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Faculty of the Methodist Health System Family Medicine Residency Program

Our faculty members are the heart of our family medicine residency program. Their collective education, experience, and personal areas of interest endow the Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program with well-grounded, well-rounded expertise on medical practice and patient care.

Brett Johnson, MD

Brett Johnson, MDDirector, Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Medical school: State University of New York at Buffalo
Residency: Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pennsylvania
Fellowship: National Institute for Program Director Development
Areas of interest: Sports medicine, women's health care, international health

Khadija Kabani, DO

Khadija Kabani, DOOsteopathic Recognition Director, Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Medical school: University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Methodist Health System Family Medicine Residency Program
Fellowship: Faculty Development, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Special training: Academic Medicine, Osteopathic Treatments
Areas of interest: Pediatrics, Integrative Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine

Rajasree Nair, MD

Rajasree Nair, MDMedical Director, Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Medical School: Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, University of Kerala, India
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Family Medicine Residency Program, Dallas, Texas
Fellowship: Academic Fellowship, Faculty Development Center, Waco, Texas
Areas of Interest: Residency Education, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Preventive Health Care, Women’s Health, Palliative Care, Chronic Disease Management

Bassem Elsawy, MD

Bassem Elsawy, MDDirector of Geriatrics, Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

MedicalSchool: Cairo University, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Residency: Resurrection Health Care – St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, Illinois
Fellowship: Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois
Special training: CAQ – Geriatrics, AMDA-CMD (Certified Medical Director); CAQ – Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Areas of interest: Geriatric health maintenance, memory impairment, end-of-life care, palliative medicine
Leadership: President Texas Geriatric Society

Kim Pham, DO

Brittany Palasik, Pharm.D. Inpatient Director, Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Faculty

Medical school: Lincoln Memorial University—Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Broward Health Medical Center/Nova Southeastern University
Fellowship: Faculty Development, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Areas of Interest: Physician wellness, Preventive care, Integrative medicine

Brooke Ersland, MD

Theresa Salmon, LMSW

Director of Women's Health, Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program

Medical School: University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Residency: University of New Mexico Family Medicine Residency, Christus Spohn Family Medicine Residency

Areas of Interest: Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Addiction Medicine, Inpatient Medicine

Hope Shepherd, MD

Hope Shepherd, MD

Student Clerkship Director, Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program

Medical School: UT Southwestern Medical School

Residency: Methodist Health System Family Medicine Residency Program

Fellowship: Faculty Development, University of North Texas Health Science Center (currently in progress)

Areas of Interest: Medical Education, Preventative Medicine, Community Medicine, HIV Health Care

Shaun Garff, DO

Brittany Palasik, Pharm.D. Director of Sports Medicine

Medical school: A.T Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona
Residency: Methodist Charlton Family Medicine Residency Program
Fellowship: Utah Valley Sports Medicine, Intermountain Healthcare
Areas of Interest: Sports medicine, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Concussion, Sports Performance, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Healthcare Leadership

Thomas Shima, DO

Thomas Shima, DO International Health Track Director , Methodist Family Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Medical school: Kansas City School of Medicine and Biosciences
Residency: Dallas Southwest Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
Areas of interest: Preventative medicine, inpatient care, international health
Leadership: Speaker of House, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association

Sam Cullison, MD

Sam Cullison, MDVice President for Graduate Medical Education
DIO for Methodist Health System
Former Clinical Professor of Family Medicine-University of Washington SOM-Seattle

Medical school: University of Missouri-Columbia
Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine
Fellowship: National Institute for Program Director Development; Fundamentals of Medical Management-AAFP; Certificate in Medical Management-UWSOM.
Special training: CAQ in Geriatrics; completed certification exam in addiction medicine provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine
Areas of interest: Addiction medicine, geriatrics, medical education, educational accreditation. Currently president-elect of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and former member of Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine-ACGME.

Theresa Murphy, LCSW

Theresa Salmon, LMSWDirector of Family Medicine Behavioral Health

Masters degrees: Saint Louis University
Areas of experience: Community Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Health and Wellness, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, International Health

Daniel Pearson, MD

Daniel Pearson, MDConsultative Psychiatry

Medical School: University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio

Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Areas of Interest: Depressive disorders, anxiety disorders

Kay Anderson, RN

Theresa Salmon, LMSWAdministrator, Family Medicine & Sports Medicine Center

Nursing education: West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park, Illinois; Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
Areas of experience: Medical-surgical nursing, telemetry nursing, nursing management
Memberships: Association of Family Practice Residency Nurses, American Association of Office Nurses, Medical Group Management Association