HCA Affiliated Kingwood Medical Center is lead by a team of more than 1,300 employees and 450 physicians and is supported by an impressive Board of Trustees comprised of highly respected and accomplished physicians as well as community business leaders.
The role of Kingwood Medical Center’s Board of Trustees is to assist in evaluating the hospital’s delivery of health care and development of new service lines and programs that ensure our patients are provided the most advanced technology and cost effective health care close to home.
Chik-Fong Wei, M.D., Board of Trustees Chair
Dr. Chik-Fong Wei was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States for his college education where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a PhD in Biophysical Sciences from the University of Houston. He also received an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Dr. Wei completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. After finishing his fellowship training, he served as an assistant professor of Cardiology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he was honored with the Dean’s Excellence Award four years in a row. He was also elected by the senior medical class to be a faculty member of the AOA Honor Society.
Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Wei also served as Chief of Staff at Kingwood Medical Center during the 2007 year.
Eva Gail Abington
Eva Gail Abington was born and raised in Austin, Texas and moved to the Houston area in 1990. In 1999, she moved to Kingwood where she and her husband have raised their daughter and son. Eva Gail graduated with honors and a degree in marketing from Texas State University and later served as Advertising Coordinator for Texas Fish & Game magazine, and for TIDE, the official magazine of the Coastal Conservation Association.
After having children, her work priority has been her children and volunteering through school, church and other activities in the Kingwood community. Eva Gail is an avid tennis player and when the Northeast Christian Academy tennis coach moved away, she stepped in and served as a volunteer interim tennis instructor for students participating in the tennis program.
Eva Gail began participating in league tennis at Kingwood Country Club in 2001, and has since been active in many other local leagues. She is currently a member of the United Stated Tennis Association (USTA), the Houston Ladies Tennis Association (HLTA) and the Texas Jackrabbit tennis league, where she serves as one of the league leaders.
Eva Gail is married to Bill Abington, a partner at Alvarez and Marsal. They have two children, Hallie, a freshman at Texas A&M, and Reagan, a freshman at Kingwood Park High. Eva Gail, along with her family are members of Second Baptist Church in Kingwood.
Kris Barnsfather, M.D., Chief of Staff
Dr. Kris Barnsfather grew up in many different states including Colorado, California, Florida, and Minnesota. After graduating from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado with scholarships and honors, she received her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. She enjoyed teaching high school mathematics for seven years.
Dr. Barnsfather had been interested in medicine and the human body since childhood and finally made the switch into the medical field in 1998. She earned her Medical Doctorate in Louisville, Kentucky at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and was awarded the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Award.
Her OB/GYN internship and residency were completed in Indianapolis, Indiana. She again earned awards including the Top Gun laparoscopic surgery award. After residency, Dr. Barnsfather moved to Kingwood with her son and husband. She worked in the area with Her Healthcare from 2006 until 2010. From 2010 until April 2013 she worked with Advanced Women’s Healthcare. Then she joined the staff of Care for Women.
She is very involved in teaching women about their health and how to prevent disease. She keeps up with the current trends and data and is always striving to offer the most advanced and least invasive therapies as well as the tried and true.
Dr. Barnsfather serves as the current Chief of Staff at Kingwood Medical Center.
Carol Sutton moved to Kingwood in 1994 with her husband (Randy) and two daughters (Alison and Megan) and began working at the Lake Houston Family YMCA. She retired from the Y in 2014 after 20 years as the Community Liaison and was responsible for marketing, membership, community involvement and coordinating the two fundraising events: Bridge Fest 5K and Dancing for Partners.
During her years at the Y she assisted with two capital campaigns, which completed expansions of the building allowing the Y to provide more services and programs to thousands of families in the Lake Houston area.
Carol has also been a dedicated volunteer in the community and has served with National Charity League, Humble ISD Foundation, American Heart Association, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, FamilyTime, City of Houston Mobility Study Committee, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Chi Omega Alumnae Association and is currently serving as the lead Advisor for the Chi Omega Chapter at the University of Houston. She and her husband are LSU graduates, avid Tiger fans and enjoy following LSU sports (Geaux Tigers!).
Rick Ganim, FACC, FSCAI, Past Chief of Staff
Dr. Rick Ganim graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston with honors and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, General Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Ganim is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas-Houston where he completed his fellowship in Interventional Cardiology.
He served as Chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine from 2009-2012 and was Chief of Staff in 2014 at Kingwood Medical Center, where he is currently Director of Cardiovascular Services. Dr. Ganim is a partner in Cardiovascular Association, P.L.L.C and specializes in coronary and peripheral interventions. He is currently involved in multiple coronary artery stent research and drug therapy trials for various cardiovascular diseases.
A native of Louisiana, Keith Lapeze received a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Tech University followed by a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1998, graduating Order of the Coif. A year later he completed a judicial clerkship with Judge James L. Dennis on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
After moving to Houston in 1999, Keith became a partner at Vinson and Elkins, LLP. With 10 years tenure at V&E, Keith ventured out and founded the Houston law firm The Lapeze Firm, P.C. Keith’s achievements in the law have earned him recognition in numerous national and regional publications.
Keith is an integral part of the community having served as a Humble I.S.D. Trustee since 2006 and served on the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. Prior to his election as a Trustee, he served on Humble I.S.D.'s 2005 Bond Review Committee and the District Advisory Committee, among his other volunteer activities with the District. When not practicing law or serving as a volunteer, Keith enjoys spending time with his family, fly fishing, snowboarding and playing golf.
