TMA member physicians who stepped up to battle national public health emergencies are the first recipients of Dr. King’s TMA Presidential Awards this year:
- In the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. King honored Edinburg pediatrician Martin Garza, MD; Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley; Eduardo Olivarez, chief administrative officer of the Hidalgo County Health Department; and the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society, who all came to the rescue of thousands of Central American immigrants who entered Texas last year and continue to do so today.
- In El Paso, the award went to the El Paso County Medical Society, which coordinated care for 140 immigrants a day who arrived in the border city via airplane. Dr. King also installed internist Syed Yusoof, MD, as the new county society president.
- Dr. King also honored the physicians who calmed the fears of Dallas, and the nation, in the wake of the country’s first Ebola virus infection: former Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, MD; Wendy Chung, MD, chief epidemiologist for Dallas County Health and Human Services; Dr. Carlo; and DCMS.