About membership

The board is composed of 17 physicians and pharmacists who provide services across the entire population of Medicaid recipients and who represent different specialties, two representatives from Medicaid managed care organizations as nonvoting members, and a consumer advocate representing Medicaid recipients.


  • Robert L. Hogue, M.D., F.A.A.F.M. (Brownwood)  (Chair)
  • VirGene K. Adams, R.Ph, F. A.S. C.P. (Frisco) (Vice-chair)
  • J. Nile Barnes, Pharm. D., BCPS (Dripping Springs)
  • Deborah E. Briggs, M.D. (Austin)
  • Patrick G. Clay, Pharm. D., FCCP, CCTI (Fort Worth)
  • Deeatra S. Craddock, Pharm. D, BCACP (Carrollton)
  • RoxAnn Dominguez, Pharm. D, BCPP (Cedar Park)
  • Laura E. Ferguson, M.D. (Round Rock)
  • Toribio R. Garcia, M.D., M.B.A., R.Ph. (Corpus Christi)
  • Melbert "Bob" C. Hillert, Jr., M.D. (Dallas)
  • Alejandro D. Kudisch, M.D., D.F. A.P.A. (McAllen)
  • Maurice N. Leibman, M.D. (Houston)
  • Jill N. Lester, Pharm. D. (Dallas)
  • Thanhhao T. Ngo, Pharm. D. (Austin)
  • Sidarth Wakhlu, M.D. (Dallas)

Medicaid managed care positions

  • Salil V. Deshpande, M.D., M.B.A. (Sugar Land)
    • UnitedHealthcare
  • Joseph J. Vazhappilly, Pharm. D., M.B.A. (Irving)
    • Molina Healthcare of Texas

Consumer advocate position

  • Dennis A. Borel (Austin)

Vacancies and application process

Vacated positions will be announced as they occur.  The DUR board application will be available online at that time.  Questions on membership and candidacy can be directed to the VDP board liaison through email.