The DUR board is composed of 20 total members: 18 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.

Physician/pharmacist positions

  • 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)
  • J. Nile Barnes, Pharm. D., BCPS (Dripping Springs)
  • Scott Blaszczyk, Pharm.D., BCGP (Dallas)
  • Deborah E. Briggs, M.D. (Austin)
  • Marlo Brawner, M.D. (Livingston)
  • Deeatra S. Craddock, Pharm. D, BCACP (Carrollton)
  • Jennifer Fix, Pharm. D (Burleson)
  • Heather Holmes, M.D. (Amarillo)
  • Summer A. Keener, Pharm. D (San Antonio)
  • Jill N. Lester, Pharm. D. (Dallas)
  • Thanhhao T. Ngo, Pharm. D. (Austin)
  • Richarad Noel, M.D. (Spring)
  • Kim Pham, D.O. (Dallas)
  • Richard Noel, M.D. (Spring)

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)


Contact us with questions about board membership and candidacy.

Current vacancies

  • Two physicians, any specialty, non-managed care representative
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2022
  • One pharmacist, non-managed care representative 
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2021

Upcoming vacancies

  • One physician, OBGYN, non-managed care representative
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2020
  • One client advocate representative
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2020
  • Three pharmacists, non-managed care representative
    • Term ends Aug. 31, 2020

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 complete the application for that committee using the specific guidance provided. Only committees currently seeking members are shown.