Fort Worth Volunteer Elected TMA Alliance President

May 3, 2014 

The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Angela Donahue, RN, from Fort Worth, as its president. TMAA is the volunteer service organization of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and physicians’ spouses. She is  married to David Donahue, MD, a TMA member and Fort Worth pediatric neurosurgeon.  

"I’m honored to be installed as president of such an illustrious alliance,” said Mrs. Donahue. “The TMA Alliance is known for its commitment to medicine and the health and well-being of Texans. Our volunteer members work tirelessly on behalf of medicine, and I am proud to be a part of that work.”

Mrs. Donahue says the alliance uses innovative approaches to address the challenges and further the strengths of medicine, such as First Tuesdays at the Capitol. TMAA spearheads this grassroots advocacy program during each legislative session to allow physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to meet and work with their state legislators to pass laws that benefit Texas patients and Texas.

She champions the collaborative projects of TMAA, TMA, and the TMA Foundation that many of the local county alliances participate in to improve the health of their communities. The Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program works to improve Texas’ immunization rates and has given more than 255,000 vaccinations to Texans of all ages. The Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet program, celebrating its 20th birthday this year, has given more than 170,000 helmets to Texas children.  

“My love for the profession of medicine and the TMA Alliance motivates me to challenge our organization to accomplish more for medicine this year through our community health initiatives, legislation, and member support,” said Mrs. Donahue.  

Mrs. Donahue became involved with her local alliance more than 30 years ago when her husband was a resident in neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She has served as vice president of the TMAA councils on Community Health, Membership, and Communications. Mrs. Donahue has represented the alliance on TMA’s Council on Public Health, Council on Health Promotions, and Membership Committee. She also has served as president of the Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance.

A passion for helping others has turned into a lifelong endeavor for Mrs. Donahue. In her community, she has served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, CASA of Fort Worth, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Texas, the Woman’s Board of Cook Children’s Medical Center, and Jewel Charity, which provides Cook Children’s Medical Center with funding for uncompensated care.

Through her volunteer activities, Mrs. Donahue has helped to raise more than $350,000 for local and statewide charitable projects, including TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize and Hard Hats for Little Heads programs. She was named the Cook Children’s Medical Volunteer of the Year in 2009, and received the Crystal Heart Award from the Ronald McDonald House for more than 2,500 hours of service.

Mrs. Donahue graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of science in nursing. She and her husband have three sons: Benjamin, his wife, Amy, and son Brooks; Kevin and his wife, Allison; and Wyatt. 

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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Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.

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