Pharmacy Residency (PGY1)

Senior Executives

Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer

Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH, was named President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. Prior to joining Parkland, Dr. Cerise served as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Medicine. From 2007 to 2012, he was Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Cerise was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He began his career at the Earl K. Long Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La. Between 1991 and 2004, he advanced from the role of Assistant Program Director and Clinical Faculty member to Medical Director and ultimately served as Chief Executive Officer of Earl K. Long Medical Center.

Dr. Cerise holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Notre Dame and earned his Medical Degree at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2011, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He is a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, Nurse Family Partnership, and previously served on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Edmundo Castañeda, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Edmundo Castañeda, FACHE, was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2022. Prior to joining Parkland, Castañeda worked for Dignity Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, in the greater Sacramento, CA, area. There he served as President of Mercy General Hospital and Woodland Memorial Hospital. From 2015-2017, he was responsible for Mercy General Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Folsom. Before joining Dignity Health in 2012, Castañeda served as Chief Executive Officer at Tenet’s Sierra Medical Center in El Paso from 2007-2012. He has also held leadership positions at Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, NM, where he served as CEO; and as COO at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM, and administrator of HCA’s Surgical Center of El Paso & East El Paso Surgery Center, as well as other leadership positions in New Mexico.

Castañeda, who is fluent in Spanish, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned his Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX; and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

Joseph Chang, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Joseph Chang, MD, MBA, FACOG, is the Chief Medical Officer at Parkland and a member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Chang earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine including completing his OB/GYN residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, and his Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. He is board certified, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of The American Association of Physician Leaders.

Dr. Chang is currently the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Parkland Health and Hospital System, a large safety net health system that serves Dallas County with over 1 million outpatient encounters per year. He is responsible for the oversight of all hospital and ambulatory clinical care operations. He is also responsible for all medical staff office functions including credentialing, privileging, and peer review, and the oversight of Graduate Medical Education. Previously, Dr. Chang spent 6 years as Parkland Health and Hospital System’s Associate Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and on the Volunteer Faculty for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Faculty for the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology. Both English and Mandarin Chinese are his native languages, and he is also fluent in Spanish. In spite of all of this, Dr. Chang cites his main work as being a husband and father, spending time with his extraordinary wife and twin daughters.

Saúl Cordero, PE
Senior Vice President and Chief Governance and Strategy Officer

Saúl Cordero is the Senior Vice President and Chief Governance and Strategy Officer for Parkland. In this role, he is responsible for managing the effectiveness and efficiency of the relationship between Parkland’s Board of Managers and senior leadership.

Prior to joining Parkland, Cordero was Senior Director of Consumer Insights and Analytics for CVS Health. In that role, he led a team of researchers and data scientists responsible for customer and patient experience in the pharmacy, as well as in Minute Clinics, storefronts and online. Prior to joining CVS Health, Cordero was Senior Director of Strategy for Walmart. His most significant accomplishments include the design of business strategies for Walmart Corporate, Walmart Health and Wellness (pharmacy, retail clinics, optical), and Sam’s Club. He was responsible for the delivery of strategic plans to the Board of Directors and created the blueprint for Walmart’s corporate organizational structure as well as developing the Save Money Live Better mission statement.

Prior to joining Walmart, Cordero worked as a management consultant for Hewitt Associates and Ernst & Young. For more than eight years he worked for Motorola, Inc. where he was responsible for designing wireless communication systems for operators in the United States and Latin America.Cordero earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He earned a Master of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and an MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Roberto de la Cruz, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

With more than 24 years of experience in a variety of clinical and leadership roles at Parkland, Roberto de la Cruz served as Chief Hospitalist at Parkland before being named Chief Medical Officer in January 2016. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He served as Associate Medical Director of Parkland’s East Dallas Health Center, now known as Hatcher Station Health Center, from 1998 to 2000. He also completed a two-year appointment to Parkland’s Board of Managers from 2011 to 2013 and completed a ten-year service on the Board of Directors of the Parkland Foundation.

Dr. de la Cruz is a 15-year veteran of Hospitalist Medicine and was Associate Medical Director of the Texas Primary Care Hospitalist Service at Baylor Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at UT Southwestern and Parkland. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has experience in Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine.

Dr. de la Cruz received the Distinguished Physician Award at Parkland in 1999, the John S. Miller Outstanding House Officer Award at UT Southwestern in 1996 and the Teaching Award at Baylor University Medical Center in 2004. He is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and American College of Physicians.

