RGV Graduate Medical Education


Internal Medicine Residency Program Leadership

Amer Malas, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Amer Malas, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Founding Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Dr. Amer Malas received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1984 from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he subsequently completed his residency training in general surgery in 1988. He completed his internship at New York Medical College and Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in New York, followed by his residency at Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., where he was chief resident in 1994-1995. Here, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Theta Chapter as well as the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence.

From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Malas joined West Virginia University Charleston Division, where as Program Director, he led a successful process to secure a five-year ACGME accreditation for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, coupled with a 3-year, 100% pass rate for the American Board of Internal Medicine, ABIM, for the first time takers. He received numerous awards for excellence in teaching from the residents and medical students at WVU Charleston Division. Dr. Malas ended his tenure at WVU in 2005 at the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine.

In 2008-2009, Dr. Malas served as Professor of Medicine at Gulf Medical University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. He was the founding Chairperson of the Department of Academic Affairs at Al Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dabhi, United Arab Emirates, as well as Chief of Internal Medicine. Dr. Malas sat on the Advisory Board of SEHA and HAAD to shape post graduate physician training at the national level. His most recent appointments, from 2009 until moving to the Rio Grande Valley, were at St. Francis Hospital and Charleston Medical Associates in Charleston, WV.

Dr. Malas has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and poster presentations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Dr. Malas was recruited in 2013 to be the founding Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency program at UTHSCSA (UT RGV – DHR).

Teaching and clinical interests include critical care medicine, endocrinology, patient safety and quality improvement, and resident scholarly activities. Dr. Malas enjoys reading historical books, teaching, traveling and outdoor activities. He is married to Samar Sankari, MD, an endocrinologist, and has 2 children, Maria and Jad.

Michelle Cordoba Kissee, MD

Michelle Cordoba Kisse, MD

Associate Program Director
Endocrinology Subspecialty Coordinator

Michelle Cordoba Kissee completed her undergraduate degrees in Biology, Spanish and Zoology with comprehensive honors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Arizona. During her residency, she was nominated by her peers to serve on the graduate medical education committee at the University of Arizona.

During her fellowship, she began moonlighting as a hospitalist. After fellowship completion, she accepted a position in Tucson at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. She continued her hospitalist work in addition to doing inpatient endocrinology consults with Saguaro Physicians at Tucson Medical Center. As a hospitalist, she was involved in the education and supervision of internal medicine residents. At the VA, she created and implemented an endocrinology curriculum for medical students and housestaff doing rotations in her endocrinology clinic. She also attended internal medicine wards as well. She regularly presented lectures to the residents at both the VA and at Tucson Medical Center and was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine with the University of Arizona.

As Endocrinology faculty and later Associate Program Director, she was involved in the training of endocrinology fellows. She organized a curriculum based on board preparation for the fellows and attended and presented at weekly didactics, including board review and journal club. She was also involved in other GME activities such as candidate interviews and selection, PIF revision and program evaluation and improvement.

Her research has included a publication on osteoporosis and hemophilia. She also recently authored a book chapter on pregnancy and diabetes, pending publication.

She has an interest in medical diversity and has participated in medical programs in the Dominican Republic as an undergraduate and in Ecuador as a medical student. During medical school, she performed clinical research on varicella immunity in pregnant women born in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico in a clinic in Milwaukee. When ranking residencies, she chose the University of Arizona for the opportunity to have continuity clinic at the El Rio community health system. More recently, she and her husband volunteered with Tucson Samaritans, a faith-based organization providing patient assistance in the desert.

Jessica Martin, MD, MHSA

Jessica Martin, MD, MHSA

Program Coordinator - Internal Medicine

Jessica Martin completed her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, TX. She attended medical school at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine. She completed a Master in Health Services Administration from Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

Jessica has been involved in hospital administration for 10 years. She has led oncology research through NCI-sponsored grants on cancer disparities to cooperative group clinical trials in partnership with UTHSCSA's Cancer Therapy and Research Center. Her research has included publications on colorectal cancer and cancer disparities. As Cancer Center Director at Doctors Hospital of Laredo, she was instrumental in Laredo WINGS program for Breast Cancer patients, an affiliate of WINGS San Antonio. She has also taught health science courses at Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University.

Jessica moved to the Rio Grande Valley to join her husband and start a family. She has three small children (a boy and identical twin girls) and is excited to be working with medical education.