West Texans appointed to Texas Medical Board

AUSTIN, Texas (KOSA) – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed two West Texans to the Texas Medical Board.

The nominations were announced on Monday.

One named is LuAnn Morgan of Midland. Morgan has worked with TXU Electric, taught at UTPB and served three terms on Midland City Council. She has also worked with two local non-profit organizations, the Midland Humane Coalition and Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin.

The other locally appointed person is Jayaram Naidu, MD from Odessa. Dr. Naidu is the president of the Naidu Clinic and is a clinical assistant professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has been in private practice for over 40 years.

You can find the full version below:

Governor Greg Abbott appointed Ada Booth, MD and Ebony Todd and reappointed Michael Cokinos, Kandace Farmer, DO, LuAnn Morgan, Jayaram Naidu, MD, and Sherif Zaafran, MD to the Texas Medical Board for terms expiring April 13, 2027 The Council regulates the practice of medicine in Texas.

Ebony Todd of Fort Hood is an attorney and a member of Jackson Todd & Lambert, PLLC. She previously served as a judge advocate for the Department of the Army before her retirement from service. She is currently Vice President of the Greater Killeen Community Clinic and Service President at Rotary International. Todd received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor University and a Doctor of Laws from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law, now the Texas A&M School of Law. She is currently a Masters of Law candidate at the University of Alabama.

Ada Booth, MD of Corpus Christi, is a Child Abuse Pediatrician on the Child Abuse Assessment and Resource Team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Texas Pediatric Society, the Nueces County Medical Society, the Corpus Christi Pediatric Society, the Coastal Bend Child Fatality Review Team, and the Ray E. Helfer Society. Booth received a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Pediatric Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MD from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Michael Cokinos of Houston is founder and president of Cokinos Energy Corporation. He sits on the board of directors of the South Texas College of Law in Houston and is a member of the board of directors of the Greek Orthodox Legacy Fund and a member of the Houstonian Club. Additionally, Cokinos is the former pro tem mayor and city councilor of Hunter’s Creek Village, a substitute teacher for Spring Branch ISD, former chairman and police commissioner of the Memorial Village Police Department, and a member and former chairman of Texas A&M University at Galveston Board of Visitors. Cokinos holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the Jones Graduate School of Business Executive Management Program.

Kandace Farmer, DO of Highland Village is a Radiologist and Breast Imaging Specialist in Diagnostic Radiology with Rose Imaging Specialists. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association, the Society of Breast Imaging, the American College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the American Osteopathic College of Radiology Mammography Committee. In addition, she is a member of The Links Incorporated, a former member of the North Texas Women Business League and a former volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club. Farmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and she completed her scholarship training at Johns Hopkins University.

LuAnn Morgan of Midland is retired after more than 40 years of service in the electric utility industry and volunteering for non-profit organizations. She began her career with TXU Electric, eventually becoming District Manager serving 11 West Texas counties. Upon her early retirement, she became an Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) in Statistics and Marketing, served three terms on Midland City Council, and was formerly appointed governor of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. She has served as President and Campaign Chair for United Way of Midland, President of Economic Development for the Midland Chamber of Commerce, Finance for the Boy Scouts of America, President of Senior Services and President of the Rotary International Exchange Program. She is a Texas Leadership graduate and a co-founder 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 Masters of Business Administration from UTPB.

Jayaram Naidu, MD of Odessa is a physician and president of the Naidu Clinic and clinical assistant professor at 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, the Ector County Medical Society, and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Advisory Board and a past member of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In addition, he is a former governor appointed by the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force. Naidu received a medical degree from Guntur Medical College in Andhra, India, in 1966, and completed his residency in internal medicine at AC Logan Memorial Hospital in New York.

Sherif Zaafran, MD of Houston is a Certified Anesthesiologist and Vice Chairman of the Clinical Governance Board for US Anesthesia Partners for the Gulf Coast region as well as a member of the Clinical Governance Board for US Anesthesia Partners Texas. He serves on the board of directors of Lucid Lane and is a member of the FDA’s Analgesic and Anesthetic Pharmaceuticals Advisory Committee. He also served as the chair of the US Department of Health and Human Services Pain Management Task Force subcommittee. He is also a delegate of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, a delegate and member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and a member of the TMA delegation to the American Medical Association. Zaafran studied biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his medical studies and residency at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas at Houston. He is the current chairman of the Texas Medical Board.

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