The DUR board is composed of 20 total members: 18 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 people enrolled in the Medicaid program.

Physician/pharmacist positions

  • Robert L. Hogue, M.D., F.A.A.F.M. (Brownwood) (Chair)
  • Oscar W. Brown, M.D. (Galveston) (Vice-chair)
  • J. Nile Barnes, Pharm. D., BCPS (Dripping Springs)
  • Scott Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP (Dallas)
  • Deborah E. Briggs, M.D. (Austin)
  • Deeatra S. Craddock, Pharm. D, BCACP (Carrollton)
  • Jennifer Fix, Pharm. D (Burleson)
  • Heather Holmes, M.D. (Amarillo)
  • Summer A. Keener, Pharm. D (San Antonio)
  • Alejandro D. Kudisch, M.D., D.F. A.P.A. (McAllen)
  • Mark Lacy, M.D. (Lubbock)
  • Jill N. Lester, Pharm. D. (Dallas)
  • Thanhhao T. Ngo, Pharm. D. (Austin)
  • Richarad Noel, M.D. (Spring)
  • Kim Pham, D.O. (Dallas)

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

The HHSC Executive Commissioner (or designated agent) appoints board members. Questions on membership and candidacy can be directed to HHSC by email.

The following positions are vacant:

  • One physicians, any specialty, non-managed care representative (term to end Aug. 31, 2020)
  • One pharmacist, non-managed care representative (term to end Aug. 31, 2020)