Howard Brown Health Announces Changes to Its Clinical Leadership Structure

Drs. Gibbons and Green Promoted to Newly Created Regional Clinical Director Roles

(Dec. 18, 2018) — Howard Brown Health today announces changes to its medical leadership structure in response to growth across its citywide network. With 10 clinical locations across the city – and an eleventh location opening in Humboldt Park in 2019 – Howard Brown has added to its clinical leadership to further support and strengthen its commitment to its 35,000 patients.

Under the new structure, Site Medical Directors will now report to Maya Green, MD, MPH or Patrick Gibbons, DO. As Regional Clinical Directors, Drs. Gibbons and Green will support Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Magda Houlberg in managing Howard Brown’s expanding citywide practice.

Dr. Green is a proud south side Chicagoan who formerly served as an educator in the private and public school sectors. After obtaining a dual degree (MD/MPH) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Green completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Miami and a specialty fellowship in HIV medicine at Rush University Medical Center. She has served as the site medical director for Howard Brown Health 63rd St. and Thresholds South since the clinics opened in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Dr. Green will oversee clinical leadership at Howard Health’s 55th St., 63rd St., La Casa Norte, Thresholds South, and Diversey clinics.

Dr. Gibbons, a physician in family medicine, came to Howard Brown in September 2013 after completing his residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and his bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio. During his tenure at Howard Brown, he has served as a provider and site medical director at Howard Brown’s Halsted clinic. Dr. Gibbons will oversee the clinical leadership at the Broadway Youth Center, Clark, Halsted, Sheridan, and TPAN clinics.

In addition to the promotion of Dr. Green and Dr. Gibbons, Howard Brown has created a new position. Dr. Cori Blum, former site medical director at Howard Brown Health Sheridan and Broadway Youth Center, is now the organization’s first Medical Director-New Initiatives. In this position, Dr. Blum will oversee and support medical providers in the delivery of family planning, anal health, family medicine, and other initiatives designed to expand the range of medical specialties offered by Howard Brown.

Howard Brown’s clinical leadership group will now be comprised of:

  • Magda Houlberg, MD, will remain Chief Clinical Officer
  • Maya Green, MD MPH, will be the Regional Medical Director for 63rd ,55 th St., La Casa Norte, Thresholds South, and Diversey clinics
  • Patrick Gibbons, DO, will be the Regional Medical Director for Clark, Halsted, Sheridan, Broadway Youth Center, and TPAN clinics
  • Abbey Baus, NP, will be the Medical Director for Halsted clinic
  • Michelle Evers, CNP, will be the Medical Director for Sheridan clinic
  • Zyra Gordon-Smith, DNP, will be the Medical Director for 63rd St. clinic
  • Mateo Betanzos, NP, will be the Clinical Lead for Howard Brown Health at Thresholds South
  • Kaiyti Duffy, MD, MPH, will be the Clinical Lead at Broadway Youth Center
  • Jenna Wimmer, ARNP-C, will be the Clinical Lead for Howard Brown Health at TPAN
  • Wen-ho Yang, MD, will be the Clinical Lead for Howard Brown Health at La Casa Norte (opening in 2019)
  • Todd Hargan, M.D, will remain the Medical Director for our Diversey clinic
  • John Schneider, MD MPH, will remain Medical Director for 55th St. clinic
  • Al Torrence, MD, will remain Medical Director for Clark clinic
  • Cori Blum, MD, will be the new Medical Director-New Initiatives

Deep commitment to Sexual Health Continues

As part of this restructuring, Sexual Health Walk-in at the Sheridan and Clark clinics have been moved under the leadership of site clinical leadership.  This move reflects the reality that most sexual health services (HIV/STI screening and prevention, family planning, etc.) are performed by clinicians who see patients via Sexual Health Walk-in in addition to the primary care setting or during scheduled appointments.  At Howard Brown Health 63rd Street and BYC Sexual Health services have been under clinical leadership since their inception.   The outreach team will continue to provide sexual health services at sites throughout the city such as bath houses, events, summer festivals, etc., reaching thousands of Chicagoans who do not visit a medical provider and would not otherwise receive care.

“We’re thrilled to modernize our medical leadership and clinical structure. The new positions and opportunities for growth will diversify our clinical teams and bring newer voices to the leadership table,” said Dr. Houlberg.

“Howard Brown continues to refine its model to provide the best possible care to its community,” stated CEO David Ernesto Munar.  “I am proud of the changes that will allow us to continue to strengthen our services to consumers.”

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 35,000 people each year. Howard Brown’s 10 clinics span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park. For more information, visit

Media Inquiries:

Casey Callich, Communications Manager, Howard Brown Health ; (cell) 312.439.8095


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