Former state Sen. Kyle Janek, MD, will become executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on Sept. 1. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Dr. Janek and announced that Chris Traylor, of Austin, will be chief deputy commissioner.
"Texas, like the rest of the country, is headed into a period of the most significant changes in health care in our history," Governor Perry said. "This new leadership team, with Kyle and Chris at the helm, combines unparalleled experience and expertise to ensure Texans continue to have access to the health care they need while implementing fiscal policies that are mindful it's taxpayer money they are spending."
Dr. Janek is a board-certified anesthesiologist and director of anesthesia services at Lakeway Regional Medical Center near Austin. He served in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate from 1995 to 2008. He replaces Tom Suehs, who is retiring.
Mr. Traylor has been commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services since 2010.
Action, Aug. 1, 2012