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Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate

Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate

740 Gulfgate Mall Houston, Texas 77087

Tel: 713-514-8060
Monday - Thursday 8 am to 8 pm; Friday 8 am - 5 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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If you have a MyChart account, you may schedule well check up appointments directly, or you can request an appointment online.

Jamil Joyner M.D., F.A.A.P.

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 2005, Baylor College of Medicine
  • B.A. 2001, Rice University

Residency or Fellowship

  • Pediatrics 2008, Baylor College of Medicine

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • Member, A.A.P.

Special Interest(s)

  • Healthy eating
  • Keeping fit
  • Teenagers
  • Tweens

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Appointment Schedule

Monday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Appointments call 713-514-8060

Susan Khandelwal M.D., FAAP

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 1999, Texas Tech School of Medicine
  • B.A. 1995, The University of Texas at Austin

Residency or Fellowship

  • 2003, Georgetown University - Pediatrics

Board Certification(s)

  • Pediatrics

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Special Interest(s)

  • Obesity
  • Teenagers

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Appointment Schedule

Monday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Appointments call 713-514-8060

Jamie Varughese M.D., FAAP

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 2001-2005, Baylor College of Medicine
  • B.S. 1997-2001, Houston Baptist University

Residency or Fellowship

  • Pediatrics 2005-08
  • Adolescent Medicine Fellowship 2008-11

Board Certification(s)

  • Pediatrics

Employed at Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Since 2011

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

Special Interest(s)

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Fitness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Obesity
  • Teenagers

Languages Spoken

  • English

Appointment Schedule

Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:

Appointments call 713-514-8060

Christine E. Casas M.D., F.A.A.P.

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 2009, Baylor College of Medicine
  • B.S. 2004, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Residency or Fellowship

  • 2009-2012, Baloyr Affiliated Hospitals

Board Certification(s)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Employed at Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Since 2013

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Special Interest(s)

  • Fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Obesity
  • Anemia

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

About Christine E. Casas

I am from San Antonio and enjoy writing, reading and cooking. I recommend reading "How Doctors Think" by Dr. Jerome Groopman. It helps explain the way doctors approach patients and families and encourages patients and families to find doctors who fit with their personalities.

Appointment Schedule

Monday: 8:30 am - 4 pm
Tuesday:
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4 pm
Thursday:
Friday: 8:30 am - 4 pm

Appointments call (713) 514-8060

Sandra R. Cohan M.D., FAAP

Degree(s)

  • M.D. 2007, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • B.S. 2002, Georgia Institute of Technology

Residency or Fellowship

  • 2007-2010, Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatrics

Board Certification(s)

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Employed at Texas Children's Pediatrics

  • Since 2014

Hospital Affiliation(s)

  • Texas Children's Hospital

Professional Organization Affiliation(s)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Texas Pediatric Society

Special Interest(s)

  • Acne
  • Behavior
  • Infants/newborns
  • Teenagers

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Appointment Schedule

Monday:
Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Appointments call 713-514-8060

I am originally from New Jersey. I enjoy playing soccer and knitting. My love of science and passion for working with people, especially children, made pediatrics the optimal career for me.

Thank you for choosing Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate. We are a community-based collaborative health and wellness program that provides an accessible medical home to children and families. Your children's health, social, educational and spiritual needs are our primary concerns.

Our doctors and staff at Texas Children's Pediatrics Gulfgate look forward to caring for your children, and are dedicated to their health and well-being from birth through adolescence. Our pediatricians have been specially trained to provide for the unique needs of pediatric patients, and are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. We prefer to see patients on an appointment basis.

Our team provides a wide range of services for infants, children and adolescents including:

  • Prenatal counseling
  • Newborn and infant care, including state of Texas-required screenings NCQA logo
  • Comprehensive well-child visits, including immunizations for all ages
  • Adolescent care
  • Treatment of acute and chronic illnesses
  • Routine lab work and screening
  • Developmental, hearing and vision screenings
  • Camp; school and sports physicals
  • Minor emergency care and treatment
  • Same-day appointments for ill patients
  • 24-hour emergency call service
  • Separate exam waiting areas for newborn infants
  • Asthma care, including lung-function testing
  • First aid for pediatric trauma, including repair of minor lacerations
  • Social work services

For sick patients only, an overnight call service with a registered nurse is available to answer urgent medical questions 24/7 by dialing our office number after hours.

