Emily Barker, Internal Medicine Doctor Houston
- Board Certified in Internal Medicine
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Internal Medicine Residency
- Tulane University School of Medicine
- University of California, Santa Barbara
After completing her training, Dr. Emily Barker was on the faculty of the University of California in San Diego for two years where she taught third year medical students during their internal medicine rotation and served as Co-Medical Director of VA San Diego's Systems Redesign, a national collaboration for Quality Improvement in VA hospitals. She returned home to Houston in 2009 and joined the UT Health Medical School at Houston as part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine; she continues her involvement there in medical student and residency education.
Dr. Barker's interest in internal medicine centers on treating the whole patient through understanding the complexities of medical diseases and practicing preventive medicine. In partnership with Dr. Jay Davis, she developed RODG because of the opportunity it provides its physicians to practice medicine in a way every patient deserves; she feels that RODG allows her to focus on each patient, one at a time, a way of practice that is disappearing from modern medical care.
To me, truly understanding a disease means understanding the person who lives with it. People are often overlooked in a busy medical practice; when that happens, illnesses and physical complaints are often not fully addressed.
My patients are the most important part of my career. I work to make the time I spend with each patient in my practice valuable to that person and to see and listen to each patient with all my attention.
I am interested in long-term relationships with my patients, in preventive medicine, in lifelong health, and in the complexities of medical diseases and their treatment. Nothing is more rewarding than making a difference in the life of someone who has entrusted me with his or her health and well-being.