Faculty Bios


Family Medicine Directors

David W. Bauer, M.D., Ph.D
Residency Director

Samuel Wang, M.D.
Associate Program Director


Family Medicine Faculty

 

Geden Franck, M.D.

 

Julie D. Adkison, PharmD
Pharmacotherapy

Laura Armstrong, M.D.

 

Danuta S. Blicharski, M.D.

Pediatrics

 

Ramashilpa Sudireddy, M.D.

Directory of Maternity Services

 

Alisha Kidane, M.D.

Maternity Services Faculty

 

Gordon A. Bush, Ph.D.

Director of Behavioral Medicine

Pamela Elizabeth Chung, M.D.

Geraldine C. Gossard, M.D.


Sarwat Jabeen, M.D.

Geriatrics

Monica Kalra, D.O.

 

Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH
Research Director

 

Veronica Ruiz, M.D.

Geriatrics

 

Michael Wollner, M.D.

Director of Inpatient Medicine

David W. Bauer M.D., Ph.D.

Residency Director

Home Town: Brookline, Massachusetts

Undergraduate School and Degree: University of Michigan , B.A. Psychology

Graduate School and Degree: University of California at San Diego, Ph.D. Psychology

Medical School :UMDNJ - Rutgers Medical School
Residency: Northridge Family Practice Residency, Northridge, California

Biography : Following residency, he opened a solo practice in the Los Angeles area, later adding additional physicians to the practice. He also spent part of his time teaching at the Northridge Residency. He and his family moved to Texas in 1997 and joined the Memorial Family Medicine faculty. Dr. Bauer assumed the residency director position in 2001. He has a strong interest in the use of technology to enhance both resident education and patient care. He is married to Leslie, a recovery room nurse. They have two grown sons – one training in commercial aviation, the other studying computer science. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, as well as building furniture and houses. He is an amateur magician who aims to one day start practicing again.

 


Samuel Wang, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Hometown : Houston, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree : Rice University, B.A.
Medical School : University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Residency : St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program, Edgewood, KY

Biography : Dr. Wang received his medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston and went on to complete a Family Medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in northern Kentucky. Following his residency training, Dr. Wang practiced medicine in a large multi-specialty group in Houston for over four years before joining the Memorial Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Wang is board certified in Family Medicine and has a special interest in computerized medical records. He is married, has two children and speaks Mandarin. His hobbies include computers and technology, music, racquetball and cars.



Geden Franck, M.D.

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Graduate School and Degree : Florida State University
Residency : University of Maryland
Fellowship: University of Miami Sport Medicine Fellowship

Biography:

Julie D. Adkison, PharmD

Pharmacotherapy

Julie D. Adkison, PharmD

Hometown : Rockport, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree : University of Texas - Austin, B.A. Biology
Graduate School and Degree : University of Houston, Doctor of Pharmacy
Residency : Pharmacy Residency with University of Houston and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Biography : Dr. Adkison joined the Memorial Family Medicine Residency faculty in April 2002. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas and a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Houston. She completed her residency with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and worked in a large public health system before joining the faculty. Dr. Adkison is responsible for educating residents on the appropriate use of pharmaceutical agents, as well as cost effective prescribing. Her areas of interest include diabetes, complementary and alternative medicine and quality improvement with regard to medication use. Dr. Adkison stays busy raising her 3 young sons, entertaining friends in her home and running an occasional half-marathon.

 

 

Laura Armstrong, M.D.

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Undergraduate School and Degree : Rice University
Medical School : University of Texas Houston
Residency : Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Biography :Dr. Armstrong grew up in New Mexico, attended Rice University and received her medical degree at UT Houston. She completed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as one of the Chief Residents. She was in private practice in The Woodlands, TX before joining the Memorial Family Medicine Residency as faculty in 2013 Dr. Armstrong enjoys spending time with her husband Trey and her son Logan and in her free time she also enjoys swimming, hiking and making jewelry.



Ramashilpa Sudireddy, M.D.

Director of Maternity Services

Danuta S. Blicharski, M.D.

Medical School: Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College
Residency: Shenandoah University / Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Maternity Health at UT Southwestern

Biography:

Alisha Kidane, M.D.

Maternity Services Faculty

Alisha Kidane, M.D.

Undergraduate School and Degree: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
Medical School : Harvard Medical School
Residency: Tufts Family Medicine Residency in Malden, Massachusetts
Fellowship: Maternal Child Health Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois

Biography: Dr. Kidane is a native Houstonian who received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency at Tufts Family Medicine Residency in Malden, Massachusetts and Maternal Child Health Fellowship in Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in family medicine and serves as core faculty at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency.  

Dr. Kidane’s areas of interest are obstetrics, spirituality in medicine - also known as whole person care - and working with underserved communities through community outreach and international medical missions. She is proficient in Spanish and enjoys learning new languages.  

In her leisure time, Dr. Kidane lives with her husband and two children, and enjoys helping young people discover their life purpose and attain opportunities in higher education. Since traveling and exploring different foods and cultures are a delight, a stranger soon becomes a friend.  She considers music a universal language and loves singing and dancing.

 


Gordon A. Bush, Ph.D.

Director of Behavioral Medicine

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Hometown :  Detroit, Michigan
Undergraduate School and Degree :  Michigan State University, B.A. Psychology
Graduate School and Degree : Doctorate of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Post Graduate : Internship in Clinical Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Fellowship : Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute, Houston, TX

Biography:  After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Dr. Bush worked in a psychiatric setting for several years before pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology.  He then entered the PhD. Program in Clinical Psychology. As part of his degree program he completed an internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX followed by a Post Doctoral Fellowship.  He was a faculty member at Baylor for one year before entering full time private practice. He has remained an adjunct faculty member at Baylor college of Medicine throughout his private practice career.  He has long standing interests in mood disorders, anxiety, personality development, learning disabilities, recovery from head injury, and the treatment of sleep disorders.

