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Office Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

  • Infusion Clinic Only:
    Saturday and Sunday 8:00 A.M. to
    12:00 P.M

Houston Center for Infectious Diseases Physicians


Leonardo Palau, MD

Dr. Leonardo Palau graduated from the Catholic University of Guayaquil in Ecuador. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pennsylvania and then completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Alton Oschner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Palau has been in practice in Houston since 1997 and is board certified in Infectious Diseases. His clinical interests include Skin and Soft tissue infectious, Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria particularly MRSA, and Travel Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his children, boating and traveling.


Vipul Desai, MD, FACP

Dr. Vipul Desai is board certified physician in Infectious Diseases.  He is also certified in Wound Care.  Dr. Desai attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and then completed his medical training at the New York Medical College in New York.  He went on to become the Associate Program Director in the Division of Infectious Disease at Texas Tech University and played an integral role in developing the Infectious Disease Fellowship training program.  There, he trained doctors to become an Infectious Disease specialist and was involved in cutting edge research, such as Dysphagia in HIV.  Furthermore, Dr. Desai has published articles in prestigious journals such as the American Journal of Medical Sciences and Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.  Locally, he continues to give lectures and educate new students & pharmacists in the community; as well as, conduct clinical trials for the latest cutting edge antimicrobial medications.  Dr. Desai enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, playing guitar, flying, and outdoor sports activities.  His clinical interests include Antibiotic IV Infusion Therapy, MRSA Infections, Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms, and Travel Medicine.


Dr. Timothy Chen

Dr. Timothy Chen is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University. Following graduation from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship of Infectious Disease at Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech University he played an active role as a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. His clinical interests include Prosthetic Joint Infections, Antibiotic IV Infusion Therapy, Bacteremia, and Hepatitis C. He enjoys spending time with his wife, and playing sports, including basketball and soccer.