Varma Appointed to State Committee

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Surendra K. Varma, M.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center University (TTUHSC) distinguished professor and vice chairman of pediatrics, to the Texas Medical Board District Review Committee (DRC).

Steven L. Berk, M.D., TTUHSC executive vice president and provost and School of Medicine dean, said Varma is an outstanding leader in the TTUHSC community and in his field.

“This is a tremendous state recognition for a physician who has been an invaluable faculty member, clinician, role model and tireless worker for the School of Medicine,” Berk said.

Varma, who also serves as associate dean of the Office of Graduate Medical Education and Resident Affairs and the Ted Hartman Endowed Chair of Medical Education, was appointed by the governor to serve a six-year term.

The committees are composed of M.D.s, D.O.s and public members who attend hearings to consider complaints against persons licensed by the Texas Medical Board and to propose disciplinary actions.

After appropriate orientation and training by the board and the disciplinary process review committee, DRC members will be scheduled to participate in informal settlement conferences, probationary panels, mediations, or perform other duties as may be assigned to committees or committee members. The committee member shall make recommendations for each investigative file. Each member may expect to spend approximately 10 to 15 days of panel participation each year.

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