San Antonio-Area Physicians Take TMA Leadership Roles

Several San Antonio-area physicians have accepted leadership positions within the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA physicians and medical students who are appointed or elected to one of TMA’s 30 boards, councils, and committees are responsible for studying and recommending action on important issues affecting Texas patients and health care policy.

Council elections and committee appointments: 

San Antonio: 

Rachel L. Beddard, MD, a pathologist practicing for nine years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Blood and Tissue Usage. The committee monitors all aspects of transfusion medicine and tissue donation, processing, and transplantation.

George Marcus Galvan, MD, a neurosurgeon in practice for three years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Constitution and Bylaws. The council serves as an advisory body on matters pertaining to the TMA constitution and bylaws, and handles long-range organizational planning.

Alice Gong, MD, a neonatologist/perinatologist in practice for 27 years, was appointed as a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health. The committee reviews laws, regulations, and activities that affect the health of newborn babies and their mothers.

Robert Kacprowicz, MD, an emergency medicine physician in practice for 10 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Membership. The committee guides TMA’s and county medical societies’ membership recruitment and retention programs.

Charles Lerner, MD, FSHEA, an infectious disease specialist in practice for 41 years, was appointed as a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. The committee educates physicians and the public about new information regarding infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Janet Realini, MD, MPH, a family physician practicing for 34 years, also was appointed as a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health.

Buddy Swift Jr., DO, MPH, an occupational medicine specialist for 31 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. The council makes recommendations related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations.   


James L. Humphreys, MD, a pathologist in practice for 12 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Legislation. The council develops and implements legislative policies at both the state and national level, to improve medicine and patient care.

Gabriel Rodriguez, MD, an emergency medical physician practicing for four years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Emergency Medical Services and Trauma. The committee works to create and maintain local and statewide plans for emergency medical services, and educates Texas physicians about providing medical care in disaster situations.

All of these physicians are members of the Bexar County Medical Society.

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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Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807
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phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320
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