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.

Dan L. Locker, MD, Chair
2502 Crockett Dr
Brownwood, TX 76801-5900
(325) 643-5521, Fax: (325) 646-6646
Staff: Michael Smith, JD, MPH (800) 880-1300, ext. 1345
 Ann Arnett, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1340 

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.

Douglas W. Curran, MD, Chair
117 Medical Cir.
Athens, TX  75751-9003
(903) 676-3214, fax: (903) 676-3277
Staff: Louis J. Goodman, PhD, CAE, (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.

 Jerry Hunsaker, MD, Chair
1300 W Rosedale S. Ste B
Fort Worth, TX 76104-2824
(817) 921-3461 Fax (817) 921-5602
Staff: Clayton Stewart, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1365


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.

Vacant, Chair

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.

Gregory M. Fuller, MD, Chair
North Hills Family Medicine
300 N. Rufe Snow Dr
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 431-3800, Fax: (817) 337-0784
Staff: Karen Batory, (800) 880-1300,  ext. 1405
 Angelica Ybarra, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1400

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

Sherif Z. Zaafran, MD, Chair
1225 Turnbury Oak Street
Houston, TX 77055-7016
(713) 824-6500, Fax: (713) 988-8049 
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.

Cynthia Sherry, MD, Chair
Radiology Associates of North Texas
8200 Walnut Hill Ln
Dallas, TX 75231-4426
(214) 345-6905, Fax: (214) 345-8302
Staff: Warren Cooper, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1409 

Develops and implements legislative policies at state and national levels.

Gerald Ray Callas, MD, Chair
Beaumont, TX 77706-7457
(409) 838-5214, Fax: (409) 838-1946
Staff: Darren Whitehurst
Dolores Camacho-Phillips, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1353

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.

Rodney B. Young, MD, Chair
1400 S Coulter St, Ste. 5100
Department of Family Medicine
Amarillo, TX 79106-1786
(806) 354-5646, Fax: (806) 351-3791
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.

Chelsea I. Clinton, MD, Chair
18585 Sigma Rd, Ste 102
San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 591-0688, Fax: (210) 591-1238
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.  

Wesley W. Stafford, MD, Chair
Allergy & Asthma Center of Corpus Christi
1718 Braeswood Dr
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-4584
(361) 992-8500, Fax: (361) 992-6711
Staff: Karen Batory, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1405
Margaret Mendez, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1440

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.

Joseph S. Valenti, MD, Chair
2805 S. Mayhill Rd
Denton, TX 76208-5910
(940) 591-6700, Fax: (940) 320-1220
Staff: Lee Spangler, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1315
Karen Hargett, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1317


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

Lois M. Ramondetta, MD, Chair
PO Box 301439
Houston, TX 77230-1439
(713) 745-0307, Fax: (713) 792-7586
Staff: Ada Drozd(800) 880-1300, ext. 1540

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.

Lisa Swanson, MD, Chair
3220 Gus Thomasson Rd, Ste. 350
Mesquite, TX 75150-4051
(972) 613-3883, Fax: (972) 686-7981
Staff: Emily Babcock, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1356

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.

Adela S. Valdez, MD, Chair
Harlingen, TX 78550-8736
(956) 365-8611, Fax: (956) 365-8690
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.

Justin Paul Hensley, MD, Chair
Baylor College of Medicine – Adult Emergency Medicine
5121 Ocean Dr
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-2661
(361) 881-3811, Fax: 
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401
Stacy Denton, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1376

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.

Philip Huang, MD, MSPHChair
15 Waller St Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 972-5855, Fax: (512) 972-6377
Staff: Margaret Mendez, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1440

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.

Jeffrey B. Kahn, MD, Chair  
4515 Seton Center Pkwy Ste 100
Austin, TX 78759-5268
(512) 346-5562, Fax: (512) 346-8846
Staff: Lisa Jackson, CMP, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1520

Maternal and Perinatal Health
Reviews laws, regulations, and activities that impact maternal and perinatal health in the state and fosters coordination on issues common to both areas.

 Ian M. Ratner, MD, Chair
Pediatrix Medical Group
3001 E. President George Bush Hwy, Ste. 250
Dallas, TX 75082-3552
(214) 343-6663, Ext. 227, Fax: (214) 343-2814
Staff: Ada Drozd, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1540

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

Sue S. Bornstein, MD, Chair
3111 Beverly Drive
Dallas, TX 75205-2922
(214) 709-7642, Fax: (214) 522-2341
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401 

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

Steven L. Cole, DO, Chair
9101 N Central Expy, Ste. 430
Dallas, TX 75231-5953
(214) 363-8889, Fax: (214) 363-9416
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.

Jaideep H. Mehta, MD, Chair
4 Stillforest Street
Houston, TX 77024-7518
(713) 500-6200, Fax: (713) 500-6208
Staff: Rocky Wilcox, JD, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1335
 Ann Arnett, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1340

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.

Jane O. Stafford, MD, Chair
5920 Saratoga Boulevard, Suite 200
Corpus Christi, TX 78414-4105
(361) 994-5454, Fax: (361) 994-5455
Staff: Marcia Collins, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1375

Physician Health and Wellness
Identifies physicians who may need evaluation and, if warranted, strongly urges treatment. Reviews rehabilitation provided to impaired physicians.

Harry L. Faust Jr., DO, Chair
307 Charleston St.
Friendswood, TX 77546-4923
(409) 747-5299, Fax: (281) 482-4350
Staff: Linda Kuhn, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1342

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

 E. Stevens Robinson, MD, Chair
Christian Family Health Clinic PLLC
3211 25th St
Lubbock, TX  79410-2135
(806) 792-2815, Fax: (806) 793-2063
Staff: Helen Kent Davis, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1401
Stacy Denton, (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.

 Walter W. Root, MD, Chair
20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 1285
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 490-0400, Fax: (210) 468-1833
Staff: Christina Shepherd, (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.

Roberto Trevino Jr., MD, Chair
1303 McCullough Ave., Ste. 428
San Antonio, TX  78212-5606
(210) 225-2229; Fax: (210) 225-8331
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.

Colin T. Son, MD, Chair
7703 Floyd Curl Dr
Residency Program - Neurosurgery
San Antonio, TX 78229-3901
(210) 445-9682
Staff: Christina Shepherd, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1443

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.

Raghuveer Puttagunta, Chair
2222 Maroneal St, Apt. 115
Houston, TX 77030-3237
(956) 648-7455
Staff: Karen Kollar, (800) 880-1300, ext. 1448