Dr. Assassi has completed his rheumatology fellowship and internal medicine post-graduate training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He has received his medical degree from the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg/Germany. He was voted by his colleagues and faculty as Resident of the Year in 2003 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Medical Society in the same year. He has received a Clinical Investigator Fellowship Award from the American College of Rheumatology in 2006. He is board certified in rheumatology. He sees patients in the UT Professional Building clinic and is the co-director of the Scleroderma Program at McGovern Medical School. Dr. Assassi has been recognized as “Top Doctors” by the Texas Monthly Magazine since 2015.

Dr. Assassi is also an active researcher; his current research interests include correlation of clinical features of systemic sclerosis with genetic and gene expression data to identify novel therapeutic targets and to develop clinically useful prediction models for response to treatment. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Research and holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Biomedical Informatics. His research program has received funding from the National Institute of Health, Scleroderma Foundation, and the DoD. Dr. Assassi is also the course director of the Translational Research Workshop in the Masters’ in Clinical Research Program. He received the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2014.


Medical Degree
Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg/ Germany
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine