Our Team

Janice L. Zimmerman, MD, MACP, FCCM, FCCP
Janice L. Zimmerman, MD, MACP, MCCM, FCCP Dr. Zimmerman is the program director for the Houston Methodist Hospital Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship. She received her medical degree with magna cum laude honors from Baylor College of Medicine and completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Critical Care at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is board-certified in critical care and internal medicine. Dr. Zimmerman is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist. She serves as the Division Head for Critical Care in the Department of Medicine. She has served in numerous leadership positions in the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and was a founder of the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course. She is currently treasurer of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman has authored many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and served as director of many critical care courses. She is regularly invited to present at board review courses, national professional meetings and international congresses addressing many aspects of critical care including toxicology, transfusion, sepsis, and environmental injuries. She has been a member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign involved with guideline creation since 2003. Her contributions have been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award of SCCM in 2001 and 2013, the Joseph and Rae Brown Award in 2015, and the Safar Global Partner Award in 2017.


Key Clinical Faculty

Zeenatp Safdar, MD
Zeenat Safdar, MD, FCCP, FACP Dr. Safdar is associate program director of the fellowship program, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and an associate clinical member of the Institute of Academic Medicine, and director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center and Clinical Research at Houston Methodist Hospital Lung Center in Houston, Texas. She is also an adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Safdar serves as pulmonology chair at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) Online University, and previously served as the national chair at PHA on the Road program and chair of Young Council at Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI). Dr. Safdar is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), and Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI). She is a member of the PH Council of International Society of Heart Lung Transplant, American Thoracic Society and Texas Medical Association. She has served as a session facilitator, presenter, and abstract reviewer and selector at International Conferences of the ATS, CHEST and ISHLT. Dr. Safdar has served as an invited reviewer for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease and serves as a member of the editorial board of several journals. Her principal area of interest is pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), specifically translational research and conduction of clinical trials. Her recent research has focused on the contribution of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system to the pathophysiology of PAH. She is the principal and co-investigator of several ongoing clinical trials.

Timothy Connolly, MD
Timothy A. Connolly, MD Dr. Connolly attended Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating cum laude along with election into the AOA Medical Honor Society. He completed an Internal Medicine residency followed by a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is in private practice and has been volunteer clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine since 2002. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. He is the Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services at Houston Methodist Hospital and has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. His areas of clinical interest include COPD, sleep apnea, asthma, advanced bronchoscopy and sports-related lung injuries. Dr. Connolly has participated in the care of local and national elite athletes including members of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA as well as triathletes and regular “weekend warriors”. He is actively involved in clinical research projects using bronchoscopic interventions to treat end stage emphysema. He performs specialized bronchoscopic procedures such as endobronchial ultrasound, bronchial thermoplasty, cryotherapy, argon plasma coagulation, endobronchial closure of bronchopleural fistulae and was the first doctor in Texas to implant endobronchial coils for lung volume reduction as treatment for emphysema.

Deepa Gotur, MD, FCCP
Deepa Gotur, MD, FCCP   Dr. Gotur completed her MBBS degree in Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in India. She did an Internal Medicine residency at Richmond University Medical Center in New York and completed her fellowship in Critical Care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist. Her interests include hemodynamic monitoring and mechanical ventilation.

Neeraj Sinha, MD   Dr. Sinha received his MBBS degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed an Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at New York Medical College. He subsequently trained in a pulmonary transplant fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Sinha is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Institute of Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. He currently serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Mukhtar Ahmed Al-Saadi, MD, EdD
Mukhtar Ahmed Al-Saadi, MD, EdD Dr. Al-Saadi received his medical degree from the University of Baghdad-College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq. He completed his Internal Medicine internship at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Al-Saadi was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and then completed his fellowship in Critical Care at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Al-Saadi received a doctorate degree in education and leadership in health sciences from the University of Houston. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Institute of Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. His areas of interest include right ventricular failure, shock and multiorgan failure, teaching in the ICU, leadership in the ICU, and bedside ultrasound use in critically ill patients.