May 17, 2013
An orthopedic surgeon for nearly 40 years, C. Bruce Malone, MD, of Austin, received the Young at Heart Award from Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) young physicians. The award was presented during TMA’s annual conference today in San Antonio.
The Young Physician Section, a group of TMA physicians under the age of 40 or in their first eight years of medical practice, chose Dr. Malone for his commitment and willingness to help young physicians become tomorrow’s leaders in the association.
“When I found out about the award, it made my day,” said Dr. Malone, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. “I had received the letter at the end of a particularly difficult day in my practice, and I just stood there and smiled for a while.”
The former TMA president said he trusts the future of medicine to these young physicians, many of whom he has watched mature from medical students.
“We practicing physicians love to mentor and work with our young physicians as new partners in our practices,” said Dr. Malone. “We always learn so much from them while helping them adapt to medical practice.”
Dr. Malone applauds the young leaders who are active in TMA and says the organization will continue to engage and support young physicians through its Leadership College. The program was established in 2010 to help educate and train future TMA leaders in the medical profession.
Dr. Malone has a long history of leadership in organized medicine. He served nine years on the TMA Board of Trustees, including a two-year stint as chair. Dr. Malone has been on the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association since 2002 and currently is co-vice chair. He also has served on TMA’s Physician Services Advisory Committee and chaired its Health Information Technology Committee.
He is a past president of the Travis County Medical Society and the TMF Health Quality Institute, and is on the board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.
Dr. Malone earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, then completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland. He later served as a major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps in Washington.
Dr. Malone has been part of Austin Bone & Joint Clinic since 1977.
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