Joshua D. Septimus, M.D., FACP

Summary Statement

Dr. Septimus completed his Internal Medicine training in 2003. Seeing a need to more aggressively prevent cardiovascular disease, he developed a special interest in complex cholesterol disorders and pursued additional education on management of these diseases. Dr. Septimus achieved the level of Diplomat in the America Board of Clinical Lipidology in 2007. His practice focuses on prevention of cardiovascular disease in high risk patients as well as general Internal Medicine.


Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX
  Doctor of Medicine, 2000

Duke University Durham, NC
  Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Cum Laude, 1996


Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX
   Categorical Internal Medicine Residency, June 2000 – June 2003


American Board of Internal Medicine, 2003


Texas Medical Board, 2003

  • Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2011-2013
  • Elected by his peers in Houstonia magazine's Top Doctors List, 2013
  • Included in Texas Monthly Magazine’s Super Doctors®, 2013
  • Named a Super Doctors® Rising Star in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2012
  • Named a Vitals Top 10 Doctor by American Registry, 2012
  • Patient's Choice Compassionate Doctor award, 2012
  • Included in “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” from Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Patient’s Choice Award, American Registry, 2009
  • Health and Fitness Sports Magazine’s Doctors’ Choice Award for Internal Medicine, 2008, 2009
  • Health and Fitness Sports Magazine’s Doctors’ Choice Award for Internal Medicine, 2008, 2009
  • Most outstanding ambulatory care resident, Houston VA Medical Center, 2003
Work Experience
  • Hospitalist, Inpatient Consultants, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, July 2003-June 2004
  • Private practice internist, Associates in Medicine, with inpatient, outpatient, and consulting responsibilities at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, The Methodist Hospital, and Texas Orthopedic Hospital, all in Houston, TX; July 2004-present
  • Laboratory director, Associates in Medicine, 2004-present
  • Principle investigator for clinical research trials, Associates in Medicine, 2009-present
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, Human Curriculum, completed 12/22/2008
Academic Appointments
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Clinical Instructor, University of Texas, Houston Medical School
  • Clinical Member, Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Clinical Member, Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine
Academic and Professional Interests
  • Prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome
  • Peri-operative care, with special expertise and interest in the care of orthopedics patients before and after surgery
Hospital committees
  • Medical Quality Management Committee (Peer Review) 2007-present
  • Internal Medicine Quality Improvement Committee, The Methodist Hospital, 2004-2007, 2010
  • Sepsis Task Force, Methodist Hospital, 2006, 2009
  • Medical Outcomes Management subcommittee of Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, Methodist Hospital, 2009
  • Records Committee, The Methodist Hospital, 2006-present
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics antibiotics subcommittee, The Methodist Hospital, 2008
  • Emergency Room Quality Improvement Committee, The Methodist Hospital, 2007
  • Pharmacy and therapeutics committee, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, 2004-2007
  • Congestive Heart Failure Performance Improvement Committee, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, 2004-2005
  • Septimus JD, Septimus EJ. Candida prostatitis. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. In press
  • Septimus JD; Samo T; Fainstein V. Fournier's Gangrene Due to Candida glabrata: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 11(7):406-407, September/October 2002
  • Septimus JD, Septimus EJ. Serious MRSA Infections: A Review. Infectious Disease Practice for Clinicians. 2002 April-June; 134-6
  • El-Salhy H, Septimus EJ,Soini H, Septimus JD, Wallace RJ, Pan X, Williams-Bouyer N, Musser JM, Graviss EA. Mycobacterium simiae pseudo-outbreak resulting from a contaminated water supply contamination in Houston, TX. Clinical Infectious Diseases 1 Oct 2002; 35:802-7
  • Ashton CM, Septimus JD, Petersen NJ, Souchek J, Menke TJ, Collins TC, Wray NP. Health care use of veterans treated for diabetes in the Veterans Affairs Medical Care system. American Journal of Managed Care. Feb 2003; 9(2):145-150
  • Gross ME, Giron K, Septimus JD, Mason EO, Musher DM. Antimicrobial activities of beta-lactam antibiotics and gentamicin against penicillin-susceptible and penicillin-resistant strains of PneumococciAntimicrobial Agents in Chemotherapy 39; 1166-8, 1995
Society Memberships
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • Diplomat in American Board of Clinical Lipidology
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • National Lipid Association
  • American Heart Association
Outside Interests

Rock climbing, hiking, distance running