Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Program Leadership

Jose A. Perez, Jr., MD, MSEd, MBA, FACP — Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Vice Chair of Education

Jose A. Perez, Jr., MD, MD, MSEd, MBA, FACP — Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Vice Chair of Education

Dr. Perez, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Yale and UCLA-affiliated hospitals, and served as Chief Resident. A General Internist by training, Dr. Perez holds a Master of Science degree in Medical Education from the Department of Medical Education at the University of Southern California and a Professional M.B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to Board Certification in Internal Medicine, he is a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management and holds certification by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr. Perez joined Houston Methodist Hospital in 2007 and serves as Vice Chair for Education and the Residency Director in Internal Medicine. He has 15 years of experience as a residency director and over 20 as a faculty member and teacher. Dr. Perez has served on the Board of Directors and is currently President of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

John C. McKechnie, MD, FACP, FACG — Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

John C. McKechnie, MD — Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. McKechnie is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. After Internal Medicine Residency, 3 years in the United States Army, a short time as a primary care physician in Appalachia and finishing training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Baylor, he entered the practice of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Houston Methodist Hospital. He rapidly rose from Instructor to Clinical Professor at Baylor, receiving multiple awards for teaching. While Baylor and Houston Methodist Hospital were affiliated, Dr. McKechnie was in charge of the Gastroenterology teaching program at HMH. After Baylor and HMH separated, he was instrumental in developing the new Internal Medicine Residency at HMH, where he now serves as Associate Program Director. Dr. McKechnie is Clinical Professor at Weill Cornell College of Medicine. He has been named to the Excellence in Teaching Hall of Fame at Baylor and named as Distinguished Clinician by the American Gastroenterology Association. He recently received the Laureate Award by the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Lara Colton, MD, FACP — Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Lara Colton, MD — Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Colton is a native Houstonian and has trained and worked in the Texas Medical Center since beginning medical school at UT-Houston. After graduating she stayed to complete her Internal Medicine Residency training and then joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine as an instructor and then Assistant Professor at the VA Hospital serving as a clinician educator. In 2008 Dr. Colton joined Houston Methodist Hospital as an academic general internist and obtained a faculty appointment of Assistant Professor of Medicine for Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2009 she graduated from Educational Scholars Fellowship Program, a two-year fellowship for clinician educators dedicated to enhancing their knowledge of educational principles and improving practical teaching skills including lecturing, evaluation, and mentorship. In 2010 she became Assistant Program Director and was promoted to Association Program Director in 2012. Dr. Colton has a strong interest in academic medicine and regularly staffs the Primary Care Clinic (PCC) and rounds frequently on the general medicine ward teams as attending for the University Teaching Service (UTS).

Michelle Henderson — Residency Coordinator, Internal Medicine Residency

Michelle Henderson  — Residency Coordinator, Internal Medicine Residency

Michelle joined HMH as Program Coordinator to the IM residency in 2006. Over the past seven years Michelle has played a key role in the program's expansion and attainment of a 5-year accreditation. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Michelle takes pride in her relationships with the residents and always provides an open-door atmosphere.