 

Insurance Plans

Texas Children’s Pediatrics currently accepts the health insurance plans listed below. To be sure a specific location accepts your insurance or if you do not see your plan listed here, please call your Texas Children's Pediatrics location and ask for assistance. Though we try to keep this list as current as possible, we always are adding new insurance plans to better serve you.

Remember to check with your insurance plan provider to verify that Texas Children's Pediatrics is in your network. In addition, please contact your plan provider for questions about the specific procedures your plan covers.

At this time, Texas Children’s Pediatrics does NOT participate in any Marketplace Exchange benefit plans.

Commercial Insurance Products

Aetna HMO
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
BCBS BlueChoice PPO
BCBS HMO Blue of Texas
BCBS Par Plan
CHIP - Texas Children's Health Plan only
Choice Care Network PPO (Humana)
Cigna - GreatWest HealthCare HMO
Cigna - GreatWest HealthCare POS
Cigna - GreatWest HealthCare PPO
Evolutions HealthCare PPO
First Health PPO (includes CCN and Coventry Health)
Galaxy Health Network PPO
Health Payors PPO
Health Smart PPO
Humana - HMO
Humana - POS
Humana - PPO
Imagine Health (Aetna SmartCare)

Independent Medical Systems EPO/PPO
Memorial Hermann Health Solutions - Select
Memorial Hermann Health Solutions Choice
Memorial Hermann Health Solutions Edge
MultiPlan PHCS & Savility
MultiPlan - Beech St.

PacifiCare (UHC) HMO
PacifiCare (UHC) PPO 
Premier Provider Network, Inc. (NAPP & Family Care)

UHC (PacifiCare) Options PPO
UHC (PacifiCare) non PPO products
USA Managed Care Organization PPO

Medicaid Products

Many, but not all, Texas Children's Pediatrics locations accept the following Medicaid products.

Texas Children's Health Plan STAR Medicaid
Children with Special HealthCare Needs (CSHCN)
Community Health Choice STAR Medicaid
Molina STAR Medicaid
Molina STAR+PLUS Medicaid
Superior STARHealth - Foster Care only
TMHP Medicaid
UnitedHealthcare Community STAR Medicaid
UnitedHealthcare Community STAR+PLUS Medicaid 

Please call your Texas Children's Pediatrics location for more information.

Billing Information

Payment for medical services can be made by cash, personal check or credit card and is due at the time of service. It is the parent or guardian's responsibility to pay any deductible, co-pay or co-insurance required by the insurance provider. As a courtesy, our office will file claims with any of our TCPA contracted insurance plans. Please bring your insurance card to every visit.

If you do not have health insurance or Medicaid, we will ask that you complete a TCPA Fee Schedule Discount Request Form and provide proof of income to determine your discount.  

For more information about TCPA billing and payment practices, please view our financial policy.

Prescription Information

Written or electronic prescriptions will be given after a patient has been seen by a physician or nurse practitioner.

Refills

For routine prescription refills, please contact your pharmacy. If your child has no refills available, please contact your child's Texas Children's Pediatrics practice.

Please note, you must contact your child’s pediatrician for any controlled substances prescriptions and allow 3 business days for these prescriptions to be available.

Our After-Hours Schedule

We offer after-hours phone triage services by skilled registered nurses for our parents who are concerned about their child after the office closes. This service should not be used for non-urgent medical questions, medication refills or appointment requests. To access after-hours triage services, call the main number of your Texas Children's Pediatrics practice.

This service should not be used for non-urgent medical questions, medication refills or appointment requests. To access after-hours triage services, call the main number of your Texas Children's Pediatrics practice.