Houston Methodist Physician Organization

What Is the Physician Organization?

As one of the nation’s leading hospitals and academic medical centers, Houston Methodist is home to some of the nation’s most talented and experienced providers — whose collective goal is to provide outstanding patient-centered care. Everything we do is focused on unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation, while keeping in mind our I CARE values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence. We employ more than 1,800 clinicians — comprised of mid-level providers, APPs and physicians in our unique Physician Organization — at more than 265 practice locations across the Greater Houston area.



Employed Clinicians (Includes Doctors & APPs)




Patient Encounters in 2023


Patient Satisfaction

The Houston Methodist Physician Organization is comprised of two distinct entities: Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group and Houston Methodist Primary Care Group. Our distinction between the two is intentional, ensuring that primary care has its own voice among our specialty doctors. And, with more than 250 doctors and advanced practice providers (APPs), it is one of the largest employed primary care groups in the Houston area — completely physician-run and with its own dedicated Board of Directors. 


Our specialists are at the forefront of research, developing leading-edge technologies and treatments and teaching the medical pioneers of tomorrow. The combination of clinical service, research and academics ensures patients have access to the latest treatments and technologies while providing the best comprehensive patient care.

Our Leadership's Vision

Investing in our physicians so they can invest in patients.

“The overarching goal of our Physician Organization is to give our physicians a supportive environment, resources and opportunities that allow them to deliver the highest possible quality of care to our patients. Our high level of physician satisfaction ultimately translates into great patient outcomes. We invest in our physicians so that they can invest in our patients — all leading to a healthier world.” — Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, MHCM, President and CEO Houston Methodist Physician Organization:


Pictured: Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, MHCM, President and CEO Houston Methodist Physician Organization and Stephen Spielman, Senior Vice President and COO Houston Methodist Physician Organization

What Does It Mean to Be Part of the Physician Organization?

The Physician Organization is a home for doctors and APPs who are well-aligned with Houston Methodist’s mission of providing the highest-quality health care and who share our vision and core values of I CARE, innovation and commitment to unparalleled excellence. Not only is our Accountable Care Organization (ACO) one of the top performing in the country, leading to extraordinary results for patients, 96% of our physicians are proud to work at Houston Methodist — much of that due to the Physician Organization and what it has to offer doctors.


Our physicians benefit from:

Leadership Development & Continuing Education

The most talented physicians care deeply about their career development and education, which is why we invest in our physicians’ futures — and thus the future of health care — by providing opportunities such as:

  • Rice University partnerships
  • Educational seminars
  • Teaching the medical pioneers of tomorrow

A Shared Commitment to Quality

Houston Methodist provides the highest quality of care to our patients. Once employed with us, our Physician Organization members commit to these high standards of quality and safety as well. We expect excellence from our physicians and APPs, who are among the best and the brightest in medicine. In turn, we provide the latest tools, training and opportunities needed to provide unparalleled care. Our awards and recognitions attest to our commitment to quality. And, listen to our Leading Medicine Podcast where our doctors discuss a variety of topics on how to improve and share best practices around quality.

Physician Wellness

We care about our physicians both as doctors and as individuals and want to help them succeed in their careers as well as with their overall health and well-being. As such, we offer:

  • I CARE In Action where our physicians and staff can help contribute to the community
  • Employee resource groups (ERGs) to connect with others
  • DEI culture that focuses on inclusive behavior
  • Joy in MedicineTM Initiative (JIMI): The AMA Joy in Medicine Health System Recognition Program is designed to guide organizations engaged in improving physician satisfaction and reducing burnout. JIMI describes activities we will prioritize in our pursuit of unparalleled physician and APP experience. Save the date for our first annual symposium on Nov. 1, 2024: Re-Imagining Joy and Purpose in Medicine.

Academic & Research Excellence

Houston Methodist is a top academic and research center with the technology, training and innovation that drives medical milestones and discoveries. We invest in fellowships, residencies and research, as well as teaching the next generation of physician-scientists.

Innovations That Benefit Our Doctors, APPs and Their Practices

Houston Methodist prioritizes cutting-edge innovations that make our doctors’ and APPs’ lives easier — so they can focus their time providing better care for our patients. Some of the ways we do this include:

  • Employing ambient technology and real-time remote patient monitoring, as well as collecting patient vital signs using wearable technology
  • Redesigning high-efficiency clinics of the future, featuring self-control scheduling and self-check-in
  • Creating hospital rooms with smart technologies, including digital whiteboards (medication times, discharge and care team information), voice-controlled room controls (lighting, nurse call, food ordering), patient-engagement TVS and virtual-medicine-enabled rooms  that connect clinicians with their patients — anytime, anywhere
  • Committing to continuous process improvement, where we are constantly evolving and pivoting, such as using technology to streamline the prescription refill process for doctors and APPs


Explore innovation at Houston Methodist >

Our Commitment to Quality & Innovation

Leading Medicine Podcast
Listen to our podcast where our doctors discuss a variety of topics on how to share best practices around quality.
New Model Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Bellaire
Payor incentives to take cases to outpatient ASC for specific specialties: hand, ophthalmology, ENT and facial plastics, reconstructive surgery and general surgery.
Care Redesign
Creating an environment where every aspect of health care revolves around the well-being, comfort and empowerment of our patients.
Women in Surgery
Watch our video series highlighting the outstanding female surgeons at Houston Methodist. 

Join the Best and the Brightest

Houston Methodist Hospital is a nationally ranked Honor Roll Hospital, ranked in 10 specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Backed by the expertise of our flagship hospital in the Texas Medical Center, our Physician Organization is among the most robust in Houston. We invite outstanding physicians to explore opportunities throughout our entire system. 


Explore Our Employment Opportunities  ➝

Our Locations & Growth

The Physician Organization strives to serve patients where they are. Our primary care providers and specialists extend into the communities of the Greater Houston area, caring for patients close to where they live and work and ensuring they receive leading-edge treatments, as well as continuity of care. As the Greater Houston population expands, so does the Physician Organization — at a rate of 10% a year for the past 10 years.


NEW LOCATIONS: We recently opened two new Same Day Clinics in Sugar Land and West Houston and will be opening a Same Day Clinic in Memorial this summer.

Find a Houston Methodist Physician Organization Provider

Our Doctors in the News

Our physicians are featured across Houston and around the country in our blogs as well as in local and national media. See some of the many ways they represent the great work they are leading.
Leading Medicine Blog - For Health Professionals
On Health - Lifestyle & Wellness
In the News - Recent Press
Leading Medicine Blog - For Health Professionals
On Health - Lifestyle & Wellness
In the News - Recent Press
For Patient Care

For Patient Care

Through our expansive network of hospitals, standalone clinics and physician offices, Houston Methodist offers primary and acute care for the full spectrum of diseases and conditions.