May 18, 2019
Kayla Riggs, MD, a resident physician in internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, has been elected to serve on the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees, the association’s governing body. TMA’s House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Riggs at TexMed, the association’s annual conference, today in Dallas. She will serve a one-year term representing the TMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) on the board. She previously served on the board as a representative of the TMA Medical Student Section (MSS), in 2013-14.
The appointment follows her involvement with TMA throughout medical school and now in residency. “I have enjoyed being involved with health care policy and organized medicine, and as I plan for my future career, I intend to continue to be involved with TMA and health care in Texas,” said Dr. Riggs. She says she is honored to serve and will “represent our RFS as the future physicians of Texas with a positive and inspiring attitude.”
Dr. Riggs also serves as RFS representative on the TMA Committee on Continuing Education. She represented the Medical Student Section on the TMA Board of Councilors, the organization’s ethical policymaking body.
Dr. Riggs has been a TMA member for six years, since she was a medical student at the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She became president of the school’s TMA Medical Student Section chapter during her first year. As chapter president, Dr. Riggs helped the chapter’s membership grow by 90 students. She was named the TMA MSS Student of the Year in 2014, and her efforts also helped McGovern Medical School students earn recognition as the TMA-MSS Chapter of the Year in 2014.
Dr. Riggs, an Austin native, received her undergraduate bachelor in business administration degree in 2013 from The University of Texas at Austin.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 53,000 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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