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DHR Research Academy

DHR Health Institute for Research & Development has established a Research Academy to assist the physician-investigators in obtaining extramural grants and contracts and to offer educational programs that enhance research capacity across the system.

Faculty appointments as Clinical Research Scientist in the Research Academy will be based entirely on merit and on past experience and expertise in research. To apply for appointment, please email your request along with your resume/curriculum vitae to [email protected].

The current list of Clinical Research Scientists with faculty appointments in the Research Academy, DHR Health Institute for Research & Development is provided below:

Funding Opportunities


There are many elements that must come together to bring a study to completion. Developing the research question and purpose is only the first part of the process. Many times, funding is necessary to carry out the work that the study entails. Many researchers, therefore, apply for grants to help support their research.

Grants can be broadly categorized as those awarded by the federal government and those awarded by non-federal entities. Within these two categories are a variety of funding sources and program types.

It can feel overwhelming trying to find the right funding source for you or your organization so we have included a list of available resources that you may use to search for available funding opportunity announcements.

For more information and to search available grants, click on the links below.

General Questions

For information for an individual contract or grant, please visit the program’s site. General questions may be directed to DHR Health Research Institute at Research and Development.

Bariatric & Metabolic Disorders

Robert Alleyn, M.D.
Michelle Cordoba-Kissee, M.D.
Armour R. Forse, M.D., PhD
Manish Singh, M.D.
Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D.
Tomasz Rogula, M.D., Ph.D.


Mahesh Changlani, M.D.
Yamil Wady Aude, M.D.
Herschl Silberman, M.D.
Fiorella Llanos, M.D.
Netti G. Reddy, M.D.
Praveen K. Tamirisa, M.D.

Cardiovascular Surgery

Francisco Bracamontes, M.D.
Jaime Villarreal, M.D.

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Marcel Twahirwa, M.D.
Juan Diego Palacios, M.D.
Jose Gomez Godoy, M.D.
Naryan Muluktla, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Olabiyi Akala, M.D.
Javier Cortinas, M.D.
Michael Menowsky, M.D.


Murthy S. Badiga, M.D.
Carlos Cardenas, M.D.
Asif Zamir, M.D.
Henry Herrera, M.D.

General Surgery

Raul Barreda, Jr., M.D.
Carlos Garcia-Cantu, M.D.
J. Andres Gonzalez, M.D.
Victor Haddad, M.D.
Ricardo Martinez, M.D.
John Orfanos, M.D.


Lisa Treviño, Ph.D.


Lyuba Levine, M.D.


Fernando Membreno, M.D.
Henry Herrera, M.D.
Asif Zamir, M.D.

Infections Disease

Olabiyi Akala, M.D.
Praveen Tamirisa, M.D.
Marisa Gomez-Martinez, M.D.
Sohail Rao, M.D.
Monica Betancourt-Garcia, M.D.

Medical Oncology

Lee C. Drinkard, M.D.
Jose Cruz, M.D.
Sarada Gummadi, M.D.
Shravan K. Narmala, M.D., MPH


R. Alejandro Cruz, M.D.
Patricia Fernandez, M.D.
Gloria Simms, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery

Haissam S. Elzaim, MS, M.D., Ph.D

Orthopedic Trauma

Michael Serra, M.D.

Pediatric Oncology

Juan Carlos Bernini M.D.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Saroja Viswamitra, M.D.
Michael Auer


Adrian Agapito, M.D.

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Praveen Vijhani, M.D.


Samuel Serna, M.D.


Angela Christensen, M.D.
Elvin Garcia, M.D.


Juan Padilla, M.D.
Patrick Noonan, M.D.

Surgical Oncology

Lisa Chapa, M.D.
Carlos Garcia-Cantu, M.D.
Ricardo Martinez, M.D.


Henry E. Ruiz, M.D.
Gaudencio Olgin, M.D.
Gustavo Villegas, M.D.


Jose Almeda, M.D.
Phillip G. Thomas, M.D.
Fernando Membreno, M.D.
Mourad M. Alsabbagh, M.D.


Jeffery Skubic, D.O.
Raul Barreda, Jr., M.D.
R. Dewayne Edwards, D.O.
Monica M. Betancourt-Garcia, M.D.


David G. Alonzo, M.D.
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