May 18, 2018
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
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.
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
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.
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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