Four healthcare providers join UT Health Northeast

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February 20, 2014

Four healthcare providers join UT Health Northeast

February 20, 2014

UT Health Northeast recently hired several healthcare providers to work in different areas of the university medical center. They are Jathan Cantu, MD; Christie Osuagwu, FNP-C, Ph.D.; Misty Houston, FNP-C, and Michelle Cook, FNP-C.

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Jathan Cantu, MD

Dr. Cantu, who is board certified in family medicine, joined UT Physicians of North Tyler, a physician practice associated with UT Health.

He has more than 25 years of experience as a family doctor and has worked as a hospitalist. Dr. Cantu also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a recognition of his service to family medicine.

He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

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Christie Osuagwu, FNP-C, Ph.D.

Dr. Osuagwu – she has a Ph.D. in public health – is a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C) at UT Physicians of North Tyler. With over 30 years of experience in the nursing field, she previously held various administrative and nursing positions at UT Health Northeast from 1985 through 2006.

Several of these positions involved educating community members about their health. She is a primary care provider, and her special interests include obesity prevention and hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Osuagwu’s Ph.D. in public health from Walden University focused on community health education and health promotion. She has masters’ degrees in public administration from The University of Texas at Tyler and in nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Lubbock.

In addition, Dr. Osuagwu is an adjunct assistant professor of community health and preventive medicine at UT Health.

Houston is a family nurse practitioner on UT Health’s Mobile Pediatric Asthma Clinic, a clinic on wheels that visits area schools so that children with asthma can see a medical professional without leaving school.

She has more than 15 years of nursing experience in both hospital and clinic settings, as well as advanced nursing training. She joined UT Health in 2010.

Houston has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler; she also completed a family nurse practitioner program there.

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Michelle Cook, FNP-C

Cook is the new family nurse practitioner at the Student Health Clinic at University Health Clinic, located on the UT Tyler campus.

She has served as a nurse in clinics and hospitals for about 20 years and has advanced nursing training.

For 65 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, and primary care. Its annual budget of $150 million represents a major economic impact of over $350 million for Northeast Texas. Since 2004, scientists in the Biomedical Research Center have been awarded more than $122 million research dollars. As the university medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities across the state and beyond. It also sponsors the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. For more information, visit

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