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 Institute for Academic Medicine 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 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.
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 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 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. In 2009 she graduated from Educational Scholars Fellowship Program, a two-year fellowship for clinician educators focused on enhancing their skills in teaching, evaluation, and mentorship. In 2010 she became assistant program director and was promoted to associate program director in 2012. Since 2013, she has served as a faculty mentor to internal medicine residents. 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 2017 she became chair of the Wellness in Training Subcommittee which is committed to preventing burnout and achieving wellness in trainees. In 2019 she was appointed to chair of GME. She is also part of Physician and Provider Engagement & Resiliency Taskforce (PERT)2 Resident Wellbeing Subgroup which is currently studying the sources of burnout in trainees in and around the Texas Medical Center. 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.
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 academic hospitalist. She quickly became involved in resident and medical student education. She currently serves as assistant residency program director and the medical student clerkship director. Dr. Clewing received her medical degree from the 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 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 the medical school through the partnership with Texas A&M 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 10 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.
Ejaz Janjua, DO
Assistant 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 Ddrector 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 just a few years ago, 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.
Academic Education Manager
Michelle joined Houston Methodist as program coordinator to the internal medicine residency in 2007. 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.