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    TB and Hansen's Disease Branch

    MC 1939
    P.O. Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78756-9347

    Fax: 512-533-3167

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DSHS-Recognized Tuberculosis Medical Consultants

Barbara J. Seaworth, M.D., F.I.S.D.A., F.A.C.P.
Dr. Barbara Seaworth is the Medical Director for the Heartland National Tuberculosis Center in San Antonio, Texas. Heartland is one of five CDC-sponsored centers devoted to education and medical consultation for health professionals treating patients with tuberculosis. She is board certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine and is an expert in treating tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. She also serves as the Co-Medical Director for San Antonio Metropolitan Health District TB Clinic, is a Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center, Tyler, the Current President of the National Society of TB Clinicians 2014-2015 and is a member of the Community Research Advisory Group Fellow of Infectious Disease Society of America.

Contact Information:          
Phone: (210) 531-4541
Fax: (210) 531-4500

David Griffith, M.D.
Dr. Griffith joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCT) in 1985.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.  Dr. Griffith is currently a Professor of Medicine and Interim Director of the Pulmonary Division in the Department of Medicine.  He is also the Director of Tuberculosis Services at UTHSCT and the Medical Director for the Texas Center for Infectious Disease (TCID) in San Antonio, TX.  Dr. Griffith is the Assistant Medical Director for the Heartland National Tuberculosis Center, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Dr. Griffith holds the William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Distinguished Professorship in Comprehensive Heart and Lung Disease at UTHSCT. He has authored or coauthored more than 120 publications (original research papers, reviews, book chapters, editorials) related primarily to nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases.  He participated in writing the 1997 American Thoracic Society (ATS) Statement on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases and is currently the Chairman of the Writing Committee for the 2006 ATS/CDC/IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) Statement on the Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Diseases.  Dr. Griffith also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Information and Research Foundation.

Contact Information:
Phone: 903-877-7267
Fax: 903-877-5566


Pediatric Medical Consultants

Jeffrey R. Starke, M.D.
Dr. Starke is an internationally recognized expert in the management of childhood tuberculosis and mycobacteria infections. He has served as the Director of the Children’s Tuberculosis Clinic for almost 30 years. He has participated in the writing of numerous clinical guidelines for the City of Houston, State of Texas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Thoracic Society, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the World Health Organization. He has conducted and published research studies on various aspects of the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood tuberculosis, and has delivered his findings in hundreds of regional, national and international talks, as well as over 100 papers and 30 chapters. He also attends on the infectious disease service at Texas Children’s Hospital, and has served as the TCH Infection Control Officer for over 20 years. Dr. Starke also is active in medical education and has won several department and college-wide teaching awards.

Contact Information:
Phone: 832-824-4330
Fax: 832-825-4347

Lisa Y. Armitige, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa Armitige is a medical consultant at the Heartland National TB Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Armitige is also an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Tyler as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UT Medical School at Houston. She received her BA in Biochemistry from Rice University, and was the 50th graduate of the UT-Houston MD/PhD Program. Dr. Armitige completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UT-Houston and served on the faculty there for 5 years. Before joining Heartland, Dr. Armitige treated HIV patients at Thomas Street Clinic and tuberculosis patients in a county hospital, both in the Harris County Hospital District, Houston, Texas. She currently cares for TB patients at the San Antonio Metro Health District in San Antonio, Texas.

Contact Information
Phone: (210) 531-4548
Fax: (210) 531-4500



Last updated September 18, 2017