Past Clinicians of the Month

The Academy started the Clinician of the Month as a way to recognize and promote distinction in all clinical domains by fostering excellence in patient-centric care, with a commitment to developing future leaders through the tenets of the art of healing, empathy, education, scientific rigor, professionalism, mentor-ship and collaborative team work.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year and may be submitted by students, faculty and self-nominations.

Clinician of the month by year

  • 2023-2024
    September 2023

    Alok Makam, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

    October 2023

    Irfan Masood, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology

    November 2023

    Scott Lick, MD
    Professor, Department of Surgery-Cardiovascular Transplant

    December 2023

    Peeyush Bhargava, MD, MBA
    Professor, Department of Radiology

    January 2024

    Ricshonda Milburn, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, RNFA
    Nurse Practitioner, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    February 2024

    John Hagedorn, II, MD
    Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedics

    March 2024

    Joseph Shotwell, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

  • 2022-2023
    August 2023

    Lucy Villarreal, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Ob-Gyn Gynecology

    July 2023

    Mohamed Ibrahim, MD, PhD, MBA, FASA
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

    June 2023

    Laurel Humphrey, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery-MIS/Foregut Surgery

    May 2023

    Rakesh Vadhera, MD, FRCA, FFARCSI
    Professor, Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology

    April 2023

    Arsalan Saleem, MD
    Assistant Professor, Program Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Residency Program, Department of Radiology

    March 2023

    Bilal Farhan, MD, FACS
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery-Urology

    February 2023

    Nicholas Defilippis, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

    January 2023

    Laith Alzweri, MD, MRCS, FECSM
    Assistant Professor, Director, Men's Health and Reconstruction, Associate Director, Residency Program, Department of Urology

    December 2022

    Lindy Ross, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology

    November 2022

    Patricia Beach, MD
    Professor, AE General Pediatrics and Urgent Care

    October 2022

    Luis A. Guajardo, PT, DPT, OCS
    UTMB Rehabilitation Services, Primary Care Pavilion, Physical Therapist

    September 2022

    Reagan Davis, MPAS, PA-C
    Physicians Assistant, Otolaryngology

  • 2021-2022

    Premal Patel, MD, MSc, FACP
    Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine


    Laith Alzweri, MD, MRCS, FECSM
    Assistant Professor, Department of Urology


    Amr Abouleish, MD, MBA
    Division Chief, Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology


    Victor Sierpina, MD
    Professor, Family Medicine, Director, Medical Student Education, and Faculty Development


    Patricia Rogers, MD, FAAP
    Professor, Family Medicine, General Pediatrics & Urgent Care


    Deborah Carlson, PhD
    Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, Director, Audiology & Speech Pathology


    Harold Pine, MD, FAAP, FACS
    Professor, Otolaryngology, Professor, Pediatrics, Medical Director, Inpatient ENT and Pediatrics


    Brian Smith, MD
    Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation


    Crystal Sierra, MD, FAAP
    Associate Professor, Pediatric and Adult Primary Care, Friendswood


    Rizwana Sultana, MD
    Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine


    Sunil K. Sahai, MD, FAAP, FACP, SFHM
    Professor, Director General Medicine, Internal Medicine


    Susan Easley, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine