Abilene-Area Physicians Renew TMA Leadership Service

September 12, 2020

Three Abilene-area physicians have begun new terms of service in Texas Medical Association (TMA) leadership positions, while caring for patients and managing medicine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TMA’s House of Delegates policymaking body met virtually on Saturday to ratify the last of this year’s TMA elections and appointments. The pandemic forced TMA to alter its governance and meeting processes. Physician leaders have used virtual meetings and special governance provisions this year to elect or appoint physicians and medical students to one or more of TMA’s 25 boards, councils, and committees. The physicians are responsible for studying health care-related issues and making recommendations on important health care policy affecting Texas patients and their physicians.

Except where noted, all the physicians are members of the Big Country County Medical Society.


Leigh Taliaferro, MD, general surgeon in practice for 34 years; reelected to TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services.

Chad White, MD, family physician in practice for 18 years; reconfirmed as vice councilor for District 13 on TMA’s Board of Councilors.


Jennifer Liedtke, MD, family physician and obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for seven years; reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health. Dr. Liedtke is a member of the Colorado Basin County Medical Society.

Read the descriptions and charges of each TMA Board, Council, and Committee.

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

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336 

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September 12, 2020

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