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Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is the Greater Houston area's premier multispecialty physician group. More than 450 physicians in over 50 medical specialties practice accountable, coordinated care at 28​ locations throughout the area. Kelsey-Seybold was founded in 1949 by Mayo Clinic-trained physician Mavis Kelsey, M.D. Kelsey-Seybold is known for quality healthcare and in 2012, was the first medical organization in the United States accredited as an "Accountable Care Organization" by the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Kelsey-Seybold also owns and operates "Kelsey-Care Advantage," a Medicare Advantage plan which has received 5 stars for five years in a row by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  

For more than half a century, the Kelsey-Seybold name has been synonymous with multispecialty medical care in Houston. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic was founded in 1949 by Mavis P. Kelsey, M.D., with the purpose of combining primary and specialty medical services in one location in Houston. A native Texan, Dr. Kelsey returned to Texas after practicing at the esteemed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he experienced working in a multispecialty group practice firsthand. He leased space in the Hermann Professional Building in the newly emerging Texas Medical Center (TMC) and set up his practice. Over the next two years, he welcomed two of his Mayo colleagues to Houston, Dr. William D. Seybold, a surgeon, and Dr. William V. Leary, an internist, to what became the Kelsey-Leary-Seybold Clinic.

Dr. Kelsey's brother, John R. Kelsey, Jr., M.D., another Mayo-trained physician and a specialist in Gastroenterology, joined the practice in 1953.

On Dec. 15, 1956, the Kelsey Research Foundation was established to provide scholarships and financial support for research. Today, the Foundation is involved in a variety of research projects with universities, pharmaceutical companies, government bodies and hospitals in the TMC. Research areas include cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Obstetrics.

During the 1960s, the Clinic added more specialists and departments, including Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Dermatology, Urology and Ophthalmology. In 1964, the Clinic moved into new facilities at 6624 Fannin St., now the site of the O'Quinn Medical Tower at St. Luke's. Dr. Leary joined the staff of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1965 and the Clinic's name was changed to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

In 1971, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic opened its first satellite clinic in Tanglewood at a time when it was unusual for Medical Center-based groups to deliver care outside of the Texas Medical Center.

Dr. William Seybold retired in 1979 and died in 2004 at age 89.

Without question, Dr. Mavis Kelsey was among Houston's most influential physicians. He led Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in the development of branch clinics, prepaid medical care and Occupational Medicine. He initiated and directed the Clinic's relationship with NASA, which led to other larger scale patient groups. He pioneered nuclear medicine, the use of paramedical personnel and electronic patient records. He performed early research on the clinical use of radioisotopes, publishing some 50 medical articles and is known as the first endocrinologist to administer radioiodine therapy to a patient in Houston in 1949. He retired in 1986, devoting himself to his family, writing more than a dozen books on art, history, genealogy and travel, and engaging in numerous philanthropic activities. He was a keen observer, a critical thinker, a visionary leader and a life-long scholar. When he died Nov. 12, 2013 at age 101, he left a legacy of coordinated, evidence-based healthcare that continues at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic today.

Dr. Kelsey was succeeded as Chairman of the Kelsey-Seybold Board of Directors by Stanton Fischer, M.D., from 1979-1983. He pioneered managed care in 1982, successfully steered Kelsey-Seybold through a national recession and oil bust, established the Clinic's Internal Medicine and Family Medicine departments, and helped conduct a landmark study on Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange. He also had an outstanding career teaching medical students, interns and residents as a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and as chief of Pulmonary Medicine at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. Dr. Fischer died Aug. 13, 2016.

Dr. Fischer was succeeded as Chairman by James W. Kemper, M.D., who served as Chairman from 1983-1994. A medical pioneer who came to Houston as the city's first full-time specialist in Rheumatology, Dr. Kemper led the clinic during a tough economic time. It was during his tenure that the Clinic's flagship Main Campus was built at 2727 W. Holcombe Blvd. near the TMC.

In 1978, J. Michael Condit, M.D. joined Kelsey-Seybold. He later succeeded Dr. Kemper and served as Chairman from 1994-2001. Dr. Condit was succeeded by Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., in 2001.

Dr. Berthelsen led Kelsey-Seybold for 15 years as Chairman. His vision and ability to anticipate and navigate the future of healthcare has positioned Kelsey-Seybold for success. As Chairman, he championed tort reform to improve access to quality care, fearlessly advanced an electronic medical record system and started a Hospitalist group that changed hospitalized patient care. In 2007, KelseyCare powered by Cigna was launched as an accountable care health benefits plan. In 2008, KelseyCare Advantage was launched for seniors as a Medicare Advantage plan. In 2009, Dr. Berthelsen led the successful buyback of Kelsey-Seybold from St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. In 2012, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic was first in the nation to earn NCQA designation as an Accountable Care Organization. In 2012, 16 Kelsey-Seybold locations were named Level 3 Medical Homes by the NCQA. In 2014, a $30 million Main Campus expansion added a state-of-the-art Radiation Center to the nationally accredited Kelsey-Seybold Cancer Center.

Tony Lin, M.D., F.H.M., took over as Chairman in 2016 as part of a planned transition. Dr. Berthelsen retained the role of Managing Director until his retirement on March 10, 2017. Dr. Lin, who grew up in Houston, joined Kelsey-Seybold in 1993. Dr. Lin held many leadership positions within the organization before being elected Chairman – including the development of Kelsey-Seybold's Hospitalist Program. His vision is to continue fostering an environment and culture that embraces innovation for the benefit of Kelsey-Seybold patients, physicians and employees.

Affiliation with NASA
Throughout the Clinic's long association with NASA, it contributed medical support services to the Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and Space Shuttle programs. Additionally, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic provided Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health services at many NASA research and medical facilities.  

Kelsey-Seybold currently supports NASA personnel and NASA contractors with medical care for astronauts and staff assigned to the International Space Station in Moscow, Russia, including launch and landing operations in southern Kazakhstan.

Patients served
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic delivers more than 1.2 million patient visits per year. 500,000 patients choose a Kelsey-Seybold primary care physician. Many patients come to Kelsey-Seybold through a KelseyCare benefit plan offered through their employer, a health plan offered on the exchange in partnership with Community Health Choice – KelseyCare powered by Community Health Choice – or a Medicare Advantage plan called KelseyCare Advantage.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic partners with major insurance carriers (Cigna, Aetna, UnitedHealthcare) to offer the KelseyCare plan to companies, some with as few as two or more employees. KelseyCare offers innovative network health plans to employers and Medicare-eligible enrollees, designed to improve the quality of care delivered while delivering a total lower medical cost (as compared to other plans offered).

Kelsey-Seybold patients have convenient access to 28 multispecialty clinics and a Sleep Center in the Greater Houston area. These include:

​​​Current Leadership

Tony Lin, M.D., F.H.M., Chairman of the Board of Managers and Managing Director

James Hoyle, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.S.A.H.M., Medical Director of Clinical Operations

Patrick Carter, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.F.P., Medical Director for Care Coordination and Quality Improvement and Chief of Family Medicine

John Hughes, M.D., F.A.C.P., Associate Medical Director of Clinical Academic Affairs and Affiliations

Robert Dickinson, M.D., D.A.B.I.M., Medical Director for Executive Health and Wellness

Glenn Landon, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., Associate Medical Director for Specialty Care, Chief of Orthopedics

Rupesh Nigam, M.D. , Associate Medical Director of Hospital Services

Donnie Aga, M.D., Medical Director for Healthcare Innovation

View the complete list of leadership at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Main Campus, nationally accredited by the NCQA, is the flagship clinic location and headquarters of the organization. Main Campus is a four story, 315,000 square-foot-building with both primary and specialty care doctors as well as an on-site pharmacy, laboratory and imaging center. Some of the specialty services offered here include:

