Ibrahim “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 Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022. Dr. Alava, who was named to the list in 2021, is vice chair for quality and patient safety in the department and chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, where he also serves as medical director of the hospital’s 32 specialty clinics.
Dr. Alava’s clinical interests include endocrine head and neck surgery, skin cancers of the head and neck, and all aspects of general otolaryngology. His research interests center on improving outcomes, health care disparities, and health care delivery modeling. He has worked on numerous process improvement projects at LBJ Hospital, part of Harris Health System, and at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. As vice chair for quality, his goal is to improve the department’s quality and safety reporting and use the data to strengthen the otorhinolaryngology service at Memorial Hermann-TMC, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital; Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital; and UT Physicians, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School.
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, 2019, and 2022.
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. 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?”