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Faculty - Pulmonary

Soma SSK Jyothula, MD (Subspecialty Education Coordinator) is one of the 45 students selected from a nationwide entrance exam in 1995 to join All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the premier Medical School and Institute in India. After finishing his medical school, he completed his Residency in Internal Medicine from Drexel College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He then completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He was awarded a NIH T32 training grant and worked on innate immunity and role in Asthma. After completing his fellowship, he joined Houston Methodist Hospital Transplant Center as a Transplant Pulmonologist. He is currently an Instructor in the Weill Cornell College of Medicine. His clinical expertise is advanced lung diseases, lung transplantation and interventional pulmonary procedures. He is part of one of most active lung transplant centers nationally and internationally. In addition to post lung transplant care, he manages patients with Interstitial Lung disease, Pulmonary Vascular diseases and pulmonary issues in solid organ transplants. His research background is in respiratory immunobiology. Dr. Jyothula is currently involved in research to improve prediction of immune rejection in lung transplant recipients.

Thomas Kaleekal, MD graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1998 to join the Internal Medicine program at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. After completing his Internal Medicine Residency, he continued in a leadership role as the Chief Medical Resident of the Internal Medicine Program. He completed his Pulmonary, Critical care and Sleep Medicine fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in 2005. After completing his fellowship, he worked in Roswell, NM as a Pulmonary/Critical Care Staff attending and was the Medical Director of the Sleep Center. He joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee as Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care in 2008 with special emphasis on advanced lung disease and critical care outcomes research. He joined Houston Methodist Pulmonary Transplant program as a Transplant Attending physician in 2012. Dr. Kaleekal's clinical interest lies in taking care of patients with advanced lung disease, and lung transplantation. He is part of one of most active lung transplant centers nationally and internationally. His research interest involves seeking answers to help improve lung transplantation outcomes.

Babith Mankidy, MD
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P. Julie Nguyen, MD, FCCP is board certified in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and is also a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. She completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonary training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She has been in private pulmonary practice in the Texas Medical Center since 1994. Dr. Nguyen is active in her local hospitals, currently as Clinical Instructor with Weill Cornell College of Medicine, and previously served as Specialty Education Coordinator for Houston Methodist Residency program in the Pulmonary department. She was also past Chief Medical Staff of Kindred Hospital in Houston, and now presently serving as Medical Director of the hospital. In addition, she serves as Medical Director at the Medical Advisory Board representing the Southern Region at Kindred Corporate in Louisville, Kentucky. Her other positions included past Medical Director of Frances Brown Pulmonary Rehab and currently as Medical Director of Asthma and Lung Pulmonary rehab center. She was named as one of the Doctor's Choice of Best Physicians in Health and Fitness Sports magazine in 2009, as well as H Texas Magazine Top Doctor in 2010 and 2012. Dr. Nguyen was the recipient of the Edward C. Lynch Teacher of the Year Award two years in a row - in 2011 and again in 2012. Recently, she was awarded the Kindred Corporate President's Club Clinical Champion Award for outstanding Medical Director for 2012.

Ana Roman, MD was born and raised in Romania, lived in Uruguay for a decade, and came to the US for post graduate training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in Pulmonary/Critical care. Dr. Roman has been in private practice since 1983, both solo and as part of a large multispecialty group in Houston. She recently joined Houston Methodist Academic Medicine group. Her main interest is clinical, focusing on direct patient care and providing high quality pulmonary consultation both in the outpatient and hospital setting. Dr. Roman would like to eventually establish a center for excellence in asthma and COPD at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Neeraj Sinha, MD
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