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Texas Medical Board Biographies

 

Sherif Zaafran, M.D.

Sherif Z. Zaafran, M.D.

Sherif Zaafran, M.D. 

Sherif Zaafran, M.D., of Houston, is the president of the Texas Medical Board. Dr. Zaafran is an anesthesiologist and president of US Anesthesia Partners Southwest Division. He is a delegate for the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and an alternate delegate and member of the Committee on Future Models Anesthesia for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Additionally, he is chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and is vice-chair for the Harris County Medical Society Delegation to TMA. Zaafran studied biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston.

 

 

Julie K. Attebury

Julie K. Attebury

Julie K. Attebury

Julie K. Attebury, of Amarillo, received a degree in biochemistry from Rice University and an MBA in finance from West Texas A&M University. She is a business consultant and broker. Ms. Attebury serves on the Harrington Cancer Foundation, is past chairman of the Amarillo Area Foundation, past president and board member of the Governor's Commission for Women, and past president of the Amarillo School Board. She is a past member of the Texas Tech Medical School Research Institute board and Community Health Initiatives Committee.

 

Michael E. Cokinos

Michael E. Cokinos

Michael E. Cokinos

Michael E. Cokinos is President and CEO of Cokinos Energy Corporation, a privately held oil and natural gas trading and marketing company that he founded in Houston in 1982. Cokinos was born in Beaumont, Texas to parents of Greek descent. Cokinos was appointed in 2014 by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Medical Board’s District Review Committee and in 2017, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Cokinos to a full member of the Texas Medical Board. Michael Cokinos is a licensed real estate broker, serves on the board of directors of the Greek Orthodox Legacy Fund and is a member of the Houstonian Club and Petroleum Club. Cokinos is the former Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilman of Hunter’s Creek Village and past Chairman and Police Commissioner of the Memorial Village Police Department. He is a current member and past Chairman of Texas A&M University Galveston Board of Visitors and an active Substitute Teacher in the Spring Branch Independent School District. Cokinos received a BA from Texas A&M University and his Executive MBA from Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business. He is married to Rhonda Johnson Cokinos of Houston and they have 4 sons: Michael-Paul, Evan, Christian, and Anthony Cokinos.

 

Frank Denton

Frank Denton

Frank Denton

Frank Denton, of Conroe, is president of Denton Investment Corporation, an investment company with commercial real estate, bond and equity holdings. For over 25 years Mr. Denton worked for a Fortune 500 company and was responsible for 40 manufacturing plants located in seven states with over 5,000 employees. Mr. Denton served as chairman of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation from 2006 to 2013. TDLR's seven-member commission is responsible for the licensing and regulation of 32 different industries and occupations, licensing over 700,000 Texas citizens. Mr. Denton was elected in 2003 to the board of directors of the Texas Association of Business in Austin, served on its executive board and was chairman of its small business committee. Mr. Denton is past chairman of the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Leadership Montgomery County and served on their executive boards. He has previously served as board member and vice president of the Conroe Industrial Development Corporation, treasurer of the Montgomery County United Way and held leadership positions in several state and national trade associations. Mr. Denton received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University.

 

Kandace B. Farmer, D.O.

Kandace B. Farmer, D.O.

 

Kandace B. Farmer, D.O.

Kandace B. Farmer, D.O., of Highland Village, is a radiologist and breast imaging specialist in diagnostic radiology at Rose Imaging Specialists. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Society of Breast Imaging, American College of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic College of Radiology Mammography Committee. Additionally, she is a member of The Links Incorporated, past member of the North Texas Women Business League and past volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club. Farmer received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and she completed her breast fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University.

