Faculty Bios


Family Medicine Directors

Samuel Wang, M.D.
Residency Director


Pamela Elizabeth Chung, M.D.
Associate Program Director


Payal Gaba, M.D.
Associate Program Director



Family Medicine Faculty

 

Julie D. Adkison, PharmD
Director of Research

Laura Armstrong, M.D.

 

Gordon A. Bush, Ph.D.

Director of Behavioral Medicine

 

Geraldine C. Gossard, M.D.

 

Monica Kalra, D.O.

 

Ramashilpa Sudireddy, M.D.

Directory of Maternity Services

 

Blake Motley Watts, M.D.

 

Charles “Chase” Whitehead IV, M.D.

 

Michael Wollner, M.D.

Director of Inpatient Medicine

Samuel Wang, M.D.

Residency Director

Hometown : Houston, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree : Rice University, B.A.
Medical School : University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Residency : St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program, Edgewood, KY

Biography : Dr. Wang received his medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston and went on to complete a Family Medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in northern Kentucky. Following his residency training, Dr. Wang practiced medicine in a large multi-specialty group in Houston for over four years before joining the Memorial Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Wang is board certified in Family Medicine and has a special interest in computerized medical records. He is married, has two children and speaks Mandarin. His hobbies include computers and technology, music, racquetball and cars.


Pamela Elizabeth Chung, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Hometown : Almonte, Ontario, Canada
UndergraduateSchool and Degree: McMaster University, Bachelor of Health Sciences

Graduate School and Degree: Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from Dundee University (Scotland)
Medical School : McMaster University, Canada
Residency : Queens University, Canada

Biography : Following residency training, Dr. Chung worked as a Rural Locum in Canada for 2 years. In 2010 she moved to Texas and became Medical Director at the Young County Family Clinic in Graham. While in rural practice she participated in clinic, hospitalist, palliative care and Correctional Health Care at the local county jail. Dr. Chung joined Memorial Family Medicine Residency as faculty in 2014. Her areas of interest include Rural Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Palliative Care. Dr. Chung and her husband Raymond enjoy spending time with their daughter Claire, gourmet cooking and Formula 1 car racing.



Payal Gaba, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Hometown : New Delhi, India
Medical School : Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
Residency : Central Washington Family Medicine, Washington
Fellowship : Faculty Development, University of Washington - National Institute of Program Director Development

Biography : Dr. Gaba graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College, University of Delhi, in India and finished two years of internal medicine residency in India before moving to the United States to join her husband. During her Family Medicine residency training at Central Washington Family Medicine, an affiliate of University of Washington, she served as a Chief Resident. She worked for eight years in eastern Washington as a part of a multi-specialty group where she taught medical students and residents, and served on Physicians Operating Council before transitioning to academics fulltime. She was one of the pioneer faculty joining a new residency program, Kadlec Family Medicine Residency program, in Richland, WA where she served as Associate Program Director and then Program Director. She has completed fellowship in Faculty Development from University of Washington and National Institute of Program Director Development. She has special interest in women’s health, evidence based medicine, quality improvement, and population health. She is a “foodie” and enjoys reading, traveling, Bollywood dancing, and spending time with her husband, a pediatric anesthesiologist, and her 2 children, Rhea, and Aadi


Julie D. Adkison, PharmD

Director of Research

Julie D. Adkison, PharmD

Hometown : Rockport, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree : University of Texas - Austin, B.A. Biology
Graduate School and Degree : University of Houston, Doctor of Pharmacy
Residency : Pharmacy Residency with University of Houston and Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Biography : Dr. Adkison joined the Memorial Family Medicine Residency faculty in April 2002. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas and a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Houston. She completed her residency with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and worked in a large public health system before joining the faculty. Dr. Adkison is responsible for educating residents on the appropriate use of pharmaceutical agents, as well as cost effective prescribing. Her areas of interest include diabetes, complementary and alternative medicine and quality improvement with regard to medication use. Dr. Adkison stays busy raising her 3 young sons, entertaining friends in her home and running an occasional half-marathon.

 

 

Laura Armstrong, M.D.

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Undergraduate School and Degree : Rice University
Medical School : University of Texas Houston
Residency : Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Biography :Dr. Armstrong grew up in New Mexico, attended Rice University and received her medical degree at UT Houston. She completed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as one of the Chief Residents. She was in private practice in The Woodlands, TX before joining the Memorial Family Medicine Residency as faculty in 2013 Dr. Armstrong enjoys spending time with her husband Trey and her son Logan and in her free time she also enjoys swimming, hiking and making jewelry.



Gordon A. Bush, Ph.D.

