Leadership and team

Ritu Parikh, MD 
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency 
Hospital Medicine 

Dr. Parikh is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and Hospitalist at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Parikh completed her medical school training and Internal Medicine Residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. After completing residency, Dr. Parikh joined the Division of Hospital Medicine at Rush. In this role, Dr. Parikh held active roles in medical education and quality improvement. She served as facilitator for numerous medical student courses including pathophysiology and applied physical diagnosis, and she also served as the M3 Internal Medicine Assistant Clerkship Director and M4 Quality and Safety Clerkship Director. Dr. Parikh also served as Unit Medical Director. In addition, Dr. Parikh worked closely with Internal Medicine residents and medical students and received the recognition of Outstanding Teacher. After her time at Rush, Dr. Parikh joined the Division of Hospital Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and worked actively with housestaff on the Neurosurgical Co-Management service and was an active member of the Neurosurgery Quality Council. Dr. Parikh joined the Hospitalist team at Houston Methodist The Woodlands in 2020. Dr. Parikh is passionate about medical education, quality improvement, and is committed to working with residents to facilitate a comprehensive, individualized, and evidence-based training experience.  
Monica Arnell, MD
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Hospital Medicine 

Dr. Arnell is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and Hospitalist at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. She completed her medical school training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and her residency at Baylor College of Medicine and received the Resident Teacher Award for her work in the Academy of Resident Educators. Dr. Arnell has a specific interest in teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety to residents and medical students for healthcare improvement. She has received national training in these areas as a prior Chief Resident of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Arnell has published and presented nationally in QI and teaching initiatives, including her most recent development of a formal curriculum for resident event reporting for AAMC’s MedEdPortal. She is an active member of several hospital committees focused on safety and process improvement. Dr. Arnell enjoys mentoring residents with their own projects, from improvement ideas to presentation and publication. Her goal is to ensure that all residents have significant exposure, participation, and dedication to healthcare improvement throughout their training.
Alexandria Allen, MD 
Core Team Member 
Hospital Medicine 

Alexandria Allen, MD is a native Tennessean where she attended the University of Tennessee for undergraduate school as well as graduate school where she received her Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology.  Dr. Allen later went on to medical school at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center to complete her MD.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine also at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and went on to serve as an academic hospitalist for 6 years with the University of Tennessee at Methodist University Hospital.  Dr. Allen later moved to Texas where she started as a hospitalist with Houston Methodist the Woodlands Hospital in 2018.  She currently participates in several committees including Bioethics, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and Patient Quality and Safety.  She also has served various leadership roles at Houston Methodist the Woodlands Hospital including Physician Advisor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Allen’s interests include hospital medicine, medical education, bioethics and patient safety.  
Devang Parikh, MD, MA
Core Team Member 

Dr. Parikh is board certified in Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Echocardiography. He completed his medical school training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and subsequently completed his General Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He went on to complete an advanced fellowship in Structural Cardiology at the University of California at San Francisco before joining Houston Methodist The Woodlands. Here, he led the development of the Structural Heart Program and recently became Director the Structural Heart Program at HMTW. Dr. Parikh has a special interest in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), transcatheter mitral and tricuspid procedures, as well as PFO closure. Besides his clinical interests he serves as the Co-Chair of the Product Value Analysis Committee for the Houston Methodist System. He is passionate about teaching and has worked closely with medical students, residents and fellows throughout his career. Notably, he also has an extensive background in research and has numerous publications in the field of Cardiology.
Hammad Qureshi, MD, MBBS
Core Team Member
Pulmonary & Critical Care 

Hammad Qureshi MD, MBBS is a Pulmonologist, and Critical Care Physician practicing in The Woodlands Texas since 2013. He has been affiliated with Houston Methodist the Woodlands since the inception of the hospital in 2018 serving as Director of Critical Care from 2018 to 2022. He also serves in various leadership roles in many committees including Quality and Patient Safety, the Diabetes Management Counsel, Peer Review Committee and Stroke Committee. 

He is a part of the Houston Methodist Lung Center of Excellence. His areas of interest are lung cancer, COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, and sleep-related disorders. He is involved with the Houston Methodist Lung Nodule Clinic and certified in advanced bronchoscopic procedures with electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer.
Dr. Qureshi completed his medical school training at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan in 2004. He completed Internal Medicine residency at West Virginia University, Morgantown, in 2010 and did his Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care from Baylor College of Medicine.

Jennifer Swing

Program Coordinator

Jennifer joins Houston Methodist The Woodlands as the Project Manager and Program Coordinator for the inaugural Internal Medicine residency program. In this role, she will be a key contributor to the continued development of the program and its recruitment of the inaugural class of residents. Jennifer will also collaborate with program and hospital leadership to ensure alignment with accreditation and compliance standards.  

Jennifer’s career spans more than 16 years in Graduate Medical Education, in which she has effectively managed, provided oversight and helped create several de novo training programs within the Department of Medicine at HMH. Her leadership and vast experience in GME management is essential to the success of the Internal Medicine residency program.