Speakers

Dan Penny, MD, PhD, MHA, FACC, FAHA, FAAP, FRACP, FRCPI

Dr. Daniel Penny was born in Cork, Ireland, where he completed his medical degree in The National University of Ireland. After a period of training in pediatrics and adult medicine in Ireland he commenced training in Pediatric Cardiology at The Brompton Hospital in London. There as well as clinical training he completed his first research doctorate in clinical research. He undertook a further fellowship in pediatric cardiology in Melbourne Australia, after which he undertook training in pediatric intensive care and completed a second research doctorate in laboratory-based research. Dan worked as a Pediatric Cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London after which he was appointed the Chief of Cardiology at the Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics within the University of Melbourne. He was appointed as a Professor in The Department of Pediatrics of Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2010. Dan also has a Masters in Health Administration. Possibly the greatest highlight in his career so far, (second only to his appointments in Houston) was his involvement in developing a Cardiovascular Institute in Hue City, Central Vietnam, for which he received the “For People’s Health” Award from the Vietnamese government. He has recently received the International Services Award from The American College of Cardiology, an award developed for those who make unique contributions to the enhancement of cardiovascular care and education throughout the world. In 2018 Dr. Penny was honored by being named the Helen B. Taussig Memorial lecturer by the American Heart Association. This prestigious award is granted every 3 years to a national leader in Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease.


Peter Ermis, MD

Associate Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program - Texas Children's Hospital Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiology - Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Peter R. Ermis has been a Baylor College of Medicine faculty member since 2014 after completing his combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at the Baylor Affiliated Hospitals and his combined adult and pediatric cardiology fellowships at the Texas Heart Institute and Texas Children's Hospital. He has published on clinical outcomes in adult congenital heart disease, including aspects of imaging, interventional procedures, advanced heart failure, and electrophysiology. His clinical interests include stress echocardiography in the adult congenital patient, particularly those with coronary artery manipulation. His administrative goal is to improve the transition process for patients with adult congenital heart disease.

He is a native Houstonian and an avid Rice baseball fan.


Chris Caldarone, MD

Professor, Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Caldarone is Chief of Texas Children’s Hospital Division of Congenital Heart Surgery and is a tenured Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Division of Surgery. He previously served as Surgeon in Chief, Perioperative Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General Hospital.

Dr. Caldarone obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and continued to complete his M.D. from Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City He went on to complete his General Surgery Residency and Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency with New England Deaconess/Harvard Medical School. During his training, Dr. Caldarone spent a year at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as a Clinical Fellow in Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dr. Caldarone specializes in the management of children and adults with congenital heart disease. His main clinical interests include the treatment of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, coronary anomalies, and Pulmonary vein stenosis.

His specific interest include the role of apoptosis related mitochondrial dysfunction and remote ischemic preconditioning as mediators of reperfusion injury. Most recently, Dr. Caldarone has focused on pulmonary vein stenosis and tissue engineering of pulmonary valves.


Athar Qureshi, MD

Associate Professor Pediatrics Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Qureshi is a graduate of The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his pediatric residency at SUNY Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse New York and pediatric cardiology training at The Cleveland Clinic. He went on to complete his Interventional Cardiology training at Boston Children’s Hospital before returning to the Cleveland Clinic, where he was as a staff interventional cardiologist in the Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease and the Heart and Vascular Institute. At The Cleveland Clinic, he also served as the Quality officer of the Congenital Heart Center and Co- Director of The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters in the field of pediatric and congenital interventional cardiology, in addition to speaking at national and international conferences. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Baylor College of Medicine and Co- Director of Interventional Cardiology (Clinical) of the CE Mullins Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Texas Children’s Hospital.


Camila Londono-Obregón, MD

Dr. Londono-Obregón moved to San Antonio in 2012 to join Pediatric Cardiology Associates after completing her pediatric cardiology fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr Londono-Obregón grew up in Colombia and completed her medical training at San Francisco de Quito University in Ecuador. She earned a scholarship from the Dutch government which allowed her to go to Holland to do research in heart failure and arrhythmias. In 2003 she returned to Colombia where she practiced underserved medicine and taught at the local university for 3 years. In 2006, she moved to the U.S. where she did her residency training in pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and her cardiology training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA.

Her areas of interest include adults with congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, and non-invasive imaging. She is the director of the Adult Congenital Disease program and is invested in establishing long term relationships with her patients and families with the objective of transitioning patients into adulthood in a smooth fashion with the goal of helping each individual attain their maximal potential.


Gregory Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson has been a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Cardiology Associates since 1996. He is a member of the Adult Congenital Heart Association, Travis County Medical Society Medical Advisory Board of the Children's Heart Foundation. His professional areas of interest include adult congenital heart disease.


Angeline D. Opina, MD

Assistant Professor Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Angeline D. Opina completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics prior to attending Baylor College of Medicine where she completed fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology followed by additional advanced training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. She enjoys teaching, and she is passionate about educating patients and families. Management of patients with complex congenital heart disease requires a team approach, and she believes that all patients should be involved in the decision-making process.


Craig Alexander, MD

Dr. Craig Alexander joined the University of Louisville Division of Pediatric Cardiology in 2015. He is the first physician in the state of Kentucky with sub-specialty training focused on adults who were born with heart defects which includes formal residency training in Internal Medicine as well as Pediatrics, fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology, and additional fellowship training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Dr. Alexander cares for all adults who were born with heart defects, and he has a special interest in caring for patients during pregnancy and providing care for adults with complex heart conditions including single ventricles and Transposition of the Great Arteries.


Christopher Broda, MD

Chris Broda, MD completed his medical education at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. He then completed a residency in pediatric medicine and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital. He is currently a fellow in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital. He is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology.


Beth Brickner, MD

Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She holds the Charles B. Mullins, M.D. Professorship in Clinical Practice and Teaching in Cardiology.

Dr. Brickner is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in echocardiography and adult congenital heart disease.

She received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati and earned her medical degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She completed internal medicine training at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and then performed her cardiology fellowship training at UT Southwestern. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1991.

Dr. Brickner is the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular (Echocardiography) Laboratory at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems, the Co-Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic at UT Southwestern, and the Director of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Center for Cardiovascular Disease Research.

Her clinical interests focus on congenital heart disease in adults, valvular heart disease, and heart disease in pregnancy.

Dr. Brickner works extensively with first- and second-year medical students at UT Southwestern and has twice received the Outstanding Teacher for Medical Students award, as well as the Socrates award for her excellence in medical instruction.

She is an ad hoc scientific reviewer for Circulation, the American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, and the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

In 2018, she was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.


Hari Tunuguntla, MD

Assistant Professor Pediatrics-Cardiology Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Hari Tunuguntla was born in India and grew up primarily in Northern Louisiana. She attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and medical school as well as the school of public health at the Louisiana State University of Health Sciences in New Orleans. She traveled from the south to Washington, DC for residency at Children’s National Medical Center. She worked as a pediatrician in the primary care setting prior to pursuing a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital. Upon completion, she stayed at TCH to pursue additional sub-specialty training in pediatric heart failure & cardiac transplant. She joined the faculty at BCM in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She attends on the Heart Failure/Transplantation service and has a special interest in the management of pediatric patients on ventricular assist device support. She is an active participant in the ACTION (Advanced Cardiac Therapies Improving Outcomes Network), a multi-institutional initiative to improve outcomes in pediatric and adult congenital heart disease patients with heart failure. Her clinical research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that influence the outcomes of children with advanced heart failure and cardiac transplant, cardiomyopathy in muscular dystrophy patients, and chemotherapy related cardiac dysfunction.


Barbara Elias, RN, BSN, CCRN

Lead VAD Coordinator at Texas Children’s Hospital - Congenital Heart Surgery

Barbara Elias completed her BSN from Kent State University in 1986. She started her career at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland Ohio as nurse, assistant manager then joined Thoracic Surgery as a Nurse Clinician. She helped start up Cleveland Clinic Florida in Ft Lauderdale. Following a 3 yr stent, she returned to Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. She moved to Texas 2004 and began to further her career at Methodist Hospital as a Transplant Coordinator combined with VAD-Circulatory support. She then joined Texas Children’s 10,2015 Congenital Heart Surgical team as the first VAD coordinator at Texas Children's to further develop the VAD program. She supports all facets of the VAD program through start up, training/development, and VAD medical transport.


