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    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Attn: Heart Disease and Stroke Program
    PO Box 149347, MC 1945
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: 512-776-2834
    Fax: 512-776-7254

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About the Council


During the 76th session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers passed House Bill 2085, which included the creation of the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.

Activities of the Council include the :

  1. developing an effective and resource-efficient plan,
  2. conducting health education, public awareness, and community outreach,
  3. improving access to treatment,
  4. coordinating activities among agencies within the state, developing a database of recommendations for treatment and care, and
  5. collecting and analyzing information related to CVD 

Pursuant to Chapter 93 of Texas' Health and Safety Code, Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Council members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. They serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of four members expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year. A nonvoting member representing a state agency serves at the will of the appointing agency.

Visit the Governor's website for more information regarding appointments. 

Council Composition

(A)  a licensed physician with a specialization in cardiology;
(B)  a licensed physician with a specialization in neurology to treat stroke;
(C)  a licensed physician employed in a primary care setting;
(D)  a registered nurse with a specialization in quality improvement practices for cardiovascular disease and stroke;
(E)  a registered and licensed dietitian;
(F)  two persons with experience and training in public health policy, research, or practice;
(G)  two consumer members, with special consideration given to persons actively participating in the Texas affiliates of the American Heart Association or American Stroke Association, managed care, or hospital or rehabilitation settings; and
(H)  two members from the general public that have or care for persons with cardiovascular disease or stroke; and
(I)  one nonvoting member representing each of the state agencies that oversee: health services; assistive and rehabilitative services; and aging and disability services.

Council Members

Elected Members

Name  PositionHealth Service Region Term Expiration* 
Stanley M. Duchman, MDLicensed Physician in Cardiology6/5 S2/1/2027
Janet (Hall) Hewlett, RD, LDLicensed Dietitian 72/1/2023
Neal Rutledge, MDVice-Chair/Licensed Physician in Stroke
Kyle Sheets, MD Licensed Physician in Primary Care
Marcie Wilson, RN
Public Health, Policy and Research 72/1/2027 
Elie Balesh, MD
Consumer Member
6/5 S2/1/2025
Sherron Meeks, RN, PhD
Registered Nurse
9, 102/1/2027 
Vacant Consumer Member
Suzanne Hildebrand
Chair/Public Member
Samantha Kersey 
Public Member
6/5 S2/1/2025
E'Loria Simon-Campbell, PhD
Public Health Policy, Research Practice Member6/5 S2/1/2025
 * Voting members serve staggered six-year terms, with the terms of the members expiring February 1 of the year indicated.          

Non-Voting Agency Representatives

Name Organization 
Kelly Fegan-Bohm, MD, MPH, MA 
Texas Department of State Health Services 
Chelsea Couch, CHES
Texas Health and Human Services Commission 
Karen Brajcki, MRC, CRC
Texas Workforce Commission

Last updated August 26, 2021