Texas Medical Students Honor Fort Worth Physician

May 18, 2018  

Texas medical students recognized Fort Worth orthopedic surgeon Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, today with the 2018 C. Frank Webber, MD, Award, for his commitment to mentoring medical students. The Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) presented the award to the former TMA president during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in San Antonio.

“This is the highest honor I have ever been given, and I am so pleased the students invited me to get involved,” said Dr. Brotherton, who serves as physician advisor to the TMA-MSS. “It is easy to get entrenched ideas and stick with habits, and the medical students are flowing with new thoughts, new energy, and new strategies.”

Dr. Brotherton has practiced with Texas Health Care Bone and Joint Clinic, previously the Fort Worth Bone and Joint Clinic, for 31 years. He has been a TMA member since he began his medical career and has held several teaching appointments throughout his career, including his alma mater Texas Christian University (TCU) and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Patrick Crowley, the TMA-MSS representative to the TMA Board of Trustees, nominated Dr. Brotherton for the award. “Dr. Brotherton is an indispensable asset for medical students,” he said. “He is eager to help his junior colleagues, and deserves to be recognized with this prestigious award.”

As advisor to the TMA-MSS, Dr. Brotherton has helped guide students in writing policy resolutions to present to the TMA House of Delegates policymaking body. He also helped them with meeting processes. “His ability to conceptualize our concerns has been invaluable,” said Mr. Crowley.

Dr. Brotherton also supports students in other ways, mentoring student observers at his orthopedic clinic, advocating for graduate medical education (GME) funding, and speaking at medical student events.

“GME funding is vital,” said Dr. Brotherton about providing financial support for medical school graduates to complete their professional training. “Otherwise we are breaking trust with these young people who entered medical school thinking they could have a career helping society.”

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Brotherton was speaker of the TMA House of Delegates for four years and vice speaker for three years. He also served on the TMA Board of Trustees, and was president of the Tarrant County Medical Society.

The TMA Resident and Fellow Section awarded Dr. Brotherton the J.T. “Lamar” McNew Award in 2009 for teaching and mentoring physicians in training. His teaching also has been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the JPS Health Network orthopedic residency program in Fort Worth.

Dr. Brotherton received his bachelor’s degree from TCU and earned his medical degree at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Emory University and Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta.

Created in 1987, the C. Frank Webber, MD, Award is named after the late Texas family physician and educator who was dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Webber’s efforts prompted the development of the strong student organization within TMA.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 51,000 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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Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

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