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Please join us on Saturday, November 5, 2022, for The Health Museum's Viva La Vida Gala.
The festive evening will honor some of Houston's top health care professionals and will celebrate their diversity, dedication, courage and compassion.
November 5, 2022
6:00 -10:00 pm
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
1300 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010
Cocktails & Dinner
Music & Dancing
Festive Black Tie Optional
Valet Parking Provided
John P. McGovern Foundation
The Menninger Clinic
The Menninger Clinic
Ascent Emergency Medical Center
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Cherri Carbonara/Lauren Fisher
Fayez Sarofim & Co.
William S. Gilmer
David & Audrey Gow
Carolyn B. & Carlos R. Hamilton Jr., MD/Patricia H. &
HCA Houston Healthcare
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Annette Monks-Carlton Staffing
Monroe Vos Consulting
Beth & Bob Morrow
Padua Law Firm/The Lymbar
Susan & Ward Pennebaker/Susan Bickley &
JoAnne L. Rogers, MD
Texas Children's Hospital
Bob & Heather Westendarp
Dr. Shery Cherian is a Hospitalist and Family Practice Physician with HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center.
Dr. Cherian was instrumental in treating COVID-19 patients and was relentlessly determined to ensure all patients, regardless of background or social-economic status, had the best possible outcome while battling the virus. Committed to addressing health inequities, Dr. Cherian works closely with case managers to help find resources to address health disparities.
Dr. Maria Fernandez, Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, also serves as Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research.
Dr. Fernandez is an expert in dissemination and implementation. Her leadership role at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, focused on breast and cervical cancer prevention and control, is more critical than ever at a time when the issue of women’s access to health services and screening, especially among underserved populations, is at the forefront of public discussion.
Dr. Fernandez graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D. and finished with her NCI postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control from the UT School of Public Health.
Dr. Toma Omofoye is an Associate Professor and Strategic Director of Education in the Department of Breast Imaging at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Omofoye has been instrumental in reaching diverse communities in the Houston area with institutional prevention messaging. Dr. Omofoye is directing the development of a clinical shadowing program for Texas Southern University undergraduate students, to provide students at historically Black colleges and universities with opportunities to shadow and receive mentorship from expert MD Anderson faculty.
Dr. Omofoye graduated from the University of West Georgia, completed her medical training and diagnostic radiology at Duke University where she served as chief resident and completed her Breast Imaging Fellowship program at MD Anderson.
Carol Paret serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer for the Memorial Hermann Health System.
Carol’s passion is community health, and for her, success is measured in how far we can move the needle on making our community healthier for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or health insurance coverage. Carol has worked to expand access to care and resources that our population needs to get healthier. Under Carol’s leadership, she has launched several integral programs which place health workers in emergency rooms, offer food insecurity screenings and set up a free triage hotline available to anyone in Texas, to help provide people with advice on where to seek care.
Dr. Gary Sheppard is an Internal Medicine Physician and the immediate past President for Harris County Medical Society, Southwest Memorial Associates.
Dr. Sheppard has focused on educating Houston communities about vaccines and how to get vaccinated and has taken a key role in communicating to the media and local communities about the efficacy of vaccines.
Dr. Sheppard received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Dr. Daryl Shorter is the Medical Director of Addictions Services at The Menninger Clinic, Associate Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, and also serves at the Legacy Community Mental Health in Montrose.
Dr. Shorter continues to achieve a legacy in addiction psychiatry. He represents the LGBTQ+ community and is currently presenting a summer series for mental health and addictions professionals nationwide on how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion impact the delivery of substance use disorder treatment in the U.S.
Dr. Shorter received his BBA from Rice University and his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine. His General Surgery Internship, Urology Residency and General Psychiatry were from The Ohio State University, and he was an Addiction Psychiatry Fellow at New York University.
Dr. Vallejo serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions, Diversity, Equity & Multicultural Affairs for Baylor College of Medicine School of Medicine.
Dr. Vallejo has been instrumental in leading the School of Medicine Admissions Committee in a holistic admissions process that has led to them having the most diverse class in history last year with one-third of the class coming from groups underrepresented in medicine. He has also been key in developing relationships with programs to encourage more underrepresented students to pursue careers in medicine.
Dr. Vallejo earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his Pediatric Residency and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.
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