June 18, 2015
Twenty-two Houston-area physicians have taken leadership positions in the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA physicians and medical students are appointed or elected to one of TMA’s 25 boards, councils, and committees; they are responsible for studying health care-related issues and making recommendations on important health care policy affecting Texas patients and
Rakhi C. Dimino, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist in practice for nine years, was appointed to fill a vacancy on TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. The council develops TMA policy on critical public health and medical science issues, advances TMA’s leadership in medical science and public health advocacy, and provides physicians timely public health and evidence-based scientific information on current topics.
Larry C. Driver, MD, a pain management specialist for 31 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Continuing Education. The committee monitors and studies trends and issues in continuing medical education for physicians, and recommends TMA policy on the subject.
Lisa L. Ehrlich, MD, an internist in practice for 19 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality. The council establishes policy on topics surrounding health care quality improvement, such as performance-based measurements and value-based payment programs, and educates physicians about federal and state incentives to improve patient care.
It also advocates for fair and sound quality improvement initiatives.
Robert E. Jackson, MD, an internist in practice for 31 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Legislation. The council develops and implements legislative policies at the state and national levels to improve our health care system and physicians’ practice environment.
Gregory R. Johnson, MD, a practicing hospitalist for 12 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Legislation. (See Dr. Jackson’s entry above for the council’s charge.) He is a member of the Brazoria County Medical Society.
Aurelio Matamoros Jr., MD, a practicing radiologist for 32 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on
Continuing Education. (See Dr. Driver’s entry above for the committee’s charge.)
Kenneth L. Mattox, MD, a thoracic surgeon for 44 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. The council studies, makes recommendations, and takes action related to the organization of and services provided by patient care facilities, including emergency departments; ambulatory surgery centers; hospitals; skilled nursing, long-term care, assisted living, hospice, and other treatment facilities; and home care.
Jaideep H. Mehta, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for four years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee, on which he has been serving as a member. The committee evaluates the quality of medical care in Texas and recommends regulatory, legislative, and legal approaches to ensure the highest standard of health care is available for all Texan patients.
Evan G. Pivalizza, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for 18 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. The committee analyzes the physician and allied health care workforce and its impact on health care access, and promotes careers in medicine and the health professions. The committee also monitors the pipelines
and programs that prepare physicians to practice in medically underserved areas.
Lois M. Ramondetta, MD, who has practiced gynecologic oncology for 17 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Committee on Cancer, on which she has been serving as
a member. The committee supervises TMA’s cancer-related activities, educates physicians and patients about cancer, and works with other groups on cancer-related care and issues.
Umair A. Shah, MD, a public health and general preventive medicine physician in practice for 14 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. The committee educates physicians and the public about new information regarding infectious diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Carl D. Tapia, MD, a practicing pediatrician for 11 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Medical Home and Primary Care. The committee promotes the medical home and the integration of primary care, community care, and public health, and monitors regulatory developments regarding this area of patient care. The committee also serves as a liaison between TMA and government bodies that affect physician practices, and as a resource on primary care delivery.
Sherif Z. Zaafran, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for 16 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Council on Health Promotion. The council plans and oversees community outreach programs that enable TMA, the TMA Alliance (a volunteer organization of TMA physicians and spouses), and the TMA Foundation (TMA’s philanthropic arm) to improve the health of all Texans. Dr. Zaafran has been serving on the council prior to his appointment as chair.
Charles M. Stiernberg, MD, MBA, an otolaryngologist in practice for 31 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. The council makes recommendations related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations that affect physicians and their patients.
Harry L. Faust Jr., DO, a psychiatrist specializing in addiction medicine for 38 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness. The committee supports and promotes healthy lifestyles in physicians, and provides support and outreach related to the treatment and rehabilitation of physicians with impairments or potentially impairing conditions.
Charles E. Cowles Jr., MD, a practicing anesthesiologist for eight years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Membership. The committee guides TMA’s and county medical societies’ membership recruitment and retention programs.
Kimberly E. Monday, MD, a practicing neurologist for 18 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. (See Dr. Stiernberg’s entry above for the council’s
Rebecca H. Maxwell, MD, a psychiatrist specializing in addiction medicine for 12 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness. (See Dr. Cowles’ entry above for the committee’s charge.) She is a member of the Brazoria County Medical Society.
Lindsay K. Botsford, MD, a family physician in practice for five years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Medical Home and Primary Care. (See Dr. Tapia’s entry
above for the committee’s charge.)
Sonia Chauhan, MD, a specialist in neonatal-perinatal medicine who has been practicing for 10 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health. The committee reviews and comments on laws, regulations, and activities that affect the health of newborn babies and their mothers. She is a member of the Fort Bend County Medical Society.
Troy T. Fiesinger, MD, a family physician practicing for 16 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Medical Education. The council coordinates TMA’s medical education activities, studies Texas’ physician workforce trends, accredits continuing medical education programs, and monitors physician licensure and credentialing.
Elizabeth Torres, MD, a practicing internist for 31 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Health Promotion. (See Dr. Zaafran’s entry above for the council’s charge.)
Unless otherwise noted, all of the above physicians are members of the Harris County Medical Society.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 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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