who i am

Sara Slabisak, MD

Medical Doctor ⎪Health Care Futurist

Health Care Futuristthose who embrace (sometimes unwelcome) change as an opportunity for innovation and improvement – improved healthcare access and literacy for patient consumers and improved tech infrastructure, mobility & freedom to practice for providers.

A “Lone Star State” native, Sara Slabisak proudly grew up in San Antonio, Texas – the eldest daughter of her father, an orthopedic spine surgeon, who spent the entirety of her childhood in medical school and residency, and her mother, a communications manager at Petco Headquarters.

She graduated in the top 10 of her class at Communications Arts High School, a magnet school recognized by the Washington Post as one of the top 50 most challenging high schools in the nation – with an academic focus on teaching multimedia and communications skills.

Upon receipt of the Texas Distinguished Diploma, Sara moved to Houston, Texas to attend William Marsh Rice University where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, graduating with a “Fellows Emeritus” distinction for her role as a Rice University Academic Fellow in 2009. Sara is a medical graduate of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology and the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine.

Sara is currently the Physician Advocate at Medici, an innovative health-tech startup aspiring to become the Uber of healthcare, where she works with the executive corporate team and medical physician network to provide on-demand health care to users based in the United States and South Africa. 

Other professional interests include health care and health informatics law, regulation & ethics.

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Physician Advocate - Medici

October 2016 - Current

As the Physician Advocate at Medici, an innovative health-tech startup aspiring to become the Uber of healthcare, I interface with our global physician network and the executive corporate team to bring on-demand healthcare with your own doctor, dentist, therapist, vet and more via an elegantly engineered mobile app experience.

Medici is recreating the doctor-patient relationship. Medici has 2 apps.

  • Medici for Doctors: allows doctors to manage their patients from anywhere via HIPAA-compliant, secure interface that can be monetized via direct billing to patient or insurance carrier. The app allows secure text, phone, or video consults.

Freelance Graphic Designer - Knox Digital Health & Innovation Lab

July 2011 - Current

Experience working on an assortment of multimedia projects including website design, branding, photo editing, and educational material design for small businesses and physician practices. 

Postdoctoral Translational Research Fellow - The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

October 2014 - March 2015

Coordination and performance of collaborative, interactive cancer chemotherapy cardiotoxicity research including direct laboratory work and post-doctoral exchanges between UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX) and MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX) scientists within the CPRIT-MIRA group. As a clinical liaison, involved in creation and implementation of interactive science between UT Southwestern U01 group, CPRIT-MIRA group, and the new Hamon Center for Regenerative Science & Medicine.

Research included contribution to translational research projects in the Schneider Lab involving:

  • Creation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from Chagasic baboons with the goal of developing an iPSC-derived cardiomyocyte therapy for Chagas heart disease.
  • Study of the chemical regulation of heart repair and regeneration. Emphasis on the characterization of native heart repair mechanisms and microenvironments, and elucidation of how systemically-administered synthetic small-molecules known as isoxazoles regulate gene expression and cell fate decision in adult mouse heart progenitor-like cells after myocardial injury.
  • Injection of a seaweed-derived alginate biopolymer substance directly into the myocardium to study Frank-Starling law and cardiovascular pump dynamics.

Volunteer Physician - The Monday Clinic

June 2014 - June 2015

The Monday Clinic is a weekly free clinic operated by volunteer medical students from UT Southwestern Medical School under the supervision of faculty and physicians from the Dallas community. Hosted and supported by North Dallas Shared Ministries with a mission to provide high quality, free medical care for adults with acute and episodic medical conditions in the North Dallas underserved population regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or ability to pay.

Additionally, the clinic provides an interactive learning environment for medical students, thereby allowing them to develop clinical, organizational, and leadership skills and to instill in students a lifelong commitment of service to the community with emphasis on meeting the needs of the uninsured.

Medical School Honors, Research & Activities - The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

August 2009 - September 2013

HONORS

I received Honors in the following clerkships: Advanced Patient Care; Ambulatory Medicine; Surgery; Anesthesiology Special Research Elective; Anesthesiology Pain Management: Diagnostic Procedures & Therapeutic Modalities


RESEARCH

Flexible Optical Intubation Via the Ambu® Aura-I versus Blind Intubation Via the Single-Use Intubating LMA – A Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial;  PI: Carin Hagberg, MD – Professor & Chairman, Dept. of Anesthesiology

Comparison of Ultrasound-Guided versus Landmark Method for Central Venous Access in the Operating Room; PI: Sara Guzman-Reyes, MD – Associate Professor, Dept. of Anesthesiology


PRESENTATIONS

Slabisak, S. (2012). Clinical Anesthesia (Barash,P), Chapter 15: The Autonomic Nervous System: Physiology & Pharmacology. Oral Presentation presented at: Anesthesiology Resident Senior Seminar & In-Training Exam/Board Review Series, UT Houston Medical School; Houston, TX.

