Residency Leadership

Awar, Melina
Melina Awar, MD, FACP, FHM
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 currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine for the Academic Institute and served as the Division Head for Hospital Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital until 2018 when she was 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 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 was also 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 McGovern Medical School at UT-Health. After graduating she stayed to complete her Internal Medicine Residency training and then joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine at the VA Hospital serving as a clinician educator. In 2008 Dr. Colton joined Houston Methodist Hospital as an academic internist and obtained a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine for Weill Cornell Medical College. She has served as Associate Program Director since 2012.  Her most significant contributions to the program include the annual recruitment process, curriculum development, expansion of ambulatory rotations, improvements to evaluation tools, and participation in scholarly activities with residents.  She also helped launch the Internal Medicine Residency Mentorship Program and has served as a faculty mentor to internal medicine residents for eight years. In 2015, Dr. Colton obtained a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine for Texas A&M University College of Medicine given Houston Methodist Hospital is a large campus for their student clerkships. Dr. Colton is actively involved as a leader in Graduate Medical Education (GME). In 2016 she became chair of the Wellness in Training Subcommittee which focuses on preventing burnout and achieving wellness in trainees. She is also part of Physician and Provider Engagement & Resiliency Taskforce (PERT)2 Resident Well-being Subgroup which has studied the sources of burnout in trainees in and around the Texas Medical Center.  She also heads the CLER (Clinical Learning Environment Review) Task-force on Well-being.  She is part of the National Well-being ACGME group and has presented materials and facilitated small group discussions.  She was appointed to Chair of GME in 2019 and serves on the Accreditation and Executive Committees.  In 2020, she was appointed to Associate DIO (Designated Institutional Official) and will be transitioning to DIO in 2021.  Her clinical responsibilities include precepting residents in their Primary Care Clinic (PCC), attending on medicine wards (known as University Teaching Service), and managing a small patient panel. Other interests include communication and transitions of care, Residents as Teachers, and preventative health.   She is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and has served on Texas Chapter Board of Directors.

Clewing 2019
J. Marietta Clewing, MD
Associate 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 academic hospitalist. She currently serves as Associate Residency Program Director and the Clerkship Director for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Clewing received her medical degree from “Freie Universität” in Berlin, Germany and completed a few years of medical training in Germany before she joined the residency program in internal medicine at Jacobi-Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. At graduation in 2009, she received the Ambulatory Care Resident of the Year Award. Dr. Clewing has a strong interest in medical education and humanism and contributes to the training of many learners in various roles. She still serves as teaching faculty on the University Teaching Service, is a member of the Residency Evaluation Committee and the Resident Mentorship Program, serves on various committees for Texas A&M, College of Medicine, and is a mentor for the medical students on our campus. 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. During her 11 years with Houston Methodist, Dr. Clewing has received several teaching and mentorship awards for her contributions in graduate and postgraduate medical training. In July 2019, Dr. Clewing was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators of Texas A&M, College of Medicine. In 2020, Dr. Clewing was the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award for the College of Medicine, Texas A&M.

Janjua, Ejaz 2019
Ejaz Janjua, DO
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Dr. Janjua graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and matched into the Houston Methodist Internal Medicine Residency Program. Upon graduating he stayed with Houston Methodist as the program’s PGY-4 chief resident. Dr. Janjua joined the Houston Methodist Academic Hospitalist Group in August 2016 and in December 2018 he was promoted to Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Janjua is very active as a mentor for the residents and regularly engages in various scholarly activities which include helping the residents with their presentations at conferences such as SHM and ACP. He is also active on various committees in the hospital including the Hospitalist, Heart Failure, and Hospice CMPI committees. In addition, since joining the program, Dr. Janjua has won several teaching awards including the Department of Medicine Faculty Teaching Award, the Edward C. Lynch Teacher of the Year Award, the GME Faculty Teaching Award and the Texas A&M Best Internal Medicine Faculty Award.

Henderson, Michelle 2020
Michelle Henderson
Academic Education Manager
Michelle joined Houston Methodist as program coordinator to the internal medicine residency in 2006. Her background in health care and recruiting along with excellent organization and interpersonal skills made her the ideal candidate. She has been instrumental in the development of the program working closely alongside the program directors to successfully create a program where residents learn in a close-knit atmosphere that provides an optimal balance of service and education. Over the years Michelle has played a key role in the program's expansion and attainment of a five-year accreditation. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Michelle takes pride in her relationships with the residents and provides both an open door and readily available ear.

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