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Chief Medical Officers

The role of chief medical officer reflects Texas Health Resources' commitment to engaging physicians, nurses and staff at all levels in providing quality clinical care to patients.

A primary objective of the position is to foster physician engagement in clinical initiatives and work with Quality and Patient Safety/Risk Management departments.

Learn more about the individuals fulfilling this role by using the pulldown menu below to find information about the chief medical officer at a Texas Health hospital near you. 

 


Texas Health Resources

Daniel Varga, M.D., Senior Executive Vice President

Daniel Varga, M.D.,

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Daniel Varga, M.D.,, joined Texas Health Resources in January 2013 as the system’s first chief clinical officer (CCO) and senior executive vice president. As CCO he is responsible for achieving full and seamless integration of the entire Texas Health clinical enterprise, including quality, patient safety, and patient experience initiatives. He also oversees physician relationships, clinical integration, care design, and clinical research and education.

Varga comes to Texas Health with 24 years of combined experience in patient practice, medical education and health care administration. He served in a number of senior clinical leadership roles in large health care organizations, most recently as the chief clinical officer at KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in Kentucky.

Prior to this position, he served as chief medical officer (CMO) at Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, Ky., regional vice president-CMO at SSM Healthcare-Saint Louis, senior vice president and CMO at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky., and founder and president of Community Medical Associates, a large primary care physician group.

Varga received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and his medical education was at the University of Louisville. He is board certified in internal medicine.

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Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

James H. Sammons Jr., M.D.
James H. Sammons Jr., M.D.

James H. Sammons Jr., M.D., was named chief medical officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in July 2012. He promotes clinical excellence and safety in patient care throughout all hosptial departments.

With 20 years of physician leadership experience, Sammons formerly served as vice president for medical affairs at two Virginia health care systems: Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg. Having served in the Armed Forces for more than 26 years, Sammons is a retired colonel from the United States Air Force Medical Corps, where he completed clinical and leadership assignments during two wars.

Sammons graduated from Texas A&M University and Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center in Virginia. He also holds a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Sammons and his wife, Cindy, who is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE

Joseph Prosser, M.D.
Joseph Prosser, M.D.

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE, serves as vice president and chief medical officer for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fort Worth, Cleburne and Specialty Hospital.

At Texas Health Azle, Prosser provides quality and outcomes support, and works with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. He also works with Texas Health leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives.

Under his leadership, Texas Health Azle has been named a Level IV Trauma Center, has received a quality care financial reward from the Healthcare Quality Incentive Demonstration and has been named a QUEST Top Performing Hospital.

Prior to serving as chief medical officer, Prosser served as the medical director of quality at Texas Health Fort Worth.

He previously served as medical director/assistant administrator at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a member of the Hospital Sisters Health System in Belleville, Ill. Prosser earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Jon's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to graduate with a master's of business administration from Webster University.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE

Joseph Prosser, M.D.
Joseph Prosser, M.D.

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE, serves as vice president and chief medical officer for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fort Worth, Cleburne and Specialty Hospital.

At Texas Health Cleburne, Prosser provides quality and outcomes support, and works with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. He also works with Texas Health leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives.

Under his leadership, Texas Health Cleburne has received a quality care financial reward from the Healthcare Quality Incentive Demonstration and has been named a QUEST Top Performing Hospital.

Prior to serving as chief medical officer, Prosser served as the medical director of quality at Texas Health Fort Worth. He previously served as medical director/assistant administrator at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a member of the Hospital Sisters Health System in Belleville, Ill. Prosser earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Jon's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to graduate with a master's of business administration from Webster University.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE

Joseph Prosser, M.D.
Joseph Prosser, M.D.

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE, serves as vice president and chief medical officer for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fort Worth, Cleburne and Specialty Hospital.

At Texas Health Fort Worth, Prosser works with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. He supervises the Continuous Quality Improvement Department, provides input and support for clinical quality projects, supervises the Outcomes Department, and serves as medical director for Hospital Medicine Associates.

Prosser also works with Texas Health leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives. Under his leadership, Texas Health Fort Worth has received a quality care financial reward from the Healthcare Quality Incentive Demonstration and has been named a QUEST Top Performing Hospital.

Prior to serving as chief medical officer, Prosser served as the medical director of quality at Texas Health Fort Worth.

He previously served as medical director/assistant administrator at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a member of the Hospital Sisters Health System in Belleville, Ill. Prosser earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Jon's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to graduate with a master's of business administration from Webster University.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Susann Land, M.D., M.B.A.

Susann Land, M.D.
Susann Land, M.D.

Susann Land, M.D., M.B.A., serves as vice president and chief medical officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

In this role, Land works closely with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. She also works with Texas Health leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives.

Under her leadership, Texas Health HEB was designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, earned designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization, received a quality care financial award from the Healthcare Quality Incentive Demonstration and was named a QUEST Top Performing Hospital.

Prior to her role as chief medical officer, Land served in progressive administrative positions at the hospital while continuing a part-time geriatric practice.

Land earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, Texas, and went on to earn a master's degree in business administration from the University of Dallas.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is currently conducting a search for a chief medical officer.

