Jacob Cintron

Jacob Cintron serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the University Medical Center of El Paso.

Mr. Cintron has more than 35 years of healthcare management experience. He began his healthcare career at the Thomason Hospital, now named University Medical Center of El Paso – which he leads today.

Mr. Cintron comes to University Medical Center of El Paso from Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, where he served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2016, prior to his July 2016 arrival at the University Medical Center of El Paso.  Other leadership positions he held at Del Sol Medical Center include Chief Operating Officer, Associate Administrator II, and Vice President of Support Services.

He also served in senior leadership positions (Chief Operating Officer) at Vanguard Healthcare in Chicago; for IASIS Healthcare at Southwest General Hospital in San Antonio; and for UHS’ Southwest Healthcare System in California before returning to El Paso at HCA’s 336 bed Del Sol Medical Center. 

Mr. Cintron began his career in healthcare, still in his teen years, and progressed through myriad levels of complexity, management and leadership to his full-circle return as President  & CEO to the hospital he started at more than 35 years prior. 

Mr. Cintron serves on the board of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; is the Current Chair of Emergence Health Network and Paso Del Norte Health Information Exchange; and serves on various other El Paso committees and boards.  Mr. Cintron holds a Bachelor of Science – Industrial Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Accountancy, all from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Mr. Cintron oversees the extremely important affiliations and partnerships of the University Medical Center of El Paso with Texas Tech University. These affiliations ensure the campus at University Medical Center of El Paso continues to be the center of medical teaching, providing an exceptional learning environment and experience for medical students, residents, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. These affiliations with Texas Tech include the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Other affiliations include the University of Texas at El Paso Nursing Programs, El Paso Community College Nursing Programs, Socorro/Bel Air/Silva Magnet High Schools, the Dona Ana Community College, New Mexico State University, Texas Women’s University, Western New Mexico University, Western Tech, National Institute First Assist, and New Mexico State University. Together, these programs are responsible for training more than a thousand students each year at the Campus of University Medical Center of El Paso.

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Frederick P. Cerise, M.D.
Previous Chair

Frederick P. Cerise, MD serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Dr. Cerise comes to Parkland with years of experience in a variety of roles as a health care administrator, medical school faculty member and practicing physician.

Most recently, he served as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Medicine. From 2007 to 2012 Dr. Cerise was Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. Prior to that, he was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals from 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Cerise began his career at the Earl K. Long Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Between 1991 and 2004, he advanced from the role of Assistant Program Director and Clinical Faculty member to Medical Director and ultimately served as Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Cerise holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Notre Dame, Indiana and earned his Medical Degree at Louisiana State University, New Orleans. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. In 2001, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and has served on the Louisiana Federal Health Care Reform Steering Committee and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, among others.

Russell Meyers
Vice Chair

Russell Meyers became President of Midland Health in November 2002.

Before coming to Midland, he held several positions with HCA, Inc., including chief executive roles at three Houston-area hospitals. Prior to HCA, he began his healthcare leadership career with the Methodist Healthcare System in Houston. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and active in a variety of professional and community organizations.

Mr. Meyers completed a Master of Science degree in Administration of Health Services at the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 1986 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University in 1998. He graduated from Rice University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Managerial Studies.

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Kirk A. Calhoun, M.D.

Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun has served as President and CEO of UT Health Northeast (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler) since November 2002. He is very active at the local, regional, state, and national levels in the field of healthcare.  Dr. Calhoun currently serves on the Teaching Hospitals of Texas Board of Trustees and has been reappointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as a member of the State Health Services Council. He also served as Past-Chair of the National Association of Public Hospitals Executive Committee, is on the Board of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals, and is on the United States Health and Human Services Council on Graduate Medical Education.  Dr. Calhoun has served on the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees and the statewide Task Force of Medical Indigent Care.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, he earned a medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  He did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University and Medical Center in Evanston, Illinois and completed a fellowship in clinical nephrology, hypertension, and metabolism at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Tyler, Texas, Dr. Calhoun served as senior vice president and medical director of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and as corporate medical director of UTMB HealthCare Systems in Galveston, Texas.

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George B. Hernández, Jr., JD

George B. Hernández, Jr., JD, is the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Bexar County Hospital District, d/b/a University Health System.  The Health System operates 19 primary, specialty and preventive healthcare centers throughout Bexar County, as well as University Hospital, a 716-bed hospital which serves as South Texas’ only civilian Level I trauma center and first and only Level II pediatric trauma and burn center. University Health System also operates a non-profit HMO, Community First Health Plans, Inc.; a non-profit multi-specialty physician practice, Community Medicine Associates; and is a 50 percent owner of San Antonio AirLIFE, an emergency air ambulance program covering South Texas.

The Health System is South Texas’ first and only Magnet healthcare organization, a status designated by the American Nurses Association and earned only by 6 percent of U.S. hospitals.  As one of the Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems in the nation, University Health System ranks in the top 1 percent of U.S. health organizations for achieving a high level of information technology integration. In 2015, for the fifth straight year, University Hospital was named best hospital in the San Antonio region by U.S. News & World Report.

Hernández serves as a member of the “Code Red” Task Force on Access to Health Care in Texas. He serves on the board of America’s Essential Hospitals, the board of the University HealthSystem Consortium, and is past chair of both the Texas Hospital Association (2013) and Teaching Hospitals of Texas (2005-08).

He was honored in 2009 by the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers as the recipient of the Frank M. Adams Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service and named one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2010. Hernandez and the Health System’s chief information officer were joint recipients of the 2008 Transformational Leadership Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association.

Hernández is a native of San Antonio. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University and law degree from George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Katrina Lambrecht, JD, MBA
Member at Large

Katrina Lambrecht, JD, MBA, serves as Vice President, Health System Operations & Regional Hospitals at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She provides strategic and operational leadership for the community hospitals in UTMB’s regional markets including the Angleton Danbury Campus, League City Campus, and the Clear Lake Campus and also oversees UTMB's collaborative partnership with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  

Ms. Lambrecht is also responsible for implementation of population health strategies and models for payment reform, facilitating a governance structure to achieve value-based reimbursement metrics under the various alternative payment model arrangements including individual payer accountable care contracts and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program under the Medicaid 1115 Waiver program.  UTMB also serves as the 1115 Waiver anchor for a 16-county region in southeast Texas, convening providers, providing technical assistance to regional providers, communicating with Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of the region, and handling semi-annual provider reporting.   

Ms. Lambrecht leads Access Operations & Services and Care Transitions across the health system including access services, patient placement center, care management and social work across the care continuum, utilization management, and the health maintenance team; and oversees UTMB’s Multi-share  health benefits program for small businesses with less than 50 employees in Galveston County.

Katrina earned both her JD and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

John Zerwas, M.D.
Honorary Member

John M. Zerwas, M.D., joined The University of Texas System as Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs in October 2019. He provides oversight and guidance for the six UT System health institutions, one of the largest networks of academic health institutions in the country with an aggregate annual operating budget of more than $14.7 billion.

Prior to joining U. T. System, he served the citizens of Texas House District 28 (Northwestern Fort Bend County) for seven legislative terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Zerwas served eleven years on the House Appropriations Committee, three as Chairman, and six as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. As the 2015-2016 Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, he advocated to increase access to higher education and grow opportunities for graduate medical education. He brought firsthand experience and knowledge of health care systems and policy to the House Committee on Public Health and also served as a member of the Legislative Budget Board. As a Representative, Zerwas earned has earned numerous accolades for his dedication to public service, including being twice named one of the "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly, a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Houston's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and "BIO Legislator of the Year" by Biotechnology Industry Organization for writing critical legislation that preserves patient access to innovative and cost-effective biologic medicines in Texas. In 2019, he was awarded the National Distinguished Advocacy Award from the American Cancer Society Action Network.

A physician for more than 30 years, Zerwas is past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Zerwas cofounded a Houston area group practice in 1996 which became part of US Anesthesia Partners in 2012. He remained active in the practice and operations of the practice until joining the UT System.  From 2003 to 2008, Zerwas served Chief Medical Officer of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System, and Chief Physician Integration Officer until 2009.

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Maureen Milligan
Honorary Member

Maureen Milligan serves as CEO and President of Teaching Hospitals of Texas (THOT).  Before joining THOT, Maureen served as the Director of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency and Director of the Health Care Quality and Analytics, Research, Coordination and Support unit at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Maureen successfully led the development and CMS negotiation of the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Waiver and has served in various roles in her 16 years with the Commission. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff at HHSC, Deputy Director in Medicaid CHIP, and the manager of Health Plan Operations responsible for over three billion dollars in Medicaid and CHIP managed care contracts. Her work experience has focused on state and federal health care reform, state health care policy for Medicaid and indigent care, and Medicaid operational and contract management.