Victor Fainstein, MD

Infectious Diseases

Houston Methodist Academic Medicine Associates - Infectious Disease

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Victor Fainstein, MD

Houston Methodist Academic Medicine Associates - Infectious Disease

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About Me

Dr. Victor Fainstein has been extensively involved in treating cases and in developing and managing protocols throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He also served as consultant to Houston-area businesses, sports teams, school districts and art institutions, including the Houston Ballet.


Fainstein was born in Mexico City, Mexico, where he obtained his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and completed internal medicine residency at the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Health Sciences and Nutrition. Fainstein completed his first fellowship in infectious diseases and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and second fellowship, focused on infectious diseases in the compromised host, at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Fainstein served as vice chairman of the infectious diseases department, chairman of infection control, and professor of medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center for eight years. He then moved to Houston Methodist Hospital, where he has been practicing for over 30 years, serves as chief of infectious diseases, and is medical director and senior advisor to Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services. He holds internal medicine professorships at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine.

Fainstein has published more than 125 peer reviewed articles and one textbook. He serves on the editorial board of several major medical journals and was a consultant to the World Health Organization Pan American Division in Infectious Diseases.

Fainstein has been honored with annual teaching awards, the Texas Medical Association Scientific Writing Award, Houston Methodist Hospital Centennial Physician, and John Overstreet Physician of the Year Award conferred by Houston Methodist for unparalleled devotion to patient care and compassion. Fainstein also served as president of the Houston Methodist medical staff and vice chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, and president of the Houston and Texas Infectious Diseases Societies.

Clinical Interests

AIDS Doctor to Doctor Consultation
AIDS Patients
Bone Infections
Infectious Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Urinary Infections

Accepted Insurance Plans

AARP Medicare Complete
Aetna Affordable Health Choices
Aetna Choice POS / Open Choice
Aetna EPO
Aetna HMO
Aetna Health Network
Aetna International
Aetna Managed Choice / Elect Choice
Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO
Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO
Aetna Meritain Health
Aetna Open Access
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Aetna QPOS
Aetna Select
Aetna Signature Administrators
Aetna Signature Administrators Allied Benefits
Aetna Signature Administrators CoreSource
Aetna Student Health
Aetna TRS Active Care (excluding Whole Health)
All Saver/United Healthcare
Beech Street PPO
Best Doctors International
Blue Choice POS
Blue Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP Federal Employee Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Edge
Blue Essentials
Blue Essentials Access
Care Improvement Plus Medicare Advantage
Cigna APWU
Cigna Allegiance
Cigna Allegiance Houston Methodist Employee Medical Plan
Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna EPO
Cigna Global Health Benefits (International)
Cigna Great West
Cigna HMO
Cigna Indemnity
Cigna LocalPlus
Cigna NALC
Cigna Network
Cigna Network Open Access
Cigna Open Access
Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Cigna Qualcare
Cigna Shared Administration OAP
Cigna Shared Administration PPO
Cigna SureFit
Community Health Choice Marketplace
Coventry PPO
Erickson Advantage
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO
Galaxy Health Network PPO
HAA Preferred Partners (International)
HMO Blue
HealthSmart Accel PPO
HealthSmart PPO
HealthSmart Payors Organization
Humana HMO / EPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus/Choice
Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana Medicare Advantage Private Fee For Service
Humana Military TRICARE-East Region
Humana Natl POS Open Access
Humana POS & Preferred POS
Humana PPO & Preferred PPO
Humana TRS-Care Medicare Advantage PPO Plan
Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
Humana/ChoiceCare+ Network PPO
Imagine Health
Imagine Health GPA
Imagine Health Trustmark
Imagine Health/SISCO
Independent Medical Systems PPO (IMS)
Interplan Health Group
Kelsey Seybold Affiliate Network
Medicare Railroad
MultiPlan PPO
National Preferred Provider Network PPO (NPPN)
Olympus Managed Care (International)
Oscar Easy Care Medicare Advantage
PHCS Healthy Directions
Provider Select PPO
SmartCare PNM Resources
TRS-ActiveCare 2 Group 385002
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-South Texas Region Group 295430
TRS-ActiveCare Fully Insured Plan-West Texas Region Group 295781
TRS-ActiveCare HD Group 385000
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Group 385003
TRS-ActiveCare Primary Plus Group 385001
TexanPlus/Wellcare Medicare Advantage
Three Rivers Provider Network
UHC Medicare Chronic Complete
UHC Medicare Complete
UHC Medicare Solutions
US Family Health Plan
USA Managed Care PPO
United Health Integrated Services
United Healthcare Dual Complete
United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
United Healthcare Nexus ACO
United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley
UnitedHealthcare Choice
UnitedHealthcare ChoicePlus
UnitedHealthcare Core
UnitedHealthcare Core Plus
UnitedHealthcare EPO
UnitedHealthcare Golden Rule
UnitedHealthcare HMO
UnitedHealthcare Navigate
UnitedHealthcare Navigate Plus
UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
UnitedHealthcare Oxford
UnitedHealthcare POS
UnitedHealthcare PPO
UnitedHealthcare Select / ERS
UnitedHealthcare Student Resources
UnitedHealthcare West

Insurance plans may change. Please verify your plan is accepted when scheduling an appointment.


Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Facultad de Medicina-Mexico City, Mexico | 1973
Internal Medicine | Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion, Mexico City, Mexico
Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases
  • Houston Methodist Hospital


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