Houston-Area Physicians Take TMA Leadership Positions

July 10, 2017   

Fifteen Houston-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.

Unless otherwise noted, all of the physicians are members of the Harris County Medical Society.

Houston

Rakhi C. Dimino, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist for 11 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. This council develops TMA policy on critical public health and medical science issues, advances TMA’s leadership in medical science and public health advocacy, and provides physicians timely public health and scientific information on current topics.

John Fraser, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 35 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. The committee analyzes the physician, nursing, and allied health care workforce and its impact on health care access, and promotes careers in medicine and the health professions.

Hattie E. Henderson, MD, a family physician in practice for 14 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. The council studies, makes recommendations, and takes action related to the organization of and services provided by patient-care facilities, including emergency departments; ambulatory surgery centers; hospitals; and skilled nursing, long-term-care, assisted living, hospice, home care, and other treatment facilities.

Pamela D. Holder, MD, a practicing pathologist for 32 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Reproductive, Women's and Perinatal Health. The committee studies and addresses issues, laws, and regulations related to reproductive, women’s, and perinatal health in Texas, and provides advice and makes policy recommendations concerning these issues

Faraz A. Khan, MD, a diagnostic radiologist for 19 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services. The council oversees all association practice-management services provided directly to physicians and their staff.

Robert B. Morrow, MD, a family physician in practice for 27 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality, on which he has been serving as a member. The council establishes policy on topics surrounding quality improvement, such as performance-based measurements and value-based payment programs, and educates physicians about federal and state incentives to improve patient care. It also advocates for fair and sound quality improvement initiatives.

Lonzetta Newman, MD, an internist in practice for 17 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Cancer. The committee supervises TMA’s cancer-related activities, educates physicians and patients about cancer, and works with other groups on cancer-related care and issues.

Madhavi Patnana, MD, a diagnostic radiologist practicing for 11 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Continuing Education.  The committee monitors and studies trends and issues in continuing medical education and recommends TMA policy on the subject.

Lois M. Ramondetta, MD, a gynecological oncologist in practice for 19 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. (See Dr. Dimino’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Elizabeth Rebello, MD, a practicing anesthesiologist for 11 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Cancer. (See Dr. Newman’s entry above for the committee’s charge.)

Irvin Sulapas, MD, a family physician in practice for three years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Medical Education. The council coordinates TMA’s medical education activities, studies Texas ’physician workforce trends, accredits continuing medical education programs, and monitors physician licensure and credentialing.

Pasadena

Victor A. Simms, MD, an internist practicing for 16 years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Legislation. The council monitors and develops strategies regarding pending legislation and initiates legislative policies at the state and national levels to improve our health care system.

Pearland

Mammen A. Sam, MD, a hematologist/oncologist in practice for six years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Cancer. Dr. Sam is a member of the Brazoria County Medical Society. (See Dr. Newman’s entry above for the committee’s charge.)

Richmond

Felicia L. Jordan, MD, a practicing internist for 17 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. The council makes recommendations related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations that affect physicians and their patients. 

Sugarland

Anne Ponce De Leon, MD, a family physician in practice for 16 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Medical Home and Primary Care. The committee promotes the medical home and integration of primary care, community care, and public health.

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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