Leader in Medicine

Mya Schiess


The American Health Council has cordially appointed Dr. Mya Schiess, MD as “Best in Medicine”. Amassing an impressive 37 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, Dr. Mya Schiess is an expert in her field as a Professor Director of Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Dr. Schiess has an exceptional educational background, focusing her studies on medicine, psychology and physiology. Her motivation for pursuing a career in healthcare stemmed from her fascination with the idea of the mind and human matter.

Committed to her academic studies, Dr. Schiess enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Schiess successfully graduated with her BA. Following on from this, she then continued her studies, achieving her MD from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1980. After completing her studies, Dr. Schiess had the opportunity to complete her residency at UT Southwestern. She remained at UT Southwestern to undertake a fellowship in Physiology before embarking on a further fellowship in Pharmacology at UTMB Galveston.

Dr. Schiess has fulfilled her role as Professor Director of Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative disorders at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for the past 18 years. Established in 1972 by the University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. As a comprehensive health science university, the mission of The University is to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. Services offered include education, research, healthcare, biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing, public health, nursing and medicine.

Displaying expertise in neurology and movement disorders, Dr. Schiess’s daily role involves her seeing patients in a subspecialty clinic (Parkinson’s/tremors). She also participates in surgical intervention, toxin injections, diagnoses, medical management, and research in movement disorders.

Throughout her esteemed career, Dr. Schiess has been officially recognized by the Academy of Medical Educators at UTHealth McGovern Medical School and the Adriana Blood Distinguished Chair in Neurology (Endowed Distinguished Chair). On a personal note, she has also been awarded Phi Beta Kappa (UC Berkeley) and AOA (University of New Mexico), which she holds in high esteem.

In an effort to broaden her knowledge, Dr. Schiess is a member of several prestigious organizations including The Movement Disorder Society, The American Academy of Neurology, The American Neurological Association and JAMA Neurology.

Looking back at her career to date, Dr. Schiess attributes her successes to her determination and hard work. In the future, Dr. Schiess has aspirations to expand further in order to reach more community growth in the field, and in turn to influence other programs and develop research.

In her time away from work Dr. Schiess likes to keep active, finding enjoyment in hiking and backpacking. Dr. Schiess also dedicates her time where she can to help at the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society and to other animal related causes.

Professor in the Department of Neurology at UTHealth, Director of the Movement Disorders & Neurodegenerative Diseases Program 

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Department of Neurology was founded in 1972 and since then, the department has grown exponentially, expanding the specialty programs to the areas of Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Diseases, Neurocognitive disorders, Brain Disorder Research, Diagnostic Neurology, and Stroke.
  • UT Health, Department of Neurology ranks  #19 for NIH Funding among Clinical Science Departments at US Medical Schools.
  • Dr. Schiess also serves as the program director of the UTMOVE Movement Disorders Fellowship training program.

Source: UT Health