TMAF News and Events

 New Members Join TMAF Board

 Mani Akhtari, MD, a UTMB resident, was appointed to a second one-year term on the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees. As a TMAF board member, Dr. Akhtari will serve a one-year term as a representative of the TMA Resident and Fellow Section. He is an active member of American College of Radiation Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiology and American Radium Society. Dr. Akhtari received his Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University Texas at Austin, where he graduated magna cum laude. He completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He is completing his radiation oncology residency program from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Angela Donahue of Fort Worth, has served as a nurse in several pediatric and family medicine practice settings since 1977. She is a past-president of TMAA the Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance (TCMSA), and has been active in many other service organizations, benefiting people through immunization efforts, supporting needy families, helping children, and meeting people's health care needs. Among other accolades, she was honored by The Tarrant County Commissioners Court for her service to TMAA and was named Volunteer of the Year by Cook Children's Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, TCMSA and a local pack of the Boy Scouts of America. Ms. Donahue received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.

Matthew L. Edwards has been appointed to serve a one-year position on the TMA Foundation Board of Trustees representing the TMA Medical Student Section. Matthew is a fourth-year medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), an active member within TMA’s Medical Student Section (MSS) and a 2012 recipient of the TMA Minority Scholarship Program. Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University. He received a Wood Library-Museum Fellowship in Anesthesiology in 2013, the American Osler Society’s William B. Bean Student Research Award in 2014, and the University of Kansas Medical Center Pearce Fellowship in the History of Medicine in 2015. Most recently, Matthew served as theme editor for the March 2015 special issue of the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics on "Ethical Issues in Anesthesiology." His work has been published in Sociological Insight, the Journal of Anesthesia History, Anesthesiology, and the AMA Journal of Ethics. 

Jedidiah J. Grisel, MD, is an otolaryngologist in Wichita Falls who has practiced for six years. He is a cofounder of the Auditory Implant Initiative in Wichita Falls. He has been a TMA member for eight years, and currently serves on TMA’s Board of Councilors, the association’s ethical policymaking body. Dr. Grisel is immediate past president of the Texas Association of Otolaryngology, and currently serves as a board member of the North Central Texas Medical Foundation and the Wichita Falls YMCA. Dr. Grisel received his medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Patrick Hearn is a semi-retired, self-employed Wichita Falls businessman. He has a long history of involvement with the TMA Alliance. Mr. Hearn served as TMAA president in 2008-09 and now is a board member of this TMA volunteer service organization. He is married to TMA member Yvonne Hearn, MD, a Wichita Falls pathologist. Mr. Hearn currently serves as treasurer of the Wichita County Medical Society Alliance, where he previously served as president. He received a bachelor of business administration degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

Isabel V. Hoverman, MD, is an Austin physician who has practiced internal medicine for 40 years. She has been a TMA member for 33 years, and served in various roles including on TMA's Council on Annual Session. She also has served in leadership capacities in several other medical organizations including the Travis County Medical Society, the Texas Society of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians and The Joint Commission. Dr. Hoverman received her medical degree from Duke University Medical School and completed her residency at Duke and Baylor College of Medicine.

David Landry is a senior vice president at Frost Bank, where he has held several leadership positions since 2004. He serves on the boards of two Austin nonprofits, Austin Smiles and Fusebox Festival. He also is a member of Seton Forum. Mr. Landry received a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville.

Don R. Read, MD, a Dallas surgeon, will serve as a member of the Texas Medical Association Foundation Board of Trustees during his one-year term as president-elect of The Texas Medical Association (TMA). Dr. Read has served in a wide variety of leadership positions including as president of the Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS). While DCMS president, he and the medical society launched Project Access Dallas, a program that provided free health care to uninsured people in the community. Dr. Read created the West Nile Support Group in Dallas — he is a West Nile virus survivor himself — and he volunteers his time helping and supporting patients diagnosed with the disease.  

Eldon Stevens Robinson, MD, a Lubbock family physician, has been a TMA member for 20 years, and has served in various roles including on TMA's Committee on Rural Health, which he currently chairs, and TMA's Committee on Membership. He also is a member of several other medical organizations including the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society, where he served as president in 2011, the American Academy of Family Practice, the Texas Academy of Family Practice, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Robinson received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Kate Rogers, San Antonio, has worked for 17 years in a variety of capacities for H-E-B, including hosting and producing its distance learning program and serving as director of public affairs for the Central Texas Region. She lead H-E-B's 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2005 and went on to serve as corporate director of advertising before assuming her current role in 2009. Ms. Rogers is a graduate of the Leadership Austin Class of 2000 and the Leadership San Antonio Class of 2005. She has received the Austin Business Journal's Profiles in Power Leadership Award and Ford's Salute to Education Award. Ms. Rogers received her bachelor of science degree in advertising/public relations from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Michael E. Speer, MD, a Houston neonatologist, has been a TMA member for 38 years and served as president from 2011-2012. He has chaired TMA's Board of Trustees, the TMA Patient Safety Alliance, and the TMA Council on Scientific Affairs. In addition to his leadership within TMA, Dr. Speer has been president of the Texas Perinatal Association, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Harris County Medical Society. He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and teaches at Baylor College of Medicine as professor of pediatrics and ethics. Dr. Speer serves as deputy chief of Pediatrics at The Methodist Hospital, and medical director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Children's Hospital. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine.   


New 2015-2017 TMAF Officers Elected

  2015-2017 Officers

The TMA Foundation elected officers for 2015-17 at its April meeting. (from left to right) James A. Prentice, MD, treasurer; Deborah A. Fuller, MD, president; Mary Love "Bitsy" Henderson, secretary; D'Anna Wick, of Tyler, Executive Committee member at-large and Carl O. Trusler, MD (not pictured), vice president. 

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) elected officers at its meeting Thursday, April 30, in Austin. The officers will serve a two-year term. Deborah A. Fuller, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist in private practice in Dallas, was elected president. Carl O. Trusler, MD, a retired family physician in Abilene, was elected vice president. Mary Love (Bitsy) Henderson, of Austin, was elected secretary. James A. Prentice, MD, a retired anesthesiologist from Austin, was re-elected treasurer. D’Anna Wick, of Tyler, was elected as Executive Committee Member-at-Large, and will serve a one-year term.  

New TMA Foundation Endowment

The number of Texas medical and osteopathic schools will increase from nine to 14 by 2020, making the new TMAF Patrick Y. Leung, MD Minority Scholarship Endowment timely to help provide additional scholarships to first-year students through the TMA Minority Scholarship Program. Learn more about this endowment in the Spring edition of TMAF's newsletter, SOLUTIONS.


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