San Jacinto Family Medicine Residency Faculty Bios

Program Director, Clare Hawkins, MD
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. He has an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in palliative care. 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. His special medical interests are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (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, MD

Dr. Goldberg is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and has been in Houston for more than 30 years. He received his BS degree 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 obstetrics (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, MD

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 grandchildren. His hobbies include flying, snow skiing, jogging, swimming, sailing and hunting.

Faculty, H.N. Williston, MD

Dr. Williston was born in Alberta, Canada, did three years toward a BS degree in chemistry 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 two months of providing locum services in Ontario and Nova Scotia, he next served for the Canadian International Development Agency, providing services as a medical officer in Nigeria during the Biafrin civil war. He worked for nine months at the government hospital in Ikeja and then 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 opened 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 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He has been on the executive board of the medical staff at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, a member of the Board of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Family Medicine Residency Program, and serves on state Medicaid committees, acting as an advocate for the poor. His strength is his full scope family practice and 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, MD

Dr. Gabler is a board-certified family physician from Houston, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola University in 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 coastal 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 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, DO

Dr. Ehdaie received her BA degree 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, MD

Dr. Puppala is a board-certified family physician who graduated from this program in 2008 and joined as a faculty member. 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education  (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, MD

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 the University of Texas in Houston and a previous surgical residency in El Salvador.