For Immediate Release
May 21, 2012
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DALLAS – Paris physician Josie R. Williams, MD, MMM, received the Young at Heart Award from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA) young physicians. The award was presented during TexMed 2012, TMA’s annual conference, in Dallas on May 18.
The Young Physician Section, a group of TMA physicians under the age of 40 or in their first eight years of medical practice, chose Dr. Williams for her commitment and willingness to help young physicians become tomorrow’s leaders in the association.
“I am thrilled to be chosen,” said Dr. Williams, a gastroenterologist, and founding director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Rural and Community Health Institute. “When you work with young physicians over many years, it is special when they recognize you.”
The former TMA president said she trusts the future of medicine to these young physicians, many of whom she watched mature from medical students to leaders of TMA. “Our association is in great shape because of these young physician leaders.”
Dr. Williams’ leadership goal is to help physicians achieve TMA’s mission of improving the health of all Texans. Her extensive background in patient safety and designation as a national expert on measuring quality of care make her one of organized medicine's strongest allies.
She was the association’s president in 2008-09 and also served on the TMA Board of Trustees. She has been a Texas delegate to the American Medical Association and has served on various TMA councils and committees.
Her path to the TMA presidency and her history in the medical field are marked by dedication to excellence and distinguished service as a nurse in the United States Air Force. Dr. Williams went on to earn a medical degree in 1975 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine.
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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