Office of the General Counsel

 The general counsel's office provides legal representation for TMA in its activities.The general counsel's office provides assistance to county medical societies, physicians and their attorneys, and the public with questions regarding medical law.

NOTICE: The Office of the General Counsel of the Texas Medical Association provides this information with the express understanding that 1) no attorney-client relationship exists, 2) neither TMA nor its attorneys are engaged in providing legal advice and 3) that the information is of a general character. You should not rely on this information when dealing with personal legal matters; rather legal advice from retained legal counsel should be sought.


Contact: Donald P. "Rocky" Wilcox, Vice President and General Counsel, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1335, (512) 370-1335
Helene A. AltDeputy General  Counsel, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1338, (512) 370-1338
Kelly WallaDeputy General Counsel, JD, LLM (800) 880-1300, ext. 1348, (512) 370-1348
Michael Smith, Associate General Counsel, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1345, (512) 370-1345
Jeff Gdula, Staff Attorney, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1344, (512) 370-1344

Association Law   

  • Furnishes county medical societies and alliances with information about tax-exempt and nonprofit laws.
  • Provides legal representation to TMA about personnel, tax, and association matters.   

Health Law

  • Provides information on health law issues, including those of licensure, allied health professionals, and pharmacy.
  • Provides general information related to state agency rules/regulations and Administrative Procedure Act issues. 

Medical Ethics

  • Provides general information involving ethical or professional practices.
  • Answers questions relating to county medical society bylaws.
  • Distributes advance directives, such as the Directive to Physicians, Medical Power of Attorney for Health Care, and Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order. 

Physician Health and Rehabilitation

  • Program available to encourage physicians to focus on the health of the caregiver, development of healthy lifestyles that avoid alcohol and other drug abuse, and seek early care for himself/herself and colleagues who experience impairment.
  • Offers Cat. 1 CME/ethics education to physicians regarding prevention of impairment.
  • Manages the PHR Assistance Fund to assist physicians who cannot afford treatment or whose families need help with short-term living expenses.
  • Operates statewide drug screening program for physicians.

Contact: Linda Kuhn, PHR Program Coordinator, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1342, (512) 370-1342.


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