September 12, 2020
G. “Ray” Callas, MD, a Beaumont anesthesiologist, was reelected to serve Texas medicine at the state and national level. Physician leaders in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates policymaking body today ratified Dr. Callas’ reelection to serve on the TMA Board of Trustees, the association’s governing body, and as a representative of Texas doctors in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. The TMA House of Delegates met virtually to verify the last of this year’s TMA elections. The pandemic forced TMA to alter its governance and meeting processes in 2020.
“I want to promote professionalism in medicine and continue the work we started to boost TMA’s public image to our patients, elected officials, and legislators,” Dr. Callas said. “At a time when outside forces are trying to tear us apart, we Texas physicians need a strong and united TMA more than ever.”
Dr. Callas has served one term on the TMA board, and he’s served as a delegate to the TMA House of Delegates since 2004. As part of the Texas delegation to AMA, he helps make policy recommendations to the national body on behalf of Texas doctors. He is a former chair of both the TMA Council on Legislation and the Council on Constitution and Bylaws. Dr. Callas serves on the board of directors of TEXPAC, TMA’s political action committee, and on the TEXPAC Candidate Evaluation Committee.
Dr. Callas is a 15-year member of the Jefferson County Medical Society. He served as the society’s president in 2010 and is a member of its board of directors. Dr. Callas also serves as chair of the Texas Medical Liability Trust Board of Directors.
Dr. Callas has practiced medicine with Anesthesia Associates – one of the oldest incorporated and independent anesthesia groups in Texas – since 2004, currently serving as chair of its board of directors. He serves multiple hospitals and surgical center facilities in Jefferson County and Beaumont. He is also a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
A commissioner on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the physician also is a past chair of the governor-appointed Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners. In his community, Dr. Callas is advisory director of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Callas served his country in the U.S. Navy as a submariner during Operation Desert Storm. He graduated from Texas A&M University, earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston, and completed his anesthesiology residency there as well. Dr. Callas joined TMA in 1996, while attending medical school, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the TMA Leadership College.
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.
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