Dr. Brinker grew up in Dallas and received her initial medical training at the University of Texas Houston. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Hypertension at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She currently practices hospital medicine at Parkland Hospital and enjoys working with the medical students and residents on the wards. Dr. Brinker’s interests outside of medicine are mainly related to raising her young family.


Graduate School
Ursuline Academy , None
Trinity University (2000), Political Science
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (2003), Biology
Medical School
University of Texas Health Sci (2008), Medicine

Clinical Interest

Adult Preventive Medicine

  • Annual Basic Gynecologic Care, including Pap Smears for young women
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Promote Wellness & Disease Prevention
  • Women's Health
  • Young Adult Medicine

Adult Primary Care

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cholesterol - Dyslipidemia, Hypercholesterolemia, Hyperlipidemia
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Research Interest

  • Hospital Medicine
  • Hypertension
  • Improving barriers to medical adherence


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Therapeutic drug monitoring facilitates blood pressure control in resistant hypertension.
Brinker S, Pandey A, Ayers C, Price A, Raheja P, Arbique D, Das S, Halm E, Kaplan N, Vongpatanasin W J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2013 Nov