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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

About the College of Medicine

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We are UH College of Medicine

Welcome! The College of Medicine grew out of the University of Houston’s desire to play a greater role in improving the overall health and health care resources of this city and this state. We intend to accomplish this bold undertaking by establishing a medical school that will produce a diverse group of graduates with a deep understanding of the social determinants of health and a commitment to providing compassionate, high-value care to under served populations. 

Primary Care as a Career 

Primary care physicians are in high demand. Across the state of Texas, there is a shortage of primary care providers. The state is ranked 47th out of 50 states in primary care physicians-to-population ratio. 

An increasing and aging population and widespread demographics require new ways to access health care. Primary care physicians are the connectors to individual and community health. Through a unique and focused curriculum, it is our goal to shift the way health care is delivered to rural and urban areas in Texas.


UH College of Medicine is accountable to society for improving the overall health and health care of the population of Greater Houston, Texas and beyond.

  • Educating a diverse group of physicians who will provide compassionate, high-value (high quality at reasonable cost) care to patients, families and communities, with a focus on primary care and other needed physician specialties, such as psychiatry and general surgery.
  • Conducting interdisciplinary research to find innovative solutions to problems in health and health care.
  • Providing integrated, evidence-based, high-value care delivered to patients by inter-professional teams.
  • Engaging, collaborating with, and empowering patient populations and community partners to improve their health and health care.


Respect: Develop a culture of respect where compassion, active listening, appreciation and constructive collaboration are foremost.

Integrity: Be mindful and reflective about our behavior while maintaining honest and authentic professional relationships. Maintain a standard that supports ethical, moral and evidence-based decisions. Hold oneself and others accountable to the continuous pursuit of excellence.

Servant Leadership: Lead with compassion, humility, openness and supportive behaviors.

Equity: Our commitment to fostering an inclusive and unbiased environment and holding space for safe dialogue.

Diversity & Inclusion 

The University of Houston College of Medicine recognizes that a diverse and inclusive educational environment is central to our mission which, in part, is to develop a compassionate, culturally responsive physician workforce for the communities of Houston and the state of Texas.

Please click to view the Diversity & Inclusion Policy.


The University of Houston College of Medicine received preliminary accreditation status from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in February 2020.

Estimated LCME Provisional Accreditation - March 2022

Estimated Full Accreditation - January 2024

College of Medicine Leadership

Stephen J. Spann, M.D., MBA
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Founding Dean of the College of Medicine

Paule Anne Lewis, MBA, M.H.A.
Associate Vice President, Business Operations

Dr. Bettina Beech, Dr. PH., M.P.H.
Associate Dean, Research

David S. Buck, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean, Community Health

Ruth L. Bush, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean, Medical Education

Kathryn V. Horn, M.D.
Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Admissions & Outreach

Jacqueline Levesque, A.Ed.
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education & Faculty Affairs

Bill Elder, Ph.D.
Chair, Behavioral & Social Sciences

Winston Liaw, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Health Systems & Population Health Sciences

Olivera Nesic-Taylor, Ph.D.
Chair, Biomedical Sciences

Brian C. Reed, M.D.
Chair, Clinical Sciences

LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H.
Founding Director of the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute