American Diabetes Association Names New Houston Leadership

American Diabetes Association Names New Houston Leadership

Houston (December 1, 2010) The Volunteer Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association is proud to announce Dr. Jay Morris has been named ADA Council President, effective December 1, 2010.

Dr. Morris is Senior Medical Director for Clinical Strategy with OptumHealth. Prior to being appointed to this position, he served as Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare’s South Texas health plan.

Dr. Morris has over twenty years of clinical practice and healthcare administrative experience in the Houston area. Notable positions prior to joining UnitedHealthcare include serving as the Chief of Emergency Services and Medical Director of the Emergency Department at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, and Chairman of the Department of Urgent Care for Kelsey- Seybold Clinic.

Dr. Morris earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, his law degree from the South Texas College of Law, and a master’s degree in business administration from Rice University’s Jones School of Graduate Management. He is Board certified in Family Medicine.

In his new role with the American Diabetes Association, Dr.Morris will serve as the medical advisor and spokesperson for the Houston ADA. Dr. Morris succeeds outgoing ADA President Dr. Dale Hamilton, head of the Division of Diabetes, Obesity and Lipids, Department of Medicine at the Methodist Hospital.


Elected to serve a second term as Leadership Board Chairman is Houston businessman Umesh K. Verma.

Verma is CEO and Founder of Blue Lance, Inc., a premier global provider of information security and IT audit software. For over a quarter century, the mission of Blue Lance has been to ensure the protection of data for banks, corporations, health care organizations and government in over 40 countries. Blue Lance maintains the leading edge in development of IT Security Compliance solutions to help its clients satisfy SOX, FFIEC, GLBA, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, FISMA and other regulatory compliance mandates.

Mr. Verma plays an active role in the planning and development of global technology. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Technology Infrastructure Committee.

As a national leader in the area of emerging technologies, he also serves on the Advisory Board of the Houston Technology Center and the Board for The Center for Houston’s Future. Additionally, Mr. Verma has worked closely with city officials and provided thought leadership around Houston’s Wi-Fi Initiative.

Mr. Verma serves on the University of Houston College Of Technology Advisory Board, lending his expertise to curriculum development in information security. His commitment to technology education led him to found CTREC Hilton IT Academy which is the largest, business to business, private, IT training provider in Houston. Mr. Verma, is a University of Houston alumnus and graduate of the Rice University Executive Management Certification program. He is a Future 500 Upside Award recipient presented by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a recent Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year finalist, and been honored as a distinguished entrepreneur by the Houston Technology Center.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information about the Association, call(713)977- 7706 ext. 6091, or go to our website at

For More Information

Carole Lieber Director of Community Outreach and Communications American Diabetes Association (713) 977-7706 ext 6091


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