April 30, 2016
DALLAS - The Texas Medical
Association (TMA) today voted Edinburg gastroenterologist Carlos J. Cardenas,
MD, president-elect. He will serve in the office for one year before he assumes
the TMA presidency. TMA’s policymaking body, the House of Delegates, elected
Dr. Cardenas today during TexMed, its annual conference, in Dallas.
“I am pleased to have been elected president-elect of our
TMA, and am humbled by the trust that the House of Delegates has placed in me,”
said Dr. Cardenas, a 32-year member of the association. “I look forward to
serving in the best interest of our patients and colleagues.”
Dr. Cardenas listed his two top priorities once he becomes
TMA president: To serve as an advocate for the sanctity of the patient-physician
relationship in all its guises, and “concomitantly raise the profile and public
awareness of the collective work that is done by every member of the medical
profession in our great state.
“Serving as president-elect
and president is incredibly meaningful, as it provides many opportunities to
advocate for our patients and our profession,” he said. “Being the face and
voice of our more than 49,000 members will empower me to help drive the
dialogue and influence the policies that affect our day-to-day lives as
physicians, and maintain our fiduciary responsibility to our patients.”
Dr. Cardenas already has been a face and voice of TMA
leadership, having chaired the association’s Board of Trustees, its governing
body. He also starred in a series of informational TMA
“Hey, Doc” videos, before
the launch of the federal Affordable Care Act. TMA produced the videos and
other material to inform patients – and physicians whose patients consult for
answers – about how to adapt to the new health law. He also helped lead TMA’s
fight for medical liability reform, which became Texas law in 2003.
“Simply put, I wanted to be TMA president so that I could
be ‘advocate in chief’ for my colleagues, our profession and our patients,” he
The Lone Star Caucus,
comprising physicians from counties across Texas, nominated Dr. Cardenas for
office, saying, “He is a clinician, a steadfast patient and physician advocate,
a pragmatic and successful business leader, and a local community activist. Legislators
from Austin and Washington, from both ends of the spectrum and both sides of
the aisle, call upon Dr. Cardenas for his policy insights.”
Indeed, Dr. Cardenas regularly
advocates on behalf of medicine and patient care. He attends TMA’s “First
Tuesdays at the Capitol” legislative lobby days each session, has testified
numerous times before the Texas Legislature, and has advised elected officials
and policymakers on health matters. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees in
2005, he served five years as a member of the TMA Council on Legislation, and
was legislative chair of the Border Health Caucus, to which he still belongs.
He is a delegate in TMA’s House of Delegates; is a member of the TMA Foundation,
the association’s philanthropic arm; a TMA liaison to the Coalition of State
Medical Societies; and is a founding and Patron Club member of TEXPAC, TMA’s
political action committee (for which he also served as a district chair). Dr.
Cardenas also was a member of the TMA Physician Services Organization (PSO)
steering committee, which led to the formation of TMA
PracticeEdge, TMA’s PSO. Dr. Cardenas also served as president of
the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society.
In his 26th year of practicing
gastroenterology, he also chairs the
Rio Grande Valley’s Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
Dr. Cardenas received his medical degree at The University
of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and completed his residency training in
internal medicine and gastroenterology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital
Dr. Cardenas and his wife of 27 years, Mrs. Chris Cardenas, have three sons, Adam R. Cardenas, Simon
C. Cardenas, and Daniel O. Cardenas. His parents are Mr. Ruben R. Cardenas and Mrs. Dardanella G. Cardenas.
TMA is the largest state
medical society in the nation, representing more than 49,000 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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