Lucy Roche, MD

Dr. Lucy Roche attended medical school at Leeds University, UK. She spent one year as the extracorporeal life support Fellow at the Freeman Hospital (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) before completing pediatric cardiology training, also at the Freeman Hospital. Between 2007 and 2009 she was the Philip Witchel Heart Failure Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada). She completed fellowship training in adult congenital heart disease at Toronto General Hospital (Toronto, Canada). Her areas of expertise are heart failure and transplantation in congenital heart disease, pediatric cardiology, and pregnancy and heart disease.


Pankaj Madan, MD, MS

Dr. Pankaj Madan is a cardiologist who specializes in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD). He serves as the Medical Director for the South Texas Adult Congenital Heart Center and Director for the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic at Methodist Hospital Dr. Madan completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at the All India Institute of Health Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed his internal medicine residency in the United States at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Washington, Dr. Madan also completed a Master of Science degree in epidemiology at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. He completed his fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and was one of the first physicians to be board certified in this specialty. Dr. Madan is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and abstracts published in international journals including Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Journal. His work has been presented at the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions Dr. Madan is married to his wife, Suverta, who is also a physician. They have two beautiful children.


Cory Noel, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist, Medical Director of MRI

I have a sincere and genuine interest in caring for children with congenital heart disease. I understand how impactful a diagnosis of heart disease can be on a child and their family, and I strive to take as much time as possible until all questions are answered. My primary clinical interests focus on non-invasive cardiac imaging, including both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, as well as cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. I have research interests in the application of cardiac MRI to a wide a variety of cardiac pathologies. I have initiated our cardiac stress MRI program, designed for patients who are at risk of coronary artery disease, either congenital or acquired. I have an interest in the cardiac MRI capabilities of myocardial characterization, and their potential applications within childhood cancer survivors and patients with heart failure. In addition, I have performed research utilizing cardiac MRI strain and torsion quantification in the single ventricle population.


Wayne Franklin, MD

Wayne Franklin, MD, is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University. He subsequently completed two simultaneous fellowships in adult cardiology and pediatric cardiology at St. Luke’s/Texas Heart Institute and at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)/Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston. In 2004, Dr. Franklin founded the Texas Adult Congenital Heart Program where he has served as Director since then. In 2013, Dr. Franklin was appointed Chief of Cardiology at the TCH Pavilion for Women where he has since directed the clinical and administrative cardiovascular service lines.

In 2015, Dr. Franklin was elected as a member of the Baylor College of Medicine Faculty Senate and was selected as a Health Innovator Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2016. He has served as the Head of the Department of Adult Medicine at TCH and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine since 2017. He has active academic appointments in several BCM departments, including the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been the recipient of two prestigious Fulbright and Jaworski Awards from BCM for Faculty Excellence, one in Teaching and one in Educational Leadership. Dr. Franklin is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, and adult congenital heart disease.

From an academic perspective, he has published extensively and he is involved with several research projects on adults with congenital heart disease, specifically in patients with single ventricle-Fontan physiology, neurocognitive outcomes, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac disease in pregnancy, and most recently, transition medicine. Dr. Franklin has been appointed to several medical advisory boards in congenital heart disease, including the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology (AARCC), and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He has been an invited lecturer across North America, Europe, South America, and South Asia.

He remains a full-time husband, a lifetime father, and a part-time golfer.


Ryan Jones, MD

Dr. Ryan Jones is an Associate Professor and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at LSUHSC-Shreveport. He completed medical school at LSUHSC-Shreveport in 2004. Following this, he underwent a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee-Memphis. He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He was on faculty at the University of Tennessee-Memphis from 2011-2016 where he also did additional training in electrophysiology and adults with congenital heart disease. He returned to his alma mater in 2016 where he holds his current position.


Wilson Lam, MD

Associate Program Director, Residency Program, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr Wilson W Lam has been part of the Baylor College of Medicine family since medical school in 1999, completing his combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency, combined adult and pediatric cardiology fellowship, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship under the BCM umbrella. He has been involved with medical education for medical students, internal medicine and general pediatrics residents, and adult and pediatric cardiology fellows from didactic lectures, clinical services, and journal clubs. He also coaches the highly accomplished internal medicine Medical Jeopardy team and serves as an associate program director for the BCM internal medicine residency program.