Residents of Fall Creek, Keith and his wife, Christy, have one child, Luke, and attend Kingwood United Methodist Church.
Robert Sitton was born, raised and continues to live in the Humble community. He is a 1982 graduate from Humble High School and a 1988 graduate from Sam Houston State University with Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
In 1998, Robert began his career in the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter before accepting a position with Edward Jones Investments in 2002, where he continues today. His office is located in Atascocita.
Prior to entering the investment profession, Robert was a Teacher and Coach at Aldine Senior High in the Aldine Independent School District. During his tenure, the Mustangs won the 1990 State 5A Football Championship and were named High School Football National Champions. The Aldine staff was later named to coach the Texas High School Football All-star game in 1992.
Volunteerism and the community are two of Robert's passions. In 2011, he was elected to serve on the Humble ISD Board of Trustees and re-elected in 2013. He serves on the Finance, Building and Planning and the Program Evaluation committees. He has also served as Board Parlimentarian, Secretary and is the current Vice President of the board. Prior to being elected, Robert served on the 2008 Bond Study committee and the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board. While with the Foundation, he chaired the Endowment and Visionary committees. Robert also serves on the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he is currently the Chair-Elect. He has chaired the Chamber's largest fundraiser, the Chamber Classic and the Party on the Green for the past six years. Locally, Robert has served as coach, parent and board member, for several youth sports organizations and spent ten years volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Married to his wife, Jennifer (Jen), for 9 years they have a his/hers/ours family. Jon, wife Katherina and little RJ, live in Atascocita while Cody is serving in the United States Navy and Keanen and Kaitlyn continue to live in the family home in Eagle Springs and attend Humble ISD Schools. The Sitton family attend Second Baptist Church in Kingwood.
Maura Walsh, President - HCA Gulf Coast Division
As president of the HCA Gulf Coast Division, Maura Walsh is committed to continuing HCA’s legacy of excellent and compassionate care. She began her healthcare career in 1980, holding executive roles at hospitals in Vermont, Arkansas, and Texas. She joined HCA in 1987, eventually serving as CEO for three different hospitals within the division. Today, she serves as the division’s president.
Ms. Walsh has actively served as a board member for a number of local organizations, including the Greater Houston Partnership, the American Diabetes Association – Houston, the American Heart Association – Houston, and others. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Under her guidance, the division has grown to thirteen hospitals, eight ambulatory surgery centers, fourteen diagnostic imaging facilities, seven off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of HCA Gulf Coast Division-affiliated hospitals, as well as, access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.
Ms. Walsh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. In 2010, UH-Clear Lake honored Walsh with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Janice S. Peterson
Janice S. Peterson is the owner of Buster Brown Propane Service, JSCP Land Development and Co-Owner of Buster’s Brew Coffee & Deli in New Caney, Texas.
She is the ESD #7 Board Commissioner and Vice President of the New Caney Fire Department in New Caney, Texas. Janice serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in New Caney, Texas; and on the Board of Directors of Montgomery County United Way in Conroe, Texas. Previously, she served as the Regional Vice President and Director District 4 for Texas Propane Gas Association in Austin, Texas.
A life time resident of East Montgomery County, Janice is married to Mark W. Peterson, Vice President Buster Brown Propane, and has one son Matthew J. Peterson, the Corporate Treasurer & Office Manager Buster Brown Propane, and a daughter in law Tayra Peterson, the Co-owner of Buster’s Brew Coffee & Deli. Janice and Mark have three beautiful grandchildren, Abigail, JoAnna & Christian Peterson.
Cordell Okezie Nwokeji, M.D.
Dr. Cordell Nwokeji graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He earned his medical degree at Howard University, College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his general surgery residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, New Jersey and Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed his urology residency at Southern Illinois in University, Springfield, IL. Dr. Nwokeji specializes in general urology with an emphasis in minimally invasive prostate cancer therapy.
Dr. Nwokeji is certified in Urology by the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the American Urological Association and the Houston Urologic Society. Dr. Nwokeji is a partner and member of the Executive Counsel for Texas Urology Specialists.
Dr. Nwokeji is married to his wife Aimee, and he enjoys exercising, soccer, weight lifting, and ping pong. In his spare time, he is a field coach in Track Houston Organization and an assistant coach for junior league basketball teams.
Stephen Ratcliff, M.D., (Chief of Staff Elect)
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He went on to complete medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and residencies in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and in anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Dr. Ratcliff was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Texas Army National Guard and as a Major in the United States Air Force Reserves. In addition to his service, he has volunteered in Guatemala as anesthesiologist for the non-profit group Faith In Practice. Dr. Ratcliff is the Chief of Staff Elect and serves as the Director of Anesthesia, Podiatric Surgical Residency Program, at Kingwood Medical Center. He and his wife, Jeanine, have been married for four years and have a 21-month-year-old son, Samuel.
Salvador Recio, M.D.
Dr. Salvador Recio graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico. He went on to earn his medical degree at Ponce School of Medicine and his residency in internal medicine at Seton Hall University in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Dr. Recio is a board certified in internal medicine and has been in practice for 23 years. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Recio is a partner in Millennium Physicians Association, PLLC.