Service With Heart

The International and Destination Medicine team works on behalf of our international patients and in support of our efforts to improve pediatric medicine around the world.


The International and Destination Medicine team is comprised of a diverse group of professionals experienced in managing the needs of international patients and ensuring optimal outcomes that address quality, service, and patient and family satisfaction. All members of our team are well versed in cultural complexities and sensitivities, and can help families to navigate through their healthcare needs while at Texas Children’s.

Paola Álvarez-Malo

Vice President

Joann Lee


Iman Shebaro

Assistant Director

Pablo Castañeda, MD

Chief of International and Destination Surgery

Armando G. Correa, MD

Medical Director, International and Destination Medicine

Magdalena Sanz Cortes, MD, PhD

Director of Women's International Patient Services

Brittany Walters

Clinical Nurse Coordinator

Claudia Flores Smith

International Business Development Specialist

Our International Patient Coordinators assist international patients at all stages of their health care experience while at Texas Children’s Hospital or at the Pavilion for Women. Coordinators are here to assist the patient and family in managing their needs from the time of the initial request, through receiving care, to the completion of care and the continuation of subsequent recommended treatments in their home country.

Sabah Abdouh


Consuelo Aldaco

Olga Arroyo

Sandra Fattal

Tara Hammoudi

Laura Hartaway

Areej Jumaah

Lily Martinez

Julia Barreda Wong


Rana Zabalawi

Youssef Hrar

At Texas Children's, Language Services provides assistance throughout the patient's stay. Interpreter services are available 24/7 to help patients and families communicate with caregivers in the language with which they are most comfortable.

Sandra Yacoub

Dalya Abou Elwafa

Lance Maxwell

Alexandra Maldonado