Clinician Spotlights Jan 12, 2022

UT Health Austin Doctors Make the Austin Monthly Magazine 2022 Top Doctors List

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28 UT Health Austin physicians were recognized as Top Doctors in the January 2022 Issue of Austin Monthly magazine. These physicians were nominated by other licensed physicians as the best in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Each physician nominee is carefully screened based on their educational and professional experience by a physician-led team of Castle Connolly researchers who select top doctors on a national and regional level. This is the fifth year that UT Health Austin physicians have been recognized for this honor.

How are doctors selected for Austin’s Top Doctors?

Austin Monthly’s Top Doctors are selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company that helps guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Physicians selected for inclusion in Austin Monthly’s Top Doctors may also appear online at castleconnolly.com or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online or in print.

Meet the 2022 Austin Monthly Top Doctors

A portrait of Mike Auth, cardiac critical care intensivist, in a round frame.

Michael J. Auth, DO*, is a board-certified pediatric cardiac critical care intensivist in the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. He specializes in the care of children with life-threatening illnesses who need support in an ICU (intensive care unit) setting. Additionally, Dr. Auth is an affiliate faculty member in both the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care and the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics.

A portrait of John Bertelson, MD, behavioral neurologist, in a round frame.

John A. Bertelson, MD, FAAN*, is a behavioral neurologist in UT Health Austin’s Comprehensive Memory Center within the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and other neurological disorders of cognition. Additionally, Dr. Bertelson is an assistant professor in both the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology and the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

A portrait of Ziv Beckerman, MD, pediatric cardiac surgeon, in a round frame.

Ziv Beckerman, MD, is a pediatric and adult cardiothoracic surgeon and the Surgical Director for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program within the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. He specializes in operating on adults and babies with congenital heart disease and genetic syndromes. Additionally, Dr. Beckerman is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

A portrait of Glendaliz Bosquez, MD, pediatric physiatrist, in a round frame.

Glendaliz Bosques, MD, is a board-certified physiatrist and the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine in UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. She specializes in treating children with congenital or acquired physical disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Bosques is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology.

A round portrait of orthopedic surgeon Kevin Bozic, MD.

Kevin Bozic, MD, MBA, FAOA, FAAOS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the Executive Director of UT Health Austin’s Musculoskeletal Institute. He specializes in pain and inflammation of the hip and knee and has over 15 years of experience as an adult reconstructive surgeon, focusing on simple and complex primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty. Additionally, Dr. Bozic is a professor and serves as the Chair of the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

A portrait of Michael Breen, MD, Ob-gyn in a round frame.

Michael Breen, MD, FACOG*, is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon and the Medical Director of Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of chronic pelvic pain, and his expertise in minimally invasive surgery includes robotic and laparoscopic surgery. Additionally, Dr. Breen is an associate professor and serves as both the Associate Chair of Clinical Integration and Operations for the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health. He also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Dell Medical School Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program.

A portrait of Kim Carter, MD, ob-gyn, in a round frame.

Kimberly Carter, MD*, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist in Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin. She specializes in treating patients with vulvodynia. Additionally, Dr. Carter is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

A round portrait of infectious disease specialist Elizabeth Douglass, MD.

Elizabeth Douglass, MD, is a board-certified infectious disease specialist in UT Health Austin’s Infectious Disease Clinic. She specializes in HIV and outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy for patients with complex infections. Additionally, Dr. Douglass is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine.

A round portrait of surgical oncologist Declan Fleming, MD.

Declan Fleming, MD, FACS, is a board-certified surgical oncologist in UT Health Austin’s Surgical Oncology Clinic. He is also a part of both UT Health Austin’s Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction care team and UT Health Austin’s CaLM Care Team. He specializes in the surgical treatment of patients with cancer and has expertise in the treatment of cancers of the pancreas, liver, and stomach as well as neuroendocrine tumors. Additionally, Dr. Fleming is an assistant professor and the Division Chief of Surgical Oncology for the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. He also serves as the Associate Director for Surgical Services for the Dell Medical School Livestrong Cancer Institutes.

Charles Fraser, MD

Charles Fraser, Jr., MD, is a board-certified congenital heart surgeon and the Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery for the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. He specializes in the surgical treatment of infants, children, and adults with congenital cardiac disease, with emphasis on complex neonatal repairs of serious cardiac malformations. Additionally, Dr. Fraser is a professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics as well as a professor and the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the Dell Medical Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

A portrait of Jorge Ganem, MD, pediatric hospitalist, in a round frame.

