For Immediate Release
May 19, 2012
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The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has elected Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, of Fort Worth president-elect of the association. TMA’s House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body, elected Dr. Brotherton during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference held May 18-19 in Dallas. Dr. Brotherton will serve as president-elect for one year, before becoming the association’s 148th president.
“I feel humbled that my physician colleagues elected me president-elect of TMA” said Dr. Brotherton. “I am counting on having lots of help from the many talented people in Texas medicine leadership.”
A past president of the Tarrant County Medical Society, Dr. Brotherton served as the speaker of TMA’s House of Delegates for four years and vice speaker for three years. Dr. Brotherton also has served on the TMA Board of Trustees since 2005 and chaired the TMA Council on Health Service Organizations. He was a Texas delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates for 11 years before resigning in 2009 to accept an appointment to AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.
Protecting patients from the unsafe expansion of scope of practice by nonphysicians and maintaining physician autonomy top priorities during Dr. Brotherton’s term as president-elect, and his eventual presidency. He says reenergizing TMA’s component medical societies and members is an essential part of accomplishing these goals.
“I want us to revitalize some of our county medical societies that are not as active as they have been,” Dr. Brotherton said. “We need widespread TMA membership support and presence throughout the state to support TMA’s goals and advocate for physicians and patients.”
In addition to his work within TMA, Dr. Brotherton is company physician for the Texas Ballet Theater and Metroplex Classic Ballet, medical director for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, and a team physician for Texas Christian University (TCU). He operated a clinic at a homeless shelter for 12 years and now spends his free time volunteering at a free medical clinic at Cornerstone Community Center in Fort Worth.
A graduate of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dr. Brotherton has been practicing medicine for 25 years. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and teaches at TCU, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 46,000 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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