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Faculty - Hospitalists

Melina Awar, MD earned her medical degree with AOA honors from the University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine. She continued on to complete her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California where she also served an additional year as Chief Resident for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Awar is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine for Weill Cornell Medical College and is currently serving as Division Head for Hospitalist Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is board certified in internal medicine, and is a member of the American College of Physicians and Society of Hospital Medicine. Along with her duties as an academic hospitalist for the University Teaching Service, Dr. Awar is active in graduate medical education and provides bedside and classroom instruction to internal medicine residents and medical students. She is a member of several hospital committees focused on quality management and organizational performance. Dr. Awar was awarded the General Internal Medicine Teaching Award for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and was the recipient of the Edward C. Lynch Teacher of The Year Award for 2012-2013.

Mirza Z. Baig, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a teaching hospitalist with TMH. He received his medical education at Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan and did his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in Springfield, IL. After graduation from residency, he served as a primary care provider at a large community health center in Southern Arizona (MHC Healthcare). He later served as a Medical Director of the same organization for over a year. He then became a full time hospitalist at St. Joseph's Hospital with Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Baig enjoys teaching and likes being a part of an academic environment for continued learning and growth. This was the primary motivation behind his joining TMH. During his time in Tucson, Dr. Baig also obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Eller College of Management, University of Arizona.

J. Marietta Clewing, MD is a board-certified Internist who joined the Department of Medicine in 2009 as an Instructor in Clinical Medicine. She currently serves as our Medical Student Clerkship Director. Dr. Clewing received her Medical Degree from the Freie Universit├Ąt in Berlin, Germany and completed the residency program in Internal Medicine at Jacobi-Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. At graduation, she received the Ambulatory Care Resident of the Year Award. Dr. Clewing has a strong interest in Medical Education and is working as an attending physician on the University Teaching Service. She is a member of the Residency Evaluation Committee and the Resident Mentorship Program. Throughout her career, Dr. Clewing had a strong interest in clinical and experimental research resulting in various publications and national and international presentations. Prior to entering her residency program, Dr. Clewing held a research appointment in genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. In 2010-2011 Dr. Clewing was the recipient of the General Internal Medicine Teaching Award as well as the Junior Clinical Instructor Award. She was awarded the Junior Clinical Instructor Award again for 2011-2012.

Terry Bowman McLendon, M.D. spent two decades in economic development and finance before starting her medical career. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and completed her internship and residency at UMDNJ-New Brunswick. She is board certified in internal medicine. Dr McLendon has worked in a variety of community and university settings, joining us from Duke University, where she was Assistant Clinical Professor and Medical Director for Hospitalist Services at a Duke-affiliated hospital. She is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and served as Division Head for Hospital Medicine at TMH from 2011-2013. She currently serves as Business Practices Medical Officer for the TMH Physicians Organization. In addition, Dr McLendon has been appointed Medical Director for Care Management at TMH, a newly created position working with case management, documentation specialists, and physicians to optimize patient care and utilization of healthcare resources. She serves on numerous committees dedicated to hospital systems/process improvement and patient safety/quality. In 2012, she was sponsored by Houston Methodist Hospital for the Academic Medical Department Leadership certificate program through the Fleming Center for Healthcare Management at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr McLendon is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society for Hospital Medicine.

Martina C. Ogbonna, MD is a board-certified Internist who joined the department of Medicine in 2013 as a Hospitalist and Instructor in Clinical Medicine. Dr Ogbonna received her Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her residency program in Internal Medicine at Yale, primary care residency program in CT. Prior to the current position she was a Hospitalist and Instructor in Clinical Medicine at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. She was also co-director of the Rapid Diagnosis Center, at Grant Medical Center, a 24 hour diagnostic center, which won the PRISM award. Dr Ogbonna also served on numerous committees dedicated to quality improvement, hospital through-put and patient satisfaction. Dr Ogbonna has a strong interest in leadership as well as education both of the patients and residents.

Manju Nukala, MD is a board certified internist and wound care specialist. Dr. Nukala completed her medical degree from Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada, India, a prestigious government medical college in the state of Andhra Pradesh. She completed her internship and residency at Queens Hospital Center part of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Nukala received awards of excellence for leadership and teaching during her residency. Due to her academic and research interests she also completed an extra year as a chief resident. Dr. Nukala has worked in several private practices including Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Baylor Medical Center at Garland. She also worked as a Wound Care Specialist at various Nursing home facilities and LTAC centers. She has been a recipient of America's Top Physicians award for the last 5 consecutive years. She enjoys teaching and values team work and open communication when taking care of patients. She joined the academic hospitalist practice at Houston Methodist Houston Hospital in late 2013.