Dallas Physician Elected to TMA's Board of Trustees

May 2, 2022

John T. Carlo, MD, a Dallas physician specializing in public health and general preventive medicine for 18 years, was elected to the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees, the association’s governing body. TMA’s House of Delegates policymaking body elected Dr. Carlo during TexMed, the association’s annual conference, held this year in Houston.

J.Carlo_190“I am extremely honored to be elected as a new TMA Board of Trustees member,” Dr. Carlo said. “I am very excited to be joining the board at this critical juncture, and I look forward to working closely with fellow board members, many of whom I already have had the privilege of working with over many years.”

Dr. Carlo is regarded as a national expert on public health emergencies, having shared that expertise as a member of the TMA COVID-19 Task Force since early 2020. In this role he has provided the public vital and accurate information about the virus and medicine’s response, including the COVID-19 vaccines, by participating in hundreds of news media interviews.

“With my background in public health, I am looking forward to applying this expertise toward the pivotal moments ahead of us in this third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m also ready to join TMA in working toward solutions for addressing better access to affordable health care in Texas,” Dr. Carlo said.

Through the years Dr. Carlo also has helped strengthen the community response to numerous other public health threats, including the H1N1 pandemic, West Nile virus, and the Ebola outbreak in Dallas. For his work on Ebola, TMA honored him with its President’s Award in 2015.

Dr. Carlo, a TMA member for 26 years, chairs the TMA Council on Legislation and previously chaired the Council on Science and Public Health and the Council on Socioeconomics. He also is among the physicians representing Texas doctors in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates.

Dr. Carlo serves in the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Education Training Program, which advises elected officials about emerging infectious diseases and public health responses to disasters.

Dr. Carlo previously was the medical director for Dallas County Health and Human Services and was the local health authority from 2006 to 2010.

The chief executive officer for Prism Health North Texas and president of AIDS Arms Inc. is a member of the AIDS United Public Policy Committee and the American Heart Association Texas Advocacy Committee. In 2018-20 he also chaired the Texas Public Health Coalition, which was instrumental in passing legislation that raised the minimum age for tobacco purchase to 21.

In 2017, he was elected by the AMA House of Delegates to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health, where he continues to serve.

Dr. Carlo earned his bachelor of science and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. He earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School and completed a residency in general surgery at Baylor University Medical Center.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 56,000 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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Last Updated On

May 04, 2022

Originally Published On

May 02, 2022