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West Campus

Emergency Medicine
Fax: 832-825-5425


18200 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77094

Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, MD

Medical Director, TCH West Campus Emergency Center

Director of Public Relations, Division of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2007 - 2010
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2007
New York Medical College Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2004


Dr. Leaming-Van Zandt serves as the Medical Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) West Campus Emergency Center.    Her academic interests include relationship-centered communication, patient/family education, and medical journalism.  She has led a variety of multi-disciplinary committees and quality improvement projects designed to champion and promote a service quality environment and culture to improve the emergency center experience for all patients and their families.  

Additionally, she has served on the Texas Children’s Breakthrough Communication steering committee and helped facilitate and train Texas Children’s Hospital physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and team members in relationship-centered communication.  

Dr. Leaming-Van Zandt has published peer-reviewed articles and chapters on interpersonal, triadic (clinician-patient-caregiver) communication and authored/contributed to numerous articles, blogs, and interviews for the TCH Blog (, Baylor College of Medicine Momentum Blog (, and other medical journalism sources/outlets. She additionally oversees the division’s pediatric emergency medicine social media accounts, @TxChildrensPEM and @bcm_pemfellow

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Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Member
American College of Emergency Medicine Physicians Member
Texas Pediatric Society Member

Awards & Honors

Joan E. Shook BCM PEM Section Award for Outstanding Leadership, 2020-2021

Baylor College of Medicine Women of Excellence Award, 2019

Baylor College of Medicine Star Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care, 2018

Baylor College of Medicine Norton, Rose, and Fulbright Development of Enduring Materials Award, 2017

Texas Children’s Hospital “Best of the West” Quarterly Award, 2017

Texas Children’s Hospital Patient Experience Super Star Award, 2017

Baylor College of Medicine Norton, Rose, and Fulbright Teaching and Evaluation Award, 2016



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