Boards, Councils, Committees, and Sections

Please contact your council, committee, or section staff for copies of meeting minutes.


Board of Councilors
Consists of one councilor and vice councilor from each of 15 districts. Addresses questions of medical ethics, and issues charters for and supervises component county medical societies.

Dan L. Locker, MD, Chair
2502 Crockett Dr
Brownwood, TX 76801-5900
(325) 643-5521, Fax: (325) 646-6646
Staff: Holly Alt, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1338
Andrea Schwab, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1348
Bette Nettle, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1341 

Board of Trustees
Made up of nine at-large members, six TMA officers who serve ex officio, one resident/fellow, and one medical student. Manages business and financial affairs of the association, implements policies of the House of Delegates, establishes interim policy of the association between meetings of the House of Delegates, and monitors program activities of association councils and committees.

Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, Chair
5423 S. McColl Rd
Edinburg, TX  78539-9183
(956) 682-4800, fax: (956) 630-2320
Staff: Louis J. Goodman, PhD, CAE, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1301

Contributes financial and nonfinancial resources to candidates for public office, specifically the Texas Legislature, Texas Supreme Court, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. Engages in political education for TMA, TEXPAC, and TMA Alliance members, encouraging involvement in the political arena on behalf of Texas medicine.

 Jerry Hunsaker, MD, Chair
1300 W Rosedale S. Ste B
Fort Worth, TX 76104-2824
(817) 921-3461 Fax (817) 921-5602
Staff: Clayton Stewart, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1365


Constitution and Bylaws
Oversees fact-finding and serves as advisory body on matters pertaining to the TMA Constitution and Bylaws. Handles long-range organizational planning.

Ronald L. Cook, DO, Chair
3601 4th St, Stop 8143
Lubbock, TX 79430-8143
(806) 743-2775, Fax: (806) 743-1421
Staff: CJ Bradford, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1303

Health Care Quality
Establishes policy on the topics of quality improvement, patient safety, performance-based measurement and value-based payment mechanisms. Advocates to both payers and policymakers for fairness, standardization and investment in quality improvement for clinical practice. Creates education, tools and resources for physicians to understand and evaluate potential revenue (and / or penalties) in performance measurement programs based on evidence-based medicine.

Lisa L. Ehrlich, MD, Chair
Ehrlich & Associates Medical Clinic
6624 Fannin St, Ste. 1210
Houston, TX 77030-2324
(713) 800-8800, Fax: (713) 800-8849
Staff: Karen Batory, (800) 880-1300,  ext. 1405
 Angelica Ybarra, RN, MSN, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1400

Health Promotion
Plans and oversees programs and activities that enable TMA, TMA Alliance, and TMA Foundation to improve the health of all Texans. 

Ernest D. Buck, MD, Chair
Driscoll Children’s Health Plan
615 N. Upper Broadway, #1621
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 694-6475, Fax: (361) 882-4520 
Staff: Steve Levine, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1380
Debra Heater, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1390

Health Service Organizations
Studies, recommends, and initiates activities related to the organization and services of facilities used in the continuum of health care service delivery. Represents TMA in its relationships with organizations and agencies concerned with the problems of aging and long-term care.

John Gerard Flores, MD, Chair
730 E. Eldorado Pkwy
Little Elm, TX 75068-5444
(972) 292-3330, Fax: (972) 292-3332
Staff: Warren Cooper, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1409 

Develops and implements legislative policies at state and national levels.

Dawn C. Buckingham, MD, Chair
Eye Physicians of Austin
5011 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756-2611
(512) 583-2020, Fax: (512) 744-2020
Staff: Darren Whitehurst
Dolores Camacho-Phillips, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1353

Medical Education
Coordinates TMA’s medical education activities, monitors state and federal legislation, studies physician workforce, accredits continuing medical education activities, and monitors physician licensure and credentialing. Resources can be found here. Includes the Subcommittee for Academic Physicians.

David P. Wright, MD, Chair
1313 Red River St, Ste. 100
Austin, TX 78701-1923
(512) 324-8650, Fax: (512) 324-8018
Staff: Marcia Collins, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1375
Jennifer McHaney, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1451

Practice Management Services
Oversees the development and delivery of all practice management services provided directly to physicians and their staff.

