Family Medicine

Meet the Program Leadership and Core Faculty

Department of Family Medicine
Associate Program Director
Grant Fowler, MD
Medical Degree: University of Texas Houston McGovern Medical School
Residency Training: University of Texas Houston Memorial Family Practice

Dr. Grant Fowler is an expert in geriatric and sports medicine, who previously served as the Vice Chair of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Fowler also served as the Residency Program Director for the University of Texas Medical School at Houston Family Practice Program. Dr. Fowler is past president of the Harris County Academy of Family Physicians and served in a national leadership position on the board of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. Dr. Fowler’s numerous honors include the 2016 Texas Academy of Family Physicians Exemplary Teaching Award, the 2017 University of Texas System Regents Outstanding Teacher Award and induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as an alumnus in 2015. In addition to his role as Department Chair, Dr. Fowler is the Academic Chair of Family Medicine for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.

Program Director
Daniel Casey, MD
Medical Degree: University of Missouri of Columbia
Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency, has been Program Director since 2005. Recently he has been involved in the P4 Initiative and Length of Training Pilot, which has led to innovations and improvements in the education of family medicine residencies. Clinical interests include rural medicine, hospital/critical care medicine, and bioethics. Dr.Casey, a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, enjoys spending time with his family, particularly coaching his three boys in football, basketball, and baseball.

Associate Program Director
Associate Program Director, Director of Tuesday Didactics
Heather L. Autry, DO
Medical Degree: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
Residency Training: John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency, John Peter Smith Sports Medicine Fellowship

There is just something special about JPS, the people that serve here every day, our wonderful residents, and our patients that you can’t find just anywhere. I am honored to be back at a program that was not only so important in my formative years, but a program that continues to push the envelope of family medicine and graduates top notch docs!

Associate Program Director, Director of Research
Richard Young, MD
Medical Degree: University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
Residency Training: John Peter Smith Hospital

I am a proud son of Fort Worth, Texas. I went to the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a chemical engineer for 2 years before going to medical school. My wife and I have been married for 35 years, we have 3 adult children, and we are enjoying our new lives as empty-nesters! I’ve been at JPS my whole post-residency career, though I worked in the JPS ER full time for 2 years and have worked in private ERs for a big chunk of my career. I wear many hats at JPS. I’m the associate program director, the research director, the recruiting director, and the biggest EBM geek on staff. I have a blog called American HealthScare and 25 of my posts have been re-posted on I wrote a book of the same name in 2012. This passion of mine is about trying to get people to realize how exorbitantly expensive U.S. healthcare is, how much waste there is, and the harmful effects of these excessive costs on our current economy and the futures of our children. I was named a CMS Innovation Advisor in 2013 and as a member of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice, received the Distinguished Paper award at the 2018 North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting.. I have had projects accepted by the NAPCRG every year for the last 15 years. When not doing the serious stuff, my escapes are golf and other outdoor activities, church activities and movies. When the weather’s bad, wine with friends.

Why JPS? I have the privilege of working for the best family medicine residency in America, which is right in my hometown. The AAFP has published research showing that places with family physicians who provide the most comprehensive services enjoy the best care at the lowest cost. That’s why I show up to work every day, to train young family physicians to go to underserved areas and provide as wide a scope of practice as possible. The whole P4 and now ACGME Length of Training experiments we have been a part of have brought innovation and excellence to our program in ways we couldn’t have imagined in 2007. I love hearing the residents’ dreams of what they want to do with their careers and doing everything I can to support that. I start each day with the full knowledge that the young family physicians we train are exactly what America needs to achieve a brighter healthcare future. That feels really good.