Wichita Falls Pathologist Elected Speaker of TMA’s House of Delegates

May 2, 2015

Wichita Falls pathologist Susan M. Strate, MD, was elected today as speaker of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body.

Dr. Strate recently completed her third term as vice speaker of the TMA House. Delegates elected her during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Austin.

“I will listen to the needs of physicians across the state and work to represent them,” said Dr. Strate. “Texas physicians must speak with one voice as we work to cut red tape and over-regulation, and to preserve the patient-physician relationship and physician autonomy.”

Dr. Strate is a past president of the TMA Foundation (TMAF), the association’s philanthropic arm, and a member of TMAF’s Leadership Society. Dr. Strate also is a former chair of TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics; TMA’s Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee; and TEXPAC, TMA’s political action committee. She has served as a delegate to the TMA House of Delegates, representing her local physician colleagues before the state group, since 1990.

Locally, Dr. Strate was president of the Wichita-Archer-Baylor-Clay-Knox County Medical Society in 1996 and received the society’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010. She currently serves as vice chair of the Texoma Health Information Exchange Board and is a member of the Health Coalition of Wichita County.

Dr. Strate is president and chief executive officer of Texoma Independent Physicians. She provides pathology and laboratory services at several community and small rural hospitals, and the Wichita County Public Health District.

Dr. Strate has long been a voice for Texas physicians, including testifying before the Texas Legislature to improve access to care for Texans and to ensure patients receive accurate information from their health insurance companies.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Dr. Strate to the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors in 2012, where she works with other state leaders to improve the state’s health care policy on how care is delivered to Texas patients.

Dr. Strate is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical School and completed her residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She has practiced medicine for more than 30 years.

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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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; Cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

Steve Levine (512) 370-1380; Cell: (512) 750-0971; email: steve.levine[at]texmed[dot]org

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