Feb. 15, 2013
Edinburg physician E. Linda Villarreal, MD, has accepted a position on the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Foundation Board of Trustees. TMAF is the philanthropic arm of the nation’s largest state medical society.
Dr. Villarreal graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. She worked as a pharmacist for 10 years before earning her medical degree from Universidad del Noreste in Tampico, Mexico. She completed her internal medicine residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso after her internship in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Villarreal has worked in private solo practice in internal, preventive, and wellness medicine for 23 years, and has been chief of staff at Edinburg Regional Medical Center. She has been active in organized medicine as past president of the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society; as a member of TEXPAC, the TMA political action committee; and as a TMA alternate delegate to the American Medical Association.
A consummate volunteer, Dr. Villarreal has served as chair of the board at Easter Seals McAllen Chapter and was honored as the Easter Seals Humanitarian of the Year. She is a past board member of the American Heart Association, which honored her as a Heart of Gold recipient, and is a former member of the Arthritis Foundation Board, where she raised more than $50,000 through participation in annual marathons.
She actively participates with Texas A&M University School of Public Health at her mother’s namesake elementary school, Anita E. Villarreal Elementary in Edinburg, to teach children about health and wellness. Dr. Villarreal also served as chair of the Rio Grande Valley Health Services District whose goal was to provide health care for the indigent population.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.
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