Dallas-Area Physicians Begin Serving in TMA Leadership Positions

October 29, 2018

Sixteen Dallas-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 member 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 Dallas County Medical Society.

Dallas

John T. Carlo, MD, a public health and preventive care specialist in practice for 14 years, began serving 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.

Mark A. Casanova, MD, an internist in practice for 16 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.  

Samuel J. Chantilis, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist in practice for 25 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.

Wendy M. Chung, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist in practice for 13 years, began a final term 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. 

M. Brett Cooper, MD, a pediatrician for three years, began serving on TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. The committee promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy young Texans. 

Raymond L. Fowler, MD, an emergency physician in practice for 16 years, began a final term on TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. (See Dr. Casanova’s entry above for the council’s charge.)  

Kevin W. Klein, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for 33 years, began serving 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.

Benjamin C. Lee, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 14 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. (See Dr. Chung’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Lee Ann Pearse, MD, a pediatric cardiologist in practice for 32 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. The council makes recommendations related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations that affect physicians and their patients.

Trish Marie Perl, MD, an infectious disease specialist in practice for two years, began a final term on TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. The committee educates physicians and the public about new information regarding infectious diseases including HIV, Zika, Ebola, and sexually transmitted diseases.

James E. Race, MD, an internist in practice for 30 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.

Joseph H. Schneider, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 20 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Legislation. (See Dr. Carlo’s entry above for the council’s charge.)  

Coppell

Angela N. Moemeka, MD, a pediatrician for four years, began serving on TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. (See Dr. Cooper’s entry above for the committee’s charge.) 

Irving

Michael J. Chiu, MD, an internist in practice for 27 years, began a final term on TMA’s Committee on Continuing Education. The committee monitors and studies trends and issues in continuing medical education and recommends TMA policy on the subject. 

Plano

Keith R. Eppich, MD, a family physician for 15 years, began serving on 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. Dr. Eppich is a member of the Collin-Fannin County Medical Society.

Douglas A. Fullington, MD, an internist for nine years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. (See Dr. Casanova’s entry above for the council’s charge.) Dr. Fullington is a member of the Collin-Fannin County Medical Society.

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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October 29, 2018

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