Recently Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed a few people to the Texas Medical Board.
One of those is an East Texan.
Dr. Jeffrey Luna from Livingston was among the six appointed.
“The governor wanted to diversify the board and I think bringing me on provided a voice for rural primary care,” said Dr. Jeffrey Luna.
He has lived in Livingston since he was an infant and attended Texas A&M University for his undergrad and medical school and John Peter Smith Hospital for his family practice residency.
“The day after I finished residency I drove back here (Livingston) to start a practice in my hometown,” said Dr. Luna. “My dad is a doctor here and we work together.”
He has a passion for rural medical care and the before Governor Abbott’s inauguration, the board lacked rural care representation.
So when he saw this, he had to send in an application.
“(Governor Abbott) values insight not just from doctors who practice medicine in the ivory towers of our cities but also those of us out in the field taking care of rural Texans everyday,” said Dr. Luna. “I think having a rural voice on the statewide board that regulates physicians is absolutely fantastic. I’m glad we have rural East Texas representation.”
On the board he hopes to cut down on prescription drug abuse and have fair discipline of our state’s physicians.
With this appointment he will be working with physicians all over East Texas as well as the rest of the state.
“I work with a couple of doctors in Nacogdoches, Dr. Kyle McMorries and Dr. Eddy Furniss, and I know they do a great job in East Texas also,” said Dr. Luna. “I hope to partner with them and the rest of the doctors in our region of the state and our state in total in making sure we do a good job keeping our community safe.”