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Member Spotlight: Dr. Michael Arambula

ASLME would like to congratulate member Dr. Michael Arambula on his appointment by Governor Rick Perry to Chair the Texas Medical Board.  Dr. Arambula previously served on the Board as Vice-President and as Chairman of the Licensure Committee. Among others, he helped formulate state policy regarding the practice of Telemedicine and Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Arambula received a B.S. and a Pharm.D. from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, and an M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed residency training in General Psychiatry (San Antonio) and fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry at Rush Medical College (Chicago), and carries board certifications in both.

Dr. Arambula has previously served in numerous leadership positions. He is a past Chairman of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians’ Ethics Committee and a past member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Ethics Appeal Board.  He also was a former Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law

In addition to working with the Texas Medical Board, Dr. Arambula is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and an Advisory Board Member of the Health Law and Policy Institute of the University of Houston College of Law.  He also is a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards and participated in the formulation of national policy regarding Impaired Physicians and Telemedicine. Dr. Arambula maintains a private practice in general and forensic psychiatry, the latter of which as a forensic consultant to the U.S. Government, the State of Texas and private law firms in civil and criminal litigation.  He also lectures on Forensic Psychiatry, Ethics and Professionalism.

Dr. Arambula’s presidential term is at the pleasure of the Governor, and Arambula says that he has received both congratulations and condolences. Regardless, he looks forward to a very busy and productive tenure.  The Texas Medical Board protects and enhances the public’s health, safety, and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for Texans.

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