UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Avery, Richel Zayas MD

School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine

I have a unique background in medicine. I was nurse before I had my medial education and after earning my medical degree in Southern Philippines I joined a non-government clinic caring for the indigent population in Northern Mindanao. I was fortunate enough to be able to conduct research in the Tuberculosis.
In 2005, I moved to the US and worked as an ER Nurse before joining the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program at UTHSCSA. As the chief resident I was able to hone my leadership skills and helped conduct research projects wiht other residents which we presented in conferences both statewide and nationwide. After finishing residency, I joined UT Medicine Primary Care Clinic. I worked with our team to advance our clinic as a patient centered medical home. I spend most of my clinical duties seeing patients off all ages and continue to pursue clinic-based quality improvement projects. My interest lies in obesity medicine as I believe it is a growing epidemic in our country. I plan to continue to pursue clinical research in obesity.

7/2013 - Present Assistant Professor/Clinical and Faculty Physician UT Health San Antonio, Family & Community Medicine, San Antonio, TX