Austin-Area Physicians Take TMA Leadership Positions

July 10, 2017   

Eleven Austin-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 Travis County Medical Society.


Marilyn Doyle, MD, an infectious disease pediatrician in practice for 34 years, was appointed 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.

Jason M. Feuerman, MD, an ophthalmologist in practice for two 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.

Jeffrey B. Kahn, MD, an otolaryngologist in practice for 16 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality. 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.

Megan K. Kressin, MD, a pathologist in practice for nine years, was elected to TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services. (See Dr. Feuerman’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Mikeal R. Love, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for 25 years, was reappointed 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.

Stephen J. Pont, a pediatrician in practice for 13 years, was reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. The committee promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy young Texans.

Ghassan F. Salman, MD, an internist in practice for 14 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality. (See Dr. Kahn’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Lynn Stewart, MD, a family physician for 11 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.

Marco A. Uribe, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist for 30 years, was appointed chair of TMA’s Council 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.

Christopher M. Ziebell, MD, an emergency medicine physician for 24 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.


Kathleen V. Butler, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 15 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. She is a member of the Williamson County Medical Society.

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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July 24, 2017

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