Jorge Ganem, MD*, is a board-certified pediatric hospitalist in the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. He specializes in the acute care of hospitalized children and the coordination of care of pediatric patients with complex medical conditions during their hospitalization. Additionally, Dr. Ganem is an associate professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics.

A portrait of Jenny Ghartey, MD, maternal fetal medicine specialist, in a round frame.

Jeny Ghartey, DO*, is a fellowship-trained maternal-fetal medicine specialist in both Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin, and the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. She performs prenatal diagnosis, level II ultrasound examinations, and high-risk obstetric consultations in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Additionally, Dr. Ghartey is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

A portrait of John Harkins, MD, ob-gyn, in a round frame.

John Harkins, MD, FACOG*, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist in both Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin, and the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. He specializes in complex obstetrics and taking care of critically ill neonatal patients. Additionally, Dr. Harkins is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

A round portrait of surgical oncologist Alex Haynes, MD.

Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH, FACS, is a board-certified surgical oncologist and the Medical Director for Oncology at UT Health Austin, overseeing operations for UT Health Austin’s Livestrong Cancer Institutes and UT Health Austin’s Surgical Oncology Clinic. He is also a part of both UT Health Austin’s Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction care team and UT Health Austin’s CaLM Care Team. He specializes in caring for patients with soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, and other cancers of the skin and connective tissue. Additionally, Dr. Haynes is an associate professor and serves as the Associate Chair for Investigation and Discovery for the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

A round portrait of infectious disease specialist Hudson Parker, MD.

F. Parker Hudson, MD, MPH, is a board-certified internal medicine specialist and infectious disease specialist in UT Health Austin’s Infectious Disease Clinic. He specializes in adult infectious disease, HIV, and public health epidemiology. Additionally, Dr. Hudson is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine and a courtesy assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Population Health. He also serves as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program at the Dell Medical School.

Karl Koenig, MD, FAOA, FAAOS, FAAHKS, Medical Director  of UT Health Austin's Musculoskeletal Institute.

Karl Koenig, MD, FAOA, FAAOS, FAAHKS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the Medical Director of UT Health Austin’s Musculoskeletal Institute. He specializes in the treatment of hip and knee arthritis, both primary and revision surgery, and the treatment of periprosthetic fractures and prosthetic joint infections. Additionally, Dr. Koenig is an associate professor and serves as the Division Chief of Orthopedics as well as the Joseph M. Abell Arthroplasty and Value-Based Health Care Fellowship Director for the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

A portrait of Roshni Koli, MD, pediatric psychiatrist, in a round frame.

Roshni Koli, MD, is a board-certified pediatric psychiatrist and the Medical Director of Pediatric Mental Health for UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children’s, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin, and serves as the Medical Director for Pediatric Mental Health Services for Dell Children’s Medical Center. She specializes in primary care collaboration, treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, neuropsychiatry, and reproductive psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Koli is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

A round portrait of endocrinologist Mrinalini Kulkarni, MD.

Mrinalini Kulkarni-Date, MD, is a board-certified endocrinologist in UT Health Austin’s Endocrinology Clinic. She specializes in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. Additionally, Dr. Kulkarni-Date is an associate professor and serves as the Chief of Division of Endocrinology for the Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine.

A portrait of Elizabeth Kvale, MD, palliative care specialist, in a round frame.

Elizabeth Kvale, MD, MSPH, is a board-certified family medicine specialist and the Survivorship Medical Director of UT Health Austin’s Livestrong Cancer Institutes. In her role, she oversees the CaLM Care Team. She is also a part of UT Health Austin’s Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction care team. Additionally, Dr. Kvale is an associate professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine, a courtesy associate professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Population Health, and a courtesy associate professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Oncology. She also serves as the Program Leader of Survivorship and Supportive Care for the Dell Medical School Livestrong Cancer Institutes.

A round portrait of reproductive endocrinologist Winifred Mak, MD.

Winifred Mak, MD, PhD, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and a part of both UT Health Austin’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility care team and UT Health Austin’s Cancer Fertility Preservation care team. She specializes in understanding oocyte and early embryo biology to help patients facing infertility issues and recurrent pregnancy loss. Additionally, Dr. Mak is an associate professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

A portrait of Carlos Mery, MD, pediatric cardiac surgeon,  in a round frame.

