Gregory N. "Greg" Etzel, JD
Vice President of Legal Affairs
email@example.com, (409) 747-8730
Greg Etzel joined UTMB in 2013 as the Vice President of Legal Affairs. Before arriving at UTMB, Greg specialized in healthcare regulatory matters as a partner in the Houston office of King & Spalding LLP. He was previously a partner at Baker Hostetler LLP and an associate and of counsel attorney with Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston. Greg spent his 18 years of private practice focused exclusively on the representation of hospitals and other healthcare providers in a variety of complex legal transactions and regulatory litigation. Greg received his JD from the University of Houston Law School in 1995, with honors, and obtained his bachelor in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He has been licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1995.
Nathan J. Andersen, JD, LLM
Senior Legal Officer
Nathan Andersen joined UTMB in 2009, and currently serves UTMB as Senior Legal Officer, offering guidance and counsel on a wide range of projects for various institutional clients. Additionally, Nathan was delegated to hold the position of UTMB Public Information Officer by Dr. Callender, fostering interaction with many departments and individuals at UTMB through information requests made under the Texas Public Information Act. Nathan is an honors graduate of Austin College, earned his JD from Baylor University and an LLM in Health Law from the University of Houston. Nathan has been licensed to practice law by the Texas Bar since November 1998, holding different positions with both large and small firms, representing a wide-range of client matters during his career.
Carolanda Bremond, JD
Senior Legal Officer
firstname.lastname@example.org, (409) 747-8735
Carolanda Bremond joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in January of 2011. She is an attorney specializing in employment law, and she currently provides guidance regarding all aspects of employment law and compliance issues to UTMB's internal clients, including, but not limited to, UTMB's Human Resources Department, Department Chairs and Administrators, and management. Prior to joining UTMB, Carolanda worked in the Labor and Employment Section in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., where her practice focused on a variety of labor and employment issues, including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, workers' compensation, and other employment-related tort and contract issues. Carolanda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in Africana Studies from Wellesley College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Tina M. Conlon, JD, LLM
Senior Legal Officer
email@example.com, (409) 747-8729
Tina Conlon joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2010. She is responsible for providing legal guidance, service, and assistance to UTMB departments and administration including drafting and editing contracts, risk management, medical malpractice, hospital-medical staff issues and relationships (including credentialing, bylaws, and peer review), corporate compliance policies, hospital operations and accreditation, medical records and HIPAA compliance, EMTALA and bioethics issues, the purchase or sale of goods or services, and correctional managed care issues. Prior to her arrival at UTMB, Tina's legal experience included work at the Houston-based law firms of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP and Porter Hedges, LLP, and as Special Counsel for the Health & Human Services Commission in Austin. Tina spent a significant amount of her time working as defense counsel representing hospitals and physicians, as well as representing national corporations in complex commercial litigation matters including pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies. Tina holds a JD from Baylor University School of Law, an LLM in Health Law from The University of Houston Law School, and a BS from Texas Tech University. Tina obtained her license to practice in Texas in 2002.
Obiajulu N. "Bijul" Enaohwo, JD, MPH
Associate Legal Officer
firstname.lastname@example.org, (409) 747-8724
Bijul Enaohwo joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in October of 2014. She is an attorney specializing in healthcare law and administration, and currently provides legal advice and counsel regarding correctional managed care litigation, hospital and physician issues, medical malpractice and other general health law matters. Prior to joining UTMB, Bijul worked in healthcare compliance at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Bijul received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College. She also received a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Public Health consecutively from the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Texas, respectively. Bijul is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Rohan Hebbar, JD, LLM
email@example.com, (409) 747-8743
Rohan Hebbar joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in September of 2012 as an Associate Legal Officer in the Office of Institutional Compliance. In February of 2014, he transitioned to the Department of Legal Affairs. Rohan is responsible for reviewing and negotiating Clinical Trial Agreements as well as providing legal advice on a variety of research-related matters, including confidentiality of intellectual property and research data, publication rights of study findings, and institutional risk protection. Rohan received his bachelor's degree from the George Washington University, his JD from Tulane University, and earned an LLM in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He was licensed to practice law by the State of Texas in 2011.
Lauren M. Beamon, JD
firstname.lastname@example.org, (409) 747-8749
Lauren Beamon joined University of Texas Medical Branch in January of 2014. She currently serves as Associate Legal Officer and provides legal advice and counsel regarding all aspects of labor and employment law for UTMB. Prior to joining UTMB, Lauren worked in the City of Beaumont's City Attorney's Office, where her practice focused on a variety of labor and employment issues, civil litigation and contract issues. Lauren received her bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and her JD from Texas Southern University- Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She was licensed to practice law by the State of Texas in 2010.
Kristen N. Blanchard, RN, BSN, JD
Associate Legal Officer
Kristen Blanchard joined the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2015. She is responsible for providing legal guidance, service, and assistance to UTMB departments and administration regarding issues related to patient care, risk management, medical malpractice, and hospital operations. Kristen holds a JD from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, a BSN from Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing, and a BS from Texas State University. Kristen obtained her license to practice law in Texas in 2012 and her Texas nursing licensure in 2005. Prior to her arrival at UTMB, Kristen's legal experience included medical malpractice litigation on both the defense and plaintiff's side. Kristen's nursing career has spanned a variety of different specialties, including emergency room, post-anesthesia care, pre- and post-op and pediatrics.
Apriel Powell Martin, JD, LLM
email@example.com, (409) 747-8732
Apriel Powell Martin joined the Department of Legal Affairs in 2016. Apriel began her legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Galveston County District Attorney's Office where she prosecuted misdemeanors and felonies; and served as chief over the civil bond forfeiture division. Prior to her employment at UTMB, Apriel worked at CHI St. Luke's Health System where she practiced in the areas of HIPAA /HITECH compliance and later served as the ACO Executive in complex accountable care organization/Medicare Shared Savings regulatory matters, as well as operational oversight of the 900- member independent physician association concerning the formation of integrated clinical integration systems governed by CMS and FTC as well as state medical practice acts. Apriel is a graduate of Langston University with a B.S. in Health Care Administration and she earned her juris doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. Apriel has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2006.
Listed above are the members of the Legal Affairs staff, their contact information and their primary areas of responsibility. While you should feel free to contact any staff member for assistance, this list will help you to determine whom to call if you do not already have an established contact within the office. You may also simply call the office at extension 78738 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff member.
Communications with office lawyers are protected by the privilege for attorney-client communications, and therefore are confidential, if they are made for the purpose of seeking legal advice on behalf of the university. Such communications can be revealed only to other university officials, on a need-to-know basis.
Although e-mail communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege to the same extent as communications made by other means, e-mail is not completely secure. We therefore encourage you to exercise appropriate discretion in using e-mail to communicate with us about sensitive matters.