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News Release: 1/4/2019

News Release: 1/4/2019

News Release: 1/4/2019

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January 04, 2019

 
Drs. Zubair Mirza and Maria Cristina Caga-Anan join endocrinology services at
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
 
HOUSTON – Jan. 4, 2019 – Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital welcomes two new physicians to its endocrinology services.
Zubair Mirza, M.D., joined Houston Methodist Endocrinology Associates. Mirza is board-certified in internal medicine. He attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences in India and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. Mirza obtained a fellowship in diabetes and metabolism at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and, in June, he completed his fellowship in endocrinology at Banner University of Arizona in Tucson.
Maria Cristina Caga-Anan, M.D., joined Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group in Spring, Texas. She is board-certified in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism in addition to her board-certification in internal medicine. Caga-Anan received her medical education at Cebu Institute of Medicine in Cebu City, Philippines. She completed her residency in internal medicine at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn and her fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Caga-Anan comes to Houston Methodist Willowbrook from Affinity Medical Associates in Tomball, Texas.
Although endocrinology has become almost synonymous with the treatment of diabetes, the field of endocrinology is quite broad. Mirza and Caga-Anan treat both diabetes and the spectrum of disorders associated with hormones, which are secreted by the endocrine system.
“The majority of our patients have diabetes,” said Mirza. “Nowadays, the diabetes armamentarium is extremely large. It’s no longer a ‘one size fits all’ treatment. Patients may need to change their existing regimens, or they have comorbidities to consider in light of specific drug toxicities.”
“People know about diabetes and endocrinology because diabetes is so prevalent,” said Caga-Anan. “Endocrinology has a very broad scope, and the manifestations of hormone imbalances can be wide-ranging. A thyroid imbalance can affect the heart, the hair, the skin — pretty much every single organ system in the body.”
Endocrine diseases/conditions treated include:
Acromegaly (excess growth hormone)
Adrenal insufficiency
Calcium abnormalities
Cushing syndrome
Essential and secondary hypertension
Graves’ disease
Hashimoto’s disease
Hyperaldosteronism
Hyperlipidemia/hypercholesterolemia
Hypo/hyperthyroidism
Male hypogonadism/low testosterone
Obesity
Osteoporosis
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
Pituitary disorders
Thyroid cancer
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes 
“I believe in empowering patients, which is key to building trust,” said Mirza. “The only way this can happen is to answer all the patients’ questions and discuss different treatment options based on their labs and clinical presentation. Once I determine both of us are on the same page, then we move forward and treat.”
“I enjoy having the opportunity to educate patients about their diseases or condition and explain their treatments,” said Caga-Anan. “I think when they know the cause and how the medications work, they are more likely to be compliant with the treatment regimen.”
To schedule an appointment with Mirza, call 281.737.1171 or with Caga-Anan, call 281.737.1151.
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About Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a 312 bed, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of Houston Methodist. The hospital has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook is ranked No. 7 in the Houston metro area and No. 11 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” in 2018.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital specializes in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center, Sleep Center, and Surgical Weight Loss Center and operates a Childbirth Center with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
For more information about the comprehensive services available on the Houston Methodist Willowbrook campus and to learn about upcoming events, please visit houstonmethodist.org/willowbrook. To find a physician, call 281.737.2500.
 
About Houston Methodist Endocrinology Associates
The board-certified physicians of Houston Methodist Endocrinology Associates are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine system disorders, including diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, pituitary and adrenal disease, and more.

Our endocrinologists focus on providing individualized care by developing treatment plans that are specifically tailored to the unique needs of each patient. We also encourage patients to participate in their own health care by educating them on their illness and treatment.

We are proud to provide thorough, compassionate care, backed by the skilled staff and leading technological resources of the Houston Methodist system. 
 
About Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group
Endocrinologists of Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group are dedicated to the highest standard of excellence in patient care across all of our services. We offer patient-focused clinical services and novel therapies, and we work together to attain the most positive outcome possible with each patient and condition. We treat every patient with understanding and respect, fully committed to the patient-centered approach found at Houston Methodist.
 
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Kristina Michel, Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist
(281) 737-4715