  • Over 163 doctors in 50 specialties
  • Cancer Center Services from the first freestanding cancer program with national accreditation with multiple commendations by the American College of Surgeons. The Cancer Center includes the Breast Diagnostic Center, which does minimally invasive breast biopsies and uses the latest in diagnostic tools such as 3-D mammography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The Cancer Center provides patients with genetic testing for breast, ovarian and colon cancer
    • Infusion Center Services, including chemotherapy; injectable anticoagulants; intravenous administration of medications; ambulatory pumps; iron infusions; IVIG-immune globulin (gamma globulin); therapeutic phlebotomies; Remicade and other biotherapy treatments
    • Radiation Therapy/Radiosurgery has the Varian TrueBeam™ and Varian Edge™ for faster, more precise radiation imaging and treatment systems for hard-to-reach tumors or cancer-affected areas. The TrueBeam and the Edge are used for common to complex cancer treatments. The Edge has radiosurgery as an added capability
  • Ambulatory Surgery Center Services, which provides same-day surgical services for a number of medical specialties, including Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT), Ophthalmology (eye surgery), Gastroenterology (liver biopsy, endoscopy, colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy), General Surgery, including minimally invasive gallbladder removal, Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry surgery and Urology. The 15 procedure rooms at Kelsey-Seybold's Ambulatory Surgery Center makes it the largest free-standing ASC in Texas
  • Imaging services offered at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic include CT, DEXA, Diagnostic Radiography, Long Length Imaging, Fluroscopy, Mammography (Digital), Mammography Tomo (3D), MIR, Nuclear Medicine, PET CT, Stereotactic Needle Biopsy, Ultrasound, Echocardiograms, EKG, Vascular Ultrasound, Treadmill Testing and Holter Monitoring

Executive Health
A personalized executive health exam starts with a thorough executive physical. The Kelsey-Seybold Executive Health Assessment provides busy executives these exclusive benefits:

  • A personal concierge, available 24/7, to assist with patient needs
  • An elegant, private and relaxing environment in its beautifully appointed Mavis and Mary Kelsey Suite at our Main Campus near the Texas Medical Center or at the Center for Corporate and Executive Health at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – The Woodlands
  • The latest in clinical imaging and diagnostic testing
  • An hour of uninterrupted, one-on-one time with a physician to focus exclusively on the patient
  • Enrollment in MyKelseyOnline, a secure and confidential online portal that instantly connects patients to portions of their medical record and most test results
  • Free parking as well as complimentary valet service at our Main Campus

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic offers cosmetic and Plastic Surgery options to patients. These include:

  • Body Contouring including liposuction, tummy tuck and body shaping after weight loss
  • Facial rejuvenation including ear pinning and ear reshaping, eyelid surgery, facelifts, brow/forehead lift and nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • Breast surgery including breast lift, breast lift with implants, breast reduction, breast reconstruction and male breast reduction for gynecomastia
  • Skincare services including Botox®/facial rejuvenation, chemical peels and injectable fillers
  • Reconstructive procedures including breast reconstruction, skin cancer surgery, hand surgery and scar revision

Premier Partner Hospitals
Kelsey-Seybold has long-term relationships with such premier hospitals as:

  • CHI St. Luke's Health System, including Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center; St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital; St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital; and St. Luke's Patients Medical Center
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • HCA The Woman's Hospital of Texas
  • Houston Methodist Hospital System hospitals in Sugar Land and Willowbrook
  • HCA Clear Lake Regional Hospital

Administrative Office – Pearland, TX
In August 2013, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic opened its newly built, four-story administrative building, consolidating all 850 support staff personnel at one location in Pearland's master planned community, Shadow Creek Ranch. Support staff departments located at the Pearland Administrative Office Building include: Human Resources, call center, Business Development/Marketing, disease management, accounting, etc. as well as dedicated space for the employees of KelseyCare Advantage, a 5-star rated Medicare Advantage plan.​


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