May 18, 2013
Wichita Falls pathologist Susan M. Strate, MD, was reelected vice speaker of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body. Dr. Strate was elected today during TMA’s annual conference in San Antonio.
A practicing physician for 30 years, Dr. Strate provides services at several community and small rural hospitals, and the Wichita County Public Health District Laboratory. Dr. Strate says in her new roles she wants to improve the health care system so it’s easier for patients and their physicians to navigate ― both in Wichita Falls and across Texas. Dr. State added, “The best way to do that is by shaping good health care policy and advocating for its passage.
“It makes a difference,” said Dr. Strate, who frequently visits the state Capitol to testify before the Texas Legislature to improve access to high-quality health care.
Dr. Strate has a long history of shaping health care policy and advocacy. Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors in 2012, where she works with other state leaders to develop effective health care policy.
She is a past president of the TMA Foundation (TMAF), the association’s philanthropic arm, and a member of TMAF’s Leadership Society. Dr. Strate also chaired the TMA Council on Socioeconomics; Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee; and TEXPAC, the TMA Political Action Committee. She also has served as a delegate to the TMA House of Delegates since 1990.
Locally, Dr. Strate served as president of the Wichita-Archer-Baylor-Clay-Knox County Medical Society in 1996. A practicing physician for 30 years, she provides services at several community and small rural hospitals, and the Wichita County Public Health District Laboratory.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 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.
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