Aug. 22: Members Sought for Drug Utilization Review Board

  • The Texas Health and Human Services system executive commissioner will appoint members to the board to serve a four-year term or complete the term of current vacancy. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Sept. 7.

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

Physicians and pharmacists positions

  • Robert L. Hogue, M.D., F.A.A.F.M. (Brownwood) (Chair)
  • RoxAnn Dominguez, Pharm. D, BCPP (Cedar Park) (Vice-chair)
  • J. Nile Barnes, Pharm. D., BCPS (Dripping Springs)
  • Deborah E. Briggs, M.D. (Austin)
  • Deeatra S. Craddock, Pharm. D, BCACP (Carrollton)
  • 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)
  • Jill N. Lester, Pharm. D. (Dallas)
  • Thanhhao T. Ngo, Pharm. D. (Austin)
  • Scott Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP (Dallas)
  • Richarad l. Noel, M.D. (Spring)
  • Oscar W. Brown, M.D. (Galveston)
  • Jennifer Fix, Pharm. D (Burleson)
  • Summer A. Keener, Pharm. D (San Antonio)

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

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

The following positions are vacant:

  • Two physicians, any specialty (term to end Aug. 31, 2020)
  • One physician, obstetrician/gynecologist (term to end Aug. 31, 2020)