TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER PEDIATRICIAN APPOINTED TO ADVISORY COMMITTEE
May 31, 2005
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May 20, 2005
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LUBBOCK—Surendra K. Varma, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center, was recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee
on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. The committee is coordinated and
supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, a component of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Varma will begin his term on the committee
immediately, and he will serve through Sept. 30, 2007.
“I think it’s an honor for me and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center that
they have appointed me to the committee,” Varma said.
The advisory committee was established in 1998, and its members are appointed by the
Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 22-member committee advises and makes
recommendations to Congress and the secretary on a range of policy and program issues
in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry and physician assistant
“The purpose is to advise the center for Medicare and Medicaid services for what kind
of manpower they should have in the future,” Varma said.
Varma received his medical degree from King George’s Medical College in Lucknow, India,
in 1962. He completed his pediatric residency and endocrinology fellowship at Harvard
Medical School. Varma currently serves as residency program director and vice-chairman
of the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He
is a University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics.
For more information about the Health Resources and Services Administration, visit
their website at http://bhpr.hrsa.gov.