Residency Leadership

Awar, Melina
Melina Awar, MD, FACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Division Head, Hospital Medicine

Dr. Awar 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 the Division Head for Hospital Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. In 2018 Dr. Awar was promoted to Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. 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 board certified in internal medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Awar is a member of several hospital committees focused on quality management and organizational performance. She was elected to the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Hospital Quality & Patient Safety Committee which oversees national efforts in quality improvement, reduction in medical errors, and advances in patient safety. Dr. Awar was awarded the Department of Medicine General Internal Medicine Teaching Award three years in a row (2012-2014) and again in 2018.  She also was the recipient of the Department of Medicine Edward C. Lynch Teacher of The Year Award for three years in a row (2013-2015) and again in 2018.

Colton, Lara
Lara Colton, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Colton is a native Houstonian and has trained and worked in the Texas Medical Center since beginning medical school at UT-Houston. After graduating she stayed to complete her Internal Medicine Residency training and then joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine as an instructor and then Assistant Professor at the VA Hospital serving as a clinician educator. In 2008 Dr. Colton joined Houston Methodist Hospital as an academic general internist and obtained a faculty appointment of Assistant Professor of Medicine for Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2009 she graduated from Educational Scholars Fellowship Program, a two-year fellowship for clinician educators dedicated to enhancing their knowledge of educational principles and improving practical teaching skills including lecturing, evaluation, and mentorship. In 2010 she became Assistant Program Director and was promoted to Associate Program Director in 2012.  Dr. Colton oversees and directs the Primary Care Clinic and its operations, she attends on the UTS and has a small private general medicine clinic.  She has also been a faculty mentor since 2013.  Dr. Colton is actively involved in GME including as Chair of the Wellness in Training Subcommittee, which has an ongoing involvement in the hospital-wide commitment to prevention of burnout and achieving wellness. Her other career interests include communication and transitions of care, residents as teachers and preventative health.

Clewing, J. Marietta
J. Marietta Clewing, MD
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Clerkship Director, Internal Medicine
Dr. 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 Universität 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.

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