Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Key Faculty

Key Faculty:

Craig M. Pratt, MD, FACC (Subspecialty Education Coordinator) is Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Vice Chairman of Research and Education and Program Director for Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program for the Department of Cardiology, Houston Methodist Hospital. He also serves as Medical Director of the Coronary Intensive Care Unit and the Electrocardiography and Stress Testing Laboratories and is Director of Research at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Pratt's clinical cardiology practice is dedicated to advancing cardiac patient care and clinical research. Dr. Pratt's specific research interests are in the clinical investigation of cardiac arrhythmias. He has been the principle investigator of numerous clinical and device trials including several NIH supported trials and has authored more than 300 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Pratt received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine and completed his Internal Medicine residency and Cardiovascular fellowship training at the University of California, Davis.

Lawrence Rice, MD, FACP (Subspecialty Education Coordinator) serves as Chief of the Academic Hematology Division at Houston Methodist Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. After graduation from Emory School of Medicine, he completed Internal Medicine Internship, Residency, and Hematology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, remaining on the faculty at Baylor to become Professor of Medicine, Professor of Thrombosis Research, Hematology Program Director, and Hematology/Oncology Course Director. He has had a very active Consultative Hematology practice based at Houston Methodist for more than 30 years, remarkable for the depth and breadth of the blood disorders managed, including several patients each with such problems as Congenital TTP, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and Evans' syndrome. Two-thirds of the patients have "benign" hematologic disorders, and one-third have hematologic malignancies. Dr. Rice is a frequent lecturer and chairman at educational symposia and CME events nationally. His research interests include thrombocytopenic disorders (ITP, TTP and HIT); bleeding, clotting and anticoagulation problems; and anemias, erythropoietin actions and iron metabolism.

George Taffet, MD (Subspecialty Education Coordinator) is Professor and Chief of the Department of Geriatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and the Robert J. Luchi, M.D. Chair in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Taffet received his medical degree from Brown University and went on to Residency, Clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, as well as Research Fellowship all at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Along with his numerous publications, Dr. Taffet's research interests include aging and cardiovascular function, arterial rigidity and mouse models. His clinical focus is diastolic heart failure and age-related cardiovascular changes.

Janice Zimmerman, MD, MS, FACP, FCCP, FCCM (Subspecialty Education Coordinator) is currently Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Head of the Critical Care Division at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care. Medical school, residency and fellowship were completed at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Zimmerman is active in several internal medicine and critical care professional organizations and regularly lectures at regional, national and international critical care meetings and board review courses. Her areas of expertise include sepsis, overdoses, and noninvasive ventilation. Publications include articles in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Teaching Award Winners:

Melina Awar, MD

2012/2013 Dept. of Medicine Faculty Teaching Award
2012/2013 Edward C. Lynch, Teacher of the Year Award
2012/2013 Distinguished Faculty Award
2011/2012 General IM Teaching Award

John Buergler, MD

2012/2013 Voluntary Faculty Clinical Teaching Award

J Marietta Clewing, MD

2010/2011 General IM Teaching Award
2010/2011 Junior Clinical Instructor Award
2011/2012 Junior Clinical Instructor Award
2011/2012 Award for Exemplary Service & Commitment to Teaching

Juan Gonzalez, MD

2011/2012 Voluntary Faculty Clinical Teaching Award

P Julie Nguyen, MD, FCCP

2010/2011 Edward C. Lynch Teacher of the Year Award
2011/2012 Edward C. Lynch Teacher of the Year Award

Craig Pratt, MD, FACC

2012/2013 Distinguished Faculty Award
2011/2012 Award for Exemplary Service & Commitment to Teaching

Miguel Quinones, MD, FACC

2011/2012 Outstanding Service & Commitment to Teaching Residents & Fellows

Ericka Simpson, MD

2011/2012 Award for Exemplary Service & Commitment to Teaching

Wadi Suki, MD

2012/2013 Faculty Teaching Award for Exemplary Service & Commitment to Teaching Residents in Nephrology

William Zoghbi, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE

2011/2012 Outstanding Service & Commitment to Teaching Residents & Fellows