Stories written by TMA President David C. Fleeger, MD

I Won’t Take the Nurse Practitioners’ Bait - 04/09/2020

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is obviously intent on picking a fight with physicians. No thanks. We’ll take the high road, fully aware of the dangers of their plans, and stick with what we know is best for our patients: the physician-led health care team.

In the War Against COVID-19, Physicians Need Proper Armor Now - 03/23/2020

The battle already has begun. We have no time to wait. In a letter to Governor Abbott today, I urged that all personal protective equipment (PPE) from all non-health care industries be diverted to our current fight, by any means necessary. I told him, point blank, that the current shortage of PPE in Texas is unacceptable.

Keep Calm and Prepare - 03/11/2020

My fellow physicians and medical students, as I write these words it appears that in the days and weeks to come that we here in Texas will be faced with the global pandemic of COVID-19. It’s time to prepare. No doubt our patients and communities will turn to us for leadership and guidance. It is our professional responsibility to provide them with timely and accurate information regarding this threat, based on science, not hysteria.