James R. Merryman, DO, Chair
Austin Regional Clinic - Quarry Lake
4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 220
Austin, TX 78759-5784
(512) 338-8388, Fax: (512) 250-8991
Staff: Peggy Pringle, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1445
Debra Neilan (800) 880-1300, ext. 1408

Science and Public Health
Advances the scientific basis of medical practice, develops policy on high priority public health and medical science issues, advances TMA’s leadership in medical science and public health advocacy, provides physicians with evidence-based public health and scientific information, and communicates TMA policy and expertise on public health and medical science.  

John T. Carlo, MD, Chair
351 W. Jefferson, Ste. 300
Dallas, TX 75208-7860
(214) 521-5191, Fax: (214) 528-5879
Staff: Karen Batory, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1405
Margaret Mendez, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1440

Studies, recommends, and engages in activities related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations. Advocates appropriate patient services and viable physician practices through the development of policies and member services. Promotes quality outcomes in the physician-patient relationship by helping members practice efficiently in managed care and other rapidly changing settings. Monitors impact of managed care on the medical environment. Maintains relationships with entities allied with TMA in promoting high-quality services to Texans.

Buddy Swift Jr., DO, Chair
Texas MedClinic
13722 Embassy Row
San Antonio, TX 78216-2000
(210) 349-5577, Fax: (210) 349-5666
Staff: Lee Spangler, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1315
Karen Hargett, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1317


Blood and Tissue Usage
Keeps informed of all aspects of transfusion medicine and tissue donation, processing, and transplantation.

Meredith A. Reyes MD, Chair
Gulf Coast Pathology Associates, PA
6720 Bertner St, Ste. MC4-265
Houston, TX 77030-2604
(832) 355-2357, Fax: (713) 795-0824
(832) 355-2782, Fax: (713) 795-0824
 Staff: Angelica Ybarra, RN, MSN, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1400

Supervises activities of TMA related to cancer, and inaugurates and promotes education among physicians and the public for control of cancer.

R. Y. Declan Fleming, MD, Chair
Surgical Associates of Austin, PA
1015 E. 32nd St, Ste. 308
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 472-1381, Fax: (512) 472-9688
Staff: Ada Drozd(800) 880-1300, ext. 1540

Child and Adolescent Health
Promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy youth, including those with disabilities, and provides liaison with organizations concerned with health services for children and adolescents.

Angela A. Hilger, MD, Chair
Pedi Docs, PLLC
11212 State Highway 151, Ste. 300
San Antonio, TX 78251-4502
(210) 733-4362, Fax: (210) 521-1517
Staff: Emily Babcock, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1356

Continuing Education
Monitors and studies CME trends and issues and recommends CME policy; promotes high-quality CME programs for Texas physicians; reviews and evaluates physician CME needs; monitors planning, development, evaluation, and designation of credit hours for all TMA activities carrying AMA PRA Category 1 credit; maintains CME program standards; and administers TMA’s accreditation and joint sponsorship programs.

Stuart L. Abramson, MD, Chair
2228 Valleyview Blvd, #1010
San Angelo, TX 76904-8714
(281) 450-9425, Fax: (281) 491-2637
Staff: Casey Harrison, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1446
Paige Green, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1447

Emergency Medical Services and Trauma
Works in the formulation, initiation, and maintenance of community plans for emergency medical services leading to statewide coverage.

Shkelzen Hoxhaj, MD, Chair
4130 Drake Street
Houston, TX 77005-1028
(713) 873-2626, Fax: (713) 873-2325
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401
Stacy Warren, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1376

Infectious Diseases
Educates the profession and public on the prevalence, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases. Monitors legislation regarding infectious diseases.

Wendy M. Chung, MD, MSPHChair
4412 San Carlos Street
Dallas 75205-2054
(214) 819-2043, Fax: (214) 819-1933
Staff: Margaret Mendez, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1440

Interspecialty Society
Provides a forum for members and specialty societies to share information and present matters that may require assistance or action from TMA. Disseminates information and makes recommendations about legal, legislative, socioeconomic, and professional issues referred by the Association or outside entities.

