Dr. Mark Houston has been warmly welcomed as “Best in Medicine” by the American Health Council in acknowledgement of his extensive work and commitment in the industry over his long career in Medicine.
Dr. Houston graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with a MD in medicine completed his internship and residency at the USCF then returned to Vanderbilt as Chief Resident in Medicine. He then decided to further his education by graduating with a MS in Human Nutritional Medicine at University of Bridgeport in 2003 and a 2nd MS in Metabolic and Functional Medicine from the University of South Florida.. He was on the full time faculty at Vanderbilt University as an Associate Professor of Medicine for 12 years and then went to Saint Thomas Hospital as the Director of the Hypertension Institute and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine until 2012. As well as an MD and MS, Dr. Houston also has a vast number of other qualifications including FACP, FAHA, FASH, FACN, FAARM, ABAARM and DABC.
Established in 1874, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has ranked 15th among the nation’s elite program according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of top medical schools for research. Additionally, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is ranked No.8 in the nation among U.S. medical schools in total grant support provided through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Due to the opening of additional research space, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has grown in research and research funding.
The University provides services and researches into Healthcare, Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Human Nutrition and Lipedema.
It has been Dr. Houston’s ambition and dream to become a physician since the age of 6 years old. His success has come from hard work, never giving up, advocating to families and always doing the right thing. He was the first physician of his family.
Throughout his career, Dr. Houston has become an expert is a variety of areas. His expertise are ,Hypertension,Integrative and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Dyslipidemia, Vascular Aging, Vascular Biology, Metabolic and Functional Medicine, and Human Nutrition. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Cardiology in Hypertension. On a daily basis, Dr. Houston’s responsibilities include nutrition research, pharmaceutical research, consultation duties, cardiovascular and hypertension care, and serving as the director of the Hypertension Institute and Division of Human Nutrition at Saint Thomas Medical Group in Nashville, TN.. Beyond patient care, Dr. Houston has presented over 10,000 lectures and published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.
As a seasoned Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Dr. Houston has a list of professional accomplishments including Four Board Certifications in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) and FASH, the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM) and American Board of Cardiology in Hypertension. He holds two Master of Science Degrees. He is also certified in Skin Care by AMET and the American Aesthetic Medical Educators Training.
As well as professional accomplishments, he has been awarded for his professional efforts during his career..Dr Houston was selected as one of the Top Physicians in Hypertension in the US in 2008-2014 by the Consumer Research Council, He was also honored by USA Today as one of the Most Influential Doctors in the US in both Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia twice in 2009- 2010. He was selected as The Patient’s Choice Award in 2010 -2012 by Consumer Reports USA. He was selected one of the Top 100 physicians in the US by the American Health Council in 2017 and one of the Top 50 Functional and Integrative Medical Doctors in the USA in August 2017. He was also selected as America’s Best Physicians in Cardiology 2018 by the National Consumer Advisory Board. Additionally, he is a fellow in the American College of Physicians (FACP), fellow of the National Council on High Blood Pressure and fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA.) and Fellow of the American Society of Hypertension (FASH).
Dr. Houston is also a Clinical, Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences at George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Science., TN. He is on the faculty and Director of the Advanced Cardiovascular Modules 16 for MMI/A4M in the US and Director of the Cardiovascular Module 2 for MMI.
Dr. Houston continues to advance his commitment and knowledge in the healthcare sector by having a substantial number of professional associations. These including, The American Heart Association, The American Board Anti-aging, The American College of Nutrition, The Nashville Academy of Medicine (NAM), The American Medical Association (AMA), The American College of Physicians (ACP), The American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM), Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC), The American Society of Hypertension (ASH), The National Council on High Blood Pressure (NCHBP), The International Society of Hypertension (ISH), The Inter-American Society of Hypertension (IASH), The American Thoracic Society (ATS), The Tennessee Medical Association (TMA), The American Federation of Clinical Research (AFCR), The International Society of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), The Southeastern Lipid Association (SELA), The Vascular Biology Working Group (VBWG), The AHA Council on Arteriosclerosis and Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
Dr. Houston also holds the following appointments: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1990-2012), Director of the Hypertension Institute, Vascular Biology and the Life Extension Institute, Saint Thomas Medical Group, Saint Thomas Hospital and Health Services in Nashville, Tennessee.
Furthermore, he is a Medical Director of Clinical Research, Section Chief of the Division of Nutrition, and Director of CME in the Hypertension Institute, former Editor-in-Chief for JANA (Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association), Author of the following best-selling books: The Handbook of Antihypertensive Therapy, Vascular Biology for the Clinician, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension, Hypertension Handbook for Students and Clinicians, the Hypertension Handbook and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease and Personalized and Precision Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine.
Over the next five years, Dr. Houston aims to continue developing his contributions and knowledge to the field in order to leave behind a legacy for the future generation of physicians.
In his spare time, Dr. Houston enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He is proud to have the support of his family. He enjoys leading an active lifestyle that includes activities like hiking, boating, water skiing, playing tennis and gardening.
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Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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- The American Heart Association
- The American Board Anti-aging
- The American College of Nutrition
- The Nashville Academy of Medicine
- The American Medical Association
- The American College of Physicians
- The American Society of Internal Medicine
- Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control
- The American Society of Hypertension
- The National Council on High Blood Pressure
- The International Society of Hypertension
- The Inter-American Society of Hypertension
- The American Thoracic Society
- The Tennessee Medical Association
- The American Federation of Clinical Research
- The Southeastern Lipid Association
- The Vascular Biology Working Group
- The AHA Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology