Hurricane Harvey Emergency Response Highlights TMA Conference

Telemedicine Changes, Legislative Recap, “Toxic Stress” Round Out Panels


  • WHAT: Medicine’s response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas (including a new fund to help Harvey-destroyed physician practices rebuild); a 2017 legislative recap from physician-lawmakers; and an examination of how adversity and toxic stress affect patients all highlight 2017 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference. Experts also will detail changes to the practice of telemedicine after the Texas Legislature passed a law this year governing this method of care delivery. 
  • WHEN: THIS Saturday, Sept. 16, 7:30-11:45 am (See schedule below.)
  • WHERE: Lost Pines Ballroom, Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek (between Austin and Bastrop)


7:30 am

 Dawn Duster — Telemedicine and Digital Health: New Texas Law, Opportunities, and Challenges

  • Julian Rivera, partner, Heathcare, Life Sciences & Education, Husch Blackwell
  • Rocky Wilcox, TMA vice president and general counsel
  • Jared Livingston, TMA assistant general counsel

 8:45 am

General Session

Opening Remarks and Welcome

  • Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, TMA president

 9:00 am

 Hurricane Harvey Relief Response 

  • Moderator: Carlos J. Cardenas, MD
  • Kirk Cole, senior advisor to the commissioner of health, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • David Teuscher, MD, Dallas regional director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 9:45 am

Adversity and Toxic Stress: What Does It Mean to Your Patients?

  • Moderator: Thomas Kim, MD, chief medical officer, Med2You (and member, TMA Council on Legislation)
  • Angelo Giardino, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Leslie Secrest, MD, chair, Psychiatry Department, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (and president, TMA Foundation)

 11:00 am

 State Legislative Update

  • Moderator: Ray Callas, MD, TMA Board of Trustees
  • Rep. Tom Oliverson, MD
  • Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD
  • Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO

Reporters, please call or ask for Brent Annear or Marcus Cooper upon arrival. We can help you find the meeting and arrange any interviews you need.

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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Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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Last Updated On

September 13, 2017

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