October 25, 2018
Sixteen Austin-area physicians began new terms of service in Texas Medical Association (TMA) leadership positions, during the recent TMA Fall Conference held just outside Austin.
TMA leaders appoint or elect TMA physicians and medical students to one of TMA’s 25 boards, councils, and committees. They are responsible for studying health care-related issues and making recommendations on important health care policy affecting Texas patients and their physicians.
Unless otherwise noted, all the physicians below are members of the Travis County Medical Society.
Philip P. Huang, MD, a public health and general preventive medicine physician in practice for 26 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. This council develops TMA policy on critical public health and medical science issues, advances TMA’s leadership in medical science and public health advocacy, and provides physicians timely public health and scientific information on current topics.
Jeffrey B. Kahn, MD, an otolaryngologist in practice for 17 years, began serving as chair of TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality. The council establishes policy on topics surrounding quality improvement, such as performance-based measurements and value-based payment programs, and educates physicians about federal and state incentives to improve patient care. It also advocates for fair and sound quality improvement initiatives.
Thomas J. Kim, MD, a psychiatrist in practice for eight years, began a final term on TMA’s Council on Legislation. The council monitors and develops strategies regarding pending legislation and initiates legislative policies at the state and national levels to improve our health care system.
Megan K. Kressin, MD, an anatomical and clinical pathologist in practice for 10 years, began a final term on TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services. The council oversees all association practice-management services provided directly to physicians and their staff.
David L. Lakey, MD, an internist in practice for 19 years, began a final term on TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. (See Dr. Huang’s entry above for the council’s charge.)
Jonathan MacClements, MD, a family physician in practice for 21 years, began a final term on TMA’s Council on Medical Education. The council coordinates TMA’s medical education activities, studies Texas’ physician workforce trends, accredits continuing medical education programs, and monitors physician licensure and credentialing.
Maria C. Monge, MD, a pediatric and adolescent health specialist in practice for five years, began serving as chair of TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. The committee promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy young Texans.
Jack W. Pierce, MD, an ophthalmologist in practice for 33 years, began serving as chair of TMA’s Interspecialty Society Committee. The committee provides a forum for physician members of medical specialty societies to share information and present matters that might require assistance or action from TMA.
Holli T. Sadler, MD, an internist for six years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. The council studies, makes recommendations, and takes action related to the organization of and services provided by patient-care facilities, including emergency departments; ambulatory surgery centers; hospitals; and skilled nursing, long-term-care, assisted living, hospice, home care, and other treatment facilities.
Sarah I. Smiley, DO, an internist for 24 years, began serving on TMA’s Committee on Medical Home and Primary Care. The committee promotes the medical home and integration of primary care, community care, and public health.
Elizabeth Truong, MD, a psychiatrist in practice for six years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services. (See Dr. Kressin’s entry above for the council’s charge.)
Marco A. Uribe, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for 31 years, began a final term as chair of TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. The committee analyzes the physician, nursing, and allied health care workforce and its impact on health care access, and promotes careers in medicine and the health professions.
Yvette Williams-Brown, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for 10 years, began serving as chair of TMA’s Committee on Cancer. The committee supervises TMA’s cancer-related activities, educates physicians and patients about cancer, and works with other groups on cancer-related care and issues.
Tina J. Philip, DO, a family physician for nine years, began serving as chair of TMA’s Committee on Membership. The committee guides TMA’s and county medical societies’ membership recruitment and retention programs.
Rebecca L. Teng, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for five years, began serving on TMA’s Committee on Reproductive, Women's, and Perinatal Health. The committee studies and addresses issues, laws, and regulations related to reproductive, women’s, and perinatal health in Texas, and provides advice and makes policy recommendations concerning these issues.
Kari H. Fay, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for seven years, began a final term on TMA’s Committee on Membership. (See Dr. Philip’s entry above for the committee’s charge.) Dr. Fay is a member of the Central Texas County Medical Society.
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