Corpus Christi-Area Physicians Take TMA Leadership Positions

July 10, 2017   

Five Corpus Christi-area physicians have been selected for leadership positions in the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA held elections and appointments in conjunction with its TexMed conference and expo, held this year in Houston. The physicians will begin their term of service at TMA’s Fall Conference in September.

TMA leadership appoints or elects TMA physicians and medical students 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 their physicians.

All of the physicians are members of the Nueces County Medical Society.

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Lori R. Anderson, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 31 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. The committee promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy young Texans.

Marita L. Rafael, MD, a pediatric emergency physician in practice for 22 years, was reappointed to the Committee on Emergency Medical Services and Trauma. The committee works to create and maintain local and statewide plans for emergency medical services, and educates physicians on providing medical care in disaster situations.

Jane D. Siegel, MD, an infectious disease pediatrician for 39 years, was appointed chair and reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. The committee educates physicians and the public about new information regarding infectious diseases including HIV, Zika, Ebola, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Wesley W. Stafford, MD, an allergist and immunologist in practice for 34 years, was reelected to 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.

Daniel V. Vijjeswarapu, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 19 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. (See Dr. Anderson’s entry above for the committee’s charge.)

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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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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July 24, 2017

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