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Holly Holmes, MD, MS

Dr. Holly Homes

Vice President, Community Engagement, UTHealth Houston


Holly Holmes, MD, MS, serves as the vice president for community engagement for UTHealth Houston, working to educate and inspire community partners on the university’s key strategic developments and goals. She is responsible for building relationships with new and prospective partners in the community and promoting the educational, research, and clinical missions of UTHealth Houston’s six schools. In addition, she works closely with the development board to update stakeholders on the many initiatives at UTHealth Houston.

Holmes is a professor of geriatrics and director of the Joan and Stanford Alexander Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. Holmes also is an attending physician in geriatrics at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. She joined UTHealth Houston in 2015 and currently serves as an executive committee member on the UTHealth Houston Consortium on Aging and co-director of the Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Scholarly Concentrations Program at McGovern Medical School. She holds the Joan and Stanford Alexander Professorship in Gerontology at the medical school.

Holmes has served as a leader in the American Geriatrics Society and serves on the Journal of Geriatric Oncology and Drugs & Aging editorial boards. She has co-authored multiple scientific papers and belongs to the International Society of Geriatric Oncology as a Science and Education Committee member and past annual meeting chair. She has received multiple accolades for her teaching and service and has been awarded numerous grants for conducting research in the field of geriatrics. Holmes has presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences and symposiums on polypharmacy, geriatric oncology, and geriatric syndromes.

Before joining UTHealth Houston, Holmes held faculty or clinical positions at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and Quentin Mease Community Hospital in Houston.

Holmes received her doctorate at McGovern Medical School and a Master of Science in epidemiology from UTHealth School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency training and clinical and research fellowship training at the University of Chicago.

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