October 31, 2018
Fourteen San Antonio 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 Bexar County Medical Society.
Michael A. Battista, MD, a neonatologist in practice for 28 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.
Adam J. Bruggeman, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in practice for seven 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.
Monica I-Chia Lee, MD, an emergency physician for two years, began serving 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.
Chelsea I. Clinton, MD, who has practiced rheumatology 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.
Vincent P. Fonseca, MD, a public health and general preventive medicine specialist for 26 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.
Alice Kim Gong, MD, a neonatologist in practice for 33 years, began chairing 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.
Jesse Moss Jr., MD, an otolaryngologist for 32 years, began serving on 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.
Michael Kim, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for four years, began serving on TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. (See Dr. Moss’ entry above for the committee’s charge.)
David T. Lam, MD, who has practiced neonatology for 10 years, began a final term on TMA’s Committee on Emergency Medical Services and Trauma. (See Dr. Lee’s entry above for the committee’s charge.)
Thomas James Mohr, DO, a practicing internist for three 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.
Patrick S. Ramsey, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist for 10 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.
Rajeev Suri, MD, a radiologist in practice for 12 years, began serving 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.
Diogenes Valderrama Torres, MD, an internist in practice for four years, began a final term 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.
Nichole J. Van De Putte, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for six years, began a final term on TMA’s Committee on Reproductive, Women's, and Perinatal Health. (See Dr. Ramsey’s entry above for the committee’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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