Zerwas to speak at commencement

Rep. John Zerwas
State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D.

BAYTOWN, TX – Texas State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D., will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Lee College Spring Commencement Ceremonies, set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at the Sports Arena on campus.

Zerwas is currently in his fifth legislative term representing Texas House District 28, which encompasses northwestern Fort Bend County and is among the fastest-growing regions in the state. He is in his first term as chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education, and has advocated for increasing access to higher education and expanding opportunities for graduate medical education.

A physician for more than 30 years and one of only four doctors in the Texas House of Representatives, Zerwas brings firsthand experience and knowledge of health care systems to the forefront as a member of the Committee on Public Health. He is past-president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and has previously served as president of the Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers and chief medical officer of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System. Zerwas also co-founded a Houston-area group practice more than a decade ago that recently became part of U.S. Anasthesia Partners, and he remains active in the operations of the partnership.

Zerwas has earned numerous awards and accolades for his dedication to public service. He was twice selected by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “Ten Best Legislators,” and received the 2014 Coalition for Texans with Disabilities Award and the 2014 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Award. In 2015, he was named the national Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Legislator of the Year for writing legislation to preserve patient access to innovative and cost-effective biologic medicines in Texas.

A graduate of Bellaire High School and the University of Houston, Zerwas earned his doctorate in medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in 1980.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.