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of a planned transformation, Execu- tive Commissioner Charles Smith said in a statement. Starting Sept. 1, most Department


of Aging and Disability Services pro- grams moved to the commission’s new Regulatory or Facilities divisions, Mr. Smith said. Also, many of the regulatory functions of the Texas De- partment of State Health Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services were transferred to the commission. Mr. Smith said additions to the leadership team include:


• Enrique Marquez, the new deputy executive commissioner for Medi- cal and Social Services. His new division includes Medicaid and CHIP Services, Access and Eligi- bility Services, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health Services, and Health, Developmental and Inde- pendence Services.


• David Kostroun, who takes over the newly created role of deputy executive commissioner for the Regulatory Services Division. He oversees programs such as health care facilities, long-term care fa- cilities, and child care licensing,


• Mike Maples, the commission’s \]^ NOZ_^c ObOM_^S`O MYWWS]- sioner for the State Facilities Divi- sion. He oversees 10 state hospitals and clinics and 13 state-supported living centers.


TMA Foundation grants empower students’


community service THREE TMA medical student chap- ters will improve the health of their communities this fall thanks to TMA Foundation grants. The foundation awarded the


grants to student chapters from Bay- lor College of Medicine, the Texas


November 2017 TEXAS MEDICINE 17


Newsmakers


Russell J. Juno III, MD, a surgeon in LaGrange, was reelected to a final three-year term on the TMA Insurance Trust Board of Trustees. Dr. Juno’s term will run from 2017 to 2020. In addition, Bellaire psychiatrist Bernard M. Gerber, MD, and San Antonio ophthalmologist Roberto San Martin, MD, were unanimously approved as chair and secretary, respectively, for the 2017–18 term. TMAIT’s annual meeting was held Sept. 15.


The McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston awarded Marylee Kott, MD, and Diana Fite, MD, with the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions of alumni in medical science and education or in the prevention and treatment of dis- eases. Dr. Kott serves as an associate professor in the McGovern Medical School’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medi- cine and is the former chief of pathology at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston. Dr. Fite is an emergency physician at ER Katy in Katy and medical director of the emergency department and the hospital at Memorial Hermann Tomball. She sits on the TMA Board of Trustees and is a Texas delegate to the American Medi- cal Association.


Tyler internist and pediatrician David Lakey, MD, has been pro- moted to vice chancellor for health affairs and chief medical oficer of The University of Texas System. Dr. Lakey is a former commissioner of the Department of State Health Services and current chair of the TMA Council on Science and Public Health.


Dallas rheumatologist Sharad Lakhanpal, MD, was installed as the 80th president of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Lakhanpal is also a clinical professor of internal medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. The American College of Rheumatology represents more than 9,500 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals.


H. Kyle Sheets, MD, founder and chief executive of Concord Medical Group in Lubbock, was awarded the 2017 Humanitar- ian Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians for his work in underserved countries around the world. In 2003, Dr. Sheets founded PAPA (Physicians Aiding Physicians Abroad) Missions, which provides practical help for physicians seeking medical mission trips who have no experience planning them. Through PAPA Missions, hundreds of physicians have volun- teered in six countries, and millions of dollars in medical supplies have been shipped to facilities around the world, according to the organization’s website. Dr. Sheets currently is working with DOCS for Hope to build a hospital and clinic in rural Guatemala.


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