Slabisak, S. (2013). Fever in the ICU: Management & Outcomes. Oral Presentation presented at: Critical Care Case Conference, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Houston, TX.

Slabisak, S. (2011). The Role of Hypothermia in the Management of Increased Intracerebral Pressure. Oral Presentation presented at: Neurosurgery & Neurology Joint Department Case Conference, UT Houston Medical School; Houston, TX.

Slabisak, S. (2013). Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease. Oral Presentation presented at: Internal Medicine: Nephrology Case Conference, UT Houston Medical School; Houston, TX.

Slabisak, S. (2012). Post-Operative Fever: Recognition & Management. Oral Presentation presented at: Obstetrics & Gynecology Case Conference, UT Houston Medical School; Houston, TX.

Slabisak, S. (2013). Morbidity & Mortality: Case Presentation. Oral Presentation presented at: Morbidity & Mortality Conference, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Houston, TX.


ACTIVITIES

Peer Tutoring Program: Provided tutoring in all courses taken during the preclinical years. Learners are a heterogeneous group with varied learning styles, and a one-size-fits-all approach is not as effective as a strategy tailored to the individual. With every new student, I sought to understand individual learning needs, and then adapted my approach accordingly. It was very satisfying to rejoice in their successes.

Medical Spanish Program:  Participated in advanced level medical Spanish course to acquire the terminology, comfort, and confidence to examine, diagnose, and treat Spanish-speaking patients properly. Speaking to patients in Spanish allows me to develop a stronger relationship, interact in a culturally sensitive manner, and deliver high-quality care.

Anesthesiology Journal Club: Monthly presentation of select literature including a summary, critical analysis, and salient points of the journal article.

Anesthesia Student Association (ASA): Monthly attendance of meetings and guest lectures. Participation in society events.

Dept. of Anesthesiology Multimedia AssociateUtilized background in graphic design to create comprehensive, interactive, and visually appealing presentations based on content developed by Dr. Carin Hagberg (Professor & Chairman). Dr. Hagberg delivered these presentations at national and international conferences, including New Horizons in Anesthesiology Conference (Vail, CO, 2013), 3rd IDAM Workshop (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2013), 20th Annual Anesthesia Symposium (Colorado Springs, CO, 2013), and Euroanesthesia (Barcelona, Spain, 2013).

Student Editor - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

October 2011 - May 2013

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins sought student reviewers for the sixth edition of the book, BRS Pharmacology, and asked the Dept. of Pharmacology at UT Houston Medical School to nominate students. Through a competitive process, I was honored to be chosen to become a student editor. Performed a comprehensive review with suggested revisions of the “Toxicology” chapter. Following this initial review, I was invited to perform reviews of other publications, including Step-Up to USMLE Step 3, Step-Up to Surgery, and Step-Up to Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Rosenfeld, G.C. & Loose, D.S. (2013). Chapter 13: Toxicology. In S. Howes (Ed.), Board Review Series: Pharmacology, Sixth Edition (pp. 320). 333: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Adolescent Diabetes Clinical Study Assistant - Baylor College of Medicine: Dept. of Endocrinology

August 2004 - October 2011

The TODAY! Study was a nationwide prospective, randomized trial to evaluate treatment regimens and the clinical course of type 2 diabetes in youth. Provided clinical research support; specifically, coordinated study group outings and helped organize diabetes education small groups with participants and their families.

Undergraduate Honors, Research & Activities - Rice University

August 2005 - May 2009

HONORS

  • Rice Academic Fellows Society: Fellows Emeritus Chairman
  • The President’s Honor Roll
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society
  • Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Who’s Who Among American College Students
  • The Dr. York Lancaster Scholarship – awarded to the pre-medical student with the highest science GPA at the conclusion of the undergraduate freshman year
  • National Forensics League “Distinguished Speaker” Award (2003)

RESEARCH

Dept. of Physiology – PI: David Caprette, PhD: Designed and conducted a series of studies to investigate action potential propagation parameters in response to a variety of external milieu variations. Involved in all aspects of the research process, including methodology and study design, data collection, and analysis of findings.

Dept. of Biochemistry & Cell Biology – PI: Beth Beason, PhD: Innovated and implemented protocol optimization techniques for protein purification and enzyme stabilization procedures using native and recombinant adenosine deaminase protein.

