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Michael Assel, Ph.D.

Michael  Assel
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Learning Institute, UTHealth Medical School
  • Staff Psychologist, Dan L. Duncan Children's Neurodevelopment Clinic, Children’s Learning Institute

Michael Assel, Ph.D., evaluates children with a range of developmental differences and is co-investigator of several studies funded by the Texas Education Agency and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Assel specializes in learning disabilities, children’s behavior, child development, adolescent issues and behavior, pervasive developmental disorders, language delays, attention deficit disorder and the effects of early maternal interaction behaviors. Assel is also available to discuss how to talk with children about approaching storms.


Pamela Berens, M.D.

Pamela  Berens
  • Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UTHealth Medical School

Pamela Berens, M.D., specializes in obstetrics, gynecology, birth control options, menopause and breastfeeding. She is the contributing author and editor of the Physician Pocket Guide to Breastfeeding, published by the Texas Department of Health; and contributing author of What About Me: A Girl’s Guide to Health, published by The Women’s Fund for Health, Education and Research.

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Richard Bradley, M.D.

Richard  Bradley
  • Chief of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine, UTHealth Medical School
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, UTHealth Medical School

Richard Bradley, M.D., specializes in emergency medical services and out-of-hospital care, disaster medicine, military medicine and injury prevention.

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Ian Butler, M.D.

Ian  Butler
  • Professor and Director, Division of Pediatric & Adolescent Neurology, UTHealth Medical School
  • Jacobo Geissler Distinguished Chair in West Syndrome Research
  • Director, Child Neurology Residency Program

Ian J. Butler, M.D., specializes in pediatric stroke, seizures, headaches, autism, developmental disorders, neuromuscular disorders, Tourette Syndrome, movement disorders, and neurocardiogenic syncope with dysautonomia. He can also discuss neurological complications from infectious diseases. He is an attending physician at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and a consulting neurologist at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Shriners Hospital for Children-Houston.

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Carmel Dyer, M.D.

Carmel  Dyer
  • Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology, UTHealth Medical School
  • Professor and Director, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, UTHealth Medical School
  • Executive Director of the Consortium on Aging, UTHealth
  • Associate Dean for Harris County Programs
  • Chief of Staff, Harris Health System Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
  • Director, UT Center for Healthy Aging

Carmel Dyer, M.D., specializes in the care of older adults and is nationally recognized for her work in elder mistreatment, financial exploitation of the elderly and elder self neglect.

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Robert Emery, Dr. P.H.

Robert  Emery
  • Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management, UTHealth
  • Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Health, UTHealth School of Public Health

Robert Emery, Dr.PH., specializes in safety issues associated with infectious disease outbreaks, disaster preparedness, radiation safety hazards, industrial safety, occupational health risks and disaster response.

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Susan Fisher-Hoch, M.D.

Susan  Fisher-Hoch
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus

Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, M.D., is one of the world's leading virologists. Fisher-Hoch is able to discuss the influenza virus, viral outbreaks, tropical medicine, diabetes, health disparities, medical virology and infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, typhoid and hemorrhagic fever.

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Lex Frieden, M.D., LL.D. (hon)

Lex  Frieden
  • Professor of Biomedical Informatics, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics
  • UT Chancellor’s Health Fellow on Disability
  • Professor of Rehabilitation, UTHealth Medical School
  • Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (adjunct), Baylor College of Medicine
  • Director of Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann

Lex Frieden, M.D., LL.D. (hon), specializes in disability informatics, independent living, community-based service systems, disability rights, rehabilitation technology and robotics, consumer empowerment and health care access, effectiveness and costs.



James McCarthy, M.D.

James  McCarthy
  • Associate Professor, Nancy, Clive and Pierce Runnels Professor in Emergency Medicine, UTHealth Medical School
  • Medical Director, Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

James McCarthy, M.D., can discuss adult and pediatric care, post-disaster related emergencies, and medical needs of patients with chronic medical needs during disasters. He can also discuss common minor emergencies, heat safety as well as injury prevention.


Luis Ostrosky, M.D., FACP, FIDSA

Luis  Ostrosky
  • Professor, Internal Medicine, UTHealth Medical School
  • Associate Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship, UTHealth Medical School
  • Medical Director for Epidemiology, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Luis Z. Ostrosky, M.D. FACP, FIDSA, specializes in infectious diseases, including Ebola, hospital epidemiology, infection control, and fungal infections. Ostrosky is available for interviews in English and Spanish.


Elda Ramirez, Ph.D., R.N.

Elda  Ramirez
  • Professor of Clinical Nursing, Department of Acute and Continuing Care, UTHealth School of Nursing
  • Nurse Practitioner, Department of Emergency Medicine, UTHealth Medical School

Elda Ramirez, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, specializes in adult, pediatric and geriatric care. She is available to discuss acute care, emergency care; heat exhaustion and dehydration, common minor emergencies, injury prevention and Hispanic health issues. Ramirez is available for interviews in English and Spanish.

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Carlos Roldan, M.D.

Carlos  Roldan
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, UTHealth Medical School

Carlos Roldan, M.D. specializes in adult and pediatric care. He is available to discuss emergency care, heat exhaustion, safety and injury prevention and common minor emergencies. He can also address pain management, environmental emergencies, tropical diseases and variety of other topics. Roldan is available for interviews in English and Spanish.