Athens Physician Elected TMA President-Elect

May 6, 2017  

Douglas W. Curran, MD, an Athens family physician, has been elected president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). The TMA House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Curran today at TexMed, the association’s annual conference.

“I feel very humbled by this opportunity to serve the patients of Texas physicians as well as protect and preserve the integrity of our profession,” said Dr. Curran. “The opportunity to serve as president-elect and ultimately president of this great organization will allow me to speak from the heart about the profession I love and the commitment to improve the health care of all Texans.”

Dr. Curran will become TMA’s 153rd president on May 19, 2018, at TexMed 2018 in San Antonio. He practices at East Texas Medical Center and Lakeland Medical Associates in Athens.

Throughout his 38 years in medicine, Dr. Curran has advocated on behalf of Texas patients and physicians. He played a leading role in the passage of Texas’ groundbreaking medical liability reforms in 2003, fought for sweeping patients’-rights reforms including holding managed care insurance companies accountable for their actions, championed legislation to improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid, and fought attempts by non-physician practitioners to expand their scope of practice. He has testified before legislative committees countless times, and visited with the Texas and Washington powerful in a never-ending push for a better health care system.

Many know Dr. Curran for his ability to weave personal and professional stories into his lessons about providing care and the need to reduce physicians’ obstacles to doing so — from discussing a hard-working neighbor on Medicaid to comparing doctors’ pay for a particular medical service to that of a veterinarian.

Dr. Curran is the immediate past-chair of the TMA Board of Trustees and a member of TMA’s Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured, and he chaired TMA’s Select Committee on National Health System Reform.

He also has served on TMA’s Primary Care Coalition, Task Force on Health System Reform, Council on Member Services, and Committee on Professional Liability.

Dr. Curran also has represented the Henderson County Medical Society in the TMA House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body, for more than 19 years.

Dr. Curran has been active in other physician organizations as well. He is a past president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP); has chaired the group’s Commission on Membership and Member Services and Commission on Legislative and Public Affairs, and served on its Board of Directors. He also is an active member of TAFPPAC, the organization’s political action committee. Dr. Curran also has served on the American Academy of Family Physicians and its Commission for Governmental Advocacy.

The family physician has received many awards and accolades, including the “Rural Health Champion Award,” which the Texas Rural Health Association presented to him in March.

Widely regarded as a caring physician and community leader, Dr. Curran is committed to improving access to quality health care for all Texans. He was instrumental in the creation of a rural health clinic and an obstetrical care clinic for patients with no means of payment, and through his participation in the Texas Family Medicine Preceptorship Program, he has helped inspire the next generation of Texas physicians.

Dr. Curran and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 48 years. “Sandy has empowered me in the practice of my profession as well as made me so much better as a person,” he said. “I would not be a physician today without Sandy.”

They have a daughter, Cortney, and a son, Chris, whose wife is Britne. The self-titled “country doctor” enjoys serving his church, tending his cattle, sharing in hospitality with friends and neighbors, and “shaking a leg every now and then to a good Texas swing band.”

As he embarks on service as TMA’s president-elect and then the association’s president, Dr. Curran intends to draw upon his past to lead his future. “For 37 years, I’ve been blessed to be doing exactly what I’m convinced I was meant for: I’ve cared for the people of my community. And I’ve stood beside my colleagues in support of medicine with the conviction that if we fight for our patients’ best interests, we will succeed in crafting good policy for Texas,” he said.  

“Today, we face crises of cost and access at the local, state, and national levels that threaten to shake the very foundation of our association. We must unite as never before, and with wisdom and courage, stand strong for the protection of our patients and the sanctity of our profession. I am prepared to be that voice that advocates, that leader for TMA.”

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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May 06, 2017