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UTHealth Alumnus Named Chief Medical Officer for Texas Medicaid and CHIP Programs

San Antonio pediatrician and University of Texas School of Public Health alumnus Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst has been appointed chief medical officer for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) within the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

[Photo: Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst]

Dr. Van Ramshorst earned his MPH from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in San Antonio in 2016 with a focus on policy and administration.

In this new job, Dr. Van Ramshorst will help provide clinical oversight for Medicaid and CHIP programs in Texas. He also will help develop and carry out medical policies for these programs.

Dr. Van Ramshorst says he’s excited about this new position, and he is grateful to colleagues and staff at the Texas Medical Association for mentoring him on Medicaid policy and advocacy.

“I have been working with Medicaid-CHIP policy since I was a medical student and have sought to educate myself and others about its importance,” he says. “Working with Medicaid-CHIP is personal to me, as upwards of 80 percent of my patients are insured with Medicaid or CHIP.”

Dr. Van Ramshorst also credits his education at UTHealth School of Public Health for helping him develop a foundation of knowledge in health policy and health care finance.

“I gained perspective from other health care professionals interested in public health and health policy, and connected with thought leaders in the field,” he says.

Dr. Van Ramshorst — who is chair of TMA’s Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured — will begin work at HHSC by late February.

– adapted from a Texas Medical Association news article