||TMA Foundation (TMAF) is proud to honor individuals whose generosity and vision of a healthier Texas has earned them Major Donor recognition. Including the 11 new and two upgraded Major Donors we salute today, there are 164 Major Donors at TMAF, whose leadership and commitment enables TMA to reach more Texans each year with its award-winning health improvement initiatives.
G. Sealy and Debbie Massingill, Fort Worth, take an active role in their local community, but also the larger Texas community, as demonstrated by their support of TMAF since 1996. Dr. Massingill, a native of Fort Worth, is associate professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth. He also is chair of the Department of OB/ GYN at John Peter Smith Health Network and past-president of the Tarrant County Medical Society. He is serving a two-year term as president of TMAF. Debbie hails from Champaign, Illinois and was raised in Fort Worth. She is a member of the TMA Alliance and oversees her family foundation. The couple has two sons and a daughter. Dr. Massingill joined the TMAF board in 2009 and is its president. He also is a member of the TMA Committee on Continuing Education. With his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin, the couple holds not only football season tickets, but basketball season tickets for their beloved Longhorns. Regarding their support of TMAF, Dr. Massingill said, "We want the community to view physicians as more than just 'healthcare providers,' but as philanthropists and leaders in the community. It's also a nice way to honor Debbie's parents, who left us too soon."
Diana Fite, MD, an emergency medicine physician from Waller, has helped the foundation grow since its inception more than 20 years ago. Her steady, loyal support in the form of donating to the Legacy of Caring Endowment, attending all 20 TMAF galas, and dozens of other gifts, has enabled more Texans to live healthier lives.
"Through the TMA Foundation, physicians can support projects that help their patients, such as bicycle helmets for children and increasing awareness regarding domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse," said Dr. Fite, who is a past chair of the TMA Blue Ribbon Task Force on Domestic Violence.
She has served her community in numerous ways including serving on the board of directors and executive board of the Houston Area Women's Center, serving as medical director for many area volunteer fire departments and on the Emergency Medical Services advisory board for Houston Community College. Dr. Fite has been an active member at all levels of organized medicine for many years. She is a delegate to the TMA from Harris County Medical Society (HCMS), as well as a TMA delegate to the American Medical Association. Her contributions have not gone unnoticed, as she has received numerous awards including The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center Award for Outstanding Achievements in Community Service, the Texas Council for Family Violence Toby Myers State Leadership Award and four recognitions from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Moy Participation and an interest in excellence characterize the contributions Clifford Moy, MD, has made to his profession, to the Texas Medical Association and to the TMA Foundation. Dr. Moy, is board certified in psychiatry and resides in Frisco with his wife, Diane, and daughter Caroline attends Tufts University.
After graduating from Strake Jesuit Preparatory and Trinity University, he returned to his hometown of Houston to attend The University of Texas at Houston Medical School. Later, he served his alma mater as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees. Donors since 1992, the couple has supported the TMA Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching for seven years. The goal of this program resonates with Dr. Moy, who earned his BS in Chemistry and whose mother was a professor of Chemistry at University of Houston.
"The Foundation is an integral partner of our TMA family and exemplifies giving of time, talent and treasure," remarked Dr. Moy.
Dr. Moy has served as the speaker of the TMA House of Delegates since 2012 and is vice chair of the American Medical Association Council on Long Range Planning and Development. He also served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from 2006 to 2010.
Dr. Susan M. Pike and Dr. Harry T. Papaconstantinou reside in Georgetown and have supported TMAF since 2009. Dr. Pike is a plastic surgeon at Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, where she is a member of the Medical Executive Committee, chair of the Credentialing Committee, and Division Director of Plastic Surgery. She is an assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Pike is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association (AMA), Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons and a past president of the Williamson County Medical Society. Dr. Pike has served on the TMAF Board of Trustees since 2010. She is a past member of TMA's Young Physicians Section and was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the TMA Leadership College. She chaired TMA's Committee on Financial and Organizational Affairs and is the current chair of the TMA Patient Physician Advocacy Committee. She is a supporter and advocate of the Walk with a Doc Program and organized the first walk in Texas in 2012.
Dr. Papaconstantinou is a colon and rectal surgeon at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. He currently serves as Interim Chair, Department of Surgery and is an associate professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He is a board member of Scott & White Hospital. Active with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, he serves as a member of its executive council and as a delegate to the AMA from his specialty society. Dr. Papaconstantinou also is an associate examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. His academic focus is on quality outcomes and patient safety.
Drs. Rajam and Somayaji Ramamurthy, San Antonio, give back to their profession and the community, as exemplified by becoming Major Donors at TMA Foundation. Rajam holds the Rita & William Head Distinguished Professorship in Environmental and Developmental Neonatology and heads the Premature Infant Development PREMIEre Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). There, she is clinical professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics. She has received numerous awards, including the TMA 2013 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine at the Gold Level. Additional, has served on the TMAF Board of Trustees since 2011 and was the first female president of the Bexar County Medical Society. She aso has chaired the TMA and the American Medical Association's International Medical Graduates sections. Somayaji, a pioneer in pain medicine, established the first pain medicine fellowship at UTHSCSA, one of the largest in the country. He is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. The couple established an endowment at UTHSCSA to enable fourth-year medical students to spend a clerkship rotation in another country to become familiar with other systems of health care delivery. They've been donors since 1992 and long-time supporters of the TMA Minority Scholarship Program.
Regina Rogers, Beaumont, is the founder and chair of The Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program. This not-for-profit provides free mammograms and prostate cancer screenings, as well as educational outreach, to medically underserved persons in Southeast Texas, including Jefferson, Orange and five surrounding counties. Rogers also is passionate about educating youth concerning the health risks of tobacco and has brought Gift of Life "Don't Smoke Your Life Away" programs into local schools and the community.
Rogers established the "Gift of Life" as a tribute to her mother, Julie, a breast cancer survivor, who had a double mastectomy in 1988 and who died following complications from a stroke and heart attack in 1998. The organization earned the TMAF Champion of Health Award in 2011.
Rogers is an attorney and tireless advocate for children and families. She was the first female regent of Lamar University and a member of the Texas College and University System Coordinating Board for six years, serving as Chair of the Committee for Multicultural Education, helping implement initiatives to increase the admission and retention of minority students and also the hiring of minority faculty in colleges and universities throughout Texas.
Rogers is a senior member of the Board of Visitors of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she established the Julie and Ben Rogers Award for excellence in 1987 in honor of her parents. The award rotates among the areas of research, patient care, education, prevention and administration and recognizes an exceptional employee who consistently demonstrates excellence in his or her work and dedication to Anderson's mission of eliminating cancer. It includes a certificate of merit and a $10,000 cash award.
Dr. Jaynne Middleton and Dr. Carl O. Trusler reside in Abilene. Dr. Trusler, a past president of the Big County Country Medical Society, earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He served has a Lieutenant Commander for the United States Naval Reserve and was a Navy flight surgeon. He recently retired from the Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, where he served as president for nearly 10 years. At West Texas Rehabilitation Center, the family physician is medical director, serves on the board of directors and is assistant medical director of Hospice of the Big Country. Dr. Trusler is a member of the TMAF board, as well as the board of Serenity House, a not-for-profit alcohol and drug rehabilitation center in Abilene. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hardin-Simmons University in 2005.
Dr. Middleton is a Professor of Voice and Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene. Her interest in the community and art include serving on the boards of the Abilene Zoo, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and of Young Audiences.
The couple, who are active in their church and enjoy music performance and travel, has supported TMAF since 1990. Their gifts to the Legacy of Caring Endowment, numerous TMAF's galas and Hard Hats for Little Heads are part of their passion for a healthier Texas.
"TMAF supports and funds a number of important activities that are designed to improve the public health in Texas. This includes the important minority scholarships, as well as public health initiatives at the local level through a variety of grants. All of this keeps TMA in the public eye and raises awareness of how dedicated Texas physicians are to the health of all Texans," said Dr. Trusler.