W. Paul Bowman, MD, Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics

Dr. Bowman is a native of Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated from the University of Manitoba as class valedictorian before becoming a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1982, he came to what is now known as Cook Children’s Medical Center as co-director of the Hematology/Oncology Department and made Fort Worth his home. He won the Distinguished Physician Award in 2003 and was presented with the prestigious Gold Headed Cane from the Cook Children’s Physician Network. He was the first sub-specialty physician to receive the award, voted for by his peers. Dr. Bowman has served as Chair of Pediatrics at UNTHSC and Medical Director of Academic Pediatrics at Cook Children’s since 2008. His clinical and research interests include childhood cancer, leukemia, and survivorship. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology.


John Fling, MD, Professor – Allergy/Pediatrics

Dr. Fling served for twenty years in the US Air Force. His last assignment on active military   duty was director of hospital services at Carswell Air Force Base. Dr. Fling is board certified in pediatrics and allergy/immunology. His practice is limited to the care of adults and children in allergy/immunology. Dr. Fling´s main area of interest is the care and management of individuals suffering from asthma. Dr. Fling is also is involved in clinical trials and investigational studies, and he has several ‘in progress’ trials.

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John Podgore, DO, Professor – Pediatrics

Dr. Podgore is board certified in pediatrics, has a sub-board in pediatric infectious diseases, and a certificate in clinical tropical medicine and traveler´s health. Dr. Podgore is retired from the US Army with medical assignments in Vietnam, Hawaii, Washington State, and Colorado, as well as research assignments in Cairo, Egypt. In February 2004, Dr. Podgore lectured and conducted seminars in Baghdad, Iraq to re-establish the Iraq Medical Society and subsequently presented seminars in Kurdistan and Basra, Iraq. He spent a year in Malawi, Africa as a fellow in the CDC Global AIDS Project, and currently serves as a mentor for the UNTHSC global medicine program in Malawi.


Toyya Goodrich, DO, Assistant Professor – Pediatrics

Dr. Goodrich is a Texas native. She grew up in the small town of Nederland, Texas, and serves as assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the UNTHSC. Prior to joining the health science center, Dr. Goodrich served as a pediatric resident at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children´s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. While there, she supervised the patient care of infants, children and teenagers in every medical specialty, working nights and weekends on-call in the neonatal and pediatric ICUs, supervising and teaching interns and medical students, and participating in her own continuity care clinic. In addition, she participated in Angel Flight Transport for the pediatric ICU, transporting and managing critically ill children.


Nusrath Habiba, MD, Assistant Professor – Pediatrics

Dr. Habiba graduated from medical school in India. After completing her compulsory rotatory internship, she started her own family practice in Chennai, India in 1982…concentrating mainly on women and children. She remained in practice until 1999 when she immigrated to the USA. After moving, she worked in the nephrology division of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her research focus centered on skin micro dialysis, tissue renin angiotensin system in normal and diabetics, and kidney involvement in diabetes. Dr. Habiba did her residency in pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Science Center at Amarillo from 2005 until 2008. She was the chief resident for one year during her third year residency. She joined as full-time faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at UNTHSC in 2008. She is board certified in pediatrics.


Huong Pham, PA-C, Assistant Professor – Pediatrics

PA Pham is from Arlington, Texas.  She obtained her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2014.  She has worked as a Physician Assistant in urgent care, wellness, and sleep medicine.   She joined the Department of Pediatrics at UNTHSC in 2016.  She enjoyed working with children, spending times with families, and travelling.


Sarah Matches, DO, Assistant Professor – Pediatrics

Dr. Matches was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at UNTHSC. Dr. Matches has been a member of the faculty at the health science center since completing her training in 1994. She has chosen to work part-time so that she may spend a significant amount of time with her family, which includes two boys. Her husband, Dr. Alvin Mathe, is also with the health science center in the geriatrics division of the department of internal medicine.


Raheela Hafeez, MD, Assistant Professor – Pediatrics

Raheela Hafeez, MD is Assistant Professor in the department of Pediatrics at UNTHSC. She is a board certified pediatrician. Dr. Hafeez graduated from DUHS (Dow University of Health Sciences) in Karachi, Pakistan. She was trained in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology. She was in private practice working as a pediatrician, and practicing women’s health before she moved to the USA in 1992. In the USA, Dr. Hafeez completed her pediatric residency training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She moved with her family to Texas in 1998, first to El Paso and then to Fort Worth in 2001, which she claims as her home town. Dr. Hafeez was in private practice and worked part-time before joining the University of North Texas at Fort Worth in 2008. She chose to practice part-time in order to balance her professional and family life. Her husband is a nephrologist in private practice in Fort Worth. She has two beautiful daughters.

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Christina E. Castleberry Robinson, MD, Assistant Professor – Pediatrics

She is a native of Fort Worth. She hails from the Stop Six Community and was a member of the high stepping Dunbar Wildcat Marching Band. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Austin College in Sherman, TX where her awareness of racial disparities in healthcare was heightened. She completed her medical education at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX and Pediatric Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has returned home to Fort Worth to fulfill her passions for medicine and service. She is the mother of one son and wife of a loving husband who serves as Youth Pastor for their church.

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Lawrence Swanson, MD, – Assistant Professor – Pediatrics

Dr. Lawrence Swanson is a Pediatric Endocrinologist who splits his clinical time between UNT Health and Cook Children’s Hospital. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. He then completed his fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Swanson also holds a Master of Public Health degree from The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In addition to practicing Pediatric Endocrinology, he is a board member for FitWorth, a city-wide public health initiative focusing on childhood obesity. Dr. Swanson is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, which is where he met his wife, a native Texan, before moving to the area.



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