Austin Physician to Lead TMA’s 50-Year Club

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May 13, 2011




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HOUSTON- The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has elected Charles B. Mullins, MD, of Austin as president of its 50-Year Club, a group of physicians who graduated from medical school at least 50 years ago but whose commitment to the advancement of medicine remains strong. Club members elected Dr. Mullins vice president in 2010, so this year, as is customary, he assumes the presidency. He officially became president of the 50-Year Club at TexMed, TMA’s annual meeting, held this week in Houston. 

Dr. Mullins is a retired cardiologist and internist with an extensive career as a medical school professor. He has been teaching future physicians for more than 40 years and is executive vice chancellor for health affairs emeritus for The University of Texas (UT) System in Austin.  

During his career, Dr. Mullins witnessed the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid to America’s health care system, and the impact of major technological advances on the practice of medicine.  

“It’s just amazing what’s happened and most of that’s because of engineering breakthroughs,” Dr. Mullins said. “The first pacemakers I was putting in were almost twice as big as a package of cigarettes. Now they are almost the size of a 50-cent piece.” 

Though retired now, Dr. Mullins actively advocates for medical education and serves on the board of the People’s Community Clinic, a charity clinic in Austin whose mission is to “improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans.” 

“I always try to do things in the community to help the community besides just mainstream medicine. I think it’s very important,” Dr. Mullins said. 

In addition to his leadership in medical education and his community, Dr. Mullins has served as consultant for TMA’s Council on Medical Education since 1982, and in 2004 was a member of TMA’s Physician’s Forum. In 2001 he received TMA’s Outstanding Senior Award. 

Dr. Mullins received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1954 and his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1958. He began his medical career in Denver, Colo., as a general intern before working as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force for four years.  

He returned to Dallas in 1962 and practiced cardiology and internal medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital, joining the faculty there and becoming chief resident in medicine in 1965. A year later Dr. Mullins became a special research fellow for the National Heart Institute in Bethesda, Md. He later returned to Texas and Parkland Hospital, eventually becoming the hospital’s CEO. 

In 1981, the UT board of regents named Dr. Mullins to the executive vice chancellor position, where he oversaw UT’s medical campuses for 20 years. 

Dr. Mullins will hold the position of 50-Year Club president for one year. He is married to Stella C. Mullins and has a daughter, Holly, and a son, David. 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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