Leadership

At Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, our leadership team is focused on creating an environment that fosters family-centered care.

Michelle Riley-Brown
President

Michelle Riley-Brown is president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Riley-Brown, who also serves as president of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, completed her undergraduate degree at Tulane University. She earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine and joined Texas Children’s in 1999 as an administrative fellow.

She has been a leader in the Texas Children’s system for more than 15 years, with roles including assistant director of Texas Children’s surgical clinics and director of Texas Children’s Health Centers. She played an integral role in the successful preparation and execution of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, which opened its doors in 2010. Throughout her time at Houston’s first community hospital designed exclusively for children, Riley-Brown served as director of strategic planning and business development, assistant vice president, vice president, senior vice president and president. She is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and just completed her tenure as the 2014 president and chair of the American College of Healthcare Executives – South East Texas Chapter.


Ivett Shah
Vice President

Ivett Shah is the Vice President for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. She has over 20 years of hospital administration experience and has worked at numerous healthcare systems across the United States. She began her healthcare career at Texas Children's where she worked in various operational and leadership roles for over eight years. In addition, she worked in Kansas City, MO as the Director of International Services at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Executive Director of Children’s Mercy Health Network. As the Director of International Services, her responsibilities included program planning, development and identifying international collaborations with foreign organizations. In her role as the Executive Director of Children’s Mercy Health Network, she provided leadership and direction for the health network which is comprised of over 160 community pediatricians governed by a Board of Managers. Prior to joining Children's Mercy, Shah was the Executive Administrator of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. She rejoined Texas Children’s Hospital in 2015 as the Assistant Vice President. In this role, she was responsible for Women’s Services, Pediatric Ambulatory Services and Texas Children’s International Services.  

Shah is a graduate of Houston Baptist University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Bachelors Computer Info. System. She also has a Masters of Business Administration and Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Houston Baptist University. 


Matt Timmons
Assistant Vice President

Matt Timmons is the Assistant Vice President at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in health education and from the University of Houston - Clear Lake with dual master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration and Business Administration. Since joining Texas Children’s Hospital in 2001, Matt has enjoyed progressive leadership roles in multiple areas including Pediatric Intensive Care, Ambulatory Services, Clinical Business Operations and most recently as director of Cardiology at Texas Children’s Heart Center. Matt is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Jeanine Graf, MD
Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Dr. Graf is interested in optimizing the delivery of safe, high quality patient care for children in the community setting. She continues to engage in clinical research regarding pediatric transport and prevention of hospital acquired conditions.  

Dr. Graf is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Graf continues to practice as a Pediatric Intensive Care Physician at the West Campus and is the Pediatric Medical Director of the Kangaroo Crew Intensive Care Transport Team for Texas Children’s Hospital. She has been elected as President of the Medical Staff at Texas Children’s Hospital for 2016.

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Sohail R. Shah, MD, MSHA, FAAP
Chief Surgical Officer

Dr. Sohail R. Shah is a board-certified pediatric surgeon, with advanced minimally invasive surgery training, that provides care in all aspects of neonatal and pediatric surgery. Dr. Shah has special interests in gastrointestinal surgery, neonatal surgery, congenital anomalies, pectus excavatum repair, and pectus carinatum repair.  His practice includes minimally invasive thoracic and abdominal surgery for pediatric patients of all ages (neonates through adolescents). 

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Denise Tanner-Brown, MHA, BSN, RN
Director of Patient Care Services, West Campus

Denise Tanner-Brown is the Director of Patient Care Services at West Campus. She graduated from Prairie View A&M University with Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and the University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration. Denise is also a graduate of the Advanced Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Program at Texas Children’s Hospital and holds a Health Care Management Certificate from Rice University. Since joining Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002, Denise has served in several progressive leadership roles within the hospital and has led countless system level initiatives within the organization.


Kara Abrameit, MBA
Director of Outpatient and Clinical Support Services

Kara Abrameit is Director of Outpatient and Clinical Support Services at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.  She graduated from Baylor University with a baccalaureate degree in Journalism and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in health care.  She joined Texas Children’s in 2006 as an Administrative Fellow.  She has been with Texas Children’s for over 10 years in progressive leadership roles including Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children's Hospital, playing an integral role in the opening of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.  Most recently, Kara served as the Assistant Director of Ambulatory Services for West Campus.

Kara is a member of ACHE Southeast Texas Chapter and serves on the Baylor University Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership Advisory Council.