Tyler Volunteer Joins TMA Foundation Board

Sept. 27, 2018

Debbie 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.   

TMAF, 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 Presbyterian Church.

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 Angeles. 

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. 

Some of the better-known programs TMAF supports are TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads, Be Wise — ImmunizeSM, Walk 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.


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September 27, 2018

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