Dr. Ibrahim Alava Named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor


March 9, 2022

Ibrahim Alava, MDIbrahim “Trey” Alava III, MD, associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, has been named a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly for 2021. The Castle Connolly list covers all 50 states and all major specialties, and is based on nominations from physicians who answer the question, “As a doctor, where would you go if you needed care?”

Dr. Alava is chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Harris Health’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, which is home to Texas’ busiest Level III Trauma Center. He also serves as medical director of the 32 specialty clinics at LBJ Hospital and helps physicians and staff develop innovative strategies for care. In close collaboration with general surgeons, oral surgeons, ophthalmologists, pulmonologists, and plastic surgeons, he has worked to build an ideal model for caring for patients at a safety net hospital, with patients who come in through the emergency department seen in clinic within hours or the following day. He also has developed subspecialty otolaryngology care for rhinology, head and neck surgery, laryngology, and otology at LBJ Hospital.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Alava was named a Super Doctors® Rising Star in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He was named among Super Doctors® in Texas in 2019, 2020, and 2021, and a Top Doctor by Houstonia magazine three times, including in 2021. He was recognized with the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award at McGovern Medical School in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a health care research and information company that, among other services, produces lists of Top Doctors, with the goal of connecting patients with best-in-class providers. The organization has been rating physicians since 1991. Castle Connolly’s established survey research process, directed by a physician, involves tens of thousands of top doctors in America and the medical leadership of leading hospitals.


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