For Immediate Release
Nov. 18, 2011
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“Patients have always looked to their physicians for guidance,” says Texas Medical Association (TMA) President C. Bruce Malone, MD. That’s why TMA developed the TMA Leadership College (TMALC).
“The nine-month intensive leadership program provides a solid foundation for today’s young physicians to become tomorrow’s medical leaders,” adds Dr. Malone. “And with more and more physicians becoming community and civic leaders at both county and state levels, these young physicians will have many opportunities to use the leadership skills they are learning.”
The first part of their training, a four-day leadership “boot camp,” was held in conjunction with the 2011 TMA Fall Conference in Austin. The program will culminate with a graduation ceremony in May at the association’s annual meeting, TexMed 2012 in Dallas.
The following physicians make up the TMALC class of 2012.
John Cole, DO, Abilene, general surgeon
Rouzbeh Khosrovi Kordestani, MD, Amarillo, cosmetic surgeon
Kimberly C. Avila Edwards, MD, Austin, pediatrics
Katharina Hathaway, MD, Austin, family medicine
John F. Villacis, MD, Austin, allergy and immunology
Mark A. Casanova, MD, Dallas, internal medicine
Benjamin C. Lee, MD, Dallas, pediatrician
Riva Louise Rahl, MD, Dallas, internal medicine
Paul Samuel Hackett, MD, Duncanville, general surgery
John L. Birbari, Jr. MD, Fort Worth, general surgery
Rebecca Butler Webb, MD, Frisco, pediatrician
Crystal C. Wright, MD, Houston, anesthesiology
Kelvin S. Shaw, MD, Kingwood, allergy and immunology
Neha Gupta Mittal, MD, Lubbock, internal medicine
Charles E. Cowles, Jr., MD, Pasadena, anesthesiology
George Marcus Galvan, MD, San Antonio, neurological surgery
Gabriel Rodriguez, MD, San Antonio, emergency medicine
David Macnaughtan Bonnet, MD, Temple, internal medicine
Manish Rungta, MD, Webster, gastroenterology
For more information on TMALC, click here. www.texmed.org/leadership.
TMA Leadership College is supported by an educational grant from The Physicians Foundation. The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) national organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and to improve the quality of health care for all Americans.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA's key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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