May 18, 2019
Young at Heart Award winner G. Sealy Massingill, MD
Fort Worth obstetrician-gynecologist G. Sealy Massingill, MD, is the 2019 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Young at Heart Award recipient. Doctors from the TMA Young Physician Section (YPS) presented the award to him during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, today in Dallas.
The YPS, a group of TMA physicians under the age of 40 or in their first eight years of medical practice, chose Dr. Massingill for his dedication to helping young physicians grow as medical leaders within the association, and for inspiring them to advocate for the health of all Texans.
“What a nice honor. It’s gratifying to know that young docs think I have something to offer,” said Dr. Massingill. “This award means that all the time and effort I’ve put into working towards a better future seems to be meaningful to others.”
“Dr. Massingill is a leader, mentor, and sponsor for the early practice physician,” said Laura Faye Gephart, MD, a YPS member, member of TMA’s Patient-Physician Advocacy committee, and former resident physician trustee on TMA’s Board of Trustees. “He understands and advocates for issues near and dear to those of us who will practice long after he retires. By echoing the voice of young physicians, it shows he respects and affirms that we have a notable say in the world of health care.”
An obstetrician and gynecologist for more than 30 years, Dr. Massingill has cared for countless patients, trained more than 100 residents, and supervised more than 10,000 deliveries at many hospitals throughout north Texas and elsewhere. After a 30-year career at the Tarrant County Hospital District, he joined Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas as Chief Medical Officer in 2017. He currently has privileges to care for patients at Texas Health Harris Fort Worth and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he served as president of the medical staff. He also served as medical director of midwife services at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Massingill has also practiced at Graham General Hospital in Graham, Texas, and the Air Force Southern California Hospital on the Edwards Air Force Base, among other hospitals.
The YPS recognizes Dr. Massingill’s many TMA leadership roles as well. He chairs TMA’s Council of Science and Public Health’s Taskforce on LGBTQ issues, which aims to address the unique health care needs of the state’s LGBTQ population and reduce barriers to care. He served as president of the TMA Foundation, TMA’s philanthropic arm, from 2013 to 2015. After his term, Dr. Massingill continued his service on the foundation’s Board of Trustees for two years. He has also participated in TMA’s Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health and the TMA Committee on Continuing Education.
Outside of TMA, Dr. Massingill is president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is the immediate past chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District XI, Section 2, and is on the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) policymaking delegation for American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He also will begin a four-year term on the AMA’s Council on Long Range Planning and Development in June.
Locally, Dr. Massingill is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Medical Society and was the society’s president in 2012-13.
“Where others may suggest or mandate a path of action, he leads by example,” added Dr. Gephart. “He improves the health of Texas in the exam room, the board room, TMA’s committees, taskforces, councils, and the legislature.”
Dr. Massingill received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and completed his internship at John Peter Smith Hospital. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
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