More than ever, flu shots are critical to a healthy Texas
2020 has been a hard year. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed our loved ones, made many Texans sick, and upended our lives. Now we ’re facing another big threat – flu season. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TPHC: Don ’t Cut Public Health Funding During Pandemic
Please attribute this statement to Texas Public Health Coalition Chair Jason V. Terk, MD, in response to Texas Department of State Health Services ’ 2022-23 Legislative Appropriation Request. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vote, but Vote Safely, Physicians Urge
Early voting starts in Texas this week. Physicians urge all Texans to play it safe as they fulfill their civic duty, reminding everyone that it is possible to vote safely during a pandemic. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dallas Physician Receives TMA ’s Young at Heart Award
Dallas nephrologist Steven R. Hays, MD, is the 2020 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Young at Heart Award recipient. Doctors from the TMA Young Physician Section (YPS) announced the award during TMA ’s House of Delegates meeting, held virtually last month. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Honors Houston Physician, Medical Student
Texas physicians and medical students honored a Houston physician and a medical student for helping develop the people who practice medicine, and for helping the community. Family physician Khoa V. Pham, MD, received the Texas Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section J.T. “Lamar” McNew, MD, Award, for his service to physicians-in-training, or medical residents. Natalie Topolski, a medical student at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), received the TMA Medical Student Section Student of the Year Award. The awards wer...
Source: TMA News Room - October 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Medical Students Honor Lubbock Physician
Texas medical students recognized Lubbock pulmonologist Cynthia A. Jumper, MD, with the 2020 C. Frank Webber, MD, Award, for her commitment to mentoring medical students. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) Medical Student Section announced the award during TMA ’s House of Delegates meeting, held virtually earlier this month. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UTHealth San Antonio Long School of Medicine Wins TMA ’s Med Student Chapter of Year Award
The UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine has received the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) 2019-20 Chapter of the Year Award. TMA ’s House of Delegates policymaking body announced the award during its virtual meeting earlier this month. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA: Fair Telemedicine Payments will Ensure Patients ’ Care Continues
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, regarding Gov. Greg Abbott ’s announcement today that Texas’ state-regulated health plans will continue to pay physicians and health care providers the same rate for patients’ telemedicine care as for in-person care, through the end 2020. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Names Paris Physician Distinguished Service Award Honoree
The  Texas Medical Association (TMA) presented its highest physician honor to someone who didn ’t even start her health care career, more than 50 years ago, as a doctor. Josie R. Williams, MD, of Paris, Texas – who first was a registered nurse before becoming a successful Texas physician – became TMA’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award recipient during a video presentation before the TMA House of Delegates virtual meeting on Saturday. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beaumont Physician Reelected to TMA, AMA Leadership Roles
G. “Ray” Callas, MD, a Beaumont anesthesiologist, was reelected to serve Texas medicine at the state and national level. Physician leaders in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates policymaking body today ratified Dr. Callas ’ reelection to serve on the TMA Board of Trustees, the association ’s governing body, and as a representative of Texas doctors in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. The TMA House of Delegates met virtually to verify the last of this year ’s TMA elections. The pandemic forced TMA to alter its governance and meetin...
Source: TMA News Room - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dallas Pediatrician Elected Young Physician Rep to TMA ’s Board of Trustees
Dallas adolescent medicine physician M. Brett Cooper, MD, has been elected to the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees, representing TMA ’s Young Physician Section . TMA ’s House of Delegates policymaking body ratified Dr. Cooper’s election today during a virtual meeting to verify the last of this year’s TMA elections. The pandemic forced TMA to alter its governance and meeting processes in 2020. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keller Physician Chosen for Third Term on TMA ’s Board of Trustees
Gary W. Floyd, MD, a Keller pediatrician, was reelected to serve a third term on the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees, the association ’s governing body. TMA’s House of Delegates policymaking body met virtually on Saturday to ratify the elections. The pandemic forced TMA to alter its governance and meeting processes. Physician leaders have used virtual meetings and special governance provisions this year to elect or appoint phy sicians and medical students to one or more of TMA’s 25 boards, councils, and committees. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Houston Neurologist Elected to TMA Board of Trustees
Kimberly Monday, MD, a Houston neurologist, was elected to the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees. TMA ’s House of Delegates policymaking body ratified Dr. Monday ’s election today during a virtual meeting to certify the last of this year’s TMA elections. The pandemic forced TMA to alter its governance and meeting processes in 2020. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA to Air Pro-Vaccine Ads During Political Conventions
“Vaccines defend what matters – our health, jobs, families.” A new Texas Medical Association (TMA) ad campaign featuring that message will air during the Democratic and Republican conventions to remind Texans of the many ways vaccinations protect us. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Encourage Plasma Donations to Fight COVID-19
Texas physicians are calling on COVID-19 coronavirus survivors to make a donation that can help others fight the infectious disease. Some former patients already have answered the call, and doctors and patients are seeing results of convalescent plasma treatments to fight COVID. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA COVID-19 Task Force Backs CDC Guidance: No Test Needed to Return to Work, School
People who have recovered from the coronavirus should not need a test to get back to work. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) COVID-19 Task Force announced support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that individuals should not be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or a note from a physician to return to the office or classroom after being sick, unless in specific circumstances. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Physicians Release Tools to Navigate School Reopening
School officials and parents across Texas are consumed with a pressing issue: How to minimize the risk of reopening schools during a pandemic. To help, physicians from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) have released a comprehensive package of materials to aid with reopening schools as smoothly and safely as possible. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Youth Artists: Enter TMA ’s Mask Hero Art Contest
Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, and they wear all kinds of masks. Right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, heroes among us are wearing masks to protect others from the potential spread of the disease. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) invites Texas youth to get creative and send their best drawing or painting of a mask-wearing hero by Aug. 24 for a chance to win a $150 gift card. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Visitation Principles Proposed for Critical Patients During Pandemic
End-of-life patients and those with serious illnesses may soon be able to have visitors under specific recommendations, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Texas. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and several other statewide health organizations addressed the need for in-person visitations for patients in health care and long-term care facilities in a letter to the governor and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Chart Shows COVID-19 Risks for Various Activities
Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician experts recently created a chart  to help Texans make informed choices about which activities are safest to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Doctor Is In: Parents, Don ’t Miss Kids’ Routine Care, Vaccinations
Across Texas and the nation, many parents are anxious about taking their children to the doctor for fear of exposing them to COVID-19, but physicians are here to offer reassurance and a reminder. While the fear is justifiable, Texas doctors advise parents that routine well visits are safe and important for their child ’s health, and assure them “the doctor is in.” (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Foundation Adds Trustees, Elects Officer
Two physicians and a medical student have joined the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees, and the Board has selected a new officer. The new trustees and officer began serving this summer for TMAF, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Medical Association. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Policy Expert Selected as TMA VP of Medical Economics
Robert C. Bennett, an Austin-based health policy expert, was named the Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA ’s) vice president of medical economics. In his new role, Mr. Bennett will develop and manage TMA’s medical economic policy and advocacy at the state and national level. He also will develop strategies and support services that help physicians navigate health care rules and regulations, while le ading a staff division. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Statement on In-Person Convention Cancellation
“The physicians of Texas are pleased that the Republican Party of Texas will not hold its convention as an in-person event in Houston next week. The Houston area, unfortunately, is a hotbed of infections from the novel coronavirus. The most recent state figures show Harris County with 24,000 activ e COVID-19 cases, a nearly 30% increase from the week before..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In-Person Convention Poses ‘Significant’ Health Risks
Statement by Texas Medical Association President Diana L. Fite, MD, regarding the Texas Republican Party ’s decision to hold an in-person state convention. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Applauds Governor ’s Mask Order
“The physicians of Texas are very pleased that Governor Abbott is following the science. There is no question about it – face masks reduce the spread of COVID-19. They help protect the people wearing masks, and they help protect the people around them..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Calls on Republican Party of Texas to Cancel In-Person Meeting
Editor's note: TMA sent the attached letter to the Republican Party of Texas this morning. We are hopeful the party will follow our recommendation. "Dear Mr. Dickey, Ms. Jackson, and Mr. Whatley:On behalf of the more than 53,000 physician and medical student members of the Texas Medical Association, I am writing to recommend that Republican Party of Texas (RPT) reconsider its decision to conduct your state convention as an in-person function in Houston on July 16-18. This is just not the time to bring thousands of the party faithful from around the state to an indoor meeting in a county that, as I write, rep...
