Our Leadership

William D. Caplan, M.D., Board Member:

Dr. William Caplan, a Houston native, is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. He serves as medical director for the Pediatrix Medical Group, which provides 24-hour in-house neonatology services at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, as well as manages the specialty care nursery at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

He previously chaired the Department of Pediatrics at Houston Northwest Medical Center.

Dr. Caplan earned his medical degree, completed his residency, and served his neonatal fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Suzan Cardwell, Board Member:

Suzan Cardwell is a medical malpractice attorney with Franklin, Cardwell & Jones, P.C. with 20 years’ experience. Cardwell has successfully defended medical malpractice claims against virtually all of Houston's most prominent and most litigious plaintiffs' malpractice attorneys.

Given her trial experience, Cardwell publishes and speaks regularly on issues critical to attorneys and physicians, including, "Dealing with Rambo Lawyers" in the Advanced Civil Discovery Course sponsored by the Houston Bar Association.

She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and she obtained a law degree from Baylor University in 1976. After serving as an assistant attorney general of Texas, she continued practicing at Fulbright & Jaworski, where she specialized in the defense of medical malpractice claims.

Cardwell is a member of the Greater Houston Society for Health Care Risk Management, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and the National Health Lawyer's Association.

Joni Hruska Fichter, Board Member:

Joni Hruska Fichter, co-owner of Career Placement, Inc., excels in the staffing industry and has been recognized for her professional and volunteer work at the local and state level.

A Texas State University graduate, Fichter has been honored with the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award. She helped found Challenger Baseball for children with special needs in the Houston area. In 2005, she took a Challenger team to play at the White House South Lawn Game, and to the Little League World Series in 2008. She serves on the West University Little League Auxiliary and is an assistant district administrator for Challenger.

Fichter is chairman of the Friends of West University Place Parks Fund, Inc. and serves on the boards of The Woman's Hospital of Texas, Children's Museum of Houston, Strake Jesuit Booster Club, the Chi Omega Alumni Association, and Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston.

Joanie Hare, M.D., Board Member:

Dr. Joanie Hare, a maternal/fetal medicine specialist practicing with Houston Perinatal Associates, completed her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and a fellowship in maternal/fetal medicine at the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Hare’s interests include: ultrasound diagnosis of prenatal disorders, evaluation of fetal growth, and fetal doppler studies. She specializes in conditions such as hypertension, antiphospholipid syndrome, and pre-term labor.

James R. McBride, M.D., Board Member:

Dr. James R. McBride, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, has practiced at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in the Texas Medical Center for more than 30 years. He is a founding partner of Fannin Surgicare, an outpatient surgery center located on the campus of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. McBride is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as well as numerous other national, state, and local organizations. He has served on the credentials and bylaws committee of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas since 1981.

His practice consists of obstetrics, office gynecology, infertility surgery, menopausal medicine, gynecologic surgery, and minimally-invasive surgery.

Linda Russell, President and CEO, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas

As the Chief Executive Officer of The Woman's Hospital of Texas, Linda Russell embodies the hospital’s mission of providing compassionate and exceptional care to women and infants. Guided by her vision since 1994, the hospital has grown in size and prestige. In fact, more women choose to have their babies at The Woman's Hospital of Texas than at any other hospital in Houston.

Russell was appointed to the Judicial Compensation Commission by Governor Rick Perry and serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. She also serves on the March of Dimes Board of Directors. In 2007, Russell was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser for the Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes.

A married mother of four, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three grandchildren. All of her grandchildren were born at The Woman's Hospital of Texas, so Russell can heartily recommend our facility to family and friends.

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.

Walsh has actively served as a board member for a number of local organizations, including the Greater Houston Partnership, the American Diabetes Association – Houston, and the American Heart Association – Houston. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Under her guidance, the division has grown to ten hospitals, nine ambulatory surgery centers, fourteen diagnostic imaging facilities, eight 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

Walsh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, which honored her with its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.