Austin Physician Wins TMA’s Highest Honor

April 30, 2016


As he steps up to receive the highest honor bestowed by America’s largest state medical society, anesthesiologist Joseph P. Annis, MD, of Austin, says his accomplishments in medicine can be traced back to the loving support and encouragement of his closest family and friends. He says their influence gave him the maturity and wisdom to travel the pathway to success. 

Today, that pathway leads Dr. Annis to the 2016 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Annis was presented the award at a meeting of TMA’s House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body, during TexMed, its annual conference, in Dallas. TMA’s Board of Councilors selected him for the award.

“Medicine is not just what I do, it is who I am,” said Dr. Annis. “I know, clearly, I am but a small part of what this award signifies … because I had so much help along the way.”

Dr. Annis has been a member of TMA and its local counterpart, the Travis County Medical Society (TCMS), for 37 years and has been involved in almost every facet of TMA’s mission to help physicians deliver the best medical care to all Texans. He has been a strong advocate for Texas physicians in Washington, D.C. And he walked the halls of the Texas Capitol, participating in TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol program, TMA’s physician-led outreach to legislators to advocate its positions. He has been a major donor to the TMA Foundation. Dr. Annis has also been a member of TEXPAC, TMA’s political action committee, and other TMA committees. 

Dr. Annis has deep roots in Austin, having practiced for 26 years as a partner with the Austin Anesthesiology Group. As a dedicated member of TCMS, he has served as a delegate to the TMA House of Delegates and as a member of the TCMS Journal Editorial Board, the Medical Legislation Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on HIV-Infected Physicians. He also chaired the TCMS Committee on Hospital Medical Staffs. And in 1995, Dr. Annis was recognized as the county medical society’s Physician of the Year.

 Dr. Annis was also a member of the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association House of Delegates for 13 years. He was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in June 2006 and served through June 2014. His history of service with AMA includes chairing the Organization & Operations Committee of the AMA board, the Council on Medical Service, the Finance Committee, and the Audit Committee.

Dr. Annis has served on the board of the Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group, Inc. since 1990. He served as president of the medical staff at St. David’s Hospital in Austin and as president of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Annis also served as vice chair of the board of St. David’s Medical Center and is currently a member of the St. David’s Healthcare Partnership Board of Governors in Austin.  

Former TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD, introduced his longtime colleague to receive the award before a ballroom packed with physicians. “I consider Joe a hero. Heroes make the world safe and secure for those around them,” said the Austin orthopedic surgeon. “Joe – Dr. Annis – did that for my patients having major joint reconstruction or trauma surgery. He also made my world safer and more secure because I knew my patients were getting the best and safest anesthesia, and I could concentrate on my craft.”

Accepting the award, Dr. Annis told the TMA House ofDelegates his appreciation lies in the guiding “spirit” of his late wife, Peggy,and the encouragement of his loving mother and father, a longtime physician,who held a “deep reverence” for the profession of medicine and organizations like TMA

“We have help from our strong organizations,” Dr. Annis said. “Using our talents – through these organizations – in the service of medicine is a thoroughly satisfying experience. Our TMA is so effective because we share this strong sense of purpose.”

After graduating from the Marquette School of Medicine in Milwaukee in 1969, Dr, Annis completed a general internship.

The physician also served two years as a general medical officer in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps – one year in Vietnam and a second year in New York – before switching from general practice to anesthesiology at Stanford University Medical Center.

In later years, Dr. Annis would continue his cross-country travels to share his knowledge of anesthesiology with a new generation of medical students. He taught anesthesia for 12 years part-time at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.. He served there until July 2015.

“I am proud to be a physician. I am proud to be a member of the TMA,” Dr. Annis said. “I am proud to be associated with all of you … working in the service of our magnificent profession.

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

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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