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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Live Oak Health Partners Welcomes 3 New Physicians
 Dr. Robert Duran  Dr. Michelle Rodriguez     Dr. Jason VanShaar

SAN MARCOS, TX – Live Oak Health Partners (LOHP), a local primary and specialty care medical group owned and operated by Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), is pleased to announce the addition of three new doctors to its growing team.


Robert Duran, MD, general surgery is no stranger to the Hill Country or, for that matter, CTMC. A native of San Antonio, he moved to San Marcos to launch his general surgery practice after completing his residency at the University of North Dakota in 1987. Dr. Duran left the area a few years ago to assist his aging parents and recently returned to serve the Hays County and surrounding communities area.


Michelle Rodriguez, MD, family practice, attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine’s residency program. Her love for the Hill Country area and desire to work at a place with a family-centered, preventative focus attracted her to LOHP. From general women’s health to minor skin procedures, Dr. Rodriguez said she enjoys working in the full spectrum of medicine. She is fluent in Spanish and treats patients of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys doing fitness activities and spending time with her husband.


Jason VanShaar, MD, family practice, recently moved to San Marcos from Pennsylvania. He said the warm weather and Southern hospitality are a couple of reasons why his family relocated to Central Texas. He is originally from the Salt Lake City area but attended Temple Medical School and completed his residency at Avington Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania.  Dr. VanShaar sees patients of all age groups and treats a broad range of medical conditions, including diabetes and some neurological issues. Dr. VanShaar has been married for 19 years and has five children who range in age from 3 to 16. In his occasional spare time, he enjoys doing outdoor activities and watching movies. 


“We are delighted to welcome these three new partners to the Live Oak group,” said Lenore DePagter, DO, internal medicine/pediatrics and administrator of  LOHP.  “The current physicians in our group are confident that these three new partners bring skills and increased access to care in each of the communities we serve.”


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About Central Texas Medical Center
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011,  CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County.  In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS  has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS  supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.



Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666