Program Year 3

Shumaila Athar, M.D.

Shumaila Athar, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Karachi, Pakistan; Dow University of Health and Sciences

About Me: I graduated from Dow University of Health Sciences with honors. I actively participate in community services and enjoy participating in various outreach activities. I am a firm believer in preventive care medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy reading books, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.

Why UTSW Family Medicine? The reason I chose UTSW is because it offers you the best training in an academic setting and prepares you very well to face all professional challenges and I am very satisfied with my choice.

Post-Residency Plans: My areas of interest are community medicine, underserved community, women’s health, and urgent care.

Megan Gillem, D.O.

Hometown/Medical School: Denton, TX; University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I was born and raised in North Texas and went to Texas A&M for my undergrad. I am married and I have a one-year-old son. During my free time we like to go to the park, go swimming, and enjoy the Texas weather!

Why UTSW Family Medicine? I chose UTSW for many reasons. A few are the people (i.e. residents and faculty), an opportunity to work with the underserved, and the location!

Post-Residency Plans: Once out of residency I plan on joining a group practice in the metroplex.

Archana Govindan, M.S., M.D. 

Hometown/Medical School: Grew up in Toronto and lived in Atlanta; St. George’s University School of Medicine

About Me: Grew up in different cities including the Middle East, Canada, and Atlanta. Married with one son. Enjoy listening to music, traveling, and being with family.

Why UTSW Family Medicine? I chose UT Southwestern Family Medicine residency because of the diversity the program offered and options to pursue whatever we were interested.

Post-Residency Plans: I am hoping to pursue a career in hospitalist medicine.

Omer Jamal, D.O.

Omer Jamal, D.O.

Hometown/Medical School: Garland, Texas; Western University of Health Sciences

Why UTSW Family Medicine? UTSW Family Medicine was the appropriate choice because it’s university and county-based, thus two highly desirable characteristics to pursuing continuing education. Parkland itself is a monolith with historical significance and a cosmopolitan patient base.

Monica Juarez-Gonzalez, D.O.

Hometown/Medical School: Amarillo, TX; UNTHSC-TCOM

About Me: My family heritage begins at a small village in Mexico called “Arroyo del Agua” Chihuahua, Mexico. I am first generation Mexican-American and the first, in my family, to earn a medical degree. I enjoy spending time with family and friends especially my little princess “Jackie,” traveling, and jogging.

Post-Residency Plans: My future professional goal is to be employed at a local Dallas Metroplex outpatient clinic and to be an active member in my community.

Kevin Ko, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Dallas, TX; St. George’s University School of Medicine

About Me: I enjoy playing basketball, cycling, eating with good company!

Why UTSW Family Medicine? I’m from Dallas and after spending one month at UTSW as a med student, I knew my training would consist of seeing a wide range of pathology. I also enjoy working with the underserved population of Dallas County.

Post-Residency Plans: Hospitalist Medicine

Haley Newton, D.O.

Hometown/Medical School: Granbury, TX; University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I have a wonderful husband and daughter. I love to spend time with my family, go to Texas Rangers games, and do almost anything outside.

Why UTSW Family Medicine? I chose UTSW because I was interested in getting to practice in both a private and county hospital as well as getting to participate in our community medicine program.

Post-Residency Plans: When I finish residency I hope to stay in the Dallas area in a Family Medicine clinic.

Sarah Siddiqi, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Dallas, Texas; Ross University School of Medicine

About Me: I enjoy reading, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies. I am hoping to find time to travel after residency.

Why UTSW Family Medicine? I chose UTSW FM program because it’s my home program. I’ve been involved with UTSW since I was in high school and knew that the education I received here would be outstanding.

Post-Residency Plans: I will likely pursue outpatient medicine after residency.