Jun 11, 2017

Texans on the Dias

(CHICAGO) As usual at meetings of the American Medical Association House of Delegates, Texans from the youngest to the most experience are playing a lead role in the 2017 summer meeting.

Former TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, of Fort Worth was reelected to her third term as speaker of the house. Pediatrician Gary Floyd, MD, a member of the TMA Board of Trustees, is completing a two-year stint on the Reference Committee on AMA Finance and Governance. Ray Callas, MD, an anesthesiologist from Beaumont, is serving on the Reference Committee on Legislation; and Jerome Jeevarajan, a student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, served on the Reference Committee on Medical Education.

Clockwise from top left: Dr. Floyd, Dr. Bailey
Mr. Jeevarajan, and Dr. Callas

The Texas Delegation to the AMA is working hard to ensure a victory on Tuesday, when John Carlo, MD, of Dallas faces off against three other candidates for two seats on the AMA Council on Science and Public Health.

Some other election results already have come in. Former TMA President Bob Gunby, MD, was elected vice chair of the Organization of State Medical Association Presidents. Plastic surgeon Susan Pike, MD, was elected to the governing board of the AMA's Integrated Physician Practice Section. Dr. Pike is the director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center at Baylor Scott & White's Round Rock campus. Mr. Jeevarajan was elected medical student delegate to the AMA House of Delegates,  and these Texas students were elected to AMA Medical Student Section Region 3 leadership positions:

  • Emily Dewar, chair, UT Houston McGovern School of Medicine;
  • Aaron Wolbrueck, secretary, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; and
  • Jason Meschin, community service chair, Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Video: Legislative Session Victories Snapshot

Watch this TMA Legislative News Hotline video summary of a few of the biggest issues addressed in the regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature, which concluded a bit more than a week ago. TMA advocacy team members Dan Finch, Troy Alexander, Michelle Romero, and Clayton Stewart share notes on some top legislative priorities lawmakers answered this session: A surprise-billing solution; new law to define and regulate telemedicine; a prevention initiative passed to keep Texans safe; and how Medicaid funding for the next two years could affect patients and physicians. We also add an update on a priority bill signed this week, and shine a light on the future, when lawmakers will return to Austin. All of that, and a special message from TMA’s Advocacy Vice President Darren Whitehurst, are featured in this week’s episode.

Tune in next week, when Hotline will delve deeper into issues passed this session, beginning with the budget, mental health, and women’s health — as well as  legislation regulating use of maintenance of certification.