Stories with related Professional Interests

Award To Recognize Outstanding Texas IMGs - 08/12/2019

Do you know any physicians who graduated from medical school outside of the United States and have provided outstanding service within their community? Nominate them for the Texas Medical Association International Medical Graduate Section’s inaugural IMG Section Outstanding Physician Award. 

Profile: Beekeeper John Haley, MD - 08/02/2019

When Garland ophthalmologist John Haley, MD, is not wearing a white coat taking care of patients, you might find him in a beekeeper’s suit tending to his six beehives.

One Giant Step for Physicians: A Texas Physician’s Role in Space-Race Medicine - 08/02/2019

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of America’s Apollo 11 Lunar Mission – the first time humans set foot on the moon. Across the world, the event was heralded as a milestone of scientific achievement, and its three-man crew – Neil Armstrong, Col. Buzz Aldrin, and Lt. Col. Michael Collins – became American heroes. Laboring behind the scenes were swarms of unsung individuals whose expertise made the enterprise possible, including Texas cardiologist Lawrence E. Lamb, MD. His 2006 memoir Inside the Space Race: A Space Surgeon’s Diary remains a vivid account of the essential role physicians played in the race to reach the moon.  

TMA Archives Photoshoot: A Look Back in Time(lapse) - 06/18/2019

Go behind the scenes as photographer Matt Lemke shoots some of the most interesting medical memorabilia in the Texas Medical Association archives and History of Medicine collection – everything from 15th century anatomical illustrations to Civil War postmortem dissection kits.

Milestone Shows How Far Women Have Come in Medicine - 06/07/2019

After 151 years of all-male leadership at the nation’s largest physician organization, a family physician from Texas broke through the glass ceiling at the American Medical Association on June 17, 1998. Twenty-one years later, another Texas physician is poised to become the AMA’s sixth woman president – and its third in a row.

Battling Burnout - 04/25/2019

The state most susceptible to burnout is Texas, which registered the lowest morale rate in the Physicians Foundation’s “2016 Survey of America’s Physicians.” Pockets of organized medicine are stepping up to address burnout, to give physicians a place to talk about their problems and grievances, and to rekindle their professional fire.

The Deal's Off: Baylor, Memorial Hermann Opt to Skip Merger - 03/12/2019

Many health care companies have merged in recent years, but nothing symbolized the high-dollar, high-stakes nature of the trend like the proposed $14 billion merger of Texas health care giants Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas and Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston. But then officials from both health care systems abruptly called off the deal today.

Moral Injury: The Pandemic for Physicians - 03/01/2019

We need a safety net for physicians, private psychological support reportable to no one. Otherwise we will continue to see physician burnout and suicide increase. 

Q&A: Lubbock Radiologist Finds Creative Ways to Introduce Science to Children - 02/27/2019

For the past few years, Eman Attaya, MD, has channeled her pragmatic and artistic sides in a variety of ways. She is a member of the 2019 class of the Texas Medical Association’s Leadership College, which helps train young physicians, or those early in their medical careers, for leadership positions at the county and state levels. Dr. Attaya plans to use the experience to help improve science education in Lubbock elementary schools.

Remembering medicine's tailwinds - 02/07/2019

With all these negative things that we physicians face on a daily basis, it is very easy to forget about what is actually going quite well. For some examples, I’d like to present my “Top 5 Medicine Tailwinds.”

Giving the World a Helping Hand - 02/04/2019

Dr. Bartlett, who specializes in family practice and emergency care, has done a lot of foreign relief work in the past nine years, most of it through World Missions Alliance, an evangelical Christian organization based in Branson West, Mo.

Texas Cardiologist Recalls Boston Marathon Bombing - 02/04/2019

When two pressure-cooker bombs filled with nails, ball bearings, and black powder exploded at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding hundreds more, Jorge Alvarez, MD, did what he believes anybody would do: Run toward the danger.

Presenting the 2018 TMA Alliance Awards Winners - 01/31/2019

Each year the Texas Medical Association Alliance recognizes county medical societies for their outstanding work forming a unified force to make a difference in health care and health issues for Texans. These are the 2018 Alliance Awards winners.

A Dedicated Professional: Medicine Says Goodbye to Former TMA President Hugh Lamensdorf, MD - 01/29/2019

Like all physicians, former Texas Medical Association President Hugh Lamensdorf, MD, made notes when he saw his patients. But the Fort Worth urologist, who passed away at age 82 in October, took this standard practice a bit further.

Muslim Surgeon Keeps Leadership Post in Tarrant County GOP - 01/11/2019

Southlake trauma surgeon Shahid Shafi, MD, will retain his position as vice chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party after a failed attempt to vote him out of the position because he is Muslim.

Last Call: Nominate Outstanding Health News - 01/09/2019

Tomorrow (Jan. 10) is your last chance to let the Texas Medical Association know which health and medical news stories from 2018 are worthy of TMA’s Anson Jones, MD, Awards.

Americans Rank Physicians No. 2 in Honesty and Ethics, Again - 12/21/2018

Health care professions hold down the three top spots in the Gallup Poll’s 2018 annual ranking for honesty and ethical standards. Nursing came in first — for the 17th consecutive year — followed by physicians and pharmacists.

Physician, Med Student Journalists: Enter TMA Journalism Contest - 12/03/2018

Did you or a colleague publish a health care article or blog? Enter your work today in TMA's journalism competition, the Anson Jones awards. Any news story published or broadcast in 2018 in Texas is eligible. TMA will accept entries until noon on Jan. 10, 2019.

TMA Honors Health News Reporting - 11/26/2018

Since 1957, TMA has honored outstanding health reporting by Texas print, television, radio, online, and physician journalists with its Anson Jones, MD, Awards. In 2018, Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje of the San Antonio Express-News was named Texas Health Reporter of the Year for a package of stories that touched on the opioid crisis and the effects of the Texas Legislature’s defunding of Planned Parenthood on women’s health.

A Sermon Every Physician Should Read - 11/17/2018

Linda G. Fischer, a chaplain with the Palliative Care Team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, offered the following as the opening invocation at the 2018 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates on Nov. 10, 2018. This reporter was so struck by the power of her words that I felt every Texas physician would benefit from reading them.

Best of Both Worlds: Surgical Resident, Grey’s Anatomy Consultant Blends the Arts and Medicine - 11/14/2018

San Antonio surgical resident Michael Metzner, MD, blends his passions for the arts and medicine as a Grey’s Anatomy consultant.

HHSC Seeks Members For Drug Utilization Review Board - 10/25/2018

If you’ve been thinking about becoming deeply involved in how Medicaid and other state health programs run, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is accepting applications for two boards: the Drug Utilization Review Board and the Executive Council.

How Can TMA Communicate With You Better? - 10/15/2018

September is our final survey of the year, and it’s on a topic dear to my heart as editor of TMA’s physician publications: How we communicate with you, our member physicians.

Most Texas Physicians Pessimistic About State of Medicine, Survey Finds - 09/27/2018

A majority of Texas physicians feel negatively about the current and future state of the medical profession, and many would not recommend medicine as a career to their children. Those are among the findings of a recent survey of about 9,000 American physicians commissioned by the Physicians Foundation.

Fighting on Two Fronts - 09/06/2018

The only female Texas physician to serve in World War I broke barriers in more ways than one.