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Union of American Physicians and Dentists: Does UC Vice President Stobo Stand to Profit From Corrections Healthcare Deal?
Date:3/22/2010

t assumed responsibility for inmate medical care in the State of Texas. NuPhysicia, according to its website, "exclusively operates telemedicine methods developed by the University of Texas Medical Branch, proven through serving hundreds of thousands of patients around the world."  In other words, Dr. Stobo is now promoting a plan for California that was drafted by a for-profit company which commercialized methods first developed under his leadership at UTMB. This connection raises questions about a possible conflict of interest for Dr. Stobo.

NuPhysicia, according to a press release it put out on August 3, 2007, sprung from a partnership between the University of Texas Medical Branch, run at the time by Dr. Stobo, and Houston-based private equity group Sanders Morris Harris. Stobo's resignation from the top position at the University of Texas Medical Branch went into effect four weeks after the birth of NuPhysicia, on August 31, 2007.

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists, established in 1972 and headquartered in Oakland, represents more than 2000 State of California employed doctors, including those working within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).


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