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.
Lori R. Anderson,
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
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
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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