Houston-Area Physicians Start New TMA Leadership Roles

October 30, 2018

Twenty-two Houston-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 Harris County Medical Society.

Houston

Ronda E. Alexander, MD, an otolaryngologist for 10 years, began a final term on TMA’s Committee on Membership. The committee guides TMA’s and county medical societies’ membership recruitment and retention programs.

Charles Cowles Jr., MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for 11 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.

Larry C. Driver, MD, a pain medicine specialist in practice for 34 years, began chairing 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.

Lisa L. Ehrlich, MD, an internist in practice for 22 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.  

Troy T. Fiesinger, MD, a family physician for 19 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. 

Marina C. George, MD, an internist for 10 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.

William S. Gilmer, MD, a neurologist in practice for 30 years, began serving on TMA’s 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.

R. Andrew Harper III, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing for 30 years, began serving on TMA’s Committee on Child and Adolescent Health. The committee promotes policies to encourage the development of healthy young Texans.

C. Mary Healy, MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist in practice for 10 years, began chairing 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.

Hattie E. Henderson, MD, a family physician in practice for 15 years, began chairing 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.

Faraz A. Khan, MD, a diagnostic radiologist for 20 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. (See Dr. Henderson’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Kimberly E. Monday, MD, a neurologist in practice for 21 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Legislation. (See Dr. Fiesinger’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Umair A. Shah, MD, an internist in practice for 17 years, began a final term on TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases. (See Dr. Healy’s entry above for the council charge.)

January Y. Tsai, MD, an adult cardiothoracic anesthesiologist in practice for eight years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality. (See Dr. George’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Friendswood

Angela M. Guerra, MD, a family physician for six 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.

Pearland

Rupesh Nigam, MD, an internist practicing for seven years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services. The council oversees all association practice-management services provided directly to physicians and their staff.

Mammen A. Sam, MD, a hospitalist in practice for six years, began a final term on 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. Dr. Sam is a member of the Brazoria County Medical Society.

Shaina M. Sheppard, MD, a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist in practice for seven years, began serving 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.

Shenandoah

Nefertiti C. duPont, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist for 15 years, began a final term on TMA’s Council on Constitution and Bylaws. (See Dr. Gilmer’s entry above for the council’s charge.) Dr. duPont is a member of the Montgomery County Medical Society.

Spring

Louise H. Bethea, MD, an allergist in practice for 42 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Health Promotion. The council plans and oversees community outreach programs that enable TMA, the TMA Alliance (a volunteer organization of TMA physicians and spouses), and the TMA Foundation (TMA’s philanthropic arm) to improve the health of all Texans.

Sugarland

Anne Marie Ponce de Leon, MD, a family physician in practice for 17 years, began chairing TMA’s Committee on Medical Home and Primary Care. (See Dr. Guerra’s entry above for the committee’s charge.)

Elizabeth Torres, MD, an internist in practice for 34 years, began chairing TMA’s Council on Health Promotion. (See Dr. Bethea’s 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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October 30, 2018

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