Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Methodist Academic Medicine Associates

Willa Hsueh, MD

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Hsueh currently serves as the Director of the Diabetes Research Center, and Head of the Section of Diabetes, Obesity and Lipids, Department of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Hsueh is considered an international expert in diabetes and heart disease, with her group being the first to decipher mechanisms by which current diabetes medications protect against atherosclerosis. She also demonstrated that the coronary arteries are damaged in insulin-resistant patients who have no traditional risk for heart disease. Dr. Hsueh came to Houston Methodist in 2008 from UCLA School of Medicine, where she was professor of medicine and chief of the division of endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension. Hsueh was the director of the NIH-sponsored Diabetes and Endocrine Research Center (DERC) at UCLA and UC-San Diego. She is the author of more than 200 publications in medical literature, is internationally known for her work relating diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and has received numerous awards for her scientific efforts. She received her medical degree cum laude from Ohio State University and performed postgraduate training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Clinic Information

Houston Methodist Academic Medicine Associates
6550 Fannin Street, Smith Tower #1101
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713-441-4483
Fax : 713-790-6617

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of So. California, LA, CA, 1980 – 1984
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of So. California, Los Angeles, CA, 1984 – 1987
  • Professor of Medicine, University of So. California, Los Angeles, CA 1987 – 2007
  • Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical School, Houston, TX, 2010

Professional Education

  • B.S., Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1970
  • M.D., Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 1973
  • Internship, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1973 - 1974
  • Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1974 – 1975
  • Clinical Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Division of Endocrinology, 1975 - 1976
  • Research Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, Division of Endocrinology, 1976 – 1979

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1969
  • Upjohn Achievement Award Research, 1973
  • National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Diseases, Clinical Investigator Award, 1979-84
  • National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Diseases, Research Career Development Award, 1982-87
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation, 1986
  • American Heart Association, Harry Goldblatt Award for Cardiovascular Research, 1986
  • USC Cares Woman in Medicine, 1988
  • National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Diseases, MERIT Award, 1991-1998
  • American Association of Physicians, 1993
  • Advisory Council, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, 1994-97
  • Best Doctors in America, California, Endocrinology, 1997
  • Best Doctors in America, National, Endocrinology, 1998-2007
  • Chinese American Physician of the Year, 2002
  • John Hopkins Society of Scholars, 2002
  • Council for High Blood Pressure Research, "Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial lecture," 2003
  • Edwin B. Astwood Award from Endocrine Society for Outstanding Research, 2005
  • Ohio State University Alumni of the Year Award, 2005

Memberships

  • Western Society for Clinical Investigation, 1982 – Present
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation, 1986 – Present
  • American Association of Physicians, 1993 – Present
  • American Federation for Clinical Research, 1979 – 2000
  • Endocrine Society, 1979 – Present
  • American Heart Association, 1981 – Present
  • American Diabetes Association, 1976 – Prsent
  • American Society for Hypertension, 2006 – Present