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