced in Terrace B.C. Canada for five years. He came to open a private practice in Baytown in 1976 and was in solo practice here for 29 years before joining San Jacinto Family Medicine. Dr. Williston is board certified by the AAFP. He has been on the executive of the medical staff at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. He has been a member of the Board of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Family Medicine Residency Program, and serves on state Medicaid committees and remains an advocate for the poor. His strength is his full scope family practice – he serves as a great role model for the residents – actively practicing full scope maternity care services including cesarean section privileges. He is able to precept most procedures for the residents, and has a wealth of experience to share.

Faculty, Kelly A. Gabler, M.D.

Dr. Gabler is a board certified Family Physician from Houston, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Loyola University New Orleans, and then returned to Texas for medical training. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed her residency training at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Southwest Houston. She has become fluent in medical Spanish through her work with diverse patient populations and her medical mission trips to costal Ecuador. She is an active member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the President Elect of the Harris County Academy of Family Physicians. At San Jacinto she has coordinated grant–sponsored free mammograms for uninsured patients, and has worked to enhance resident education in geriatric medicine and nursing home care. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, salt water fishing, playing with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.

Faculty, Sara M. Ehdaie, D.O.

Dr. Ehdaie received her BA at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2000. She graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in May of 2005. Subsequently, she completed her residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008, and joined our faculty in September of 2008. She has done research on prostate cancer and knee osteoarthritis, and received a Family Medicine Research grant in 2008. She has special interests in sports medicine and osteoarthritis management. In her free time, Dr. Ehdaie enjoys violin, tennis, ping-pong and the outdoors.

Faculty, Lakshmi Puppala, M.D.

Dr. Puppala is a Board-Certified Family Physician who graduated from this program in 2008 and joined as faculty. She was born in India and completed medical education at Guntur Medical College. In her leisure time she enjoys playing chess, photography, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Diane Dougherty, PhD.

Dr. Dougherty is a psychologist who has been teaching with our program since 1994 and has been a leader in the integration of behavioral health in Family Medicine teaching. She is the Director of Behavioral Health for our residency and teaches in the outpatient and inpatient setting to facilitate learning and monitor competency in all the ACGME competencies but especially in communication skills. She provides clinical services for Legacy Community Health and facilitates patient access and resident continuity within the behavioral health system. She is a long-term resident of Baytown and is married with two adult children and loves equestrian sports.

Francisco Lopez-Godoy M. D.

Dr. Lopez-Godoy is a full time hospitalist with Sound Physicians and does much of the inpatient supervision for our residents. He has been with our program since 2011 and has twice been elected as teacher of the year by residents. He is especially interested in teaching outpatient and inpatient surgical procedures. He completed a Family Medicine Residency at University of Texas in Houston, and previously a Surgical Residency in El Salvador.



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