San Antonio Physicians Serve TMA Councils, Committees

June 25, 2013 



Seven San Antonio physicians have been tapped for leadership positions with 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.

Michael Battista, MD, a neonatologist and perinatologist for 23 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. The council makes recommendations related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations.  

Kenneth McKay Davis, MD, an internist and geriatrician for 5 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. The council makes recommendations and takes action relative to all patient care facilities, including emergency departments; ambulatory surgery centers; hospitals; and skilled nursing, long-term-care, assisted living, hospice, home care, and other treatment facilities.  

Alice K. Gong, MD, a neonatologist and perinatologist for 28 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. The 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.  

Angela A. Hilger, MD, a pediatrician for 8 years, was elected chair of TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. The committee promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy young Texans.  

John J. Nava, MD, a family physician for 25 years, was reelected to 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.  

Jan Ellen Patterson, MD, an infectious diseases specialist for 25 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality. The council helps physicians establish policy to improve and measure health care quality and patient safety, and advocates for quality improvement.  

Walter Root, MD, a psychiatrist for 4 years, was appointed to TMA’s Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee. The committee assesses the quality of medical care in Texas and recommends regulatory, legislative, and legal approaches to ensure that the highest standard of quality medical care is available for all Texan patients.  

The physicians are members of the Bexar County Medical Society.

 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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