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Monday, February 25, 2013

CAN I GET A WITNESS


“Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Dr. … and I am here today representing the 47,000 physician and medical student members of the Texas Medical Association.” That’s the way a host of TMA members have begun their testimony, sharing TMA’s legislative agenda before House and Senate committees. Health care issues are hot this year, especially early in the session as lawmakers draft the 2014-15 state budget. Physician witnesses bring real-world validity to the often tedious discussions of funding for Medicaid, graduate medical education, mental health, and immunizations. Thanks to these TMA members who already have given up time from their practices to stand up for patients and physicians at the Capitol:
  • Ralph Anderson, MD, a Fort Worth obstetrician and gynecologist;
  • Travis Bias, DO, a family physician in Pflugerville;
  • Luis Calo, MD, a family physician from Harlingen;
  • Gary Floyd, MD, a Fort Worth pediatrician;
  • Robert Greenberg, MD, an emergency medicine physician in Temple;
  • Manuel Jovel, MD, an oncologist from Laredo;
  • Joyce Mauk, MD, a developmental pediatrician in Fort Worth;
  • Thomas Parker, MD, an Austin internist;
  • Janet Realini, MD, a family physician from San Antonio;
  • Les Secrest, MD, a Dallas psychiatrist and chair of TMA’s Council on Legislation;
  • Theodore James (T.J) Spinks, MD, a neurosurgeon from Austin;
  • Jason Terk, MD, a Fort Worth pediatrician;
  • David Teuscher, MD, TMA Board of Trustees member and Beaumont orthopedic surgeon;
  • Nhung Tran, MD, a pediatrician in Temple;
  • Hector TreviƱo, MD, an Eagle Pass family physician;
  • David Wright, MD, an Austin family physician; and
  • Rodney Young, MD, an Amarillo family physician.

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