UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Briggs, Heather Lenore

School of Medicine
(210) 567-0777

Heather L Briggs, MD, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor/Clinical of Medicine at the University of Texas Health San Antonio. Dr. Briggs received her MD/PhD in 2007 from the Texas A&M University Health System Science Center College of Medicine. Her dissertation was ?Fur-regulated genes in Coxiella burnetii? under the guidance of Dr. James Samuel in the Department of Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis. After completing a medicine residency, chief year, and infectious disease fellowship at UT Health, she joined the faculty of the Division of General and Hospital Medicine in July 2014 as a hospitalist.

As a chief resident, Dr. Briggs engaged in several resident and medical student education opportunities and she has continued that pathway as a faculty member. As one of the twenty Veritas Faculty Mentors to medical students, she provides career and professionalism advising and mentorship to students across their four years of medical school. Her dedication to students was recently recognized when she was awarded one of three Veritas Faculty Mentors of the year. In addition to her mentorship activities, she is a frequent lecturer in the MS3 Medicine Ward Noon Conference, MS4 Internal Medicine Internship Readiness elective, Intern Learning Group, and Medicine Resident Didactics.

In addition to her UME/GME activities, Dr. Briggs serves as the Medical Director for Coding Documentation Integrity and IT Interfaces for University Hospital since 2015. In addition to representing Hospital Medicine on the Utilization Review Committee, she serves as the physician champion for the Clinical Documentation Improvement team. Her activities have included a standardizing the query process to physicians, standardizing clinical definitions for coding, and creating a resident documentation curriculum that has been presented at a national conference. Her work with the Sepsis Focus Team has led to the creation of a sepsis order set within the EMR to improve workflow and the implementation of a Code Sepsis on the inpatient units to improve early recognition of sepsis. She also maintains an active clinical service in hospital medicine on both the teaching and non-teaching teams at University Hospital.

8/2015 - Present Medical Director for Coding Documentation Integrity and IT Interfaces University Health System, CMO office, San Antonio, TX
7/2014 - Present Assistant Professor/Clinical The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
7/2014 - Present Staff Physician University Health System, Medicine, San Antonio, TX