Biography of TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD

Michael E. Speer, MD, of Houston, is a full-time neonatologist and medical director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, and professor of pediatrics and ethics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Speer graduated from Baylor in 1968 and completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the same institution. He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and has been practicing medicine for 37 years. His academic interests include infectious diseases of the newborn and the measurement of quality of care.

Dr. Speer has been an active member of Harris CMS for more than 35 years and has served with distinction on its Executive Board (1989-94; 1999) and as president (2000), as president of the Houston Academy of Medicine (1994), and as chair of the HCMS Delegation to the TMA House of Delegates (1997-98). Dr. Speer previously served on TMA’s Board of Trustees for six years, including one year as chair; TMA’s Task Force on Preventive Medicine (1993-96); Patient Safety Alliance (2001-09); and Ad Hoc Committee on Accountable Care Organizations (2010) are a few of the many positions he has held with the association. 

TMA elected Dr. Speer president-elect of the Association in May 2011. He will take office May 2012.

In addition to these activities with TMA and HCMS, Dr. Speer has been a robust leader in his specialty organizations, serving as the president of the Houston Pediatric Society (1990-91), the Texas Perinatal Association (1993-95), and the Texas Pediatric Society-AAP Texas Chapter (2003-05); chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, Executive Committee (2002-04); and national committee member of AAP’s Committee on Fetus and Newborn (1996-2002), Neonatal Resuscitation Steering Committee (1996-2002) and the Physicians Advisory Committee on Health Literacy (2005-09).

Dr. Speer’s notable contribution to his profession comprises countless papers, abstracts, chapters, monographs, journal articles, newsletters, papers, radio interviews, and lectures on neonatal and perinatal care. His long list of awards and achievements are impressive as well: Texas Pediatric Society’s Sidney R. Kaliski Award of Merit (2007), the Texas Perinatal Association Helen Farabee Leadership Award (2003), and the National Perinatal Association’s Recognition Award for Individual Contribution to Maternal and Child Health (2001) are but a few.

Dr. Speer and his wife, Mary, have been married 42 years and have two sons and 2 granddaughters.

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