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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville

Jeffrey K. Edwards, M.D.

Jeffrey K. Edwards, M.D.
Jeffrey K. Edwards, M.D.

Jeffrey K. Edwards, M.D., is the chief medical officer at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville.

In this role, Edwards works closely with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. He also works with Texas Health Resources leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives.

Beyond his role as chief medical officer, Edwards serves in a number of leadership positions at Texas Health Stephenville, including vice chief of staff, chair of the Physician Health & Wellness Committee, member of the Medical Executive Committee and member of the Texas Health Physician Leadership Council.

Edwards is a family practice physician in private practice at the Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Wash., and completed his internship and residency at Family Practice Residency of Idaho in Boise, Idaho. 

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen

Robert Schwab, M.D.

Robert Schwab, M.D.
Robert Schwab, M.D.

Robert Schwab, M.D., serves as vice president and chief medical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

Schwab came to Texas Health Allen in May 2010 from St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where he served in the Patient Safety/Risk Management department.

In his role as chief medical officer, Schwab works closely with hospital and medical staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. His primary objective will be to foster physician engagement in clinical initiatives and to work with Quality and Patient Safety/Risk Management departments within the hospital.

Schwab graduated from the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Aurora Estevez, M.D., MBA, FACOG
Aurora Estevez

Aurora Estevez, M.D., M.B.A., FACOG, was named chief medical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in July 2013. She is responsible for advancing clinical excellence and physician leadership and integration, working with a medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians. Estevez oversees quality and performance improvement, outcomes management, utilization review, risk management, infection prevention, physician relations, graduate medical education and medical staff affairs.

Prior to joining Texas Health, Estevez served as chief medical officer at NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Fla., where she contributed to many system-wide accomplishments including a three star STS ranking in cardiac surgery, implementation of the electronic medical record, and affiliation with the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Estevez also previously served as medical affairs officer at two Tenet hospitals in South Florida and was in private practice in Boca Raton, Fla., for 15 years.

Estevez is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, obtained her medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed her residency at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. Estevez earned a master's in business administration from Yale University in 2008 and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Robert Schwab, M.D.

Robert Schwab, M.D.
Robert Schwab, M.D.

Robert Schwab, M.D., serves as vice president and chief medical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

Schwab came to Texas Health Denton in May 2010 from St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where he served in the Patient Safety/Risk Management department.

In his role as chief medical officer, Schwab works closely with hospital and medical staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. His primary objective will be to foster physician engagement in clinical initiatives and to work with Quality and Patient Safety/Risk Management departments within the hospital.

Schwab graduated from the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman

Mark William Sij, D.O.

Mark Sij, D.O.
Mark William Sij, D.O.

Mark William Sij, D.O., is the chief medical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman.

In this role, Sij works closely with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. He also works with Texas Health leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives.

Under his leadership, Texas Health Kaufman has received a quality care financial reward from the Healthcare Quality Incentive Demonstration project and has been named a QUEST Top Performing Hospital. Sij specializes in internal medicine and also serves as the medical director for Your Health Team, Home Health Care and Bridgeway Hospice.

Sij earned his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center–Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas.

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Stephen K. Hadzima, M.D.

 
Stephen K. Hadzima, M.D.

Stephen K. Hadzima, M.D., joined Texas Health Plano as its chief medical officer on June 20, 2011. Hadzima joined Texas Health Plano from UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions in St. Louis, where he served as senior medical director and vice president, and central region chief medical officer, for the Medicare Advantage products since 2008.

At Texas Health Plano, Hadzima is responsible for all initiatives, programs and achievements in the areas of quality management, patient safety and risk management, infection control, and care management.

Prior to his tenure with UnitedHealthCare Medicare Solutions, Hadzima was chief medical officer and chief quality officer in 2008 for Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. from 1999 to 2007, he was vice president and chief medical officer for Christian Hospital in St. Louis, a founding member of BJC Healthcare. From 1987 to 2007, he was in engaged in either full or part-time practice in internal medicine, St. Louis County, Mo.

Board-certified in internal medicine, Hadzima graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in June 1983 with his bachelor's and doctor of medicine degrees. He completed his internship and residency at Saint Louis University and was awarded a master's degree in business administration from the Washington University Olin School of Business Executive Program in May 1998. His background also includes clinical instructor of medicine at St. Louis University and examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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Texas Health Specialty Hospital

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE

Joseph Prosser, M.D.
Joseph Prosser, M.D.

Joseph Prosser, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., FACPE, serves as vice president and chief medical officer for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fort Worth, Cleburne and Specialty Hospital.

At Texas Health Specialty Hospital, Prosser provides quality and outcomes support, and works with hospital and physician staff leadership to promote clinical excellence and safety in patient care. He also works  with Texas Health leadership around the system to advance clinical initiatives.

Prior to serving as chief medical officer, Prosser served as the medical director of quality at Texas Health Fort Worth.

He previously served as medical director/assistant administrator at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a member of the Hospital Sisters Health System in Belleville, Ill. Prosser earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Jon's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. He went on to graduate with a master's of business administration from Webster University.

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