Hilary F. Ryder, M.D., M.S., FACP, FHM, HEC-C
Texas Health Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Hilary F. Ryder, M.D., MS, FACP, FHM, is director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Forth Worth. She is professor of medicine at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, and adjunct faculty of The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. She is board-certified in internal medicine and works clinically as a hospitalist.
Dr. Ryder earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. She worked as a geneticist before receiving her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, joining the Geisel School of Medicine faculty as a hospitalist. She earned a master’s of science through The Dartmouth Institute. Dr. Ryder served as the clerkship director of the core internal medicine clerkship at Geisel School of Medicine and associate program director and then program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has served on committees with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, and she completed a three-year term on the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine Council. She also has served as a committee member for the general internal medicine section of the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program, and as a medical editor for SIMPLE, now Aquifer Internal Medicine, a cased-based third-year medical clerkship curriculum.
Dr. Ryder has a national reputation as a medical educator, and has been featured on several medical education podcasts, including The Medicine Mentors Podcast, Specialty Stories: Helping You Choose a Medical Career, and Lab Medicine Rounds. She recently spoke to Dallas NPR’s Sam Baker about North Texas physician shortages and how Texas Health is responding to this problem. She has a special interest in medical education research. Her current work focuses on the meaning and role of assessments in undergraduate and graduate medical education and understanding moral distress medical students face when encountering ethical dilemmas. Dr. Ryder also mentors students and residents with interest in medical education research and is most proud of the papers she co-authors with learners.
Dr. Ryder spends her free time with her husband Matthew and their four children. She enjoys being outdoors with her children, shopping without them, and making peanut butter and jam sandwiches from scratch by baking the bread and picking and canning the berries. She is an avid traveler, having visited more than 30 countries while living in Europe, the United Kingdom, Central America, and West, East, Central and South Africa.
Morgan Fairweather, M.D.
Texas Health Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director
Morgan Fairweather, M.D., is a hospitalist on the medical staff of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, serving in internal medicine. He oversees several functions relating to residents, including membership on the intern selection committee, resident mentoring for scholarly activity, and delivery of High Value Care Curriculum (HVC) from the American College of Physicians during Academic Half-day.
Dr. Fairweather graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and with a master’s in business administration. During his time in Lubbock, he worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT), gaining a unique perspective on medicine that he would carry into his career as a physician. Dr. Fairweather went on to complete his doctor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Fairweather is dedicated and involved in the education and mentoring of residents. He is active in multiple mentoring programs, is a scholarly advisor for residents presenting at conferences, and facilitates the monthly Journal Club. He also serves as the electronic health record liaison.
Heather P. Shelton, M.D.
Texas Health Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director
Heather P. Shelton, M.D., was raised in Houston and graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of arts degree from the Plan II Honors program. After earning her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, she completed an internal medicine residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She then continued at UT Southwestern and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center as clinical faculty in general internal medicine and palliative medicine.
Dr. Shelton worked as a hospitalist before transitioning to private practice in outpatient internal medicine, first working for a large, multi-specialty group and then eventually opening her own solo private practice. Working for herself, she gained experience in delivering high-quality care in all aspects of the patient experience, including front and back office interactions. Dr. Shelton leveraged technology to provide open access to same-day scheduling in addition to routine, scheduled visits, and minimized overhead to allow for longer patient visits.
In 2019, Dr. Shelton returned to teaching and in 2022, she joined the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Program as an assistant professor with the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU. Dr. Shelton currently serves as ambulatory associate program director and lead in resident wellness.
Dr. Shelton’s interests include primary care and physician health and wellness. As a member of the Tarrant County Medical Society Physician Health and Wellness Committee, she is part of a team working to improve access to mental health care for Tarrant County physicians and medical students. She is also active with the Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance. In her free time, Dr. Shelton enjoys yoga, kickboxing and spending time with family.
Sreenivas Gudimetla, M.D., FACC
Sreenivas Gudimetla, M.D., FACC, was born in Manhattan, Kansas, and graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1987. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, a selective honor society, based on his academic success. After earning his degree in medicine from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Gudimetla trained in internal medicine at UT Southwestern in Dallas, where he remained on faculty in general internal medicine for two years.
Dr. Gudimetla completed training in cardiovascular diseases at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and joined Consultants in Cardiology in Fort Worth in 1999. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is presently associate professor at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU and adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Texas Physicians Assistants Program.
