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Ashok Balasubramanyam, M.D., Interim Chair, The Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Ashok Balasubramanyam, M.D., Interim Chair, The Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine

Robert F. Todd, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Medicine in the Section of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and medical degree from St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India. He was a resident and chief resident in Internal Medicine at Baylor, after which he completed a fellowship and post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He served for many years as director of the Endocrine Fellowship Program, and is currently director of Baylor’s Clinical Scientist Training Program.

He has been a member of the Baylor faculty since 1994, and has served in education roles for the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He is an NIH-funded translational researcher within the Diabetes Research Center, and is chief of the Endocrine Service at Ben Taub Hospital.

Michael A. Belfort, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Michael A. Belfort, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Michael A. Belfort is chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Belfort is an internationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine and fetal intervention. His appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2011

Dr. Belfort most recently served as director of Perinatal Research, Fetal Therapy and Obstetric Telemedicine at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, TN, and as a professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He previously served in Houston from 1994-1997 as director of labor and delivery and as director of obstetric intensive care at Ben Taub General Hospital, as well as an associate professor in the divisions of maternal-fetal medicine, hypertension and anesthesiology at BCM. His teaching experience also includes serving as an adjunct clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine where he worked with Yale faculty in the development of their Fetal Intervention Program.

Dr. Belfort received his medical degree (MBBCH) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He completed two residencies in obstetrics and gynecology (one in Cape Town and one at BCM), trained in anesthesiology in South Africa, and did his fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at BCM.

Dr. Belfort is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also holds obstetrics and gynecology specialist qualifications in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. He has received numerous professional awards for his contributions to research, teaching and medical practice. Belfort has been an active member of professional societies all over the world and has written more than 175 scientific articles and textbook chapters, as well as presented more than 350 abstracts and poster presentations. He is an author/editor of several textbooks, including "Hypertension in Pregnancy," "Obstetric Clinical Algorithms, Preeclampsia" and "Critical Care Obstetrics."

Mark Bonnen, M.D., Interim Chair, Department of Radiology Oncology

Mark Bonnen, M.D., Interim Chair, Department of Radiology Oncology

Dr. Mark Bonnen has been named interim chair of the newly created Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Bonnen received his M.D. from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1999. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and his residency in radiation oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He served on the MD Anderson faculty from 2004-2006 before founding and serving as president of South Texas Radiation Therapy Associates. 

He joined the Baylor faculty in 2012 and is program director for the radiation oncology residency program and medical director of the Harris Health System Attwell Radiation Center. Dr. Bonnen has published research on the use of radiation therapy in breast cancer, prostate cancer, head & neck cancer, lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancer.

Michael Coburn, M.D., Chair, Scott Department of Urology

Michael Coburn, M.D., Chair, Scott Department of Urology

Michael Coburn, M.D., professor and Russell and Mary Hugh Scott Chair in Urology, holds the Carlton-Smith Chair in Urologic Education. He is also the Director of Education and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the department, as well as Chief of Urology Service at Ben Taub Hospital.

Dr. Coburn received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and a fellowship in male reproductive medicine and surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Coburn has been recognized as an outstanding teacher, and has received numerous education related awards. He was listed in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Super Doc” (2004-2007) and is the 2009 Chairman of the Academy of Distinguished Educators at BCM.

Coburn has authored numerous articles and chapters in books. He is a member of the Société International d'Urologie and of the Board of Directors of the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (2008–2011). He is also a charter member of the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors and serves on the Resident Review Committee of the AMA Council on Medical Education (2007-2010).

Donald T. Donovan, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Donald T. Donovan, M.D., F.A.C.S., Interim Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Donovan serves as interim chair of the Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology. Donovan attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and completed his Surgery and otolaryngology residency at Baylor as well. He completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, in New York. His clinical interests include Head and neck tumors, laryngeal/voice disorders, endoscopic sinus surgery.

Thomas Hunt, M.D., Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Thomas Hunt, M.D., Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Hunt is chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and an internationally recognized leader in the field of hand and wrist surgery. He received his bachelor of science degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed additional graduate medical training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Medical Center, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hunt has attended leadership and health care management courses at Harvard's School of Public Health and Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and expects to receive his doctorate of science in Health Services Administration in 2013.