Dr Lam's clinical and research interests include clinical outcomes of complex congenital heart disease, particularly device and arrhythmia management. He is also interested in using older technology in novel arenas and demographic predictors in medical education.

He is a native Houstonian and an avid Rice baseball fan.


Manisha Gandhi, MD

Manisha Gandhi, MD, joined the Baylor College of Medicine faculty in 2009 and serves as the chief of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division. Dr. Gandhi is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine and is an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Over the past decade, her patients have included numerous women who had their congenital heart defects repaired here at Texas Children’s as a baby, bringing these patients full circle as they reach adulthood and start families of their own. She helped start the joint clinic between MFM and cardiology in 2015 and has overseen the rapid expansion of this specialty clinic.


Shaine Morris, MD

Dr. Morris specializes in cardiovascular imaging of the fetus, child, and young adult. She is part of the fetal cardiology team that provides comprehensive care to families, including diagnosis, counseling, and management, from the time a fetal anomaly is suspected. She is a member of the fetal cardiac intervention team that offers in-utero procedures for specific heart conditions to try to optimize outcomes in major cardiac anomalies, especially procedures for hypoplastic left heart syndrome and related disorders.

A large part of Dr. Morris’ clinical practice is caring for children and young adults with Marfan syndrome and related genetic disorders, including Loeys-Dietz syndrome, familial thoracic aneurysms and dissections, vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Turner syndrome. She co-directs the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic, which provides comprehensive diagnosis, counseling, and cardiovascular management for young people with genetic conditions and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Morris’ research interests align with her clinic interests, and focus primarily on improving outcomes for children with Marfan syndrome and related disorders. She specifically investigates novel imaging markers that may help better predict long term outcomes, and how to use these markers to determine early in life how to optimize care. Her primary goal is to prevent adverse outcomes in patients with aortic disease so that they can live long and healthy lives.

Another research interest is understanding modifiable risk factors for adverse outcomes in infants with congenital heart disease, especially regarding the fetal and perinatal period. This research includes studying novel fetal cardiovascular interventions as well as how to optimize delivery management after fetal diagnosis. She conducts multiple research projects locally, nationally, and internationally including collaborative projects with state of Texas and national collaborative research organizations.

Dr. Morris also thoroughly enjoys teaching, and is committed to helping train future generations of health care providers, especially in cardiovascular imaging, cardiovascular genetics, and clinical research methodology.


Natasha Lake, MD

Dr. Natasha Lake is the Chief of Adult Anesthesiology at Texas Children’s Hospital – Pavilion for Women. She is a Partner Anesthesiologist with US Anesthesia Partners (USAP) and has been with USAP since January, 2012. Dr. Lake trained in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Anesthesiology during residency and is fellowship-trained in Obstetric Anesthesiology.


Stephanie Coulter, MD

Dr. Stephanie Coulter is a long-time advocate of women’s health and promotes the development of diagnostic tools; treatments and prevention strategies that can improve cardiovascular care for women.

Dr. Coulter is an active member of the volunteer leadership at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) serving as the founding Director of the Women’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health, the Director of Cardiology Education, and the Program Director of the THI Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. She also serves as the Associate Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at CHI Health—Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (BSLMC). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine section of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and member of many professional societies, including the American Heart Association.

Since the launch of the Women’s Center in 2010, Dr. Coulter has been interested in investigating the roles biology; psychology and lifestyle play in putting a woman at risk for heart disease. To better understand the racial disparity in the development of cardiovascular disease within Harris County a database registry was established in correlation with her Houston HeartReach community outreach-screening program first developed and piloted in 2011. The Women’s Center has grown substantially and announced a new research and training collaboration in January 2017 where they will conduct highly focused research and training on women’s vascular health and diseases including women’s heart failure. This unparalleled research and training program will unite top physician- researchers across the Texas Medical Center including colleagues at the UT School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School.