Dr. Gudimetla’s interests include cardiac pacing, diagnostic invasive cardiology, non-invasive cardiac imaging and clinical research. He served on the board of directors of the American Heart Association in Fort Worth for 15 years with much of that time as board president. He also served as the chief of the medical staff of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth from 2014 to 2015 and served on the board of trustees at Texas Health Fort Worth from 2012 through 2017. He also was a member of the board of trustees for Fort Worth Academy, a primary and secondary school in our community. Dr. Gudimetla is regularly featured as a “Super Doc” in Texas Monthly and a “Top Doc” in Fort Worth Magazine and 360 West. His hobbies include family time, playing the guitar and long-distance running, including multiple full and half marathons.
Isha Puri, M.D., MPH, FHM
Isha Puri, M.D., MPH, FHM, is director of quality improvement and scholarly activity for the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Isha Puri is a board-certified internal medicine hospitalist with more than 10 years of experience in adult hospital medicine. She was conferred Fellow in Hospital Medicine (FHM) in April 2020.
Prior to joining the residency program, Dr. Puri served as director of quality and patient safety for Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, a physician-led, nonprofit teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Dr. Puri is a clinical assistant professor at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU and with the UNT Health Science Center. She has also served as clinical assistant professor at Tufts School of Medicine. She has conducted research in gynecological oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Dr. Puri has worked nationally on performance improvement and practice analysis committees for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). Her editorials have been featured in The Hospitalist, SHM’s magazine, and she serves as a reviewer for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Puri has served as a judge for SHM's annual meetings and served as an invited faculty for American College of Physicians Texas chapter POCUS workshop. Dr. Puri has published extensively, on the topic of gynecologic oncology.
Dr. Puri graduated from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, before completing her residency at Rutgers Health and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in New Jersey.
Mehnaz Roshani, M.D.
Mehnaz Roshani, M.D., is a full-time hospitalist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and a founding assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, where she serves as clinical skills faculty and faculty preceptor for the longitudinal integrated clerkship.
Dr. Roshani graduated from Bolan Medical College in Pakistan and completed her internship and residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. She is passionate about mentorship and quality improvement. She mentors nurse practitioners, medical students and hospitalists new to Texas Health Fort Worth. Dr. Roshani also leads the quality improvement efforts related to throughput at Texas Health Fort Worth Harris Tower. Dr. Roshani also has completed graduate certification in academic medicine from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Roshani enjoys spending time with her family, working in her extensive and continuously flowering gardens, and volunteering at a homeless shelter in Fort Worth.
Vishnu Ilineni, M.D.
Vishnu Ilineni, M.D., is a full-time hospitalist at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and an assistant professor in internal medicine at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU. He has been actively involved with the Texas Health Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Program as a full-time academic hospitalist and clinician educator from the program’s inception.
Dr. Ilineni graduated from Siddhartha Medical College in India and completed his residency in internal medicine at UCSF Fresno in California. He is passionate about point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and integrating its learning longitudinally into the residency program. Dr. Ilineni lent his expertise to the development of POCUS curriculum for the Texas Health Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Program, where he also serves as POCUS lead. Dr. Ilineni is also very involved in resident scholarly activity and mentorship.
Andrew Miller, M.D.
Andrew Miller, M.D. graduated cum laude from Tufts University, and the VCU School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. He trained in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, where he also served as chief medical resident. Dr. Miller then completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Colorado and National Jewish Health in Denver. His work has been published in multiple book chapters and in peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Miller is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, and he serves on the core faculty of the Texas Health Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is also a partner at Texas Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants.
Dr. Miller has been featured as a “Top Doc” in Fort Worth Magazine and 360 West magazine. He has been invited to lecture at multiple institutions on the topic of the appropriateness and limitations of evidenced-based medicine.
Dr. Miller focuses his practice in critical care, including managing intensive care units, and in general pulmonary medicine, interstitial and granulomatous lung disease. He is passionate about medical education. In his free time, Dr. Miller enjoys spending every available moment with his beautiful wife and daughter.
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Oladapo Afolabi, M.D.
Dapo Afolabi, M.D., is president and CEO of Fort Worth Renal Group. He also is medical director of the dialysis unit at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and serves as the nephrology sub-specialty education coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Fort Worth.
Dr. Afolabi earned a medical degree from the University of Ife in Nigeria. He completed his residency and fellowship in Nephrology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, spending the last year as chief renal fellow. He has received advanced training in renal ultrasound, endovascular interventional nephrology and fluoroscopic-guided placement of peritoneal dialysis catheters. Dr. Afolabi is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He was voted Physician of the Year at Texas Health Fort Worth in 2018, received the Shining Star Award from the Fort Worth State of the Community in 2017 and is regularly featured in Fort Worth Magazine’s “Top Doctors” list.
Dr. Afolabi performs multi-center trials on both drug and devices in the dialysis and chronic kidney disease population and has a national reputation for mentoring nephrology fellows who wish to enter private practice.
In his spare time, Dr. Afolabi enjoys medical mission work. He also served as the team physician for the Nigerian Contingent for the 1996 Summer Paralympic Games held in Atlanta.
Sarah Ross, D.O., MS, CMD
Sarah Ross, D.O. is the sub-specialty education coordinator at the Texas Health Fort Worth Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is also associate professor at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC), where she also serves as course director for the geriatrics rotation.
Dr. Ross graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in music, and completed her medical training at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at HSC. She spent her internship and residency in family medicine, and completed a fellowship in geriatrics at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Dr. Ross is board-certified in family practice, with an added certificate of qualifications in geriatric medicine. She serves as the medical director of the James L. West Center for Dementia Care and cares for patients in the office and nursing facilities.
Dr. Ross is dedicated to educating trainees in geriatrics. She is a project lead for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at HSC and the medical director of Project ECHO programing, offering training in geriatrics and long-term care topics.
Sonia Bajaj, M.D.
Sonia Bajaj, M.D., is the rheumatology sub-specialty education coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
She earned her medical degree at Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal, India, and completed her internship at Monmouth Medical Center before transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for residency and fellowship in Rheumatology. She is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Dr. Bajaj enjoys teaching, and has given Rheumatology Grand Rounds at Tucson Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bajaj is in solo practice, and has been voted one of Fort Worth’s “Top Doctors” by readers of Fort Worth Magazine for the past 11 years. In her spare time, Dr. Bajaj enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling internationally and planting perennials in her gardens.
Gurpreet Baweja, M.D., FACC, FASE, FSCAN
Gurpreet Baweja M.D., FACC, FASE, FSCAN, is the division chief of staff for cardiology at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and the cardiology sub-specialty coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Fort Worth.
Dr. Baweja received his medical degree from King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, India. Following residency in India, Dr. Baweja completed additional residency training at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Baweja completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Arizona.
Dr. Baweja is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and interventional cardiology, and is board-eligible in vascular medicine (endovascular examination). He has also received training in advanced cardiac imaging, including Level III Certification. Dr. Baweja is an active participator and lead investigator on trials involving cardiovascular disease, medications and devices.
Stella Hecker, M.D.
Stella Hecker, M.D., FACE, is the endocrinology subspecialty education coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. She is a full-time endocrinologist and has been with the Diabetes and Endocrine Associates of Tarrant County since 2006. Her areas of interest include thyroid diseases such as thyroid cancer, diabetes mellitus, adrenal dysfunction, metabolic bone disease and pituitary disorders. Dr. Hecker performs ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsies and is certified in nuclear medicine to administer radioactive treatment for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism. She also has extensive experience with managing patients on insulin pumps.
Dr. Hecker received her medical degree from De La Salle University Medical and Health Sciences Institute in the Philippines. She completed her internal medicine residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences), and her endocrinology fellowship at NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York. She loves to teach and was awarded for her excellence in teaching while serving as a fellow at NYU. Dr. Hecker has been an active member of the Endocrine Society and American College of Endocrinology since 2001 and was named a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology in 2016. She has been voted a “Top Doc” in 360 West and Fort Worth Magazine.
Dr. Hecker loves spending time with her family. She enjoys hiking, travelling and photography.
John Hollingsworth, M.D., FCCP
Pulmonary and Critical Care
John W. Hollingsworth II, M.D., FCCP, is medical director for critical care and pulmonary and critical care sub-specialty education coordinator. He completed undergraduate studies in biology at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and received his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Galveston. Dr. Hollingsworth completed his internship and residency training and served as chief resident at UTMB Galveston. He also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where he served as assistant and then associate professor of medicine.
Dr. Hollingsworth has been awarded multiple R-01 grants to study various aspects of pulmonary immunity and inflammation from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also led an NIH-funded basic science laboratory while at Duke University, where he actively mentored students in basic science research. He has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and lectures nationally and internationally on pulmonary innate immunity and airway inflammation. Most recently, he has been involved in clinical research on COVID-19 pneumonia. Dr. Hollingsworth is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.
Dr. Hollingsworth is a member of the American Thoracic Society, American Association of Immunologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Clinical Investigators, Texas Medical Association and the Tarrant County Medical Society. He has been nominated a “Top Doctors” by readers of Fort Worth Magazine since 2018. In his free time, Dr. Hollingsworth enjoys spending time with his wife and three children at their lake house.
Zakraus Mahdavi, M.D.
Zakraus Mahdavi, M.D., is assistant professor at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine and clinical assistant professor of neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He serves as the neurology sub-specialty education coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Dr. Mahdavi graduated with a degree in computer science and neurobiology from The University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. Dr. Mahdavi completed his residency and chief residency training in neurology and fellowship in neurocritical care at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Mahdavi is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, by the American Society of Neuroimaging in neurosonology and by the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties in neurocritical care. Dr. Mahdavi is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and Texas Medical Association.
Cheryl McDonald, M.D.
Cheryl McDonald, M.D., is a founding partner of Tarrant County Infectious Disease Associates, and is the infectious disease sub-specialty education coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Dr. McDonald was born and raised in Fort Worth. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she graduated magna cum laude, and earned her medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her infectious disease fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, where she was on faculty. She is board-certified in infectious disease.
Dr. McDonald enjoys caring for patients of diverse backgrounds, and is active in supporting the HIV community. She has served on the board of directors for the AIDS Outreach Center since 2007 and conducts multi-center trials. Dr. McDonald is deeply committed to the community of Fort Worth and has served in numerous leadership capacities at Texas Health Fort Worth, including serving as chief of medical staff and as a member of the board of trustees. She has been featured as one of Fort Worth Magazine’s “Top Doctors” for many years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and travelling.
Sanjay Oommen, M.D.
Sanjay Oommen, M.D., is the hematology/oncology sub-specialty education coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He received his medical degree with high honors from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, where he also served as chief resident. Following his chief residency, Dr. Oommen completed his fellowship in oncology, hematology and transplant at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Dr. Oommen has a strong interest in clinical research and is a member of the breast cancer committee for the U.S. Oncology Network, and is an active member of the cancer committee at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Dr. Oommen was inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2003 and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Texas Medical Association and the Tarrant County Medical Society. Dr. Oommen has been listed as a “Top Doctors” in Fort Worth Magazine since 2011.
Zeeshan Ramzan, M.D.
Zeeshan Ramzan, M.D., is associate professor of medicine at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, and is the gastroenterology sub-specialty coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Prior to joining Texas Health Digestive Care, Dr. Ramzan served as assistant professor in the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and as director of the interventional endoscopy program at the Dallas VA Medical Center.
Dr. Ramzan completed his medical education at King Edward Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his internal medicine residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ramzan completed his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology and advanced fellowship in esophageal and gastrointestinal motility at Temple University Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then an advanced interventional endoscopy fellowship at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is board-certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology.
Dr. Ramzan’s areas of focus include gastrointestinal tumors, benign and malignant esophageal, biliary and pancreatic diseases, and treatments incorporating interventional endoscopy. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterology Association and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
Dr. Ramzan has served on many national committees, including his role as vice chair of the DDW Annual Scientific Program Committee (Esophagus) of the ASGE in 2019 and 2020, and as chair of the DDW Annual Scientific Program Committee (Esophagus) of the ASGE in 2020 and 2021.
In his free time, he likes to spend time with family and friends, travel and help refugee families in DFW Metroplex.
Dave Spear, M.D.
Dave Spear, M.D., is a founding professor for the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU and clinical assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is director of the emergency medicine program in trauma and procedures at Texas Health Fort Worth, and also serves as faculty for Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. He is the emergency medicine sub-specialty education coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Dr. Spear received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics at Albion College in Albion, Michigan. He then earned his medical degree at Wayne State School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Spear completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, before completing his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Dr. Spear is passionate about innovating and improving processes around clinical ultrasound and fluoroscopy. He has authored numerous book chapters and papers about clinical ultrasound and speaks nationally on this topic. He has won multiple awards for his work in teaching residents and fellows.
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The curriculum for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Texas Health Fort Worth provides residents with comprehensive exposure to all aspects of internal medicine.