Mark W. Kline, M.D., Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Mark W. Kline, M.D., Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Mark W. Kline, M.D., is chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital. Kline graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, graduated with honors from BCM in 1981 and completed residency training at BCM and Texas Children's in 1984. He served as the chief resident in pediatrics and was a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric infectious diseases. After serving as an assistant professor of pediatrics at St. Louis University School of Medicine for two years, he returned to BCM and Texas Children's, serving as an infectious diseases specialist.

Kline has been serving as a professor of pediatrics and head of the retrovirology section in the pediatrics department at BCM and chief of the Texas Children's Retrovirology Service since 1997. He founded the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children's Hospital in 1996, and has led the organization in establishing programs in 14 countries.

Kline has authored more than 250 scientific articles and textbook chapters and has presented throughout the world on child health issues. He has earned many honors and awards, including the Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award in 2002, the Medical Award of Excellence from Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2007 and the Distinguished Faculty Award of Baylor College of Medicine in 2007.

James McDeavitt, M.D., Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

James McDeavitt, M.D., Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

James McDeavitt, M.D., serves as chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor. He received his medical degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University and, following a year of medical missionary work in rural Guatemala, completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as chief resident.

Before joining the college, McDeavitt served as chief academic officer and senior vice president for education and research at the Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the largest and most comprehensive systems in the country. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he served as the executive leader for a variety of operational initiatives across a two-state, 40-hospital care delivery system. Among his accomplishments were development of a tertiary/quaternary referral system; implementation of a system-wide critical care service line; and design of a comprehensive approach to large scale physician leadership development.

Eli M. Mizrahi, M.D., Chair, Department of Neurology

Eli M. Mizrahi, M.D., Chair, Department of Neurology

Dr. Eli M. Mizrahi, professor of neurology and pediatrics, was named chair of the Department of Neurology March 12, 2008. Dr. Mizrahi served as vice chair of the department and is head of the Peter Kellaway Section of Neurophysiology, director of the Baylor Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and director of the Post Doctoral Fellowship Training Program in Clinical Neurophysiology. He also serves as chief of the neurophysiology service at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.

He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his pediatrics residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his neurology residency at Stanford University School of Medicine and a post-doctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at BCM. Dr. Mizrahi joined the BCM faculty in 1982 and specializes in epilepsy, seizure disorders and neurophysiology.

Dr. Mizrahi is active in many professional societies including the Epilepsy Foundation of America, having served on the Board of Directors and as Chair, Professional Advisory Board; the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, having served as president; and the American Epilepsy Society, currently serving on its Board of Directors. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Todd K. Rosengart, M.D., Chair, Department of Surgery

Todd K. Rosengart, M.D., Chair, Department of Surgery

Dr. Todd Rosengart, nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon and a pioneer in gene therapy, became chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine Nov. 1, 2012. Rosengart came to BCM from Stony Brook University, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of the Stony Brook University Heart Center. He also served as president of Stony Brook Surgery Associates and board officer of the Stony Brook Clinical Practice Management Plan.

Rosengart is an NIH-supported scientist with nearly uninterrupted NIH funding since 1998, and has published extensively, most recently being named editor of Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He was one of the early leaders in the field of gene therapy, with work beginning in the 1990s on gene transfer therapy and delivery and minimally invasive gene therapy delivery.

Timothy Stout, M.D., Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Timothy Stout, M.D., Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Dr. Timothy Stout, recognized leader in gene therapy and eye diseases, serves as chair of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine.

A graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, Stout returns to BCM from Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), where he served as vice president for commercialization strategies and professor of ophthalmology and molecular genetics.

Dr. Stout specializes in retina/macular and retinal vascular diseases. His current research projects include human gene and stem cell therapy for proliferative and inherited ocular disease, retinal disease genotype-phenotype correlation and intraocular angiogenesis.

Stout received a bachelor’s of arts degree from Rice University and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Oregon. He completed his internship at Texas Children’s Hospital and his residency at the University of Southern California after earning his BCM degrees.

Maya S. Suresh, M.D., Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Maya S. Suresh, M.D., Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Maya S. Suresh is a professor of anesthesiology, chair of the department of anesthesiology, and the Division Chief of Obstetric and Gynecologic Anesthesiology at Ben Taub Hospital. She is a graduate of Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

Dr. Suresh completed an anesthesiology residency at Medical College of Virginia, and an obstetric anesthesia fellowship and pediatric anesthesia subspecialty training at Boston Lying-In Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital respectively. She has served as an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiologists. She initiated and started a fellowship program in obstetric anesthesia in 1994. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Society of Airway Management and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists’ Economics Committee.

