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Monday, May 4, 2009

FLEMING TAKES LONG-DISTANCE OATH TO BECOME TMA'S 144TH PRESIDENT

Ill health kept Bill Fleming, MD, away from the TexMed 2009 revelry, but it couldn’t stop the Houston neurologist from taking the oath of office to become TMA’s first African-American president. Connected via a telephone link to loudspeakers at the Austin Convention Center, Dr. Fleming was installed along with new TMA Alliance President D’Anna Wick of Tyler. “I am terribly proud to lead the biggest and best state medical society in the country,” he said. “You know, here in Texas we have world-renowned, world-class physicians and hospitals and other facilities. But Houston and Texas, we have a problem. There are far too many citizens of Texas who cannot access these world-class services.” He called on TMA to address the problem of Texas’ huge number of uninsured with the same vigor we used to stop the lawsuit abuse epidemic in 2003.

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