Our Residents

Residency Class 2020-2021



Resident Resident Information

Kemly Philip, MD, PhD, MBE
Academic Chief Resident, PGY4
Graduate School: UT MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Science, PhD; and Rice University, MS
Medical School: McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Rice University, Bioengineering, BS
Hometown: Houston, TX

“Outside of the clinic, research, and service endeavors including Best Buddies International, you will find me spending time with my husband, two young children, two dogs, family, and friends. Relaxing with Netflix, enjoying the food/dessert scene in Houston, and impromptu dance parties with my toddlers are some of my favorite hobbies.

Samuel Kim, MD
Administrative Chief Resident, PGY4
Medical School: McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Undergraduate: University of California San Diego
Hometown: San Jose, California

“I am a native Californian transplanted to Texas by way of medical school. I enjoy spending much of my free time with my wife and toddler daughter, exploring and eating our way through this great city.”

Bei Zhang, MD, MSc
Residency: Rehabilitation Medicine Residency Program at Huashan Hospital, Fudan University
Medical School: Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
Graduate School: Fudan University, Shanghai, China, MSc
Hometown: Fuzhou, Fujian, P.R.China

“I was raised and trained in China. I like sports, especially Taiji. I feel Houston is a city that embraces cultural diversities. You can always find nice food and fun in the city. Neuro Rehab attracts me most. I enjoy the “heat” in life and PM&R here.”

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Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate School: Loyola University, MA
Undergraduate: University of Arizona, BS
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Heather Naumann, MD, MBA, MS
Associate Chief Resident of Wellness, PGY-3
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine, College Station and Houston, TX
Graduate School: Mays Business School-Master of Business Administration, College Station, TX; University of North Texas Health Science Center- Master of Medical Sciences, Fort Worth, TX
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin- BS in Kinesiology, Austin, TX
Hometown: Houston,Texas

“I am a native Houstonian and feel fortunate to train near my friends and family. I enjoy everything about the holiday season, going to sporting events, and traveling to new places. I am interested in Cancer Rehabilitation, but I am still undecided about which direction I will take upon completion of my training.”

Aaron Lin, MD
Medical School: Louisiana State University Health New Orleans, School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University Health New Orleans, Medical Laboratory Science, BS
Hometown: Lake Charles, Louisiana

“It’s great to be training in the Texas Medical Center. The diversity in people, values, and beliefs creates a mentally stimulating environment to learn. I enjoy traveling, eating, mobility and mindfulness, arcade rhythm games, sci-fi, and all things scooters. Professionally, I’m interested in MSK, U/S, and palliative care”

Christina C. Barton, MD
Medical School: McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Undergraduate: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Hometown: San Angelo, Texas

“Born and raised in West Texas, I’ve lived in Texas all of my life except for one summer spent studying sociology in Limerick, Ireland. Houston is a uniquely wonderful city I am happy to call home. I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, spending time at the lake, and wine. I have over 15,000 pets: 1 dog (Pattycake), and about 15,000 honeybees (unnamed). “

Riya Fukui, MD
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Rice University, Computer Science, BA
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

“I enjoy eating ramen, playing PC/board games, throwing Frisbees, camping and hiking. Houston is a great city because it has many restaurants with many different world cuisine, countless number of local breweries, and only a day trip away to breath-taking nature.”

Uma Dharap, MD, MHA
Medical School: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College
Hometown: Houston, Texas

“I’ve called Houston my home for almost 15 years. I love Houston and enjoy it’s multicultural scene. It’s hot weather and maddening traffic remind me of the city I grew up in and make me feel right at home!”

Saleh Sheikh, DO, MS
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate School: Drexel University, MS; Old Dominion University, MS
Undergraduate: Old Dominion University, Electrical Engineering, BS
Hometown: Newport News, Virginia

“I am proud to call Texas my new home! I love exploring Houston and trying new places to eat. In my spare time I like to cook, propagate fig plants, listen to music, play tennis, and work on my car. I am interested in all aspects of PM&R, but ultimately want to combine my electrical engineering background with the practice of PM&R.”

Mohamed Nour Abdullah, MD
Medical School: The University of Aleppo, Syria
Hometown: Aleppo, Syria

“I’m a strong believer in the tangible benefits of diversity and inclusivity, that’s why I chose Houston. The UT PM&R residency family made me feel right at home from day one! Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing tennis, gardening, karaoke, watching anime/reading manga, video games, cooking, spending time with family, taking care of my cat and dog and weightlifting.”

Diana Johnson, MD
Medical School: McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin, Human Biology, BS
Hometown: Houston, Texas

I love Texas, and especially Houston. I cannot imagine a better community to live, learn, and serve as a resident physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation than TIRR/Memorial Hermann. I look forward to providing care that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. A few fun facts about myself: I am a dog-mom and a self-proclaimed dog enthusiast. I am a National Parks junkie and I love the outdoors. I once rode a bicycle 4,000 miles to promote cancer awareness and research with an organization called Texas 4000 for Cancer. Lastly, nothing beats a Texas sunset coupled with a Longhorn win. Hook ’em!”

Vishal Bansal, MD
Internship: McGovern Medical School, Internal Medicine, Houston, Texas
Medical School: CMU School of Medicine, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Brawley, California

“Born and raised in Ontario, Canada but Houston has become home for the past 2-3 years. I’m a huge fan of the multiculturalism and different cuisines here in Houston, similar to my hometown, Brampton. I enjoy activities that keep me physically engaged such as Muay-Thai, outdoor hiking and hitting up the gym. I was fortunate to meet some of the faculty and residents prior to applications who were all amazing and helped solidify my decision to choose UTHouston/TIRR. I have a future interest in Interventional Pain medicine and look forward to more exposure and experience in the field.”

Claudia Martinez, MD
Medical School:
McGovern Medical School, Internal Medicine, Houston, Texas
University of Houston, Biology, BS
Brawley, California

I believe I am the first patient of TIRR to become a resident in our program. I learned about the field of PM&R while I was admitted to TIRR for neurorehabilitation after I suffered a stroke during my last brain surgery that initially left me unable to function from the neck down. I look forward to pursuing a career in Brain Injury Medicine and using my experience as a patient to help bridge the gap between patient and doctor. My other interests include healthcare disparities and diversity & inclusion.

Taylor Moore, DO, DC, MS
Medical School:
University of Houston
Friendswood, TX

Blue belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu, Hiking, Camping, Outdoors.

Lenart Vega Leyva, MD
Medical School:
Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba
Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana, Cuba
Houston, Texas

I was born, raised and trained in Cuba. I have lived in Houston since I came to America. Houston is a beautiful city, plenty of lovely people. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching sports/movies, and running. I am grateful to be part of UT PM&R program and learn from one of the best in this field.