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A Team Approach to Your Care

Patients with serious and chronic illnesses may live longer and enjoy a higher quality of life during and after treatment by the Kelsey-Seybold Palliative Care team. The team, under the direction of Managing Physician Rupesh Nigam, MD, works together with a patient's other doctors to help provide comprehensive care. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness, even if a cure is likely.

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Rupesh Nigam, MD

Rupesh Nigam, MD, is board-certified in Internal Medicine. He’s Managing Physician of Supportive Medicine, Associate Medical Director of Hospital Services and a Kelsey-Seybold hospitalist. He sees patients at Pearland Clinic and at the St. Luke’s Medical Tower.

Dr. Nigam graduated from the Armed Forces Medical College of the University of Pune in India. After graduation, he completed medical residency in India prior to his arrival to the United States. Dr. Nigam spent close to 10 years in basic science and translational research at Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He then continued medical training at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to complete a residency in Internal Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Nigam joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2011.

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Debra Gummelt, DO

Dr. Debra Gummelt is a board-certified Family Medicine physician with added certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She sees patients at The Woodlands Clinic and our North Houston Campus (Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center).

Dr. Gummelt earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 1995 and completed the Family Practice Residency Program at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Conroe, Texas, in 1998. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold, Dr. Gummelt served as a chief medical officer at Harbor Hospice in Houston, Texas. She’s a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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