ACTIVITIES

Academic Fellows Society – Head Academic Fellow (2007-2009): The Academic Fellows Society is an honorary service organization dedicated to academic life and mentorship. Fellows are upperclassmen selected for their academic achievement (top 5%) and leadership. Fellows provide academic assistance on a regular basis through advertised review sessions, “office hours” or requested individual meetings.

Leadership RiceLeadership Rice prepares students for authentic leadership through a process that provides opportunity to translate theory into action, enables students to identify personal values and motivations, and instills reflection as discipline. Leadership Rice aims to prepare talented Rice students for leadership across the spectrum of human endeavor and to contribute to an education that, in Rice University President Leebron’s words, “equips our students…to make a distinctive impact in the world.”

Rice Student Admission Council (SAC): The Rice University Student Admission Council is a student organization that aids the Rice Admission Office in recruitment via campus tours, lunch hosting, event volunteer recruitment, hometown ambassador trips, online recruitment, and overnight hosting.

Rice Humanitarian Medical Outreach (HuMed): Humanitarian Medical Outreach is a student organization at Rice University seeking to improve international primary care, accessibility, and awareness by working in conjunction with organizations around the globe. Coordinated campus fundraising events to support summer missionary trips abroad. My volunteer work as a summer medical missionary occurred in Ghana where I served as a general medical and surgical assistant to the physician staff at the Margaret Marquart Catholic Hospital in Kpando. I also volunteered as a child attendant and caretaker at the neighboring Hardthaven HIV/AIDS Children’s Home.

Rice Student Volunteer Program (RSVP): RSVP functions as a programming board that organizes campus-wide service opportunities and awareness programming for the Rice community.

Fresh, A Capella – Co-Founder & Lead Vocalist: In co-founding an acapella group, I developed specific short-term and long-term goals, and shared my vision with our group of 8 members. To raise awareness of the group’s existence, I worked with the university’s administration to identify events where we could perform. I led weekly rehearsals, and performed lead vocals at campus-wide events throughout the school year. My involvement in the group helped me develop important leadership skills, increase my self-esteem and confidence, and work cooperatively with other members.

Academic Consultant & Private Tutor - Self-Employed

August 2007 - May 2013

I began tutoring in college, and have longitudinally worked with approximately 30 students over a period of many years. Some of my students started with me as middle or high school students, and I have been involved in their education as they have progressed to college and even medical school. Subjects that I have taught include science, math, literature, and English. For those closer to college, I have provided intensive SAT/ACT preparation, and reviewed college applications and essays. I utilize a highly individualized approach to tutoring that allows me to present material in a way that is personal and unique to each student.

Community Service - Volunteer Service Activities

August 2006 - Current

The Turner 12 – Personal & Professional Mentor (2014): helps underserved students in the southern sector of Dallas,TX become college graduates and productive citizens through educational enrichment, mentoring, community involvement and exposing students to higher learning and life-changing experiences. 

Behind Every Door Ministries – Volunteer (2014): non-profit organization with a vision to transform underserved neighborhoods by empowering individuals and families to build and sustain healthy communities. 

Disability 101 – Volunteer (2013 – 2014): nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabling medical conditions and their families, by reducing the emotional, social and vocational impact of illness. 

Paws in Prison – Community Advocate (2011 – current): program located in a Texas State Prison where select, privileged inmates live with and train rescued dogs for a twelve-week course. This program has rescued, rehabilitated, and placed over 200 dogs in permanent homes since 2007. 

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. – Volunteer (2009 – 2012): nonprofit corporation founded in 1982 as Texas’ first organization dedicated to HIV prevention education and services. 

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston – “Big Sister” Mentor (2006 – 2009): private, nonprofit organization that strives to inspire and enable all youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.Mentored youth in under-served and low-income areas of Houston. 

education

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Doctor of Medicine (MD)

2009 - 2013

Rice University - Bachelor of Arts (BA): Biochemistry & Cell Biology

2005 - 2009

Communications Arts (Magnet) High School - Distinguished Achievement Diploma

2001 - 2005

CAHS is a magnet school featuring a required core curriculum of advanced placement courses and emphasizing a strong academic humanities-based curriculum designed to employ communication arts as both framework and medium for the demonstration of knowledge. CAHS was chartered on the premise that the 21st century will demand strong communications skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking. Moreover, related skills in research, organization, problem-solving, and the mastery of technology as well as other resources are assets for many careers as well as for life in the future. Students following the standard curriculum graduate with Distinguished Achievement Diplomas (fulfillment of 24 college hours).

CAHS has been recognized by the Washington Post as one of America’s top 50 “Most Challenging High Schools” in the nation since 2011, and has been ranked #17 in Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Top Public High Schools.”

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August 15

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