Dr. Malone Takes Over; Dr. Speer Up Next

C. Bruce Malone, MD, of Austin, became TMA's 146th president in an installation ceremony at TexMed 2011 in Houston on May 14.

"In this time of disruptive change, we cannot just say 'no,'" Dr. Malone, an orthopedic surgeon, said in his installation address. "We have to help create a reorganized medical marketplace that creates value for the consumer and gives us a right to practice in the public system while having the option to privately contract with patients who want more."Shortly before Dr. Malone's installation, the TMA House of Delegates named Michael E. Speer, MD, of Houston, president-elect. Dr. Speer will be sworn in at TexMed 2012 next May in Dallas.

Dr. Speer, a neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist, has a long history of service to TMA. He was a member of the TMA Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2010 and board chair from 2009 to 2010. He was chair of the board's Committee on Physician Performance and chair of the TMA Council on Scientific Affairs. He also was the TMA representative to the TMF Health Quality Institute and this past year held the position of vice chair of TMA's Ad Hoc Committee on Accountable Care Organizations. 

As part of Dr. Speer's neonatology practice, he works as the deputy chief of pediatrics at The Methodist Hospital, chief of the newborn and premature service at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, and professor of pediatrics and ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, where he graduated.

Dr. Speer thanked the TMA House of Delegates and the members of the Harris County Medical Society."Because of my broad practical experience in medicine and proven leadership experience, I know the issues that we are facing. I live with these same issues. More importantly, I have the ideas and the determination to carry TMA through these challenging times so that we can emerge stronger and better than before," he said.

In other house elections:
  • House Speaker Stephen Brotherton, MD, Fort Worth; Vice Speaker Clifford Moy, MD, Austin; and Secretary/Treasurer Art L. Klawitter, MD, Needville, all won reelection.
  • The delegates reelected Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, Edinburg; and Austin I. King, MD, Abilene; and elected Dan McCoy, MD, Dallas, to the TMA Board of Trustees.
  • Board members chose A. Tomas Garcia III, MD, as the new board chair. Dr. Cardenas is the new vice chair; Dr. McCoy is the new board secretary; and Don R. Read, MD, Dallas, and Lewis Foxhall, MD, Houston, are the at-large members of the board's Executive Committee.

In balloting for an open spot on the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association, the house chose Jay Shah, MD, of San Antonio, to be the newest alternate delegate.  

Action, May 18, 2011