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Gov. Perry Appoints Six to Texas Medical Board

Thursday, May 31, 2007  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Perry appointed six individuals to the Texas Medical Board for terms to expire April 13, 2013. The board serves to protect and enhance the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for the citizens of Texas.

Michael Arambula of San Antonio is a physician with ZA and Associates and is being reappointed to the board. He previously served as an appointee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments. Arambula is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association National Hispanic Medical Society and American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Texas, and a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Patricia S. Blackwell of Midland works for the West Texas Geological Society and is being reappointed to the board. She previously served on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and the City of Midland Street Commission. She is a board member of the Community Partners Rainbow Room, and volunteers with the Permian Basin Geological and Geophysical Auxiliary and the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum and Library.

Melinda C. McMichael of Austin is a physician at the University of Texas at Austin University Health Services where she previously served as medical director. She is board certified in internal medicine, and is a member of the Travis County Medical Society and American College of Physicians. McMichael is also a member of the Texas Medical, American Medical and American College Health associations. She volunteers regularly at the Volunteer Healthcare Clinic of Austin. McMichael received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a medical degree from the University of Kansas.

Margaret Carter McNeese is the associate dean for admissions and student affairs, and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Harris County Medical Society and Houston Pediatric Society. McNeese also served on the Texas Legislative Subcommittee on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Harris County Child Welfare Medical Committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mary Baldwin College and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Charles Edward Oswalt III of Waco is a trauma surgeon at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and formerly served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Advisory Council on Breast Cancer Treatment Alternatives within the Texas Department of Health. Oswalt is a member of the Texas Medical Association and Texas Surgical Society, and past president of the American Cancer Society, Texas Division, and Graham General Hospital. He received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Timothy Webb of Houston is an attorney with Webb & Associates and formerly served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Webb previously served as chairman of the Texas State Board of Physicians Assistants Examiners. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and a law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

These appointments are subject to senate confirmation.

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