Dr. Suresh has received numerous awards for both teaching and research. Her clinical and research interests include preeclampsia and vascular adaptations in normal pregnancy and with hypertension in pregnancy, and teaching airway management for difficult airways.

Thomas M. Wheeler, M.D., Chair, Department of Pathology and Immunology

Thomas M. Wheeler, M.D., Chair, Department of Pathology & Immunology

Dr. Thomas M. Wheeler is a professor of pathology and urology and chair of the Department of Pathology and Immunology. Dr. Wheeler also serves as deputy chief of service at The Methodist Hospital and director of the pathology core of the SPORE in prostate cancer. He is a leading expert in prostate cancer diagnosis and research.

Dr. Wheeler completed both his medical degree and residency at BCM. He serves as a governor of the College of American Pathologists and is the 1999 recipient of the CAP Foundation's Herbert Lansky Memorial Award. He has held numerous leadership positions with the CAP, including as a member of the House of Delegates, chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs. In 2007 he received the George T. Caldwell, M.D., Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Society of Pathologists.

Dr. Wheeler is the author of many publications and has served as a reviewer or on the editorial board for numerous journals.

Cliff J. Whigham, M.D., Interim Chair of Radiology

Cliff J. Whigham, M.D., Interim Chair of Radiology

Dr. Cliff J. Whigham, associate professor of Radiology, serves as associate chair of clinical affairs and chief of Angiography/Interventional Radiology for the department and at Ben Taub Hospital.

Dr. Whigham received his D.O. degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency training at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Whigham joined Baylor in 1988 and served at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center until 2005. He was named Chief of the Radiology Service at Ben Taub in 2008.

John E. Wolf, Jr., M.D., Chair, Department of Dermatology

John E. Wolf, Jr., M.D., Chair, Department of Dermatology

Dr. John E. Wolf, Jr., chair of the Department of Dermatology, is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed a medical internship at Cornell University/Bellevue Hospital in New York City before serving two years as a Peace Corps physician in the Micronesian Islands. Wolf was subsequently a dermatology resident at the University of California in San Francisco, a fellow in tropical dermatology in Guadalajara, and senior registrar at St. John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin in London, England.

Wolf is also chair of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and serves on the steering committee of the History of Medicine Society.

Wolf has authored more than 150 publications and delivered more than 1,000 professional lectures.

Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., is the D.C. and Irene Ellwood Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is the chief of Psychiatry Service at The Methodist Hospital and oversees academic activities in psychiatry at Ben Taub Hospital, the Houston Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital and the DePelchin Children's Center.

Prior to moving to Houston in 1991, Yudofsky was professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and chief of Psychiatric Services for the University of Chicago Hospital System. He was founding director of the psychiatry department of Allegheny General Hospital and director of psychiatric research at the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute. For 14 years, he was on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, clinical director and deputy director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

For the past 12 years, he has been editor of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences and the author/co-author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. Yudofsky has been elected to the membership of numerous national honorary societies and is on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals. 

Daniel Yoshor, M.D., Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Daniel Yoshor, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Yoshor was named chair of neurosurgery Dec. 31, 2014. 

He is a professor in the department and chief of the neurosurgery service at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health. He maintains a busy clinical practice and is surgical director of the Baylor Pituitary Center and the brain tumor and epilepsy surgery programs. Since 2008, he has served as program director for the Baylor/MD Anderson neurosurgery residency program, one of the largest and most respected neurosurgery residency programs in the country. He also serves as principal investigator for an active NIH-funded research program on the neurophysiology of human visual perception.

Yoshor received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed residency training at Baylor. He completed a fellowship in epilepsy and brain tumor surgery at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine before returning to Baylor as a faculty member. 

Yoshor has won numerous awards for teaching, research and clinical work. His research has been supported by multiple grants from the NIH and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and has resulted in publications in leading scientific journals including Nature Neuroscience, Current Biology, PNAS, and the Journal of Neuroscience. He serves as a section editor for the journal Neurosurgery, and is an active member of many academic societies, including the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society for Neuroscience. He has coauthored the textbook “Clinical Brain Mapping.”