May 2, 2015
physician Arlo F. Weltge, MD, MPH, received the Young at Heart Award from members
of Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Young Physician Section. The award was
presented during TMA’s annual conference today in Austin.
The Young Physician Section, a group of TMA
physicians under the age of 40 or in their first eight years of medical practice,
chose Dr. Weltge for his commitment and willingness to help young physicians
become tomorrow’s leaders in the association.
“This is a
wonderful, kind, and very much appreciated recognition from the young
physicians of TMA,” said Dr. Weltge “There are days I worry about the future of
our profession, but I know I need only look as far as our medical students and
young physicians to feel confident. The talent, enthusiasm, and energy that is
present in our emerging leaders will assure our profession for the future.
“Though it is
shocking to me to realize I do not meet the qualifications of a ‘young
physician’ anymore, it is also with a little relief,” Dr. Weltge added with a
smile. “I am glad I do not have to compete with them because they are so talented
“Dr. Weltge’s love
of medicine shines through in all that he does,” said Gerad Troutman, MD, chair-elect
of the Young Physician Section. “But in addition to his clinical expertise and
teaching proficiency, his infectious enthusiasm, welcoming spirit, and constant
cheerleading have inspired so many and paved the way for future generations.”
emergency physician for more than 30 years, Dr. Weltge practices emergency
medicine at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, which is a Level I trauma center,
and the Lyndon B. Johnson 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 is a long-time member of
the TMA House of Delegates (the association’s governing body) and a consultant
to TMA’s Council on Legislation. Currently, Dr. Weltge chairs the TEXPAC (TMA’s
political action committee) Committee on Membership and serves on its Executive
He has been
speaker of 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 Board of Trustees for the Star of Hope Mission for
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 master’s in public health from The
University of Texas School of Public Health.
TMA is the largest state medical
society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical
student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 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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