 


Pamela Elizabeth Chung, M.D.

Hometown : Almonte, Ontario, Canada
UndergraduateSchool and Degree: McMaster University, Bachelor of Health Sciences

Graduate School and Degree: Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from Dundee University (Scotland)
Medical School : McMaster University, Canada
Residency : Queens University, Canada

Biography : Following residency training, Dr. Chung worked as a Rural Locum in Canada for 2 years. In 2010 she moved to Texas and became Medical Director at the Young County Family Clinic in Graham. While in rural practice she participated in clinic, hospitalist, palliative care and Correctional Health Care at the local county jail. Dr. Chung joined Memorial Family Medicine Residency as faculty in 2014. Her areas of interest include Rural Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Palliative Care. Dr. Chung and her husband Raymond enjoy spending time with their daughter Claire, gourmet cooking and Formula 1 car racing.



Geraldine C. Gossard, M.D.

Hometown : Charlestown, Ireland
Medical School : University College Galway School of Medicine
Residency : Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Houston, Texas

Biography : Dr. Gossard came to the United States from Ireland. She graduated from the University College Galway School of Medicine in 1982. She completed rotating residency in family medicine in Ireland and England. She joined Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program as a resident in 1993 and stayed on as assistant professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and faculty at the program. Dr. Gossard's interests include women's health, prevention and geriatrics. She has a strong interest in evidence-based medicine and research and has presented at national conferences. Dr. Gossard and her husband, Carl, have two young sons and, when not at the ballpark, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, travel and golf.



Sarwat Jabeen, M.D.

Hometown : Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School : Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency : UT Southwestern Austin Family Medicine Residency Program, Austin, Texas
Fellowship : In Geriatrics from UT southwestern, Dallas, Texas

Biography : During her residency, Dr. Jabeen received the Intern of the year award. After geriatric fellowship, she moved to Wisconsin and worked in skilled/long-term care facilities as well as outpatient. she later played a leading role as Geriatrician in a small community and also participated in Quality improvement measures in the transition of care for elderly patients. She helped the group improve their electronic health record system. In 2015 she moved back to Texas, which she now considers her hometown, and joined a small group of geriatrician with the main focus on rehabilitation facilities and home visits along with outpatient. During this journey, her focus remains always on building best doctor/patient relationship based on honesty and trust. Dr. Jabeen joined the Memorial Hermann Family Medicine Residency program faculty in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys learning Piano, workouts at the gym, Zumba, yoga and spending time with her daughters Insia and Aliyyah. She also speaks Urdu/Hindi.



Monica Kalra, D.O.

Hometown : Houston, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree: University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Mathematics
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Methodist Health System of Dallas
Fellowship: Academic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Biography : After serving as chief resident at Methodist, Dr. Kalra took the role of Research Director for their Family Medicine Residency in Dallas. During her time at Methodist, she also completed a fellowship in Academic Medicine at UNTHSC. Her interests include evidence based medicine, board exam preparation and medical writing. She has been published in several local and national journals. In 2014, Dr. Kalra moved back to her hometown and joined the faculty of the Memorial Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Kalra is fluent in Bengali. Her husband, Vik, is Vice President of a private equity firm. During her free time, Dr. Kalra enjoys math puzzles, board games and time with her boisterous children, Bella and Kush.



Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH

Research Director

Medical School : Baylor College of Medicine
Residency : Boston University

Biography : Bich-May Nguyen is a family physician who believes in helping patients access high quality health care in line with their values in the right location at the right time. Previously, she was an assistant professor in an academic medical center and worked in a county health system. May graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in biology and minored in history at the University of Houston. She received a M.D. in the Underserved Track from Baylor College of Medicine and a M.P.H. with a concentration in health policy from Harvard School of Public Health. May completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Boston University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swing dancing, traveling, and finding good shows on Netflix. She swears she will learn how to play her ukulele.



Veronica Ruiz, M.D.

Geriatrics Faculty

Hometown: Born in Nicaragua, grew up in Costa Rica
Medical School: Universidad de Ciencias Medicas, Costa Rica
Residency: Austin Medical Education Program, Austin, Texas
Geriatric Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine

Biography : As a resident she won the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award and Outstanding Rural Medicine Award. After completing her fellowship she went into private practice in Providence, Rhode Island, for 3 years. She returned to Texas to join her husband and became faculty in July 2013. Dr. Ruiz coordinates the geriatric curriculum and rotation for the residents. This includes home visits, geriatric conferences and care at a skilled nursing facility, called University Place.
Dr. Ruiz speaks Spanish.
She lives in Houston and enjoys spending time with her family and dogs.
Hobbies: bowling, biking and jogging



Michael Wollner, M.D.

Director of Inpatient Medicine

Michael Wollner, M.D.

Hometown : Clear Lake, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree :  Dartmouth College
Graduate School and Degree : Baylor College of Medicine
Residency : Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Biography:  Dr. Wollner went to Clear Lake High School, where he was on the cross country team with Dr. Fiesinger. He graduated from Dartmouth College and spent four years as an elementary and high school teacher before deciding to attend medical school. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and then completed his residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program where he served as one of the Chief Residents and won the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award in 2003. He then did a Fellowship in Rural Health Care and Obstetrics at the Fort Bend Family Health Center before practicing for four years as a full spectrum family physician in Fall River Mills, California. During his tenure with the Mountain Valleys Health Centers, he served as Medical Director for the clinic system for two years. On his return to Houston, he worked for four years as a hospitalist and was named Physician of the Year at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in 2011. He is married, and is the proud father of three children, Vinny, Matt and Adam.