Carlos M. Mery, MD, MPH, is a board-certified pediatric congenital heart surgeon and the Associate Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery for the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. He also serves as the Surgical Director of the Coronary Anomalies Program, Heart Failure, VAD, and Transplant Program, and Single Ventricle Program within the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. He specializes in the management of children and adults with congenital heart disease, including simple and complex congenital heart defects. Additionally, Dr. Mery is an associate professor and serves as the Director of Health Transformation and Design in Congenital Heart Disease for the Dell Medical School.

A portrait of Kristin Nieto, MD, pediatric hospitalist, in a round frame.

Kirsten Nieto, MD*, is a board-certified pediatrician and internal medicine specialist in the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. She specializes in the acute care of children and adults and is an expert in reducing adverse events related to opiates, multimodal pain management, transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare providers, and in improving the quality, value, and communication in the care of hospitalized patients. Additionally, Dr. Nieto is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics and serves as the Associate Division Chief for the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine.

A portrait of Veena Patel, MD, rheumatologist, in a round frame.

Veena Patel, MD, is a board-certified rheumatologist in UT Health Austin’s Rheumatology Clinic. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and systemic autoimmune conditions. Additionally, Dr. Patel is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine.

A round portrait of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Mark Queralt, MD.

Mark Queralt, MD, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and the Clinical Director of UT Health Austin’s Back and Neck Pain Center within the Musculoskeletal Institute. With more than twenty years of experience, he specializes in the treatment of spinal pain and injuries. Additionally, Dr. Queralt is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology.

Celeste Sheppard, MD, FACOG, is a fellowship-trained maternal-fetal medicine specialist in both Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin, and the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. Additionally, Dr. Sheppard is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

A portrait of Eric Schute, MD, pediatric psychiatrist,  in a round frame.

Eric Shute, MD, is a board-certified pediatric psychiatrist in UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children’s, a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin. He specializes in behavioral health disorders in children with medical complexities. Additionally, Dr. Shute is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and serves as the Course Director for Medical Student Elective Rotations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

A portrait of Amanda White, MD, urogynecologist, in a round frame.

Amanda White, MD*, is a fellowship-trained female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon in Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin. She specializes in the treatment and management of pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary and fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Additionally, Dr. White is an associate professor and serves as the Division Chief of Female Pelvic and Reconstructive Surgery for the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health. She also serves as the Program Director for the Dell Medical School Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship.

A round portrait of gynecologist oncologist Yvette Williams-Brown, MD.

Yvette Williams-Brown, MD, is a fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist in both Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin, and UT Health Austin’s Livestrong Cancer Institutes. She is also a part of both UT Health Austin’s Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction care team and UT Health Austin’s CaLM Care Team. Additionally, Dr. Williams-Brown is an associate professor in both the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health and the Dell Medical School Department of Oncology.

*Consulting Clinician: A medical specialist who, though not a member of the UT Health Austin professional staff, works as part of a care team to help ensure our patients are provided with comprehensive access to the clinical expertise and services they need to address their unique condition, situation, or circumstance.

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About the Partnership Between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton

The collaboration between UT Health Austin and Ascension brings together medical professionals, medical school learners, and researchers who are all part of the integrated mission of transforming healthcare delivery and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society. This collaboration allows highly specialized providers who are at the forefront of the latest research, diagnostic, and technological developments to build an integrated system of care that is a collaborative resource for clinicians and their patients.

About the Partnership Between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center

The collaboration between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center brings together medical professionals, medical school learners, and researchers who are all part of the integrated mission of transforming healthcare delivery and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society. This collaboration allows highly specialized providers who are at the forefront of the latest research, diagnostic, and technological developments to build an integrated system of care that is a collaborative resource for clinicians and their patients.

About UT Health Austin

UT Health Austin is the clinical practice of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to provide patients with an unparalleled quality of care. Our experienced healthcare professionals deliver personalized, whole-person care of uncompromising quality and treat each patient as an individual with unique circumstances, priorities, and beliefs. Working directly with you, your care team creates an individualized care plan to help you reach the goals that matter most to you — in the care room and beyond. For more information, call us at 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment here.