February 26, 2019

HHS Chief Medical Director Dr. Ryan D. Van RamshorstDr. Ryan D. Van Ramshorst is the new chief medical director for HHS, driving the clinical vision to ensure Texans on Medicaid and CHIP get the best services available.

Van Ramshorst, who began work Feb. 19, is a pediatrician. He had a practice in an underserved community in San Antonio before coming to HHS.

Noting that 80 percent of his patients had either Medicaid or CHIP, Van Ramshorst said his experience will be invaluable to his role in shaping the programs’ future for clients across the state.

“I want to bring my experiences to leaders in the agency and state government,” he said. “I love affecting the life of a patient in front of me, but this gives me the chance to help millions of people and their families.”

Van Ramshorst has undergraduate degrees in biology and Spanish from Chapman University in Orange, California, and received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also received his Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Outside of clinical experience treating pediatric patients, he has pursued roles in teaching, research and advocacy.

Van Ramshorst previously served as associate director of the pediatrics clerkship for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and was co-medical director for the UT Teen Health Clinic. He was chairman of the Texas Medical Association’s Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP and the Uninsured.

“Dr. Van Ramshorst brings strong education and experience, but he also brings tremendous energy and commitment to the clients we serve,” State Medicaid Director Stephanie Muth said. “He saw how critical our services are to the health and quality of life for so many vulnerable Texans when he was a medical student and he’s remained engaged in our programs throughout his career.”