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Matxalen Amezaga Urruela, MD

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Matxalen Amezaga Urruela, MD, completed her medical degree at University of Central Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela in 2004. She went on to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Griffin Hospital – Yale University School of Medicine in Derby, Connecticut in 2011. Following her residency, she completed her Rheumatology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 2013. Dr. Urruela is double board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

She joined our team of Kelsey-Seybold specialist physicians as a rheumatologist in July 2023. Her clinical interests in Rheumatology are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), and gout.

Awards & Publications

Awards

  • Living the Promise Award, Lee Health, 2020
  • Chairman's Award, Griffin Hospital, 2011
  • Resident of the Year, Griffin Hospital, 2011
  • Chairman's Award, Griffin Hospital, 2010
  • "Manuel Corachán Garcia" Best Scientific Poster: Temporal Vascular Shunt in severely injured patient. Venezuelan Surgical Society. Caracas, Venezuela, 2006

Publications

  • "Rituximab for rheumatoid arthritis " Lopez-Olivo, M. A., Amezaga Urruela, M., Mcgahan, L., Pollono, E. N. & Suarez-Almazor, M. E., Jan 20 2015, In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017, 6, CD007356.
  • “Use of a computerized order set to increase prescription of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in patients receiving glucocorticoids”. Minna J Kohler 1, Matxalen Amezaga, James Drozd, Susan T Crowley, Barbara Gulanski, Daren R Anderson, Liana Fraenkel. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jun;28(6):825-9. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2360-1. Epub 2013 Feb 13.
  • “Acupuncture in the treatment of rheumatic diseases”. Urruela M.A., Suarez-Almazor M.E. (2012) Current Rheumatology Reports, 14 (6) , pp. 589-597.
  • “Lipid paradox in rheumatoid arthritis: Changes with rheumatoid arthritis therapies”. Urruela M.A., Suarez-Almazor M.E. (2012), Current Rheumatology Reports, 14 (5), pp. 428-437.
  • “Improving Adherence to Glucocorticoid Induced Osteoporosis Guidelines”. Kohler M, Amezaga M, Drozd J, Crowley S, Gulanski B, Anderson D, Fraenkel L. Oral presentation. ACR meeting, Chicago, 2011.
  • “Improving Adherence to Glucocorticoid Induced Osteoporosis Guidelines”. Kohler M, Amezaga M, Drozd J, Crowley S, Gulanski B, Anderson D, Fraenkel L. Poster. ACR meeting, FIT Program, Chicago, 2011.
  • "A Case of tuberculosis exploring the risk factors." Poster. ACP Connecticut Chapter Meeting, October 2009.
  • "Temporal Vascular Shunt in severely injured patients." Poster. Zulia, Venezuela. XXVIII Congreso Venezolano de Cirugía y II Congreso Internacional de Cirugía, March 2006.
  • "Diabetic Retinopathy Revision." Peer Reviewed Journals. Caracas. Venezuela. Revista Archivos del Hospital Vargas, 2004, 4691-4: 7-21.
  • "Cholecystocolonic fistula. Case Report." Case Report. Caracas. Venezuela. LXI Jornada Capitular de Cirugía, November 2004.

Hobbies & Interests

In her spare time, Dr. Urrela enjoys reading and performing outdoor activities with her family and pets.

Medical School

  • Central University of Venezuela – School of Medicine, Jose Maria Vargas – Caracas, Venezuela, 1998 – 2004

Internship/Residency

  • Residency in Internal Medicine at Griffin Hospital – Yale University School of Medicine in Derby, Connecticut in 2008 – 2011.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Dr. Urruela is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association.

Locations

Kingwood Clinic

25553 U.S. Highway 59,
Porter, TX 77365

Get Directions 713-442-2100

Summer Creek Clinic

8233 N. Sam Houston Parkway E.,
Humble, TX 77396

Get Directions 713-442-2000

The Woodlands Clinic

106 Vision Park Blvd.,
Shenandoah, TX 77384

Get Directions 713-442-1800

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Luke's Health - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

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