Marissa Forray, MD
Dr. Forray joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2021. She is a resident physician in training at the Family Medicine Clinic – Island East. Dr. Forray earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M in College Station and her Doctorate of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
Dr. Forray is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
Dr. Forray's academic and clinical interests include LGBTQI+ Health, medical legislation and advocacy, clinical procedures, Women's Health, underserved populations and an integrative and holistic approach to medicine.
A PERSONAL NOTE FROM DR. FORRAY
Growing up in the Dallas area, I was exposed to many different people and cultures from a young age. I learned early on that there are many facets to life that we can appreciate about every individual and group of peoples we encounter. It was interesting for me to learn as I grew up that many of these factors that have such strong impacts on our lifestyles, mentality, and day to day activities have not often been accounted for in medicine, despite being the driving factors in our health. This is, in part, due to gaps in medical education and resource availability at all levels. I chose Family Medicine as it is one of the few fields that is actively attempting to correct these deficiencies and is home to some of the most passionate and caring individuals that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
As an undergrad at Texas A&M, I worked as an EMT-B, phlebotomist, ER technician, biochemical/genetics research assistant, and nanny. I saw firsthand just how important these variables are in both a professional and personal setting. My passion for social equity, holistic approaches to medical practice, and compassionate medical training only grew as a medical student at UTMB. It was at this time that I became a student representative at the AMA (American Medical Association) and had my first taste of medical legislation. I co-authored a student bill advocating for the right for transgender individuals to be allowed to use facilities that align with their gender identity and personally sought out further training to be able to provide compassionate and fully informed care for members of the LGBTQ+ community, which has become my passion. I am currently working with my faculty to develop a LGBTQ+ track within the Family Medicine department for those, like myself, who are looking to provide safe and effective care to populations that are so often mistreated in medicine. Upon completing residency, I hope to attend a fellowship in LGBTQ+ medicine to further these goals.
My other interests include mental health, women's health, adolescent medicine, hospital medicine, and community medicine. Outside of residency, I enjoy painting, reading, training my dog, and yoga.