Officials have named Philip H. Keiser, a professor at University of Texas Medical Branch, as the Galveston County Local Health Authority.

The Galveston County United Board of Health unanimously selected Keiser, and the Commissioners Court approved him for the position.

The health authority oversees state and local public health laws, including quarantine, sanitation enforcement, reportable diseases and vital statistics collection.

Keiser specializes in the care and treatment of HIV and its related infections, according to a Galveston County Health District news release. He has treated HIV infected patients for more than 20 years, officials said.

"Dr. Keiser’s expertise in infectious diseases is vital as we deal with current and emerging public health threats and work to prevent future outbreaks," Galveston County Health District CEO Kathy Barroso said.

Keiser's term lasts two years. He will be paid $85 per hour for three to five hours of work a week, officials said.

Keiser succeeds Harlan "Mark" Guidry, who served in the role from 2003 to 2015. Abdul-Aziz Alhassan served in an interim capacity.

Contact reporter Chacour Koop at 409-683-5241 or

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