2022 Expert Panelists

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the national conversation around vaccination, the mission of the Stethoscope Stage 2022 Play Festival is to use art to facilitate open, honest, factual conversation between healthcare providers and members of the public on this subject. Immediately following the performance of selected monologues and short plays on the theme of COVID-19 vaccination, there will be a community discussion led by a panel including medical doctors, nurses, and educators. Read their bios below.

Dr. Mary Suzanne Whitworth, MD

Cook Children’s Hospital, Director of Infectious Diseases Dept.

Dr. Whitworth graduated from Baylor University in Waco and attended medical school in Galveston at the University of Texas medical Branch.  She received general pediatric training followed by an infectious diseases fellowship in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She then moved to Fort Worth and began her career at Cook Children’s. She has two grown children and has been married to her husband, Keith, for 23 years.  They are both active in their Methodist Church in Cleburne where they live. Dr. Whitworth has had the privilege of working at Cook Children’s for the last 25 years in the Infectious Diseases Department. She became the director in 2014.

Dr. Glenda Daniels, PhD, RN, CNS, CGRN

Dr. Glenda Bowden Daniels is an Associate Professor in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Texas Christian University. Prior to joining the faculty at TCU, she served as the Director/Clinical Manager for Metroplex Gastroenterology Associates/ Metroplex Ambulatory Surgical Center, Grand Prairie, Texas (Dr. James P Hoser) for 20 years. She obtained her BSN from the University of Texas (Austin), MS from Texas Woman’s University, and PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates scholar.  Her research has focused on health promotion and improving outcomes in the gastrointestinal/gastroenterology setting, increasing colorectal cancer screening, and advancing kidney disease knowledge. Her dissertation was a multi-site study focusing on improving care in the gastrointestinal setting titled: A National Study to Compare the Tolerability and Effectiveness of Colon Cleansing Preparations. She continues collaborations and research in best practices in these areas. She has been involved in community activities through organizations such as Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 2017, she was named Outstanding Woman of the Year by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Arlington Branch.

Claudia Perez, MD

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Neurocritical Care

Dr. Claudia Perez’s clinic practice is in Neurocritical care at Harris Methodist in Downtown Fort Worth, and she has been there for the past four years. She is also an assistant professor at TCU School of Medicine. Dr. Perez has been the Neurology Clerkship Director there for the past three years. She enjoys her time there and creating a whole new curriculum not only for clinical sciences but also helping to create the basic science curriculum. Dr. Perez graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Neuroscience Degree and attended medical school in Galveston at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She completed her neurology residency followed by a neurocritical care fellowship at UTSW in Dallas. Dr. Perez and her family moved to Fort Worth after that upon joining Harris. She has one daughter in college and has been married to her husband, Aaron Griffin, for 22 years. Her hobbies are running and ballroom dancing. She used to travel a lot with her family and hopes to get back to it once things improve. Dr. Perez and her family are foodies and love exploring new places and flavors. 

Dr. Mohanakrishnan “Mo” Sathyamoorthy, MD, FACC

Dr. Sathyamoorthy is a practicing cardiologist and the founding president of Consultants in Cardiovascular Medicine and Science in Fort Worth. This is a comprehensive cardiac practice that serves patients through comprehensive clinical care for all cardiac conditions and pursues high level research to aid in the benefit of patient care for those within his practice and beyond. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the TCU School of Medicine, where he established the Sathyamoorthy Laboratory and currently mentors nine MD research candidate students.  During the pandemic he established the Fort Worth Clinical Sciences Working Group, comprised of clinician leaders throughout the region, to repurpose existing therapeutics for use in COVID-19.  They gained a novel FDA IND for one of these proposals to permit start of clinical trials.

He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering at Johns Hopkins University, followed by a MD with distinction in research at the State University of New York Stony Brook where he was awarded numerous honors upon graduation. During his time at Stony Brook he was selected as one of 15 students nationally into the on-campus NIH Research Scholars’ program and pursued his research in an internationally renowned functional genomics laboratory. He completed his training as a physician scientist in the ABIM research pathway at Vanderbilt University in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine and after serving as Chief Fellow joined the faculty as a federally funded physician scientist. In Fort Worth, Dr. Sathyamoorthy has maintained a very close relationship with the Baylor Scott and White Health System where he has served as Chief of Staff at Baylor All Saints and founding Medical Director of Cardiology for the Baylor Heart Vascular Hospital in Fort Worth. He has been a member of numerous boards within the community, and he and his wife are committed to supporting the fine and performing arts. They have two children and are proud to make their home in Fort Worth.