Marconi Abreu, M.D.
Marconi was born and raised in Brazil. After finishing medical school, he completed his residency and also served as a Chief Resident at University of Connecticut. During residency he was honored with the Pamela Kisluk Spirit Award 2006-2007 for unparalleled ability to spread contagious enthusiasm, passion, happiness, and positive attitude toward patients and peers. From 2008 through 2012 Marconi worked in private practice in the city of Fall River, MA, focusing on diabetes. In his free time, Marconi loves to travel with his wife and spend time with friends either entertaining at home, watching live concerts, or trying out new places in Dallas. He also enjoys singing, playing guitar, cooking, and studying the stock market.
Samata Basani, M.B.B.S.
Samata is from India, where she went to medical school and completed her residency at Atlanta Medical Center. During high school, she witnessed the ill-effects of most common endocrine disorders like diabetes and the less common ones like pheochromocytoma on her family members, which inspired her to go into medicine and particularly Endocrinology. Her research experience with Dr. Umpierrez at Grady Memorial helped her to enhance learning. While working at UT Southwestern, she would like to focus her research on Metabolic syndromes and Reproductive Endocrinology.
Amy DeGueme, M.D.
Amy was born and raised in Wisconsin. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin Madison (Go Badgers!). Then she moved back to Milwaukee to complete medical school and internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After finishing residency, she worked for two years doing perioperative medicine. She is excited to be in Dallas to see all that Texas has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, especially to Las Vegas, home redecorating/remodeling, shopping, and hanging out with her family.
Iram Hussain, M.D.
Iram was born in England, and raised in Scotland, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. She moved to the U.S. after graduating from King Edward Medical University in Lahore, and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at UT Southwestern in Austin. Half way through residency she realized that she wanted to be an Endocrinologist, so she ended up at UT Southwestern in Dallas. She would like to focus her research on metabolic syndromes, diabetes mellitus and associated cardiovascular disease. She enjoys reading fiction, traveling and spending time with friends/family.
Mariana Marin, M.D.
Mariana is from Caracas, Venezuela. She completed her residency program at Unity Health System, a University of Rochester-affiliated hospital in Rochester, NY. During her residency she visited UT Southwestern for a one-month away rotation, which turned out to be very productive! She met her husband during endocrinology consult rounds, they married last fall, and are currently expecting their first child! Mariana is now conducting clinical research with Naim Maalouf, M.D.
Markey McNutt, M.D.
Markey graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He has been a “Southwesterner” ever since. He earned a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree studying PCSK9 in Jay Horton’s laboratory and completed his two-year Internal Medicine residency. He is currently doing research on Angptl8 in the laboratory of Drs. Helen Hobbs and Jonathan Cohen. He wants to “grow up” to be a scientist! He is married and has two sons.
Olivia Papacostea, M.D.
Olivia was born in Romania and went to Medical School in Bucharest. She met her husband in Medical School and came to the U.S. to join him and his family. Before starting residency, she worked for a private endocrinologist in California and really loved it! Olivia trained in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY, and prior to coming to UT Southwestern she worked as a hospitalist in Connecticut. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family, reading and watching good movies.
Anna VanderHeiden, M.D.
Anna was born in Poland, but grew up and studied medicine in the Ukraine. She is fully trained in adult and pediatric neurology in her home country – yet fell in love with endocrinology while completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Texas Tech Odessa. Her interest is diabetes care and currently she is working on a research project with Dr. Lingvay, "Adding Liraglutide to High Dose Insulin: Breaking the Cycle." Anna is married and has two children, 10 and 11-year-old boys. She is a talented oil painter, and she likes to travel, ice skate, and cook.
Christoph Zechner, M.D., Ph.D.
Christoph was born and raised in Germany and completed his graduate medical and research training at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, combined with a predoctoral research fellowship at Yale University. After a medical internship in Germany, he took on a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel P. Kelly at Washington University in St. Louis and, during the final year, at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona. During this time, he investigated the physiological roles of the transcriptional coactivators PGC-1alpha and beta in skeletal muscle. Christoph then moved to UT Southwestern to complete his clinical training in internal medicine and endocrinology as a member of the Physician-Scientist Training Program. Last year, he finished the full-time clinical portion of the PSTP and joined the laboratory of Drs. David J. Mangelsdorf and Steven A. Kliewer. His research interests include examining intestinal hormones and their actions on solute and energy metabolism. In his spare time, Christoph enjoys biking in the Texas heat, playing and watching soccer, exploring new foods and drinks, and taking advantage of the great cultural opportunities that Dallas offers, especially the symphony and the opera.