Boards, Councils, Committees, and Sections

Please contact your council, committee, or section staff for copies of meeting minutes.


Board of Councilors
Consists of one councilor and vice councilor from each of 15 districts. Addresses questions of medical ethics, and issues charters for and supervises component county medical societies.

Steven M. Petak, MD, Chair
Houston, Texas 
Staff: Laura Thetford, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1344 

Board of Trustees
Made up of nine at-large members, six TMA officers who serve ex officio, one resident/fellow, one young physician, and one medical student. Manages business and financial affairs of the association, implements policies of the House of Delegates, establishes interim policy of the association between meetings of the House of Delegates, and monitors program activities of association councils and committees.

E. Linda Villarreal, MD, Chair
Edinburg, Texas 
Staff: Michael J. Darrouzet, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1301

Contributes financial and nonfinancial resources to candidates for public office, specifically the Texas Legislature, Texas Supreme Court, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. Engages in political education for TMA, TEXPAC, and TMA Alliance members, encouraging involvement in the political arena on behalf of Texas medicine.

Bradford Patt, MD, Chair
Houston, Texas
Staff: Christine Mojezati, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1361


Constitution and Bylaws
Oversees fact-finding and serves as advisory body on matters pertaining to the TMA Constitution and Bylaws. Handles long-range organizational planning.

Lenore C. DePagter, DO, Chair
McAllen, Texas
Staff: Diane Arnett, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1358

Health Care Quality
Establishes policy on the topics of quality improvement, patient safety, performance-based measurement and value-based payment mechanisms. Advocates to both payers and policymakers for fairness, standardization and investment in quality improvement for clinical practice. Creates education, tools and resources for physicians to understand and evaluate potential revenue (and / or penalties) in performance measurement programs based on evidence-based medicine.

Jeffrey B. Kahn, MD, Chair
Austin, Texas 
Staff: Karen Batory, (800) 880-1300,  ext. 1405
Angelica Ybarra, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1400
Paulette Blanc, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1673

Health Promotion
Plans and oversees programs and activities that enable TMA, TMA Alliance, and TMA Foundation to improve the health of all Texans. 

Eman N. Attaya, MD, Chair
Lubbock, Texas
Staff: Steve Levine, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1380
Debra Heater, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1390

Health Service Organizations
Studies, recommends, and initiates activities related to the organization and services of facilities used in the continuum of health care service delivery. Represents TMA in its relationships with organizations and agencies concerned with the problems of aging and long-term care.

Hattie E. Henderson, MD, Chair
Houston, Texas
Staff:  Rocky Wilcox (800) 880-1300, ext. 1336
Abby Lee , (800) 880-1300, ext. 1345

Develops and implements legislative policies at state and national levels.

Debra Patt, MD, Chair
Austin, Texas
Staff: Dan Finch (800) 880-1300, ext. 1355
Dave Wilhelm, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1352

Medical Education
Coordinates TMA’s medical education activities, monitors state and federal legislation, studies physician workforce, accredits continuing medical education activities, and monitors physician licensure and credentialing. Resources can be found here. Includes the Subcommittee for Academic Physicians.

Ronald L. Cook, MD, Chair
Lubbock, Texas
Staff: Marcia Collins, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1375 

Practice Management Services
Oversees the development and delivery of all practice management services provided directly to physicians and their staff.

Susan B. Hudson, MD, Chair
New Braunfels, Texas 
Staff: Heather Bettridge, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1434

Science and Public Health
Advances the scientific basis of medical practice, develops policy on high priority public health and medical science issues, advances TMA’s leadership in medical science and public health advocacy, provides physicians with evidence-based public health and scientific information, and communicates TMA policy and expertise on public health and medical science.  

Wendy M. Chung, MD, Chair
Dallas, Texas 
Staff: Karen Batory, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1405
 Christina Ly, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1341

Studies, recommends, and engages in activities related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations. Advocates appropriate patient services and viable physician practices through the development of policies and member services. Promotes quality outcomes in the physician-patient relationship by helping members practice efficiently in managed care and other rapidly changing settings. Monitors impact of managed care on the medical environment. Maintains relationships with entities allied with TMA in promoting high-quality services to Texans.

John Gerard Flores, MD, Chair
Little Elm, Texas
Staff:  Leslie Jones, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1414


Supervises activities of TMA related to cancer, and inaugurates and promotes education among physicians and the public for control of cancer.

Marian Y. Williams-Brown, MD, Chair
Austin, Texas
Staff: Sam Cooper, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1403

Child and Adolescent Health
Promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy youth, including those with disabilities, and provides liaison with organizations concerned with health services for children and adolescents.

Maria Claire Monge, MD, Chair
Austin, Texas
Staff: Anna Stelter, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1362

Continuing Education
Monitors and studies CME trends and issues and recommends CME policy; promotes high-quality CME programs for Texas physicians; reviews and evaluates physician CME needs; monitors planning, development, evaluation, and designation of credit hours for all TMA activities carrying AMA PRA Category 1 credit; maintains CME program standards; and administers TMA’s accreditation and joint sponsorship programs.

Larry C. Driver, MD, Chair
Houston, Texas
Staff: Casey Harrison, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1446
Paige Green, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1447

Emergency Medical Services and Trauma
Works in the formulation, initiation, and maintenance of community plans for emergency medical services leading to statewide coverage.

Richard N. Bradley, MD, Chair
Houston, Texas
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401
 Sophie Jerwick, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1376 

Health Information Technology
Promotes the safe and effective use of technology that supports practice efficiency, quality improvement activities, and management of population health. Monitors state and federal laws, regulations, and programs impacting physician and patient use of technology. Develops association policy related to health technology and collaborates with other professional organizations and governmental agencies. Advocates and oversees development of health information technology education and resources for physician members of the association.

Staff: Shannon Vogel, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1411
Andrea Cobb, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1369

Infectious Diseases
Educates the profession and public on the prevalence, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases. Monitors legislation regarding infectious diseases.

Thomas A. Kaspar, MD, Chair
Victoria, Texas
Staff: Christina Ly, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1341
Meredith Vinez, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1412

Interspecialty Society
Provides a forum for members and specialty societies to share information and present matters that may require assistance or action from TMA. Disseminates information and makes recommendations about legal, legislative, socioeconomic, and professional issues referred by the Association or outside entities.

Jack W. Pierce, MD, Chair  
Austin, Texas
Staff: Melissa Wilson, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1529

Medical Home and Primary Care
Promotes the medical home and integration of primary care, community care, and public health.

Anne Marie Ponce De Leon, MD, Chair
Sugar Land, Texas
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401
Sophie Jerwick, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1376  

Provides guidance in the development of annual and long-term membership recruitment and retention programs.

Sara Woodward-Dyrstad, MD, Chair
Odessa, Texas
Staff: Sylvia Salazar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1433

Patient-Physician Advocacy
Advocates for patients and physicians related to quality and utilization of medical care, including peer review. Recommends regulatory, legal, and legislative approaches to ensure high standards of care are available to all.

Shannon Hancher-Hodges, MD, Chair
Bellaire, Texas
Staff:  Kelly Walla, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1348

Physician Distribution and Health Care Access
Analyzes physician, nursing, and allied health workforce and its impact on access; and promotes careers in medicine and the health professions.

Evan G. Pivalizza, MD, Chair
Houston, Texas
Staff: Marcia Collins, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1375

Physician Health and Wellness
Promotes healthy lifestyles in Texas to medical students, residents, and physicians. Provides advocacy/support for and education on physician wellness. Promotes prevention of potentially impairing conditions.

Sejal S. Mehta, MD, MBA, Chair
Plano, Texas
Staff: Gail Schatte, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1600
Annette Bonner, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1608

Reproductive, Women's and Perinatal Health
Reviews laws, regulations, and activities that impact reproductive, women’s, and perinatal health in the state and fosters coordination on issues common to these areas.

Emily D. Briggs, MD, Chair
New Braunfels, Texas
Staff:  Sam Cooper, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1409

Rural Health
Works toward the improvement of rural health; and reviews and comments on laws, regulations, and activities that impact medicine in rural areas.

Lucia L. Williams, MD, MPH, Chair
Jacksonville, Texas
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401
Sophie Jerwick, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1376  



Young Physician
Provides a means for physicians under age 40 or in their first eight years of practice to participate in activities and programs relevant to the physician entering practice. Provides input into TMA policy through direct access and representation in the House of Delegates. Awards scholarships to rural high school seniors excelling in science who plan to pursue careers in medicine or allied health.

Gates Colbert, MD, Chair
Dallas, Texas
Staff: Melanie Harrison, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1443 

Women in Medicine
Provides a means to strengthen female physicians' engagement and representation in organized medicine through the development of relevant policy, programming, and services. TMA members identifying as female are automatically included in the section, but it is open to all TMA member physicians. 

Staff: Melanie Harrison, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1443  

International Medical Graduate
Identifies socioeconomic, legislative, and other factors affecting practice opportunities, training, and licensure for international medical graduates; and develops recommendations for addressing specific concerns.

Marina C. George, MD, MBA, FHM, FACP, Chair
Houston, Texas
Staff: Karen Kollar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1448

Resident and Fellow
Serves as an advocate for physicians and patients through resident physician involvement in the creation of TMA and AMA policies. Establishes and implements improved standards in health care and provides a communication resource and structure that enables residents to address their unique needs and issues.

Arindam Sarkar, MD, Chair
Houston, Texas
Staff: Karen Kollar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1448

Medical Student
Serves as a forum for medical students at each of the eight allopathic and osteopathic schools in Texas to participate in the TMA and AMA policy-making processes and on boards, councils, and committees. Encourages development of student leaders and programs in medical student chapters throughout Texas.

Amanda Arreola, Chair
UT-Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, Texas
Staff: Karen Kollar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1448

Last Updated On

August 27, 2020