Program Leadership


The Houston team has been coordinating the VAQS program since 2015.
The center coordinates the development, implementation, and evaluation of the program.

Director, VA Quality Scholars

Aanand Naik 2

Aanand Naik, MD

Director, VA Quality Scholars

(713) 794-8541

Associate Directors

Jane Anderson 3
Godwin, Kyler
Sylvia Hysong 4
Woodard 1

Jane Anderson, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Associate Director for Nurse Scholars, VA Quality Scholars

(713) 794-8079

Kyler Godwin, PhD

Associate Director for Curriculum and Program Operations, VA Quality Scholars

(713) 440-4672

Sylvia Hysong, PhD

Associate Director for Evaluation, VA Quality Scholars

(713) 440-4444

LeChauncy Woodard, MD, MPH

Associate Director for Physcian Scholars, VA Quality Scholars

(713) 440-4441


Diana Stewart

                                                 Molly Horstman, MD, MS

                                                  Curriculum Development


            Diana Stewart, MD, MBA

                          Curriculum Development




Joshua Conwell

Program Coordinator – Education

Educational Leadership Fellows

Srikar Mapakshi

               Srikar Mapakshi, MD


Education Fellowship Alumni

2017 Alumni

Jen Bryan 3

Jennifer Bryan, PhD


Isabelle is my boss

 Isabelle Kusters, PhD, MPH


Isabelle Kusters, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences at the University of Houston Clear Lake, and a Health Policy Scholar at the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy.  Dr. Kusters’ current research focuses on health insurance coverage and access to cancer screening services for immigrant populations. She is also interested in the ways in which translation and interpretation services affect access to, and quality of, care for limited English proficient patients.  Dr. Kusters completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.   She earned her graduate degrees at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and an undergraduate diploma from the University of Texas at Austin. 

2016 Alumni

Jess Uriarte 3

Jessica Uriarte, DrPH, MPH