Tyler Physicians Begin Serving in TMA Leadership Positions

October 31, 2018

Four Tyler physicians began serving 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 Smith County Medical Society.

Joseph T. Martins, MD, a hematologist in practice for 18 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.

James P. Michaels, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician 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.

Li-Yu H. Mitchell, MD, a family physician in practice for 17 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.

Valerie Borum Smith, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 14 years, began serving on TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. The 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 31, 2018

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