May 2, 2014
Houston emergency physician Arlo
F. Weltge, MD, MPH, received the J.T.
“Lamar” McNew, MD, Award for his service to physicians in training. Dr.
Weltge was recognized by the Texas Medical Association Resident and Fellow
Section (TMA-RFS) today during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in
The award honors a TMA physician who has provided
outstanding mentoring and service to young physicians.
“This is a wonderful award from our new and emerging
physician leaders,” said Dr. Weltge upon receiving the award. “My experience is
that no kindness shown to medical students and residents goes unappreciated,
but to be recognized for this is a real honor and privilege.”
A physician for more than 30 years, Dr. Weltge
practices emergency medicine at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
hospital, a Level I Trauma Center, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson General
Hospital. He is a clinical professor and faculty member in the Emergency
Medicine Residency program at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
(UTHealth Medical School), and serves as medical director for the Emergency
Medical Services program at Houston Community College.
Dr. Weltge has been active in organized medicine for
many years. He has been a member of the TMA House of Delegates for 13 years and
has been a consultant to TMA’s Council on Legislation for more than 10 years. Currently,
Dr. Weltge chairs the TEXPAC (TMA’s political action committee) Committee on
Membership and sits on its Executive Committee.
He has been speaker for the American College of
Emergency Physicians and has served on its Board of Directors. Dr. Weltge also has
served as president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Weltge served on the Board of Directors of the
Texas Alliance for Patient Access in 2002-04 during Texas’ medical liability
reforms. In Houston, he serves on the Executive Committee for the Star of Hope Mission
for homeless residents.
Dr. Weltge received his
medical degree from UTHealth Medical School, and, in 2013, received its Distinguished
Alumnus Award. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in
Houston, and received his MPH from the UT School of Public Health.
The award is named for Dr. McNew, a retired Bryan
physician who served in the Brazos Valley region for many years, and who was a
primary provider of obstetrical services to women on Medicaid in the area. He
also taught at the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center for 20
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