Corpus Christi-Area Physicians Tapped for TMA Leadership Roles

June 14, 2013 



Five Corpus Christi-area physicians have accepted new 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. 

Corpus Christi: 

Ernest D. Buck, MD, a pediatrician for 32 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Council on Health Promotion. The council plans and oversees programs that enable TMA, the TMA Alliance (a volunteer organization of TMA physicians and spouses), and the TMA Foundation (TMA’s philanthropic arm) to improve the health of all Texans. 

Wesley W. Stafford, MD, who has practiced allergy and immunology for 30 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. This council develops policy on high-priority public health and medical science issues, provides physicians evidence-based public health and scientific information, and communicates TMA policy on these issues. 

Justin Hensley, MD, an emergency physician practicing for two 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. 

Gerard J. Voorhees, MD, a radiation oncologist in practice for 22 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Cancer. The committee supervises TMA’s cancer-related activities, educates physicians and patients about cancer, and works with other groups on cancer-related care and issues.  

The above physicians are members of the Nueces County Medical Society (CMS). 


Isabel Menendez, MD, a radiologist in practice for 29 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Legislation. The Council on Legislation develops and implements legislative policies at the state and national levels to improve medicine and patient care. She is a member of the San Patricio-Aransas-Refugio CMS. 

 TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 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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