Recognizing the Great Women of Texas Medicine
By Douglas W. Curran, MD

Today is Women in Medicine Day, honoring the tremendous contributions female physicians make to our profession and the patients we serve. The events of this past weekend underscore just how far we still have to go.

I will not sugarcoat this. Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by the Texas Medical Association.

When I think of the outstanding female physician leaders I’ve had the honor to work with in TMA  such as Diana Fite, MD, chair of the TMA Board of Trustees; Sue Bailey, MD, speaker of the American Medical Association House of Delegates; and the late, great Betty Stephenson, MD  I am struck by the traits that make them exceptional physicians and remarkable leaders. They are brilliant clinicians, caring, women of their word, and passionate about medicine and our patients.

I see those same traits in tomorrow’s physician leaders, like Alicia Cleaver, DO, the newest partner in my practice in Athens. She and her generation will make their own marks on our profession.

So on this Women in Medicine Day  and the other 364 days of the year  I ask every Texas doctor to join me in acknowledging the hard work, determination, and leadership of female physicians. 

Athens family physician Douglas W. Curran, MD, is president of the Texas Medical Association  

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April 28, 2020

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