After visiting his native Puerto Rico in 2017 to see firsthand the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria that plunged the island’s 3.4 million residents into a humanitarian crisis, Dr. de la Cruz knew he needed to do something. In early 2018, he took a two-month leave from Parkland to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Puerto Rico. His job was to help determine the current state of health care on the island and its capacity to prepare for the next storm. At the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Dr. de la Cruz said, “I believe Puerto Rico will recover, but it will look different. This is not something that is going to take months; it will take years.”

Richard Humphrey, MBA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Richard Humphrey joined Parkland in August 2017 from Texas Health Resources (THR) where he has served since 2009, most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance.

In that role, Humphrey was responsible for certain financial operations across the THR system including governmental reimbursement, financial planning, budgeting and decision support, joint venture partnerships, the THR Physician Group (including 830 physicians and advanced practice providers covering 250-plus locations in 11 North Texas counties), behavioral health, and THR’s Southwest Zone (which includes eight hospitals in the Fort Worth and Arlington metro areas).

Prior to becoming Senior Vice President, Humphrey was Vice President of Finance/CFO for THR Harris Methodist Hospitals in Fort Worth. There, he was responsible for financial operations in the Fort Worth metro area, including four wholly-owned hospitals with 919 total licensed beds and $881 million in net revenue.

Along with his decades-long healthcare career, Humphrey also served as a B-52 navigator in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of Captain. During his military service, he received the National Defense Service, Air Force Commendation and Combat Readiness medals.

Humphrey earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science degree from Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. He is a certified public accountant (CPA), certified internal auditor (CIA), certified healthcare financial professional (CHFP), certified treasury professional (CTP), and a Fellow of Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).

Felicia Miller, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHHR
Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Officer

Felicia Miller, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CHHR, is the EVP & CTO at Parkland. Felicia has more than 30 years of leadership experience in healthcare HR across both non-profit and for-profit health systems, including more than 22 hospitals and approximately 18,000 employees.

Her most recent experience as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s Texas region saw her leading the charge for comprehensive talent management in a heavily data-driven culture while fostering cross-functional working relationships with executive counterparts across divisions.

Prior to her time at Tenet, Ms. Miller spent 19 years with Presbyterian Hospital Dallas (PHD) and Texas Health Resources. Her tenure with PHD included roles with increasing responsibility and seniority, having progressed from a career center coordinator to manager roles, senior HR generalist and director of HR.

Felicia received a Master of Business Administration from LeTourneau University. She also has dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Information Management and Health Professions from Texas State University. Felicia’s professional certifications include Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR). She is also an active community member, involved in multiple business organizations and the recipient of numerous professional accolades.

Donna Richardson DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive

Donna Richardson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC is Parkland’s Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive. Dr. Richardson is an accomplished nursing leader holding positions during her career including nurse manager, director, Associate Chief Nursing Officer & Chief Nursing Officer.

She holds a BSN from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, an MSN from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a DNP from Texas Christian University. She completed the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program for Nurse Executives in 2011. Dr. Richardson is credentialed by the ANCC with her Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified specialty certification.

Dr. Richardson has more than 33 years of experience in nursing as an administrator, mentor, leader, and clinician. Her clinical area of expertise was obstetrics where she began her career as a labor and delivery nurse. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Texas Nurse’s Association. Dr. Richardson is active in nursing practice and legislative changes and served on the Texas Board of Nursing Practice Committee.

Steven Roth, JD, MPH
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

Steve Roth serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Parkland.

He previously served as Senior Deputy General Counsel at Parkland where he was its lead transactional attorney. He also serves as Chief Counsel for Parkland Community Health Plan, Inc. and the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation.

Roth has more than 20 years’ experience in health law. Prior to working at Parkland, he worked in the healthcare and corporate transaction sections of a large Texas-based law firm as well as for an HMO based in New York. He has expertise in advising technology companies, hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, managed care entities, and other healthcare providers on a variety of matters, including business and technology transactions, HIPAA, electronic medical records, managed care, day-to-day operations, policy, government affairs, and regulatory and compliance matters.

Roth volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Counsel for the Arts, is a member of the Guest Services Committee of the Dallas Zoo, is a mentor for young professionals in the Dallas Regional Chamber’s young professionals program, and occasionally speaks on international adoption topics.

Roth received his BA in economics at The Pennsylvania State University, his JD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his MPH at Harvard University School of Public Health. He is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and the Texas Hospital Association’s Leadership Fellows program.