Orlando Gutierrez, MD

Dr. Gutierrez is board-certified in emergency and family medicine and is the program director for the transitional year residency. He has worked in emergency medicine for the past 15 years throughout the Houston area in several academic, administrative and leadership roles. Dr. Gutierrez is excited about the opportunity to help build a new program but more importantly to impart knowledge, experience and build a strong foundation for our future doctors. He is married to an OB/GYN physician that he met during residency at UT Houston, and has three boys whom he loves to take out on the pitch to play soccer. He loves cars and spends his free time restoring classics.

Omer Farooq, MD

Dr. Farooq is a board-certified internist with over 23 years of medical experience. He serves as the chairman of the Physician Performance and Evaluation Committee, the Utilization Review Committee, and as vice chief of staff. Dr. Farooq has been actively involved in teaching throughout his career. He loves passing his knowledge to the next generation of physicians. He is married to a dentist and they have two beautiful teenaged daughters. His hobbies include music, traveling and spending time with family.

Anush Pillai, DO

Dr. Pillai is board-certified in family medicine serving and serves as the program director for the family medicine residency program. He has published several articles, books, and book chapters and serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He also serves on several committees, commissions, and boards in his efforts towards advocacy. Dr. Pillai has been actively involved in resident and student education since 2004. He is married with children and his hobbies include martial arts, sports, billiards and weightlifting.

Vernon Lawrence, MD, MPH

Dr. Lawrence is board-certified in internal medicine and critical care. He has served as the medical director for critical care medicine and cardiopulmonary services at HCA Houston Healthcare West since 2015. He also serves on various committees with a focus on quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Lawrence is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Chest Physicians.

Katan Patel, DO, MEd

Dr. Patel is board-certified in emergency medicine and serves as the emergency department rotation director. He is actively involved in research and is passionate about resident education and technology integration in clinical practice and critical care. Dr. Patel is originally from California and moved to Texas after residency for the weather and southern hospitality. His hobbies include hiking, home improvement projects and reading.