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Gov. Perry Appoints Three to Texas Medical Board District Four Review Committee

Wednesday, February 22, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Texas Medical Board District Four Review Committee for terms to expire Jan. 15, 2018. Committee members evaluate medical practice and professional competency, and make recommendations on investigations conducted by the board.

Ruthie Burrus of Beaumont is a certified public accountant and former director of development and finance for All Saints Episcopal School. She is a past member of the executive board of the Tyrrell Historical Library Association and the Lamar University Foundation, and past president of the Junior League of Beaumont and Kelly High School Board of Trustees. She is also past fundraising chair for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas and the American Heart Association of Beaumont. Burrus attended the University of Virginia and received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University.

John Guerra of Mission is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, and American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is also a volunteer medical youth educator for St. Paul's Catholic Church. Guerra received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas Pan American, a doctor of osteopathic medicine from the North Texas State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Phoenix General Hospital and Deer Valley Medical Center in Arizona. He is being reappointed.

Richard Newman of San Antonio is a head and neck surgical oncologist with ENT Clinics of San Antonio. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association and Bexar County Medical Society, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Texas Surgical Society, and the Radium Society, and is a fellow and member of the Head and Neck Surgical Society. He is a founding member of M.D. Anderson Associates and a past board member of the San Antonio Children's Service Bureau. He is also a member and volunteer surgeon for South Texas Physicians Outreach in Honduras and Project Hope with the Tsunami, and a former volunteer for the Holmgren Children's Shelter. Newman received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He completed his otolaryngology residency at the Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, and completed his fellowship in head and neck surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is being reappointed.

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