About Dr.Michelle Zaniewski, MD, FACP, FACE, FASLMS, CCD, CMES, ECNU
Dr. Michelle Zaniewski-Singh is a double board certified practicing Endocrinologist, author, lecturer and researcher. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with Honors.
She decided that she wanted to be a physician at the age of thirteen. She worked full time to pay for her college tuition and went to college full time. Although she majored in Molecular Biology she was accepted into medical school before completing college. She did her senior year of college concurrently with her first year of medical school and graduated from college with honors with a degree in Medical Science. She attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated in 1977 in the upper 10% of her class. She was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. At the time of her acceptance into medical school only 7% of her class was female.
She did her internship and Internal Medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. She did her fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
She started her own private practice in 1982. She was clinical faculty and taught medical students and residents for the University of Texas.
She has achieved Fellowship in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Endocrinology and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
She has been selected as one of Houston’s TopDocs by HTexas Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. She was featured in Profiles of Healthcare Distinction by Houston Modern Luxury Magazine in 2007. She has been featured by Houston Health and Fitness Magazine as “Doctor’s Choice” in 2009, 2010 and 2011. 3,000 Houston physicians were asked to name the doctors to whom they would send their family or friends. She was selected in the Endocrinology category.Throughout her career in Endocrinology Dr. Zaniewski has had many diverse interests related to Endocrinology. Her undergraduate education in Biochemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Molecular Biology has shaped her professional life and her career. Her interest in Physics led her to further her education and training in Nuclear Thyroidology and I-131 administration. Her interest in Ultrasound Physics and ultrasonography has shaped her career and enabled her to provide state of the art care to patients with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Her interest in Laser Physics has enabled her to provide optimal care to hirsuite patients with Polycystic Ovarian syndrome who are not helped by medications. Her interest in statistics has created a foundation for her to understand interpret bone density studies, medical research and drug research. Understanding biochemistry provides a basis for understanding the pathogenesis and mechanisms of Diabetes Mellitus.
Much of the future of personalized medicine lies in an understanding of Molecular Biology, individual gene activation and gene expression. These processes govern our responses to medication, susceptibility to drug side effects, immune responses, inherited genetic defects and propensity towards the development of cancer. Dr. Zaniewski has been involved in research utilizing pharmacogenetic testing for drug responses in patients with Diabetes Mellitus. She also participated in research regarding gene expression in thyroid cancer and benign thyroid nodules.
She has been involved in clinical Endocrine research since 2002. Her research interests and clinical studies have included growth hormone deficiency, hypercholesterolemia, testosterone deficiency, osteoporosis, insulin treatment of Diabetes Mellitus and the development of new oral hypoglycemic drugs for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus. Dr. Zaniewski has also been involved in gene expression research regarding molecular classifiers to distinguish between benign thyroid nodules and thyroid carcinoma.
She has received the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award for Continuing Medical Education,1980-1983, 1983-1986, 1995-1998, April 2001-2004, October 2004-2007, October 2007- October 1, 2010 and October 2010 – October 1, 2013.
She has been recognized for quality Diabetes care by the American Diabetes Association and National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Dec 6, 2000 to December 5, 2003, Dec 2003 to 2006, 2006-2009 and 2009-2012.
She was trained in Thyroid Ultrasonography by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 1998. She was certified in Nuclear Thyroidology Iodine 131 by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists 1998. She was certified in Bone Densitometry by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (Certified Clinical Densitometrist) 2002- 2007, 2007-2012. She was licensed by the State of Texas to administer I-131 treatment for hyperthyroidism and thyroid carcinoma in 2000.
She was the third physician in the US certified by the American College of Endocrinology Neck Ultrasound Certification Council fulfilling the requirements for the Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) Program December 17, 2008. Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) is a professional certification in the field of neck ultrasonography for Endocrinologists who perform consultations and diagnostic evaluations for thyroid and parathyroid disorders through both diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound- guided fine needle aspiration (UGFNA). The ECNU credential signifies that an individual has passed the Comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE) and successfully completed the Validation of Competency Process (VCP).
She was the first physician in the US to have her practice accredited in thyroid and parathyroid ultrasonography by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) on June 9, 2009. AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a peer-review process that examines practices against nationally recognized standards of excellence in training and qualifications of personnel, quality of ultrasound examinations, maintenance and calibration of machines, quality of reports, implementation of protection policies, and regular quality assurance activity. The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation. The purpose of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is to advance the art and science of ultrasound in medicine and research through educational, scientific, literary and professional activities. Very few practices or facilities in the US have achieved this level of distinction.
In addition to training medical students and physicians in Endocrinology she has lectured physicians nationally and internationally in Laser Physics and Laser Medicine for the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. She has published articles and textbook chapters in the fields of Endocrinology, Laser Medicine and Dermatology.
Dr. Zaniewski, her staff and associates provide professional, compassionate and personalized state of the art care to her patients.