TMA College Trains Young Physicians for Leadership Roles

June 25, 2013 



In an ongoing effort to develop new physician leaders from within its membership, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) announces the third graduating class of the TMA Leadership College. The scholars graduated during TMA’s annual conference in May.

“Young physicians often are thrust into leadership positions with little formal guidance about how to lead, and our leadership college helps them learn how to successfully navigate organized medicine,” said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, of Fort Worth.

The TMA Leadership College (TMALC) was created in 2011 to identify, train, and orient young physicians, or those early in their medical careers, for leadership positions at the county and state levels. To participate, all scholars first must be endorsed by a county medical society or state specialty society. The comprehensive program guides scholars through a variety of areas, including legislative advocacy, leadership development, legal considerations in leadership, and strategic problem-solving.

This year’s TMALC graduates practice medicine in the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hamlin, Houston, Lake Jackson, Lubbock, Lufkin, and San Antonio. (See list below.) The TMALC targets active TMA physicians who are under age 40 or within their first eight years of medical practice. Each scholar participated in training, seminars, and meetings over an eight-month period before graduating.

2013 TMA Leadership College Graduates

Travis Bias, DO, Pflugerville, Family Medicine
Thomas Kim, MD, Austin, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry

Christopher Berry, MD, Dallas, Family Medicine
Steven Cole, DO, Dallas, Allergy & Immunology
Jennifer Massengale, MD, Plano, Diagnostic Radiology

Fort Worth
Chad Carlton, MD, Fort Worth, Bariatric Medicine

Chad White, MD, Hamlin, Family Medicine

Lindsay Botsford, MD, Baytown, Family Medicine
Salil Deshpande, MD, Houston, Internal Medicine
Vincent Nelson, MD, Houston, Anesthesiology
Julie Nguyen, MD, Houston, Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Rebello, MD, Houston, Anesthesiology
Parin Shah, MD, Sugar Land, Emergency Medicine
George Williams II, MD, Houston, Anesthesiology

Lake Jackson
Alisa Berger, MD, Lake Jackson, Urology

Gerad Troutman, MD, Lubbock, Emergency Medicine

Prashant Kumar, MD, Lufkin, Internal Medicine

San Antonio
Walter Root, MD, San Antonio, Psychiatry

Graduates from the first two years of the TMALC have been appointed to leadership positions within the association, which TMA says shows the dual benefit of the program.

“Equally as valuable as TMA teaching the participants to lead, the college allows these younger members to give input to the association’s current leaders,” said Dr. Brotherton, “and I am grateful to the scholars for their participation.”

TMA Leadership College is supported by an educational grant from The Physicians Foundation. The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) national organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and to improve the quality of health care for all Americans.

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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