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Pat Patton Interviews
Interview with Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
from the Archives
Saturday, April 12, 2003

photos by Lynda GuidryMy guest is Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Houston City Council Member At Large, Position 3, and the theme of this interview is “Women of Excellence”.  Listen

When Shelley was sworn in as a Houston City Council Member At Large, Position 3 in January 2002, she became the first physician ever to be elected to the Houston City Council.  She also has a television show called the “Heartbeat of Houston” that airs on the Municipal Channel.  She received her undergraduate degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  With completed residencies in family practice at the University of Florida and in dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Sekula-Gibbs has maintained a private practice in dermatology and dermatological surgery from her office in the Clear Lake area since 1985.

With the building of “A Healthy Houston” as the cornerstone of her public service efforts, Shelley is working towards improvement in Houston’s public health, ambulance service, public safety, transportation, air and water quality, and infrastructure concerns.  She restored $1.5 million in funding to the Department of Health and Human Services efforts directed to attaining more Federally Qualified Health Care Centers.  Additionally, she has worked toward funding an Alternative Non-emergency Patient Transport Pilot program.  She was appointed to serve as the Mayor’s liaison to the Harris County Community Access Collaborative Gateway to Care, and currently serves as the Chair for the Executive Committee for the Harris County Community Access Collaborative. 

Shelley’s “Heartbeat of Houston” television show airs on the Municipal Channel - Channel 16 or 18 depending on your cable service.  Each month will feature a new show.  “Heartbeat of Houston” can be seen every Monday at the following times:  1:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.

As the first physician ever to be elected to the Houston City Council, Shelley is excited about her opportunities to make a real difference in health care, and her public service goals.  Shelley’s belief in education, her success in combining her dermatology practice and dermatological surgery with the demands of being a Houston City Council Member At Large, and her enthusiasm for working closely with different communities to accomplish her goals, make her an outstanding choice for this “Women of Excellence” interview.

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