William S. Gilmer, MD, Chair  
1200 Binz St, Suite 1490
Houston, TX 77004-6946
(713) 520-5155, Fax: (713) 520-8531
Staff: Lisa Jackson, CMP, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1520

Maternal and Perinatal Health
Reviews laws, regulations, and activities that impact maternal and perinatal health in the state and fosters coordination on issues common to both areas.

 Carla F. Ortique, MD, Chair
6624 Fannin, Ste. 1800
Houston, TX  77030
(713) 797-1144, Fax: (713) 425-3071
Staff: Ada Drozd, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1540

Provides guidance in the development of annual and long-term membership recruitment and retention programs.

Thomas R. Jones, MD, Chair
4012 El Capitan Drive
Temple, TX 76502-1119
(254) 724-3000, Fax: (254) 724-1046
Staff: Sylvia Salazar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1433

Patient-Physician Advocacy
Advocates for patients and physicians related to quality and utilization of medical care, including peer review. Recommends regulatory, legal, and legislative approaches to ensure high standards of care are available to all.

Susan M. Pike, MD, Chair
425 University Blvd
Round Rock 78665
(512) 509-3963
Staff: Rocky Wilcox, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1335
 Ann Arnett, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1340

Physician Distribution and Health Care Access
Analyzes physician, nursing, and allied health workforce and its impact on access; and promotes careers in medicine and the health professions.

Robert E. Jackson, MD, Chair
6550 Fannin St, Ste. 2323
Houston, TX 77030-2747
(713) 791-9305, Fax: (713) 791-9306
Staff: Marcia Collins, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1375
Jennifer McHaney, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1451

Physician Health and Rehabilitation
Identifies physicians who may need evaluation and, if warranted, strongly urges treatment. Reviews rehabilitation provided to impaired physicians.

Harry L. Faust Jr., DO, Chair
307 Charleston St.
Friendswood, TX 77546-4923
(409) 747-5299, Fax: (281) 482-4350
Staff: Linda Kuhn, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1342

Professional Liability
Investigates the field of professional liability to follow current trends, conduct educational campaigns, and work with Association members on this issue.

Thomas D. Kimbrough, MD, Chair
406 17th St.
Galveston, TX 77550-2504
(409) 772-1201, Fax: (409) 747-0096
Staff: Dan Finch, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1355
David Wilhelm, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1352

Rural Health
Works toward the improvement of rural health; and reviews and comments on laws, regulations, and activities that impact medicine in rural areas.

 Jonathan Wayne Williams, MD, Chair
Christian Family Health Clinic PLLC
312 S. Avenue D
Burkburnett 76354-3564
(940) 569-1177, Fax: (940) 569-4969
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401
Stacy Warren, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1376


Young Physician
Provides a means for physicians under age 40 or in their first eight years of practice to participate in activities and programs relevant to the physician entering practice. Provides input into TMA policy through direct access and representation in the House of Delegates. Awards scholarships to rural high school seniors excelling in science who plan to pursue careers in medicine or allied health.

 Darrell E. Alley, MD, Chair
1020 E. Idel St.
Tyler, TX  75701-2024
(903) 535-2902 (903) 535-9217
Staff: Christina Shepherd, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1443 

International Medical Graduate
Identifies socioeconomic, legislative, and other factors affecting practice opportunities, training, and licensure for international medical graduates; and develops recommendations for addressing specific concerns.

Roberto Trevino Jr., MD, Chair
1303 McCullough Ave., Ste. 428
San Antonio, TX  78212-5606
(210) 225-2229; Fax: (210) 225-8331
Staff: Karen Kollar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1448

Resident and Fellow
Serves as an advocate for physicians and patients through resident physician involvement in the creation of TMA and AMA policies. Establishes and implements improved standards in health care and provides a communication resource and structure that enables residents to address their unique needs and issues.

 Vinh Q. Nguyen, MD, Chair
14023 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX 77478-3550 
(281) 325-4100; Fax: (281) 325-4292
Staff: Christina Shepherd, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1443

Medical Student
Serves as a forum for medical students at each of the eight allopathic and osteopathic schools in Texas to participate in the TMA and AMA policy-making processes and on boards, councils, and committees. Encourages development of student leaders and programs in medical student chapters throughout Texas.

Arindam Sarkar, Chair
7675 Phoenix Dr., Apt. 505
Houston, TX  77030-4710
(281) 650-3221
Staff: Karen Kollar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1448

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