Research Faculty

Henry E. Wang, MD, MS, Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
Henry E. Wang, MD, MS is Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Wang is one of the nation’s most prolific Emergency Medicine scientists, and is internationally recognized for his scientific work in prehospital airway management, resuscitation and sepsis epidemiology. Dr. Wang is Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial (PART), which compared paramedic intubation with laryngeal tube airway management in adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. He also leads the NIH-funded REGARDS-Sepsis study, one of the largest population-based studies of sepsis epidemiology. Dr. Wang is a Deputy Editor for the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Kimberly A. Chambers, MD, Assistant Professor
Dr. Chambers is part of the multidisciplinary Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (HEROES) team addressing the opioid use disorder epidemic and was one of the first emergency physicians in Texas to receive approval to provide maintenance and detoxification treatment. In addition to addiction medicine, she has published and presented in the areas of critical care, trauma, and geriatric medicine. She is also interested in the healthcare communications.

Pratik Doshi, MD, Associate Professor
Dr. Doshi is focused on optimizing the management of critically ill patients in the emergency department and the intensive care unit. His past projects include the randomized trial of Insulin Glargine for the acute management of diabetic ketoacidosis and the multi-center randomized trial comparing high flow nasal cannula to bilevel positive airway pressure. His research interests include the resuscitation of patients with post-cardiac arrest syndrome and septic shock, as well as quality improvement science focused on improved care of the critically ill patients in the emergency department.

Richard Gordon
Dr. Gordon joined the faculty with McGovern Medical School in August 2017 as Director of Emergency Ultrasound Education. He looks forward to working with the esteemed faculty to continue to build on the already outstanding ultrasound educational experience for students, residents, fellows and faculty. Dr. Gordon has various research interests and continues to serve on the ACEP research committee. He hopes to continue to explore ultrasound applications that improve patient care and medical education.

Mandy Hill, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor, Assistant Research Director
Dr. Hill is the first research track faculty member in the department. She offers public health based, HIV/STI prevention interventions to a vulnerable population seeking care in the emergency department (i.e. young adult, minority women), teaches future clinicians about strategies to incorporate public health principles within their practice, and engages in public health initiatives from local to international levels. Dr. Hill has published 26 peer-reviewed manuscripts, upon 13 of which she was first author. She has given multiple keynote presentations both internationally and nationally in diverse areas addressing health disparities among minority populations. She has received extramural funding support through the NIH, SAMHSA, CDC, and industry sponsors.

Ryan Huebinger

Elizabeth B. Jones, MD, Professor
Dr. Jones is a senior faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Houston. Dr. Jones has been the Principal Investigator for the UT Houston hub of the Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials Network (NETT) since 2006. She is a site PI of the CORE-EM hub for the Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials (SIREN) network, which specializes in research involving critical conditions such as sepsis, status epilepticus and stroke.

James Langabeer, PhD, MBA, EMT
Dr. Langabeer is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and has extensive experience as a principal investigator for multiple, collaborative national research studies. He has received over $20 million in extramural funding as PI or co, and has been funded by the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health and Human Services, and many other agencies. His research has been published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, American Heart Journal, Pediatrics, Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research, Circulation, and Stroke. Dr. Langabeer is Associate Editor of the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Daniel Ostermayer, MD, Assistant Professor
Dr. Ostermayer completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA medical center and his EMS fellowship at the Houston Fire Department/UT Houston. He is dual subspecialty boarded in Clinical Informatics and Emergency Medical Services. He serves as Vice President for the OpenEM Foundation, a nonprofit that supports global emergency medicine educational resources and the WikEM project. He is deputy editor for and director of Software Development where he manages web and mobile applications. He is president of Null Publishing Group, an independent academic book publisher and also works for the Houston Fire Department as an Assistant Medical Director with a focus on research and clinical informatics. His research interests span prehospital care and the intersection of computer science and medicine. He is grant-funded by the Department of Defense as a site co-investigator for the Linking Investigations in Trauma and Emergency Services (LITES) and HRSA as an academic adviser for the Charlotte, Houston, and Milwaukee Prehospital EMS Research Node (CHaMP).

Paulina Sergot, MD, Assistant Professor
Dr. Sergot has a longstanding interest in furthering the diagnosis and care of neurological emergencies, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. Her research focus was spurred by her experience as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow, where she investigated neurogenesis after acute stroke. She has been a Co-Investigator of Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in TBI (TRACK-TBI). She is a Co-I of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Network (NETT) and is a site Co-I of the Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials (SIREN) network. She is also involved in device development to aid in the acute diagnosis of concussion and stroke.

Research Staff

Misha N. Granado, MPH, MS, Research Coordinator II
Misha N. Granado obtained her MPH in Behavioral Health, a MS in Community Psychology from Florida A&M University, and is a Fulbright Fellow (Barbados, 2007-2008). She is the project manager on multiple studies within the department and serves as the department’s internal auditor to ensure compliance with the university’s Institutional Review Board. She has published peer-reviewed manuscripts in diverse areas of public health that include sexual health, breast cancer screening and women’s health.

Lyan Ha, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Lyan Ha obtained her BBA degree from the University of Houston. She has 15 years of experience as a grants manager. She is responsible for all fiscal aspects of the Department research program, including grant preparation and awards management.

Misty Ottman, RN, BSN, CCRP, Program Manager of Research UT System Regents’ Outstanding Employee 2018
Misty Ottman obtained her nursing degree from UTMB-Galveston and has 13 years of experience as a research nurse. As research nurse, she successfully managed the studies for the UTHealth hub of the NIH-funded NETT (Neurological Emergency Treatment Trials) network. Her present efforts are focused on sepsis studies and device studies with our ED faculty. She is also the primary nurse for SIREN (Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Network). Ms. Ottman oversees clinical trials and research activities of the Department with 3-10 research coordinators and research assistants.

Marylou Cardenas Turanzas, MD, DrPH, Senior Biostatistician
Dr. Cardenas Turanzas obtained a DrPH and MPH from the UTHealth School of Public Health in health services organization and completed postdoctoral training in biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She completed her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, School of Medicine and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a senior research scientist with vast experience in health care information analysis. Her experience encompasses Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Health Services, and cancer care supporting areas such as Palliative Care and Intensive Care. Known for her collaborative style with colleagues, Dr. Cardenas Turanzas excels at forging new partnerships with clinical researchers both nationally and internationally.

Virginia Umana

Elizabeth Vidales