Leadership

Michelle Riley-Brown
President

Michelle Riley-Brown is President of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. Riley-Brown, who also serves as President of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, and Executive Vice President of Texas Children’s Hospital, 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 19 years, and has held various leadership roles throughout the organization. She played an integral role in the successful preparation and execution of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, both designed exclusively for children. Throughout her time at Texas Children’s Hospital, Riley-Brown has focused on expanding Texas Children’s quality pediatric care into the outlying areas of Houston and beyond. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on various boards throughout the community.


Dr. Paul E. Sirbaugh
Chief Medical Officer

Paul E. Sirbaugh, DO, MBA, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Department of Pediatrics, is Chief Medical Officer of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. While he will continue to work clinically as a pediatric emergency medicine provider in the Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands Emergency Center, he has transitioned out of the combined role as Head, Section of Emergency Medicine - BCM, and Division Chief, Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) Emergency Center which he held since 2012. Dr. Sirbaugh completed his pediatric residency and emergency medicine fellowship at BCM/TCH in 1993 and 1995, respectively, and graduated from the RICE University EMBA program in 2013. Regionally, his academic niche includes the practice and administration of patient-centric pre-hospital (EMS-911) and hospital-based pediatric emergency medicine (PEM).

In addition to his clinical and administrative duties at Texas Children's Hospital, he also serves as the Pediatric Medical Director for the City of Houston Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and is in part responsible for the pediatric-specific education, medical direction, and oversight of 5,000 EMS providers. Nationally, he is a past member of the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM) and the Section of Emergency Medicine (SOEM) Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). While Dr. Sirbaugh plans to remain clinically and academically relevant in prehospital and pediatric emergency medicine, he is fully committed to leading patient-centric and value-based care as Chief Medical Officer for Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands.


Dr. Jeffrey Shilt
Chief Surgical Officer

Jeffrey Shilt, MD, is Chief Surgical Officer of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. Shilt comes to Texas Children’s from St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, where he was an active pediatric orthopedic surgeon and director of the hospital’s Spasticity Clinic and motion analysis lab for children and adults. Prior to his time in Idaho, Shilt held positions as associate professor and residency program director at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. When Wake Forest established Brenner Children’s Hospital, Shilt served as the director of pediatric orthopedics where he assisted in the further development of pediatric specialty care. His research interests include management of spasticity in cerebral palsy, sports performance and the treatment of endurance sports injuries.

While he served as the program director of the Wake Forest University orthopedic surgery residency he participated in pioneering work in the treatment of children with spastic cerebral palsy, as well as sports medicine applications of tissue engineering. Additionally, he has served as the team physician for the USA triathlon team at the two world championships, two years as a team physician for a professional cycling team, and as a medical consultant for multiple World Champion athletes, Olympians & gold medalists, and multiple professional ironman and other endurance athletes.


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. 


Trent Johnson
Assistant Vice President

Trent Johnson is the Assistant Vice President for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. He joined Texas Children’s in 2008 as the assistant director of Ambulatory Services, during which time he worked with many of the Department of Pediatrics specialty practices. Johnson was promoted to director of Ambulatory Services in February 2011.

In May 2013, Johnson transitioned to the Department of Surgery to serve as the director of Surgical Services. During his tenure with the department, he has expanded access to outpatient clinics with the launch of the same-day scheduling and direct scheduling programs, and chartered a pre-surgical patient experience program.

Johnson earned a master's degree from the University of Houston - Clear Lake and a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. He is affiliated with several professional organizations and is a Fellow within the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Ketrese White
Director of Patient Care Services

Ketrese White is the Director of Patient Care Services for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. She has been with Texas Children’s for almost 16 years in various capacities. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Services, Child Life, and the Cancer & Infusion Center at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. In that role, White has shown great leadership in the opening of the first community dedicated pediatric hospital in the Houston area. She also has defined the patient experience process at West Campus, assisted in the development of strategies and business plans, and established recruitment, hiring practices, staffing and training plans. Additionally, she is an active member of the Association of Nurse Executives (AONE).

Prior to joining the community hospital team, White held management positions in the Cancer & Hematology Centers on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital. She started her career at Texas Children’s as a graduate nurse with the unit, providing outstanding patient care to critically ill oncology patients receiving transplants. She has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University. She also completed The Rice University Healthcare Management program. She is a Certified Nurse Executive by American Nurses Credentialing Center. 


Julie Barrett
Director of Outpatient and Clinical Support Services

Julie Barrett is the Director of Outpatient and Clinical Support Services for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Barrett has been with Texas Children’s since 2003 in various capacities, the most recent being manager of Texas Children’s Health Center The Woodlands. She joined Texas Children’s as a senior audiologist when it opened the health center 12 years ago and has shown great leadership in the development and success of the location. Barrett’s leadership skills also have shined in the work she has done to grow Texas Children’s newborn hearing screening programs at partner community hospitals.

Barrett has a Doctor of Audiology from Salus University, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas at Tyler, a Master of Science from Washington University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas and a Healthcare Management Certificate from Rice University. 


Eric Allum
Director of Business Operations and Support Services

Eric Allum is the Director of Business Operations and Support Services for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. He has been with Texas Children’s since 2007 in various roles, the most recent being Assistant Director of Support Services at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, which included oversight of Facility Operations, Security, Supply Chain, Environmental Services and Food/Nutrition Services. Allum started his career at Texas Children’s as a Senior Contracts Specialist and was selected for the Administrative Fellowship in 2009. After completing his fellowship in 2010, he immediately transitioned into a leadership role with Perioperative Services where he served as the Manager of Nursing Business Operations and later as the Assistant Director of Perioperative Business Services.

Allum earned his Master of Business Administration from American Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Park University.