Austin-Area Physicians Tapped for TMA Leadership Roles (2012)

Several Austin-area physicians have accepted leadership positions within the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA physicians and medical students who are appointed or elected to one of TMA’s 30 boards, councils, and committees are responsible for studying and recommending action on important issues affecting Texas patients and health care policy.

Austin: 

Sara G. Austin, MD, a neurologist in practice for 22 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Legislation. The council develops and implements legislative policies at both the state and national level, to improve medicine and patient care.

Kimberly C. Avila Edwards, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 22 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. This council develops policy on high-priority public health and medical science issues, provides physicians evidence-based public health and scientific information, and communicates TMA policy on these issues.

Michelle A. Berger, MD, an ophthalmologist in practice for 27 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. The council makes recommendations related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations.

Thomas C. Brown, MD, a general surgeon in practice for 27 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. The council makes recommendations and takes action relative to all patient-care facilities, including emergency departments; ambulatory surgery centers; hospitals; and skilled nursing, long-term-care, assisted living, hospice, home care, and other treatment facilities.

Dawn C. Buckingham, MD, an ophthalmologist in practice for 11 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Legislation.

Mark G. Burnett, MD, a neurosurgeon in practice for five years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality. The council helps physicians establish policy to improve and measure health care quality and patient safety. This includes educating physicians about opportunities to use federal and state incentives to improve their patient outcomes, and advocating before the government for sound quality improvement initiatives.

Kimberly Carter, MD, MPP, an obstetrician/gynecologist in practice for 10 years, was named a consultant of TMA’s Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health. The committee reviews laws, regulations, and activities that affect the health of newborn babies and their mothers.   

Mark Chassay, MD, a family physician and sports medicine physician in practice for 16 years, was named a consultant for TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics.  

Barry Hafkin, MD, an internist in practice for 33 years, was named a consultant for TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. The committee educates physicians and the public about new information regarding infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases.    

Phil Huang, MD, a public health and general preventive medicine specialist in practice for 20 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Alison R. Jones, MD, an addiction psychiatry specialist in practice for 14 years, was named a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Rehabilitation. The committee provides support and outreach for the treatment and rehabilitation of physicians with impairments. 

Robert Kaspar, MD, an internist in practice for 29 years, was named a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases.

David Lakey, MD, an infectious diseases specialist in practice for 13 years, was named a consultant to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. 

Howard R. Marcus, MD, an internist in practice for 38 years, was named a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Professional Liability. The committee follows trends, conducts educational campaigns, and works with TMA members to preserve medical liability reform.

Melinda C. McMichael, MD, an internist in practice for 31 years, was named a consultant to TMA’s Council on Medical Education. The council coordinates TMA’s medical education activities, studies the physician workforce, accredits continuing medical education activities, and monitors physician licensure and credentialing.

Charles B. Mullins, MD, a cardiologist in practice for 42 years, was named a consultant to TMA’s Council on Medical Education. 

William C. Nemeth, MD, an addiction medicine specialist in practice for 34 years, was named consultant to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Rehabilitation.  

Stephen J. Pont, MD, a pediatrician in practice for eight years, was named a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. The committee promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy young Texans. 

Robina Poonawala, MD, a family physician in practice for 31 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Committee on Patient-Physician Advocacy. The committee assesses the quality of medical care in Texas and recommends regulatory, legislative, and legal approaches to ensure that the highest standard of quality medical care is available for all Texan patients.

John F. Villacis, MD, an allergist and immunologist in practice for nine years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases.

David P. Wright, MD, a family physician in practice for 29 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Council on Medical Education.

All of these physicians are members of the Travis County Medical Society.

Burnet: 

Erica J. Hughes, MD, a pulmonary critical care specialist in practice for five years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services. TMA helps physicians and their staffs manage their medical practices, and this council oversees this activity. Dr. Hughes is a member of the Burnet-Lampasas County Medical Society. 

Georgetown: 

William S. Riggins, MD, a family physician for 22 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health.  Dr. Riggins is a member of the Williamson County Medical Society.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 46,000 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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Sept. 14, 2012   

Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807
Pam Udall
 

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320
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