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Carmel B. Dyer, MD

Dr. Carmel Bitondo Dyer has been practicing geriatric medicine for over 20 years and has served as a clinician, researcher, educator and administrator.  She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, and also completed her Internal Medicine residency and Geriatrics fellowship at Baylor. 

She founded both the Baylor geriatrics program at Harris Health System in 1993, and the UT Health Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine in 2007. She established 20 clinical programs including inpatient services at Ben Taub, Quentin Mease, LBJ, and Memorial Hermann hospitals with corresponding house call and clinic practices, including starting the UT Physicians Center for Health Aging.

In 1995, she established the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute, the first Medical School - State Adult Protective Services alliance in the country. She has served on multiple national advisory panels including the CDC and the National Institute of Justice. She has made over 240 international, national, regional and local presentations, published 165 abstracts, papers, chapters and led 20 current and past educational and research grants. Her scholarly work has been in the area of elder mistreatment and interprofessional geriatric teams. 

During Hurricane Katrina, she led a team which developed the Seniors Without Family Triage (SWiFT) system which is an approach to elder care in disasters, and is currently used in locales across the US today.

She was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and has twice provided testimony to the U.S. Senate on behalf of vulnerable elders. 

 In 2007, Dr. Dyer joined the UT Health faculty as Professor of Medicine. She is the current Chief of Staff for LBJ Hospital and Associate Dean of Harris County Programs for UT Health. 

 Dr. Dyer holds the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology and the Nancy P. and Vincent F. Guinee, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Gerontology and is the founder and executive director of the UT Health Consortium on Aging. 


  • Office Phone: 713-500-3921
  • Fax: 713-486-0963


  • Assistant: Shelby Boyer
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