Wichita Falls pathologist Susan Strate, MD, the former chair of the TEXPAC Board of Directors, is one of six TMA members whom Gov. Rick Perry appointed to the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors. The legislature created the institute last year to “improve health care quality, accountability, education, and cost to the state by encouraging health care provider collaboration, effective health care delivery models and coordination of health care services.” The governor named pediatrician Ben Raimer, MD, senior vice president and professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, to chair the board. Other TMA members he appointed to the panel are Austin internist Steven Berkowitz, MD, founder and president of SMB Health Consulting; Houston family physician Patrick Carter, MD, medical director of care coordination and quality improvement at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Houston family physician John Joe, MD, chief medical information officer at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System; and New Braunfels family physician Beverly Nuckols, MD.
In other appointment news, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst reappointed Austin oncologist Joe Bailes, MD, to the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee.