San Antonians Head Up Prestigious Gala
Three San Antonio physicians and a community volunteer have been named co-chairs of the Texas Medical Association Foundation’s 20th annual gala set for May 17, 2013, in the Alamo City. The prestigious gala benefits health and science initiatives that help Texans to be healthier now and in the future. These San Antonio leaders were chosen for their ability to bring together resources of medicine, business, and community to help TMA initiatives reach more Texans in need.
- Rajam Ramamurthy, MD, has served TMA as chair of the Maternal and Perinatal Health Committee, on the Council on Medical Education, and as chair of the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Section. She also served as the first woman president of the Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS), and as chair of the American Medical Association’s IMG Section. Dr. Ramamurthy and her husband, Somayaji Ramamurthy, MD, are longtime supporters of TMAF’s TMA Minority Scholarship Program, which awards grants to talented Texas minority students entering their first year of a Texas medical school. She holds the Rita & William Head Distinguished Professorship in Environmental and Developmental Neonatology and heads the Premature Infant Development PREMIEre program in the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
- Somayaji Ramamurthy, MD, pioneer of pain medicine in South Texas, established the first pain medicine fellowship, one of the largest in the country today, and is professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Pediatrics at UTHSCSA. He is a member of BCMS, TMA, AMA and numerous other organizations in his specialty. He and his wife established an endowment in UTHSCSA to enable fourth-year medical students to spend a clerkship rotation in another country to familiarize themselves with delivery of health care in other countries.
- Bernard T. Swift Jr., DO, MPH, specializes in occupational medicine and is owner and CEO of Texas MedClinic in San Antonio. Prior to establishing the clinic in 1982, Dr. Swift practiced emergency medicine at Southwest General Hospital and served as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force at Randolph Air Force Base. He is active in TMA as chair of its Council on Socioeconomics, is a member of the President’s Advisory Board for St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, and serves on the board of directors for both the UT-San Antonio Roadrunner Foundation and BCMS.
- Kathy L. Swift worked as a registered pharmacist in Iowa and Michigan, as well as Texas, until the opening in 1982 of Texas MedClinic, where she worked in the business office. She currently works with the marketing department, as well as procuring artwork for each facility. She has extensive experience in fundraising and event planning, having volunteered for 21 years at Saint Mary’s Hall as chair of numerous committees and fundraisers.