Meet Our Medical Directors

Roger Wolcott, MD., Medical Director

Dr. Wolcott brings more than 20 years of medical experience to his position. Board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Wolcott has served as medical director of the hospital since 2008. He also serves as associate professor for the Neurology and Orthopedic Department and mentoring associate professor for residents and physician assistants at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Dr. Wolcott earned a Doctorate in Medicine and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Medical School. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He is an associate member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is a diplomate for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Syamala Chekuru, MD., Associate Medical Director of Stroke Program

A physiatrist, Dr. Chekuru is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Offering her patients more than 35 years of expertise, Dr. Chekuru earned a medical degree from Guntur Medical College in Guntur, A.P., India. She completed medical internships at Guntur General Hospital and Brooklyn-Cumberland Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Metropolitan Hospital Center in Valhala, N.Y.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is a member of Lubbock-Crosby-Garza Medical Society.

Lara Johnson, MD., Medical Director of Pediatrics

Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician who brings nearly 15 years of experience to her role at the hospital. She earned a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed a pediatric residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas and participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. She also earned a master’s degree in health sciences research from Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Johnson is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Hospital Medicine, and the Texas Pediatric Society.

Michael McPherson, MD., President of the Medical Staff

Dr. McPherson’s brings 20 years of experience to his role at the hospital. He earned a medical degree and completed and internship and residency in internal medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas.

John Norbury, MD

Dr. Norbury serves as PM&R Division Chief and Residency Program Director at Texas Tech where he launched the 7th PM&R residency program in the state of Texas. He completed his undergraduate education at Yale University, Medical School at Case Western Reserve University, and his PM&R Residency at Thomas Jefferson University. He is board certified in electrodiagnosis. During his career, he has served as a medical director of Brain Injury, Pediatric, and Acute Care rehabilitation services.

He has served as a board member of the AANEM. He has authored multiple peer reviewed publications on neuromuscular ultrasound, ultrasound guided interventions, methods for teaching these interventions to learners, PM&R education, and neuromuscular disorders.

His clinical interests include electrodiagnosis, neuromuscular ultrasound, spasticity management, and general rehabilitation. He seeks to provide every patient with an individualized rehabilitation program to allow them to flourish. He is passionate about medical education and hopes that that the high functioning interprofessional team at Trustpoint can serve as a model to inspire other innovative and collaborative efforts to achieve the best possible learning environment and patient outcomes at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Bei Zhang, MD

Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She serves as the Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock. Dr. Zhang completed her PM&R residency with honors at the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston and TIRR Memorial Hermann. She subsequently completed her Brain Injury Medicine fellowship at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified in PM&R and Brain Injury Medicine.

Her clinical practice and research interests focus on the sequelae and functional recovery of various types of brain injuries and disorders (e.g., concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), moderate-to-severe TBI, hypoxic or metabolic brain injury, stroke, disorders of consciousness, functional neurological disorders).

She adopts an individualized multimodal approach in the management of spasticity and dystonia after brain injury. She is actively involved in rehabilitation research and medical education.

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