October 29, 2018
Ten Fort Worth-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.
All the physicians below are members of the Tarrant County Medical Society.
Tilden L. Childs III, MD, a diagnostic radiologist in practice for 38 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.
Shanna M. Combs, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for six years, began serving on TMA’s Committee on Membership. The committee guides TMA’s and county medical societies’ membership recruitment and retention programs.
Rajesh Ramesh Gandhi, MD, a general surgeon for 15 years, began serving a final term on TMA’s Committee on Emergency Medical Services and Trauma. The committee works to create and maintain local and statewide plans for emergency medical services, and educates physicians on providing medical care in disaster situations.
G. Sealy Massingill, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for 29 years, began serving 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.
Kurt A. Schoppe, MD, a diagnostic radiologist in practice for eight years, began serving a final term 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.
Mark M. Shelton, MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist for 31 years, began serving 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.
Linda M. Siy, MD, a family physician for 25 years, began serving a final term on TMA’s Council on Legislation. (See Dr. Childs’ entry above for the council’s charge.)
Veer D. Vithalani, MD, an emergency physician in practice for five years, began serving a final term on TMA’s Committee on Emergency Medical Services and Trauma. (See Dr. Gandhi’s entry above for the committee’s charge.)
Angela D. Self, MD, an internist for 16 years, began serving a final term on TMA’s Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee. The committee evaluates the quality of medical care in Texas and recommends regulatory, legislative, and legal approaches to ensure the highest standard of health care is available for all Texas patients.
Jason V. Terk, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 21 years, began chairing TMA’s Council on Legislation. (See Dr. Childs’ entry above for the council’s charge.)
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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