Alexander Ondari, MD
Dr. Alexander Ondari joined The Department of Family Medicine in 2017. He is a resident physician in training at the Family Medicine Clinic - Dickinson. Dr. Ondari earned a Bachelors of Science in General Biology from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, and a Doctorate of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where his work focused on identifying imaging biomarkers that can guide clinicians in diagnosis, treatment, and management of pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Ondari is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
Dr. Ondari's academic and clinical interests include urban and underserved population medicine, global/international health, and public health.
A Personal Note from Dr. Ondari
My formative years growing up in rural western Kenya, were enchanting and immersed in “Ubantu”- a strong sense of community and emphasis in education. An American peace-corps teacher at my high school introduced me to the idea of college in America, which led me to relocate to the US for college. As an immigrant, adapting quickly to a new culture and environment made my undergraduate years at Texas Southern University-Houston both challenging and rewarding. These cross-cultural experiences, particularly disparities in healthcare provision to low income communities I grew up in, strongly informed my decision to go into family medicine.
I attended Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) where I was exposed to the full gamut of primary care, including its holistic and continual approach to patient care. At IUSM was fortunate to participate in a summer cultural and medical exchange program at Sun Yat Sen Medical School in Guangzhou, China. However, witnessing the transformative primary care approach by AMPATH, an Indiana University affiliate NGO, alleviate suffering in Western Kenya further solidified my interest in primary and global health medicine.
I was eager to return to Texas after medical school and couldn’t be happier that UTMB Family Medicine program became home. The collegial nature our program and its comprehensive training curriculum that allows residents to develop autonomy while gaining in-depth clinical skills from treating a broad spectrum of illnesses, made for the right fit. Also, UTMBs mission as a provider of care to the rural underserved resonated with my goal to care for marginalized communities in Texas. Whether it’s through my intercontinental travels, upbringing in rural Kenya, or caring for underserved veteran population of the US, I have found culture and medicine to be intertwined. As a family physician, I’ll be at the front line of both disease management and prevention. This is particularly fulfilling to me, because I’ll be the intermediary between my patients and a complex healthcare system, therefore improving delivery of patient care. Upon completing my training, I plan to work in an underserved US community and partner with stakeholders in Kenya to improve the infrastructure and the delivery of healthcare.
When not charting, I can be found backpacking in some corner of the globe, running, making some tiramisu, reading/writing poetry; or, cooking some Kenyan or Italian food.