Health Care for All Texas
Leonard A. Zwelling, MD, MBA
Dr. Zwelling is a Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He was previously the Vice Presidnet for Research Administration at M. D. Anderson and is currently an active member in PNHP, The Metropolitan Organization, The Harris County Health Alliance, Doctors for Change and a member of the American Leadership Forum’s Med Class 2. He is a board certified internist and medical oncologist and a lab-based investigator. His primary interests in health policy are advancing the single payer system and improving access to life-saving clinical cancer trials.
Stephen K. Chao, MD
Dr. Stephen Chao is a family physician at Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Houston. He is also a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and was previously on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine.
Born and raised in Houston, Dr. Chao attended Rice University, graduating with degrees in Biochemistry and Health Policy. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his family medicine residency training at UT Health San Antonio and is committed to caring for the underserved residents of Houston and Harris County. His interests include care for immigrant and refugee populations, community health, and public policy.
Dr. Chao is a national board member of Physicians for a National Health Program and vice president of Health Care for All Texas. He also serves or has served on the boards of Refugee Services of Texas-Houston, OCA-Greater Houston, Eastside Promotoras de la Buena Salud, San Antonio Healthcare-NOW Coalition, and Doctors for Change. He is past president of the Chinese American Doctors Association of Houston.
James E. Alexander Jr., MD, FACS
Dr. Jim Alexander graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, board certified as a general surgeon by the American Board of Surgery, Board certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP), and is a 1996 graduate of the InterMountain Health Care Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement. He is a Captain (O-6), United States Naval Reserve, Retired.
Dr. Alexander has been a healthcare issues consultant with HCM since January, 2002.
He served for 5 years (1997 – 2002) as the Medicare Medical Director for the Texas Medicare program. In this full-time position he was responsible for the following: formulation of Medicare local medical policy for Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico Medicare Part A and Texas Medicare Part B. For more than 3 years prior to the above position Dr. Alexander was Associate Medicare Medical Director and additionally performed Associate Medical Director duties for the commercial health insurance division of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Prior to assuming these administrative medicine duties, he practiced clinical medicine and surgery as a general surgeon in the U.S. Navy for 7 years and in a private practice multi-specialty group for over 10 years.
Byron C. Tucker, MD
Dr. Tucker is a psychiatrist who currently works at the Bexar County Detention Center in San Antonio. He received his medical degree at UTHSC in San Antonio. After his internship he completed two years of psychiatric residency training in San Mateo, California and finished his training in San Diego at UCSD. He has worked in state hospitals in three states including Texas, Georgia, and Colorado. Dr. Tucker has also practiced in community mental health clinics in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and in San Antonio at the Center for Health Care Services. He has been a member of Physicians for a National Health Program for eight years
State Organizations Endorsing HR676
- Health Care for All Texas
Local Unions Endorsing HR676
- Texas AFL-CIO
- Austin Central Labor Council, Austin, Texas
- El Paso Central Labor Council, El Paso, Texas
- San Antonio Central Labor Council, San Antonio, Texas
- Texas Building Trades Council
- Local 6186, Texas State Employees Union/Communications Workers of America (TSEU/CWA)
- Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA)
- Retirees Club of Local 848, United Auto Workers (UAW), Grand Prairie, TX
- Smith County Central Labor Council, Tyler, TX