May 18, 2013
E. Linda Villarreal, MD, an Edinburg internist for nearly 25 years, was elected to serve on the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees. Dr. Villarreal was elected Saturday during TMA’s annual conference in San Antonio.
Dr. Villarreal has a lengthy history of service to TMA and organized medicine. She has served on TMA’s Council on Legislation, and as a district vice chair of the TMA Political Action Committee (TEXPAC). She also has helped lead the TMA Foundation, TMA’s philanthropic arm, as a member of its board of trustees.
Dr. Villarreal also represents Texas on the national level as a Texas delegate to the American Medical Association, and as an active member of the Border Health Caucus. She’s repeatedly traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate to members of Congress on behalf of patients and organized medicine.
Joseph Valenti, MD, the physician who nominated Dr. Villarreal for election to TMA’s board, lauded her ongoing patient advocacy at the Texas Capitol. He noted that she has attended every TMA First Tuesdays at the Capitol event – quite a feat given that the legislative lobby days occur four times per legislative session and have taken place for a decade.
Dr. Villarreal is a member of the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society.
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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