Director of Behavioral Medicine

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Hometown :  Detroit, Michigan
Undergraduate School and Degree :  Michigan State University, B.A. Psychology
Graduate School and Degree : Doctorate of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Post Graduate : Internship in Clinical Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Fellowship : Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute, Houston, TX

Biography:  After obtaining his undergraduate degree, Dr. Bush worked in a psychiatric setting for several years before pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology.  He then entered the PhD. Program in Clinical Psychology. As part of his degree program he completed an internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX followed by a Post Doctoral Fellowship.  He was a faculty member at Baylor for one year before entering full time private practice. He has remained an adjunct faculty member at Baylor college of Medicine throughout his private practice career.  He has long standing interests in mood disorders, anxiety, personality development, learning disabilities, recovery from head injury, and the treatment of sleep disorders.

 


Geraldine C. Gossard, M.D.

Hometown : Charlestown, Ireland
Medical School : University College Galway School of Medicine
Residency : Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Houston, Texas

Biography : Dr. Gossard came to the United States from Ireland. She graduated from the University College Galway School of Medicine in 1982. She completed rotating residency in family medicine in Ireland and England. She joined Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program as a resident in 1993 and stayed on as assistant professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and faculty at the program. Dr. Gossard's interests include women's health, prevention and geriatrics. She has a strong interest in evidence-based medicine and research and has presented at national conferences. Dr. Gossard and her husband, Carl, have two young sons and, when not at the ballpark, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, travel and golf.



Monica Kalra, D.O.

Hometown : Houston, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree: University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Mathematics
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Methodist Health System of Dallas
Fellowship: Academic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Biography : After serving as chief resident at Methodist, Dr. Kalra took the role of Research Director for their Family Medicine Residency in Dallas. During her time at Methodist, she also completed a fellowship in Academic Medicine at UNTHSC. Her interests include evidence based medicine, board exam preparation and medical writing. She has been published in several local and national journals. In 2014, Dr. Kalra moved back to her hometown and joined the faculty of the Memorial Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Kalra is fluent in Bengali. Her husband, Vik, is Vice President of a private equity firm. During her free time, Dr. Kalra enjoys math puzzles, board games and time with her boisterous children, Bella and Kush.



Ramashilpa Sudireddy, M.D.

Director of Maternity Services

Danuta S. Blicharski, M.D.

Medical School: Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College
Residency: Shenandoah University / Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Maternity Health at UT Southwestern

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Blake Motley Watts, M.D.

Blake Motley Watts, M.D.

Medical School: University of Texas Medical School
Residency: Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Biography: Blake Motley Watts chose to specialize in family medicine because she loved every part of her medical school training and wanted to help all age groups be well. After graduating from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Dr. Watts completed her residency at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Sugar Land, Texas. She practiced in Pearland before returning to join the faculty. She believes in comprehensive care, listening to her patients’ needs and getting them back on their way to wellness with a focus on healthy habits. For her, the best part of practicing medicine is seeing a positive change in her patients’ lives and getting to know the families she treats. In her spare time, Dr. Watts enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking, group exercise classes, and traveling.

Charles “Chase” Whitehead IV, M.D.

Charles “Chase” Whitehead, M.D.

Medical School : McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Residency : Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Biography: Charles “Chase” Whitehead IV, MD, is a family medicine physician serving patients of all ages. A graduate of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Dr. Whitehead completed his residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency in Houston. Because he was inspired by his doctors as a child and teenager, Dr. Whitehead chose to become a physician. Dr. Whitehead treats a variety of conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and acute care. His clinical interests include diabetes and all types of sports injuries. In his approach to patient care, Dr. Whitehead sees himself as a teacher, a coach and a cheerleader. He takes the time to educate patients on their plan of care, coaches them through it, and celebrates with his patients when they accomplish goals and feel better. He takes the time to listen to his patients and to be a genuine and caring physician. For him, the best part of his job is getting to build relationships with his patients. In his spare time, Dr. Whitehead enjoys traveling and playing sports.

 


Michael Wollner, M.D.

Director of Inpatient Medicine

Michael Wollner, M.D.

Hometown : Clear Lake, Texas
Undergraduate School and Degree :  Dartmouth College
Graduate School and Degree : Baylor College of Medicine
Residency : Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

Biography:  Dr. Wollner went to Clear Lake High School, where he was on the cross country team with Dr. Fiesinger. He graduated from Dartmouth College and spent four years as an elementary and high school teacher before deciding to attend medical school. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and then completed his residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program where he served as one of the Chief Residents and won the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award in 2003. He then did a Fellowship in Rural Health Care and Obstetrics at the Fort Bend Family Health Center before practicing for four years as a full spectrum family physician in Fall River Mills, California. During his tenure with the Mountain Valleys Health Centers, he served as Medical Director for the clinic system for two years. On his return to Houston, he worked for four years as a hospitalist and was named Physician of the Year at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in 2011. He is married, and is the proud father of three children, Vinny, Matt and Adam.