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Dr. Giovana Zunta-Soares MD

Dr. Giovana Zunta-Soares MD


(713) 486-2700


Giovana Zunta-Soares, MD, earned her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Caxias do Sul in Brazil. She then completed her residency training in psychiatry at Hospital Psiquiátrico São Pedro in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dr. Zunta-Soares went on to complete clinical research fellowships in psychiatry at UT Health San Antonio and UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Her clinical interests include adult general psychiatry, bipolar disorder, depression and psychiatry.

An associate professor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, she currently serves as the Director of the Mood Disorders Clinical Trials Program and the Director of the Mood Disorder Clinic. With over 21 years of clinical experience, she combines her knowledge with compassion to provide excellent care for her patients. In her role as Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic, she leads a team of five psychiatrists dedicated to assessing and treating mood disorders. She is currently working to expand clinic services to include second opinion and women’s mental health services.

Dr. Zunta-Soares actively participates in research on mood disorders with the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders at UTHealth. Her research focuses specifically on the brain mechanisms involved in bipolar and unipolar mood disorders, neuroimaging and neurocognitive studies and clinical trials to develop new treatments for these conditions. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and mentored clinical investigators, including graduate students, residents and postdoctoral research fellows. Her current work is focused on how to integrate neuroimaging, neurocognition and other biomarkers into meaningful clinical diagnostic tools.

Originally from Brazil, Dr. Zunta-Soares is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Physician Details

Medical Education
Universidad De San Carlos, 1994
University of Texas at San Antonio Dept of Surgery, 2007
PCP Number
Cities Served
Bellaire, Galena Park, Houston, Missouri City, Pearland


ZIP Codes Served
77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007


Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete
  • Aetna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • AHI Healthlink
  • Amerigroup Chip
  • Amerigroup MMP Perinatal*
  • Amerigroup Star
  • Amerigroup Star Plus
  • Amerivantage
  • Beechstreet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Blue Exchange PPO
  • Cigna (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks PPO*
  • Coastal Comp Healthnetworks Work Comp
  • Community Health Choice
  • Community Health Choice Chip
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace Kelsey QHP
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace QHP
  • Community Health Choice Star
  • Corporate Remedies Worker's Comp*
  • Corvel Worker's Comp*
  • Coventry Health Care - PPO Network
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - PPO Network*
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems - Worker's Comp*
  • First Health - PPO Network
  • First Health - Worker's Comp
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Healthsmart
  • Humana (Most Benefit Plans)
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana HMOx QHP Exchange
  • Humanachoice PPO Medicare
  • Independant Medical Systems
  • Injury Management Organization Worker's Comp*
  • Interplan Health Group (IHG)*
  • Medicaid Traditional
  • Medicare Traditional
  • Medicus International - PPO Network
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage HMO
  • Memorial Hermann Advantage PPO
  • Memorial Hermann Solutions
  • Multiplan
  • OccuNet PPO - PPO Network
  • Olympus (International) - PPO Network*
  • Political Subdivision Workers Comp Alliance*
  • Private Healthcare System
  • Reny Company Worker's Comp
  • Rockport - PPO Network*
  • Superior CHIP/Perinatal*
  • Superior Foster Care Program
  • Texas True Choice - PPO Network*
  • United Healthcare (Most Benefit Plans)
  • United Healthcare Chip
  • United Healthcare Chronic Complete
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete
  • United Healthcare Medicare Advantage
  • United Healthcare Star
  • United Healthcare Star Plus Perinatal*
  • United Healthcare TXMMP
  • US Family Health Plan
  • USA Managed Care Organization - PPO Network
  • USA Managed Care Organization - Worker's Comp*
  • Wellcare
  • WorkLink Worker's Comp