Just minutes before Edinburg gastroenterologist Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, was installed as TMA’s 152nd president, the association’s House of Delegates elected numerous new officers, trustees, and representatives to the American Medical Association House of Delegates.
“No community can exist without a strong healthy environment and a leader to stand up and cry ‘foul’ when necessary,” Dr. Cardenas told the TMA house after his predecessor — Don Read, MD, of Dallas — administered the oath of office. “It is up to us, the physician-leaders, to chart the course for the health of our communities and when called upon to be the voice for the voiceless. It is who we are!”
Taking Dr. Cardenas’ spot as TMA president-elect is Athens family physician Doug Curran, MD. “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 said.
Delegates reelected TMA Board of Trustees members Gary Floyd, MD, of Fort Worth, and Linda Villarreal, MD, of Edinburg. They also voted Dallas internist Sue Bornstein, MD, and Ray Callas, MD, an anesthesiologist from Beaumont, to the board. The TMA Resident and Fellow Section chose Justin Bishop, MD, a resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Dallas, to be its representative on the board. The Medical Student Section elected Patrick Crowley, a third-year student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
TMA Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Berger, MD, of Austin; Speaker of the House Susan Strate, MD, of Wichita Falls; and Vice Speaker Arlo Weltge, MD, of Houston all won reelection without opposition.
The board chose San Antonio pathologist David Henkes, MD, to be its new chair, Austin colon and rectal surgeon David Fleeger, MD, to be vice chair, and Dr. Floyd to be board secretary.
In other elections, the house voted for four new alternate delegates to the AMA House of Delegates: Robert Emmick Jr. MD, an Austin emergency medicine physician; Steven R. Hays, MD, a nephrologist from Dallas; Jennifer Rushton, MD, a pathologist from San Antonio; and Sherif Zaafran, MD, an anesthesiologist from Houston. Habeeb Salameh, MD, an internal medicine resident in Galveston, is the new resident alternate delegate. Jessie Ho, a student at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, is the new student alternate delegate. The house also reelected nine physicians to two-year terms on the Texas Delegation to the AMA.
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Action, June 1, 2017