• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health
  • MedGlobal, Greek Program Coordinator
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Dr. Houck has been active in the care of refugees. Following medical school at the University of Washington and family medicine residency at the University of Colorado, he worked in India and Nepal. He served 28 years in the US Public Health Service. His assignments included the Indian Health Service as a clinician on the Navajo Indian Reservation; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, preventive medicine resident, public health educator, and officer with the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine; and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he performed healthcare improvement studies. He has worked with Haitian refugees at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station; with Chinese migrants off the Mexican coast; with Middle Eastern refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos, at the northern Greek border, and in France at the refugee camps at Calais; in Colombia with migrants from Venezuela; and in Guatemala with local populations. He is an aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and a consultant in public health for civil aviation. His research and teaching interests include refugee health.

  • MD (University of Washington)
Country Affiliations 
  • German
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • COVID-19
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Pulmonary Diseases and Pneumonia
  • Workforce
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Sanchez-Gonzalez L, Rodriguez-Lainz A, O’Halloran A, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Liang JL, Lu P, Houck PM, Verguet S, Williams WW. Factors related with pertussis and tetanus vaccination coverage among foreign-born adults living in the United States. J Community Health. 2017 Jun;42(3):573-582. doi: 10.1007/s10900-016-0290-7. PMID: 27837358

Houck PM, Bratzler DW, Nsa W, Ma A, Bartlett JG. Timing of antibiotic administration and outcomes for Medicare patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia. Arch Intern Med. 2004 Mar 22;164(6):637-44.

Houck PM, Lowery JK, Prela CM. Missed opportunities for pneumococcal and influenza vaccination of Medicare pneumonia inpatients--12 western states, 1995. MMWR 1997;46:919-23