Department of Family and Community Medicine

Primary Care Research Postdoctoral Alumni


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Michael Hansen, M.D., MPH, M.S.

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"I entered the fellowship to become a self-sufficient researcher, focusing on becoming a proficient data manager and analyst. I felt these skill sets were imperative to establish myself in any field of research and lay the foundation to continue exploring new techniques and applications of technology in healthcare. The expertise in the department and opportunities/relationships in the Texas Medical Center were instrumental in helping me achieve these goals. Upon completion of the fellowship, I have remained as faculty with Baylor College of Medicine and continue to work on a variety of projects across different disciplines and institutions."

Fellowship Graduation Month/Year: December 2020

Topics/Interests During Fellowship: Healthcare informatics and the interaction between patient-provider communication through electronic messaging

Current Appointment: Assistant Professor (tenure track), BCM Department of Family and Community Medicine

Current Work/Research: Electronic communication and digital healthcare, quality improvement, encephalitis/meningitis epidemiology, antibiotic resistance in outpatient medical settings


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Syed Ahsan Raza, MBBS, Ph.D., DTM&H, MSc

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"T-32 Fellowship prepared me for analyzing large and complex health related datasets and making inferences to further understand major public health issues at national and international levels."

Fellowship Graduation Month/Year: October 2019

Topics/Interests During Fellowship: Cancer epidemiology, global health, maternal and child health, sex differences in cancer incidence, big data analysis

Current Appointment: Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Postdoctoral Fellow in Systems Epidemiology

Current Work/Research: Trends in cancer incidences such as gallbladder cancers and cholangiocarcinoma among Hispanics and non-Hispanic African American populations in the United States using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, HPV associated cancer, COVID-19 related research


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Kiara Spooner, DrPH, MPH, CHES

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"The fellowship offered great opportunities to engage in primary care and health services research. As a fellow, most appreciated was the flexibility to design/pursue my own research agenda, as well as sharpen my statistical programming and analytical skills. Not only did the fellowship play an integral role in achieving my career goals, it opened doors for me to contribute to efforts which embrace the collaborative power of public health and primary care."

Fellowship Graduation Month/Year: September 2017

Topics/Interests During Fellowship: Patient-provider communication, health disparities, integration of public health into primary care, maternal/child health

Current Appointment: Assistant Professor, BCM Department of Family and Community Medicine

Current Work/Research: Patient-provider communication, health disparities, integration of public health into primary care, maternal/child health


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Derek W. Meeks, M.D.

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"A great opportunity to develop research and clinical interests with national leaders, both at Baylor and other Texas Medical Center institutions."

Fellowship Graduation Month/Year: July 2014

Topics/Interests During Fellowship: Health informatics, system complexity, diagnostic uncertainty

Current Appointment: Assistant Professor, BCM Department of Internal Medicine

Current Work/Research: General Internist and Physician Informaticist at Baylor Medicine


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Kyler M. Godwin, Ph.D., MPH

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"The fellowship helped to jump-start my career. I gained knowledge and skills in implementation science and health services research as well as life-long colleagues and friends."

Fellowship Graduation Month/Year: July 2013

Topics/Interests During Fellowship: Dyadic caregiving, health services research, implementation science 

Current Appointment: Vice Chair for Quality Improvement and Innovation and Associate Professor, BCM Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research

Current Work/Research: Implementation scientist and healthcare improvement educator, with the ultimate goal to improve healthcare through clinical impact within a learning healthcare system