Dallas-Area Physicians to Begin Serving in TMA Leadership Positions

September 9, 2019

Seventeen Dallas-area physicians will begin new terms of service in Texas Medical Association (TMA) leadership positions this week during the TMA Fall Conference.  The physicians are in Dallas, Flower Mound, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, and Plano.

TMA leaders appoint or elect TMA member physicians and medical students to one of TMA’s 25 boards, councils, and committees. They are responsible for studying health care-related issues and making recommendations on important health care policy affecting Texas patients and their physicians.

Unless otherwise noted, the physicians are members of the Dallas County Medical Society.

Dallas

John T. Carlo, MD, a public health and preventive care specialist in practice for 15 years, was reelected to a new three-year term on TMA’s Council on Legislation. The council monitors and develops strategies regarding pending legislation and initiates legislative policies at the state and national levels to improve our health care system.

Wendy M. Chung, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist in practice for 14 years, was appointed to serve for two years as chair of TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. This council develops TMA policy on critical public health and medical science issues, advances TMA’s leadership in medical science and public health advocacy, and provides physicians timely public health and scientific information on current topics.

Gates B. Colbert, MD, a nephrologist in practice for six years, was reappointed to a three-year term on TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. The committee analyzes the physician, nursing, and allied health care workforce and its impact on health care access, and promotes careers in medicine and the health professions.

Robert Lee Fine, MD, an internist and palliative care physician in practice for 38 years, was reappointed to serve one year as a consultant to TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. The council studies, makes recommendations, and takes action related to the organization of and services provided by patient-care facilities, including emergency departments; ambulatory surgery centers; hospitals; and skilled nursing, long-term-care, assisted living, hospice, home care, and other treatment facilities.

Zachary S. Jones, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for five years, was elected to serve a three-year term on TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. (See Dr. Chung’s entry above for the council’s charge.) 

Seth Kaplan, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 19 years, was elected to serve a three-year term on TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. The council makes recommendations related to the socioeconomic aspects of medical care and regulations that affect physicians and their patients. 

Benjamin C. Lee, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 15 years, was reelected to a new three-year term TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. (See Dr. Chung’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

David P. Mason, MD, a thoracic surgeon in practice for five years, was appointed as a consultant to TMA’s Committee on Cancer. The committee supervises TMA’s cancer-related activities, educates physicians and patients about cancer, and works with other groups on cancer-related care and issues.

Wendy C. Parnell, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for eight years, was appointed to serve a three-year term on TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. (See Dr. Colbert’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, an internist in practice for 28 years, was reappointed as a consultant to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. (See Dr. Chung’s entry above for the council’s charge.) 

Les Secrest, MD, a psychiatrist in practice for 47 years, was reappointed as a consultant to TMA’s Council on Legislation. (See Dr. Carlo’s entry above for the council’s charge.) 

Astrud S. Villareal, MD, a family physician starting in private practice, was appointed to serve a three-year term on TMA’s Committee on Continuing Education. The committee monitors and studies trends and issues in continuing medical education and recommends TMA policy on the subject.

Flower Mound

Caryn Michelle Forbes, MD, a pediatrician for 17 years, was reappointed to a new three-year term on TMA’s Committee on Medical Home and Primary Care. The committee promotes the medical home and integration of primary care, community care, and public health.

Frisco

Carrie de Moor, MD, an emergency physician in practice for 11 years, was elected to serve a three-year term on TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics. (See Dr. Kaplan’s entry above for the council’s charge.)  Dr. de Moor is a member of the Collin-Fannin County Medical Society.

McKinney

C. Shane Hall, MD, a family physician in practice for 13 years, was reelected to a new three-year term on TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services. The council oversees all association practice-management services provided directly to physicians and their staff. Dr. Hall is a member of the Collin-Fannin County Medical Society.

Murphy

Archana Rao, MD, an internist in practice for 11 years, was reelected to a new three-year term on TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations. (See Dr. Fine’s entry above for the council’s charge.)

Plano

Neha V. Dhudshia, MD, an internist in practice for 24 years, was reelected to a new three-year term on TMA’s Council on Health Promotion. The council plans and oversees community outreach programs that enable TMA, the TMA Alliance (a volunteer civic and advocacy organization of TMA physicians and spouses), and the TMA Foundation (TMA’s philanthropic arm) to improve the health of all Texans. Dr. Dhudshia is a member of the Collin-Fannin County Medical Society.

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.

--30--

Contact:  Brent Annear(512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320

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

Connect with TMA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Check out MeAndMyDoctor.com for interesting and timely news on health care issues and policy.

Last Updated On

September 10, 2019

Related Content

Leadership