(COLLEGE STATION) – Ciro Sumaya, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., dean of the School of Rural Public Health (SRPH) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the United States.
In its search for a new board member, Ascension Health sought individuals with expertise in the areas of health policy and finance. Dr. Sumaya served as administrator at the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. He then went on to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health. After his four years of service to the federal government, Dr. Sumaya joined SRPH as its first dean. His experience makes him particularly well suited for the position. Dr. Sumaya’s three-year term begins immediately. Dr. Sumaya will provide Ascension Health with the experience of leading a large organization and with the values that are most important to the organization.
While Ascension Health focuses on providing health care and The School of Rural Public Health focuses on education, both share a common mission service to those who are underserved.

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