Dr. David E. Persse, Physician Director (Emergency Medical Services – Houston Fire Department) and Public Health Authority (Houston Health Department) elected as Chairman of the SETRAC Board. 

The SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) announced today that Dr. David E. Persse has been elected as Chairman of the SETRAC Board. He replaces Dr. Kenneth L. Mattox, who completed his final term as chair (2011-2019) and now serves as Past Chair.

The new SETRAC Board Executive Committee consists of Dr. Persse (Chairman), Mr. Tom Flanagan (Vice Chair-Hospital Services), Mr. John Kowalik (Vice Chair-PreHospital Services), Mr. Graig Temple (Secretary), Mr. Lon Squyres (Treasurer), and Dr. Brent Kaziny (Officer-at-Large).

Dr. Persse is the physician director for the Houston Fire Department – Emergency Medical Services department and the public health authority for the Houston Health Department. He also serves as a tactical physician for the Houston Police Department’s SWAT Unit.

A longstanding member of the SETRAC community, Dr. Persse represents the City of Houston EMS on the SETRAC board and was elected to the Officer-At-Large position in July 2016.

Dr. Persse has received an array of awards throughout his career, most recently receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine in 2018 for his work during Hurricane Harvey and the Outstanding Contribution to EMS Award by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

“SETRAC is a great organization that has accomplished a lot over the years,” said Dr. Persse. “As the incoming chair, I have the incredibly intimating role of trying to fill the seat of Dr. Mattox. Everyone knows Dr. Mattox is legend.”

A full listing of the SETRAC Board of Directors can be found at www.setrac.org/board-of-directors.


 SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) – SETRAC has united hospitals and EMS agencies as a coalition that embraces best practices for the treatment of traumatic injuries, emergency stroke and cardiac care, and to prepare and respond to medical needs caused by disasters of all types, including Harvey.  SETRAC is the administrator of federal hospital preparedness program funding for the Texas Department of State Health Services.  It is a 501.c.3 organization whose work uniting providers as a healthcare coalition fosters collaboration that is producing uniquely strong results.  Those results are gaining national and international attention since emergency services improve and costs are reduced.