Dr. Ann Barnes, an accomplished physician and Klein Forest High School class of 1987 Salutatorian, was honored as the October Alumni of the Month by the Klein ISD Board of Trustees during their meeting.
“I’m excited to introduce Dr. Ann Barnes,” said Klein ISD Board Trustee Doug James “She is one of the brightest stars in Klein ISD.”
After graduating from Klein Forest, Ann attended Yale University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s of science in Biology and Psychology in 1991 and is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine/Primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, received her master’s in public health from The University of Texas School of Public Health and is a board-certified internist.
“Although I did all of my post high school education and medical training on the east coast, I’m grateful to be living out my career in medicine in my hometown of Houston, Texas,” says Dr. Ann Barnes “Taking care of the communities and the people who nurtured and supported me seems like the truest form of gratitude for the blessings I have been given.”
Dr. Barnes currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Legacy Community Health Services, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Houston. There, she oversees clinical services provided by the health system as well as clinical quality and patient-centered medical home initiatives. She is also an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the department of sociology at Rice University.
Dr. Barnes gives back to the community she calls home through a variety of community efforts, writing and speaking to academic, community, and faith-based groups about health, wellness and social determinants of health. She’s also recognized with many honors and awards, including the Health Advocacy Award presented by Doctors for Change and a YWCA 2016 Outstanding Woman in Healthcare.
Dr. Barnes ended her acceptance speech to the Board with a bit of advice, “I encourage you as educators to continue to pour into children and to set high standards for them. The return on that investment is healthy, transformed individuals, families, and communities.”