DUR Board Members

The DUR board is composed of 20 total members: 17 physicians and pharmacists providing services across the entire population of Medicaid and representing different specialties; two representatives from Medicaid managed care organizations as nonvoting members; and a consumer advocate representing people enrolled in the program.


Physicians and pharmacists

  • Robert L. Hogue, M.D., F.A.A.F.M. (Brownwood) (Chair)
  • Alejandro D. Kudisch, M.D., D.F. A.P.A. (McAllen) (Vice-chair)
  • Scott Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP (Dallas)
  • Deborah E. Briggs, M.D. (Austin)
  • Marlo Brawner, M.D. (Livingston) - term ending Aug. 31, 2021
  • Deeatra S. Craddock, Pharm. D, BCACP (Carrollton)
  • Jennifer Fix, Pharm. D (Burleson)
  • Heather Holmes, M.D. (Amarillo)
  • Joshua R. Johns, Pharm. D. (Richardson)
  • Sarah E. Kubes, Pharm. D. (San Antonio)
  • Jill N. Lester, Pharm. D. (Dallas) - term ending Aug. 31, 2021
  • Thanhhao T. Ngo, Pharm. D. (Austin) - term ending Aug. 31, 2021
  • Richard Noel, M.D. (Spring)
  • Kim Pham, D.O. (Dallas)
  • Natalie N. Vanek, M.D. (Houston)
  • Kathryn L. Velasquez, Pharm. D. (Houston)
  • Carlos Viesca, M.D. (El Paso)

Managed care representatives

  • Salil V. Deshpande, M.D., M.B.A. (Sugar Land),UnitedHealthcare
  • Joseph J. Vazhappilly, Pharm. D., M.B.A. (Irving), Molina Healthcare of Texas - term ending Aug. 31, 2021

Consumer advocate

  • Dennis A. Borel (Austin)


These postings are now closed. HHSC accepted applications through Sept. 15, 2021.

Contact us with questions about board membership and candidacy.

  • One pharmacist, managed care representative
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2025
  • One physician, pediatrician, non-managed care representative
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2025
  • Three pharmacists, non-managed care representative
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2025

Application Selection Process

The HHS Executive Commissioner is authorized by statute and rule to appoint members. Anyone wishing to apply for an advisory committee must use the Advisory Committee Application Selection and complete an application for the committee. The selection tool only shows committees currently seeking members.