Most importantly, Dr. Coulter believes our community is the environment that defines our lives and carries this belief into her work her at THI every day. She educates women and primary care physicians about risk factors and provides interventions that can prevent disease or decrease risks. Her newsletters “Straight Talk from Stephanie,” addresses current topics related to women and heart disease and are aimed to separate fact from fiction. Dr. Coulter is a featured speaker at many women’s and community groups and has been featured in various news media. She is married with two lovely daughters and a very active member of our community.


David Muigai, MD, MBChB MMM

Assistant Professor/ Medical Director Medicine-Pulmonary Baylor College of Medicine; Medical Director, TCH Pavilion for Women OB ICU; Intensivist, BSLMC, Texas Heart Institute CV Surgery Recovery ICU

David Muigai, MBChB MMM moved to the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women in 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Chief of Critical Care Medicine at the Pavilion for Women and Medical Director of the specialized OB Critical Care Unit which manages Critically ill antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum mothers as well as partners with the TCH Cardiology and MFM teams to help in preventive and active management of pregnant Adult Congenital Heart mothers in the critical peripartum period.


Jessica Brown, MD

Dr. Jessica Brown grew up in Middleburg, Florida and graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a degree in Molecular Biology. She moved to Texas for medical training, and graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine. She went on to complete Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, followed by General Cardiology Fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute, where she received several research awards and was named Most Outstanding Cardiology Fellow. Dr. Brown also served as Chief Cardiology Fellow while at Texas Heart. She then completed an additional fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology at Houston Methodist.

Dr. Brown joined The Woodlands North Houston Heart Center in August of 2016, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology. She has special interests in valvular heart disease and heart failure.

When she’s not working, you can find her running along the Woodlands trails with her husband, Scott, and son, Hudson.


Amir Shamshiraz, MD

Finished medical school in “National Medical University” in Tehran/Iran. Moved to USA in 2010. I did research at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Yale (New Haven) for 3 years. Pursued obstetrics and gynecology residency at “George Washington University” in Washington, DC. As I was interested in Critical Care, moved to Houston to do combine Maternal Fetal Medicine and Surgical Critical Care at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Recently joined Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital/Pavilion for Women as faculty in both critical care and MFM.


Philip Steer, MD

Philip Steer is Professor Emeritus at Imperial College London, having been appointed Professor in 1989. He was a consultant obstetrician for 35 years, based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from 1994. He has authored 136 research papers, 103 reviews and editorials and 65 book chapters/books. 21 of his research fellows have achieved higher degrees. His particular interests are the pathophysiology of labour and the effects of maternal heart disease on pregnancy. He was Editor-in-Chief of BJOG – an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - from 2005-2012, is now editor emeritus, and edits the ‘BJOG on the case’ series. He is an editor of ‘High Risk Pregnancy – Management Options’ with the fifth edition published by Cambridge University Press in 2018, who also in 2016 published the second edition of ‘Heart Disease in Pregnancy’ that he edits with Prof Michael Gatzoulis. He was President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine from 1996 to 1999 and President of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2008 to 2009. He is an honorary member of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, honorary fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of South Africa, and an honorary fellow of the American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society.


Dhavel Parekh, MD

Dr. Parekh has completed fellowships in pediatric and adult cardiology with a special interest in congenital and structural interventions. He was the past associate ACHD program director at Texas Children’s and will be completing his final interventional cardiology fellowship at Texas Heart Institute. He has authored numerous publications in the areas of adult congenital, structural and interventional cardiology with a keen interest in outcomes research.


Tara Harris, MD

Assistant Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecology and Obstetric Specialists Baylor College of Medicine


Anitra Beasley, MD

Assistant Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Beasley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. She serves as Associate Residency Program Director, Harris Health Site Director for the OB/GYN medical student clerkship, and Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her other professional memberships include: Society of Family Planning, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Beasley specializes in general obstetrics and gynecology with an interest in contraception counseling for women with complex medical issues, reproductive justice, and family planning. She maintains a clinical practice in the Harris Health System and is dedicated to providing access to comprehensive and quality health care to all residents of Harris County.

Dr. Beasley earned her medical degree and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. Her advanced training includes a fellowship in family planning and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology at Columbia University. Her research interests include the impact of obesity on contraceptive use, access to contraception and family planning services, and reduction of health disparities. In addition, she strives to enhance educational and research opportunities for medical students and residents in general obstetrics and gynecology and family planning.