   

Carlos L. Gallardo

Carlos L. Gallardo

Carlos L. Gallardo

 Carlos L. Gallardo, of Frisco, is an executive talent acquisition professional. He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and Rotary International, and a past member of the North Texas Society of Human Resource Management, North Texas Speakers Association, and Rocky Mountain and Southwest associations of Colleges and Employers. He is also a past board member of the Frisco YMCA and the Youth Leadership Program of Frisco, and a past member and past vice chair of the City of Frisco Urban Forestry Board. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He received his bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and attended graduate studies at Webster University. He served on the Texas Medical Board's District Review Committee from 2007 until his appointment to the Board in January 2012.

   

John R. Guerra, D.O.

John R. Guerra, D.O.

John R. Guerra, D.O.

Dr. Guerra is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist. He graduated from University of Texas Pan American with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and received his medical degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, North Texas State University, in 1985. He completed his internship and residency at Phoenix General Hospital and Medical Center Deer Valley in Phoenix, Az. He is a member of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has been in practice since 1991 and currently serves women of the Rio Grande Valley at Woman’s Place at the Lakes in McAllen, TX.

   

Scott Holliday, D.O., M.B.A.

Scott Holliday, D.O., M.B.A.

Scott Holliday, D.O., M.B.A.

Dr. Holliday, D.O., of University Park, is an anesthesiologist at Pinnacle Partners in Medicine and chairman of the Arlington Memorial Hospital Department of Anesthesiology. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and Texas Medical Association. He is also an American Board of Anesthesiology Diplomate, and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists District 2 State Delegate. Dr. Holliday received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of business administration from University of Texas at Dallas and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

   

Jeffrey L. Luna, M.D.

Jeffrey L. Luna, M.D.

Jeffrey L. Luna, M.D.

Jeffrey Luna, M.D., of Livingston, is a physician in private practice. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice and Physician Contractors of Texas. Additionally, he is a member and volunteer for the Spirit Ride Supporting CASA and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Luna received a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine. He completed his family practice residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

   

Margaret McNeese, M.D.

Margaret McNeese, M.D. 

Margaret McNeese, M.D.

 Dr. McNeese, of Houston, is the associate dean for admissions and student affairs and professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Houston. She is an expert on child abuse and has authored numerous articles on the subject. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a member of and former alternate delegate to the Texas Medical Association, where she previously served on the Child and Adolescent Health Subcommittee and the Child Health Committee. Dr. McNeese is also a member of the Southern Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the Houston Pediatric Society. She previously served on the Harris County Child Welfare Medical Committee, the Mental Health Mental Retardation Advisory Committee and the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. A graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, Dr. McNeese received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

 

LuAnn Morgan

LuAnn Morgan

LuAnn Morgan

LuAnn Morgan, of Midland, is sales director for Cavallo Energy. Prior to joining Cavallo, she served as District Manager for TXU Electric and Gas overseeing electric distribution and customer service for 11 West Texas counties. Upon early retirement, she became an adjunct instructor at The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) in Statistics and Marketing. She was elected to Midland City Council serving three terms, and served as a past gubernatorial appointee of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. She has served as president and campaign chair of United Way of Midland, and is a member of the Midland Chamber of Commerce Board, UTPB President’s Advisory Board, Boy Scouts of America, Senior Services and Rotary International. She is a Leadership Texas graduate and co-founding member of two nonprofits, Midland Humane Coalition and Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin. Morgan received a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from UTPB.

 

Jayaram Naidu, M.D.

Jayaram B. Naidu, M.D.

Jayaram Naidu, M.D.

Jayaram Naidu, M.D., of Odessa, is a physician and president of Naidu Clinic and an assistant clinical professor for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has been in private practice as an internist for over 40 years. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Ector County Medical Society and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Advisory Board and a past board member of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is a former gubernatorial appointee of the Chronic Kidney Disease Task force. Naidu received a medical degree from the Guntur Medical College in Andhra, India in 1966, and completed his residency Internal medicine at the A.C. Logan Memorial Hospital in New York.

