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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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