Galveston Physicians Begin Service in TMA Leadership Positions

October 30, 2018

Four Galveston 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. 

The physicians below all are members of the Galveston County Medical Society.

Aakash H. Gajjar, MD, a colorectal surgeon in practice for nine 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 E. Mathis, MD, a family physician, began serving on the TMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws. The council serves as an advisory body on matters pertaining to the TMA Constitution and Bylaws, and handles long-range organizational planning.

Bethany E. Powell, MD, a family physician for 16 years, began a second term on TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness. The committee provides support and outreach related to the treatment and rehabilitation of physicians with impairments. 

Jeffrey S. Richards, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for 17 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.

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.


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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October 30, 2018

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