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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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Texas' Best in Medicine
Dr. Sarah Johle followed in the footsteps of her parents, attending Texas A&M University where she pursued a degree in Nutritional Sciences, changing majors after her younger brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Johle went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree graduating Cum Laude.
Dr. Sarah Johle followed in the footsteps of her parents, attending Texas A&M University where she pursued a degree in Nutritional Sciences, changing majors after her younger brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Johle went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree graduating Cum Laude.
Fulfilling her role as a Sole Proprietor in the healthcare industry for over 27 years, Dr. Lena Bruce, MD is an expert in the field of Family Medicine and continues to show a remarkable drive to continue learning and sharing her knowledge.
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.
Throughout his career, Dr. Savin has garnered comprehensive skills in hematology and medical oncology through education, research and practice, making him an esteemed member of the medical field.
Ms. Deborah Barnes has been active in the healthcare industry for more than 40 years. She earned her Master of Social Work degree, with Healthcare Concentration, from the University of Houston in 1984.
Dr. Louis Coates, DO is a Family Medicine Physician and Owner of Louis P. Coates, LLC, a family medicine practice in Garland, Texas.Dr. Coates obtained his D.O. and graduated with honors in 1997 from the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Leticia Gutierrez Jeffords has been active in the field of Dentistry for the last 23 years and in Pediatric Dentistry for the last 16.
Dr. Kapturczak oversees all nephrology and transplantations and performs pre and post-operations evaluations and suppressant regiments. While he has held his current role for 10 years, Dr. Kapturczak has spent over 25 years in the healthcare industry expanding his skills and knowledge in transplant nephrology and internal medicine.
Dr. Pedro Blandon, Associate Professor of Nephrology at Texas Tech University (TTU), to their Board of Physicians. With 22 years in the healthcare industry, including 11 in his current position, Dr. Blandon shares a wealth of skills and expertise in Nephrology and Medicine.
First determined to pursue a career in engineering, Dr. Carter enrolled at the University of Missouri in 1971. After earning a metallurgical engineering degree in 1976, he realized that engineering was not for him. He immediately enrolled at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1980.
Dr. Trinh maintains a very active schedule as currently serves as the chief medical officer and staff physician at Irvine Clinical Research, president and founder of TongueOut Corporation and clinical assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine — College of Medicine in Irvine, Calif. Since entering the healthcare field, Dr. Trinh has expanded his skills and knowledge in educating and communicating with the public regarding health prevention.
A current practicing Cardiologist at East Texas Medical Center, Dr. Aleksandr Korniyenko has an expertise in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular Medicine, Cardiac Critical Care, and Medicine, Dr. Korniyenko offers multifaceted contributions to health and patient care. Currently a two-year Physician at East Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Christopher Dunnahoo, current Champion EMS Medical Director, Director of Mentoring and Onboarding, and Co-Director of LEMA Leadership Institute. Dr. Dunnahoo is known for his expertise in Emergency Medicine, EMS Medicine, Mentoring, and Leadership.
Best in Medicine
For 25 years, Dr. Lambert has served as Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology. Dr. Lambert shares his 40 years of knowledge and expertise in Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Surgery, and Medical Device Development.
Husam Issa, MD
According to Dr. Issa, he became involved in his profession after developing an affection for the field(s) of internal medicine and infectious disease, and attributes his success to hard work and his family’s endless support. At Clear Lake Specialties, Dr. Issa engages daily in managing antibiotic usage, consulting with physicians, working with office patients referred from the PCP, as well as caring for patients.
Carlos Encarnacion, MD
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion, Physician at Texas Oncology, shares his knowledge and expertise in Medical Oncology and Hematology and Cancer Genetics. Dr. Encarnacion has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 23 years and specifically 20 years at Texas Oncology.

Bushra Aziz, MD

Solo Practice / Inpatient at Preby Dallas

Pedro Blandon, MD

Assoc. Prof.
Texas Tech Univ.

Lena Bruce, MD

Sole Proprietor

Frankie Burget, OTR

Windsong Therapy and Wellness, Inc

Louis Coates, DO

Louis P. Coates, LLC

Paromita Datta, MD


Christopher Dunnahoo, MD

MD, Dir., Co-Director
Leading Edge Medical Associates (LEMA)

Sawsan Faroussi, AP/CP, MD, FCAP

Assistant Prof.
Baylor College of Med.

Husam Issa, MD

M.J. Baba MD

Matthias Kapturczak, MD, PhD

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center

Huma Kausar, MD

St. Lukes Health System

Aleksandr Korniyenko, MD


Benjamin Odom, BS-PT, DPT

Promotion Health

Vincent Ohaju, DO, FACOS, FACS

St Joseph Health Care Center

Umber Salman, MD

Assoc. Prof./ Director
UT Health San Antonio

Mya Schiess, MD

Professor Director of Movement Disorders and Neurodegenerative Disorders
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston