Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group: Leaders in World-Class Care Close to Home


Dr. Ulises Baltazar, Dr. Priya Oolut, Dr. Yana Finkelshteyn, Dr. B. Keith Ellis, Dr. Sherman Tang, Dr. Adrianne Scruggs, Dr. Tarrik Zaid, Dr. Bhadresh Shah, Dr. Jorge Darcourt, Dr. Carisa Liew, Dr. Jeffrey Wood and Dr. Timothy Oppermann.


By M.G. Angulo | Photos by  Nesossi Studios

Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group offers Fort Bend and surrounding counties a wide range of experienced, skilled physicians who embody the Houston Methodist philosophy of providing world-class care with the latest, most sophisticated treatments supported by leading-edge technology.

Through collaboration and coordination, Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group makes it possible for patients to stay close to home and still have access to high-quality specialists who have extensive training and experience.

Exceptional Physicians Working Together

Christiane Balenene

Christiane Balenene

“I recommend Houston Methodist doctors to everyone,” said Christiane Balenene, a patient who was referred to two doctors in the physician’s group by her primary care physician, Dr. Seva Papageorge.

In November, Balenene was referred to hematologist/oncologist Dr. Jorge Darcourt to treat a blood clot found in her abdomen. A month later, she was directed to spine surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wood when she suffered a lumbar strain.

“All of my experiences with Houston Methodist doctors have been excellent,” Balenene said. “Dr. Darcourt took excellent care of me. He calmed my fears about my diagnosis and explained exactly what would happen during my treatment. I absolutely recommend him to family and friends. He takes time to talk through test results and makes sure everything is understandable.”

Cathy Sanchez

Cathy Sanchez

“Dr. Wood was just as thorough and compassionate,” she added. “He knew I had been through a lot recently and it showed in his approach to getting me healthy and back on my feet.”

Patient Cathy Sanchez says that she feels fortunate to have outstanding physicians so close to home. “Because my primary care physician and the specialists I needed practice locally, I didn’t have to go to the Medical Center. My treatment was convenient and comfortable,” she said. “There was great communication between my primary care physician and my specialists. My doctor had quick access to all my test results and treatment plans. I really felt like I had a comprehensive team working together on my behalf.”

Specialized Care Community

Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group in Sugar Land features specialists in the following areas:


Cardiologists, Dr. Toussaint Smith, Dr. Sherman Tang, Dr. B. Keith Ellis, Dr. Ronald Mahoney, Dr. Earl Mangin Jr., Dr. John Passmore and Dr. Kesavan Shan, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension and stroke prevention. 

General Surgery

Dr. Timothy Oppermann, Dr. Ashish Saharia and Dr. Michael Yaakovian use minimally invasive techniques that dramatically reduce patients’ hospital stays and recovery times, enabling them to return to normal activities as quickly as possible.

Gynecologic Oncology

The treatment of uterine, ovarian, cervical and other female reproductive system cancers is led by Dr. Tarrik Zaid, who is also an active member of Houston Methodist Research Institute. He offers patients access to a wide range of clinical trials and the latest therapies to fight cancer.


Fellowship-trained neurologists, Dr. Carisa Liew, Dr. Eddie Patton Jr., Dr. Larry Tran and Dr. Toby Yaltho, provide answers and options using the latest technology and therapeutic techniques to offer diagnosis and treatment of the most common –  and most complex – neurological disorders including migraines, sleep disorders, epilepsy, dementia, complex spine and peripheral neurological disorders, neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and more.


Dr. Jorge Darcourt specializes in the treatment of a wide range of cancer types. He offers comprehensive and individualized treatment plans for each patient using a variety of screening and diagnostic imaging services to identify risk factors and disease at the earliest stage. In addition, Dr. Darcourt is actively involved in a wide range of federally approved clinical research studies to investigate less invasive ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

One of the largest orthopedic groups in the area includes 13 sub-specialized physicians. Specialty physicians include Dr. David Braunreiter and Dr. Jeffrey Kozak, Sports Medicine and Concussion Management; Dr. Kenneth Renney, Sports Medicine; Dr. D. Dean Dominy III and Dr. Vincent Phan, Hand and Upper Extremity; Dr. Carl Hicks and Dr. Eddie Matsu, Joint Replacement; Dr. Mark Maffet and Dr. Timothy Sitter, Knee and Shoulder Surgery; Dr. Anthony Muffoletto and Dr. Jeffrey Wood, Spine Surgery; and Dr. Ray Valdez and Dr. Mark Vann II, Foot and Ankle.


Dr. Nicholas Desai offers patients the best care for foot diseases and injuries including diabetic foot care, wound care, custom-made orthotics and heel spurs.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Dr. Bhadresh Shah, Dr. Suneesh Nair and Dr. Priya Oolut treat acute and chronic disorders of the respiratory and pulmonary vascular systems, including chronic cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pneumonia, sarcoidosis and pulmonary hypertension. They can also help patients who suffer from insomnia, narcolepsy and sleep apnea, and are available to facilitate lung cancer screenings. 

Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Pierre Chevray is devoted to restoring form and function to patients who have suffered from cancer, trauma and other diseases. Dr. Chevray is trained in the full range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries and has a special interest in breast reconstruction and reconstructive microsurgery. 


Dr. Angela McCain and Dr. Susan Mathew offer an interventional approach that is designed to manage the progression of arthritis, autoimmune diseases, joint pain disorders and osteoporosis at their earliest stages, giving patients the best opportunity to lead active, healthy lives.

Vein Clinic

Dr. Ulises Baltazar is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of venous insufficiency that can cause painful varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers and leg swelling.

Family Medicine/Internal Medicine

For general health care, these highly-qualified physicians offer preventative care, as well as long-term treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart and lung disease. The group also offers services for women’s health, such as well-woman exams, hormone therapy and menopausal management, and men’s health such as prostate cancer screenings.

These physicians have practices throughout Missouri City or Sugar Land: Dr. Ana Corteguera, Dr. Jennifer Diamond, Dr. Yana Finkelshteyn, Dr. Julie Hung, Dr. Seva Papageorge, Dr. Tayma Shaya, Dr. Mona Sheth and Dr. Melida Tellez, Dr. Deepshikha Sharda, Dr. Adelola Ashaye, Dr. Jessen Rajan, Dr. Adrianne Scruggs and Dr. Paul Tse.

To find world-class care close to home, visit methodistsugarlanddocs.com or call 281-274-7500 for a physician referral. See link page for a directory of physician contacts.