Sept. 27, 2018
Pitts, a Tyler volunteer and past president of the Texas Medical Association
Alliance (TMAA), begins service this week on the Texas Medical Association
Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees. The board meets this week at the 2018 Texas
Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference just outside Austin.
the philanthropic arm of TMA, raises funds to support the population health,
quality of care, and science priority initiatives of the association and the
family of medicine. TMAF raises funds and connects medicine, business, and
community groups that carry out these programs at the local and state levels.
Since moving to Texas in 1987, Mrs.
Pitts has been an active member of her local, state, and national alliances (volunteer
service organizations comprising physicians and physicians’ spouses). She served
as a TMAA district director and as vice president of community health and of
communication before becoming TMAA president in 2016-17.
Mrs. Pitts also has represented TMAA on
TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health, and Council on Health Promotion,
working alongside TMA physicians to monitor and create policy. The councils
oversee TMA’s outreach efforts, which TMAF funds. She also has served on TMA’s
Committee on Infectious Diseases.
In her community, Mrs. Pitts has been a
board member for the Tyler Day Nursery and for Parents Anonymous of Tyler, including
serving as its president. Additionally, she is as an elder at First
Mrs. Pitts graduated from the
University of Tennessee Knoxville with a bachelor of arts degree in political
science. She received a master of arts degree in speech-language pathology from
the University of Memphis. She is married to Paul W. Pitts, MD, a Tyler
pediatrician and TMA member.
Mrs. Pitts and her husband have two sons:
Jack, a doctoral student in physics at the University of California at
Riverside, and Ben, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin who
currently is pursuing a career in the television and film industry in Los
Mrs. Pitts joins the TMAF board of TMA
physician members, TMA Alliance members, medical student members, and business
leaders. She joins her fellow board members for a three-year term, and may be
reappointed to serve two additional terms.
of the better-known programs TMAF supports are TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be
Wise — ImmunizeSM,
With a Doc Texas, the Minority Scholarship Program, and the Ernest
and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The foundation also funds local health
initiatives through community grants.
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. TMA Foundation
raises funds to support the population health and science priority initiatives
of TMA and the family of medicine.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark
of the Texas Medical Association.
Contact: Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org
Marcus Cooper (512)
370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org
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