For Immediate Release
May 3, 2008
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Neurologist William H. Fleming III, MD, of Houston has been elected president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA's governing body, the House of Delegates, elected him today at TexMed 2008, the association's annual meeting, held this year in San Antonio.
"I am proud that the members of our society entrust me to lead the best state medical society in the land," Dr. Fleming said.
Dr. Fleming will serve as president-elect of America's largest state medical society for one year then assume the presidency next year. Previously, Dr. Fleming served as speaker of TMA's House of Delegates, vice-speaker, and a member of TMA's Board of Trustees. He also served on TMA's Council on Legislation. He is a TMA alternate delegate to the American Medical Association's House of Delegates.
As TMA president-elect, Dr. Fleming looks forward to the opportunity to tackle issues critical to patients across Texas. "I believe that the two most important issues facing medicine today are the uninsured and the looming Medicare crisis and the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate [SGR]," he observed. The SGR is the funding formula the government uses to pay physicians for treating Medicare patients. Physicians maintain the formula ignores how much it actually costs to provide patient care, and it is forcing physicians out of the Medicare program.
Dr. Fleming is a clinical assistant professor of neurology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He also currently serves on the Joint Quality Review Committee of Houston's Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and on the Board of Regents of Texas Woman's University at Denton. He also serves on the boards of the Memorial Hermann Healthnet Providers, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Fleming is board certified by the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr. Fleming has served in several leadership roles in other state and national medical societies. He was president of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, chair of the State Affairs Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and he has served as president of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, the Texas Neurologic Society, and the Harris County Medical Society.
Dr. Fleming earned his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine at St. Louis, Mo. He completed his neurological residency at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine at Rochester, Minn., and his medical residency at McGill University at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Fleming completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Kansas, at Lawrence, Kan.
Dr. Fleming and his wife, Cheryl, have a 17-year-old daughter, Bria.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 43,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 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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