 

Paulette Barker Southard

Paulette Barker Southard

Paulette Barker Southard

Ms. Southard, a native of Alice, has been a teacher and a physician recruiter and is currently in the real estate business in Alice. She graduated from Baylor University. Her civic activities include past president of the Alice Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Rotary Club, past president of the Alice Board of Realtors, past chairman of the Alice 2000 Task Force, and membership on the Alice Planning and Zoning Commission, the Alice and Jim Wells County Highway 44 Task Force, the Alice Independent School District Facilities Study Committee, the Jim Wells County Leadership Committee, the Bull-A-Rama Committee, the Master Planning Association and the Alice Industrial Foundation.

 

Karl Swann, M.D.Karl Swann, M.D.

Karl Swann, M.D.

 Karl Swann, M.D., of San Antonio, is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon with Neurosurgical Associates of San Antonio since 1986. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Methodist Hospital System in San Antonio and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The Texas Medical Association, The Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons, The North American Spine Society, and the Bexar County Medical Society. Dr. Swann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Michigan College of Literature, Sciences and Arts and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of The University of Michigan Medial School. He completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at the Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Surendra K. Varma, M.D.

Surendra K. Varma, M.D.

Surendra K. Varma, M.D.

Dr. Varma is associate dean of Graduate Medical Education and Resident Affairs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). He is the Ted Hartman Endowed Chair in Medical Education and vice-chairman of Pediatrics at the TTUHSC School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. He is a member of the American and Texas Pediatric societies, American and Texas Medical associations, Pediatric Endocrine Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Pediatric Research, The Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association, Academic Pediatric Association and Texas Medical Board District Three Review Committee. He is also a member of the Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute Board of Trustees, past president of the Texas Pediatric Society and the Lubbock, Crosby and Garza County Medical societies, and a past member of the U.S. Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Dr. Varma received a medical degree from King George's Medical University and completed his pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology fellowships at Harvard Medical School.

   

Stanley Wang, M.D., J.D., MPH

Stanley Wang, MD, JD, MPH

Stanley Wang, M.D., J.D., MPH

Stanley Wang, M.D., J.D., MPH, is a practicing cardiologist with Austin Heart, where he also serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, he went to medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He also earned his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and Southern Methodist University Law School, as well as a master’s degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center and finished his cardiology fellowship at University of North Carolina, where he served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine. He is certified in cardiology and sleep medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

 

Timothy Webb, J.D.

Timothy Webb, J.D.

Timothy Webb, J.D.

 Timothy Webb is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and received his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1995. Prior to law school he enjoyed a career in pharmaceutical sales and served as Captain in the United States Air Force. Mr. Webb worked for the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Houston and subsequently formed the law offices of Webb & Associates. His practice primarily concentrates on bankruptcy and civil litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, American Inns of Court, Federation of State Medical Boards, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas and serves on the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Legislative Study Committee. He served on the State Bar of Texas Mentor, Professionalism, and the Pattern Jury Charge Committees. He also served on the Development Ordinance Advisory Committee for the City of Carrollton, Texas, and was appointed to the Texas Physician Assistant Board in 2000 by Governor George W. Bush where he served as Chairman from 2004 – 2007 until he was appointed to the Texas Medical Board by Governor Rick Perry where he currently serves as a Board Member. Mr. Webb is an Adjunct Professor for graduate studies in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston and in 2011 he was appointed by Mayor Annise Parker to serve as a Board Member on the City of Houston Independent Police Oversight Board.

 

George Willeford III, M.D.

George Willeford III, M.D.

George Willeford III, M.D.

 Dr. Willeford, of Austin, attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Branch in Dallas, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Dallas Veterans Administration Hospital. He is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He holds memberships in the Travis County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and has served as secretary-treasurer of the Austin Society of Internal Medicine, a member of the board of directors of the Seton Physician's Hospital Network, and a member, appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush, of the Managed Health Care Committee. He was also on the board of directors and was chief of internal medicine at Seton Medical Center. Dr. Willeford has practiced in Austin since 1980.