An Online Wellness Magazine produced by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

About HealthLEADER

Read your way to your best health, your best self.

Welcome to HealthLEADER, an award-winning online magazine produced by the Office of Public Affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

HealthLEADER brings the latest, most reliable news and information to the general public to help people make better decisions about their personal health.

On the HealthLEADER website you’ll find:

  • Our most recent feature stories and health tips with related links, sidebars and source information
  • A searchable archive of our stories
  • Easy-to-find links to all of our health services, schools and centers

With one click, you can even make an appointment to see one of our physicians or other health care providers.

UTHealth boasts more than 1,000 “health leaders” as its sources — clinicians and faculty members who are experts in medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, bioinformatics and biomedical science. All information is peer reviewed and approved before it goes to publication.

New stories are emailed directly to our subscribers. Subscription is free — just go to our secure Subscribe section and type in your email address. We proudly carry the HONcode (Health on the Net) Seal of Approval.

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HealthLEADER’s mission is to inform you about cutting-edge research, clinical breakthroughs and lifestyle improvements that can serve your healthcare needs. This site is intended to provide general information only and is not intended to substitute for or be used as medical advice regarding any individual or treatment for any specific disease or condition. If you have questions regarding your or anyone else’s health, medical care, or the diagnosis or treatment of a specific disease or condition, please consult with your personal health care provider.  The website is funded by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).This website does not host any form of advertisement. All health professionals who participated in the creation of the content on this website are required to declare any and all potential conflicts of interest with commercial organizations.

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Meet the Staff


Andy HegerAndy Heger is the editor-in-chief of HealthLEADER. He joined the Office of Public Affairs at UTHealth in August 2011. In addition to his work with HealthLEADER, Andy provides editorial content for university publications and social media and works with video production/editing and media relations for the university.

His background includes more than 10 years of experience in fields such as news reporting/editing, film/video production, marketing/advertising, grant writing and special events planning.

Please feel free to email Andy with suggestions, comments on stories or to request additional information on health issues.

Web Designer

Sophia SolisSophia Solis is an experienced web designer who began her career in web development shortly after joining the university in 1994. She is responsible for HealthLEADER’s eye-catching layout and design and content management. Under her watch, HealthLEADER received the national “e-Healthcare Award” for overall excellence and The Web Marketing Association's Web award for outstanding achievement in website development.

Sophia is the designer behind the sleek “look” of several other websites and publications at UTHealth. She also maintains both the content and design of several hundred of our institution’s web pages.

Graphic Designer

Lauren LamanAs HealthLEADER’s graphic designer, Lauren Laman is responsible for the creation of all art and graphic pieces for the publication and in its promotion. At UTHealth, Lauren develops concepts and designs for brochures, invitations and other collateral materials for the university’s development and marketing efforts and event materials.

Lauren came to UTHealth after working as a graphic designer in the Community Relations office of Lamar Consolidated Independent School District in Rosenberg, Texas. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas