The Texas Medical Association (TMA) installed Houston emergency physician Diana L. Fite, MD, as its 155th president. She took office in a ceremony before a live and online gathering of the organization’s Board of Trustees and outgoing president David C. Fleeger, MD. The TMA House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Fite last year to serve as president-elect for one year before assuming the presidency today. She will lead America’s largest state medical society for one year.
In many parts of our state, COVID-19 is making a terrifyingly strong return. Hospitals are activating surge plans to make room for more seriously ill patients – whether with COVID-19, other diseases, or significant trauma. If we don’t handle this correctly, the consequences will be severe for us, our patients, and large swaths of the Texas health care system.
Americans should not be surprised that it took the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, under the knee of a white police officer to take the COVID-19 pandemic off the lead of every newscast, off the top of every mind, and off the tip of every tongue. Our great country was born with a big problem with racism. Today – 155 years after the end of the Civil War, 65 years after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, 28 years after Rodney King implored us to “all get along” – our great country still has a big problem with racism.
Meet incoming TMA president Diana Fite, MD, who lives up to her last name when it comes to her dedication to easing the long list of frustrations plaguing today’s physicians: quality measures, electronic health records, prior authorizations, and low Medicaid pay, among others.
TMA’s History of Medicine Committee presents an online exhibit featuring portraits and short biographical sketches of all TMA presidents. Read the biographies in the notes section below each slide and learn interesting facts about TMA presidents. This online exhibit is a work in progress. More biographies will be added during the year.
Dr. Fite is board certified in emergency medicine and has practiced in Houston for 40 years.
The Amarillo native earned her bachelor of science degree from West Texas State University at Canyon, and her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, now known as McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
David C. Fleeger, MD, 2019-2020
Douglas W. Curran, MD, 2018-2019
Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, 2017-2018
Don R. Read, MD, 2016-2017
A. Tomas Garcia III, MD, 2015-2016
Austin I. King, MD, 2014-2015
Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, 2013-2014
Michael E. Speer, MD, 2012-2013
C. Bruce Malone, MD, 2011-2012
View All TMA Presidents Since 1853
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