Source: TMA News Room - June 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA: As Governor Reinstates Limits, All Texans Must Do Our Part
“We absolutely must stop the spread of COVID-19 in Texas. Governor Abbott’s actions today are intended to do just that. But Texans also need to take responsibility to protect ourselves and each other from this virus without government mandates. I know we are all smart enough to do this on our ow n: wash our hands frequently, stay home when possible, and practice social distancing and wear masks when we are out.”  (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Statement Regarding Governor ’s COVID-Fighting Orders
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, regarding Gov. Greg Abbott ’s executive order today expanding hospital capacity and decision to pause further reopening. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Committed to Keeping Texas Hospitals Open Amid COVID-19 Spike
“In many parts of our state, COVID-19 is making a terrifyingly strong return. Hospitals are activating surge plans to make room for more seriously ill patients – whether with COVID-19, other diseases, or significant trauma..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA: Governor is Right; Act Now to Stop COVID-19 Spread
“The physicians of Texas greatly appreciate Governor Abbott using the power of his office to warn Texans about the serious, ongoing threat of COVID-19 and to recommend that Texans take proven steps to protect themselves and their neighbors. The governor is right – COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over 65? Have a Disability? Stay Safe; Stay Healthy; Vote
Opinion piece by Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician leaders, about voting safely during the pandemic. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Doctors Laud Fort Worth Physician, Installed Today as AMA President
When Fort Worth allergist Susan Rudd Bailey, MD, becomes president of the American Medical Association (AMA) this evening, it will be the natural culmination of an exceptional physician ’s outstanding career, Dr. Bailey’s Texas colleagues said. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TPHC Statement: Contact Tracing is Effective Scientific Tool to Combat COVID-19
Statement by Texas Public Health Coalition Chair Jason V. Terk, MD, in response to recent questions about the State of Texas ’ COVID-19 contact tracing program. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Racism: A Very Important Health Problem
“Americans should not be surprised that it took the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, under the knee of a white police officer to take the COVID-19 pandemic off the lead of every newscast, off the top of every mind, and off the tip of every tongue. Our great country was born with a big problem with racism. Today – 155 years after the end of the Civil War, 65 years after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, 28 years after Rodney King implored us to “all get along” – our great country still has a big problem with racism..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Doctors: Protect Patients ’ Access to Care From Budget Cuts
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and several other health organizations are urging state leaders to protect patient access to care by taking essential health care services off the financial chopping block. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Veteran Lobbyist Dan Finch to Lead Texas Medical Association Advocacy Team
Dan Finch, a trusted advocate for Texas physicians for nearly 40 years, is the Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) new vice president for advocacy, TMA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Darrouzet announced today. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Awards 15 Scholarships to Minority Medical Students
Fifteen minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall each will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association (TMA). The students were selected for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas ’ increasingly diverse population. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Physicians Award Exceptional Science Teachers
As physicians, epidemiologists, and health care workers lead the fight against a global pandemic, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) named nine Texas science teachers winners of its 2020 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. This program year marks the 30th anniversary of the awards, designed to motivate teachers to inspire future doctors and scientists. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survey: Texas Doctor Practices Struggling to Survive Pandemic
Like most independent medical practice physicians struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin pediatrician Brian Temple, MD, had to make a critical choice: reduce salaries and work hours, or lose the staff and pediatric practice he and his partner had built over six years. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Continues to Support Governor ’s Science-Based Plan to Reopen Texas
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s announcement on reopening more Texas businesses. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

San Antonians Elected TMA Alliance President, President-Elect
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected two San Antonio residents as its president and president-elect. President Martha Vijjeswarapu and President-Elect Jennifer Hailey Lewis began their one-year terms Friday. TMAA is the community service and advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and their spouses and partners. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Names Valley Physician President-Elect, Picks Top Posts in Historic Meeting
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the action of the Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) “Disaster Board of Trustees” to fill in for its policymaking body to elect TMA’s president-elect for the first time in its 167-year history, choosing Edinburg internist E. Linda Villarreal, MD, for the position, while also naming several other top leaders. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Houston Emergency Physician Becomes TMA ’s 155th President Amidst Public Health Emergency
Standing in a near-empty auditorium in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) headquarters, Houston emergency physician Diana L. Fite, MD, today took the oath of office to become the 155th president of America ’s largest state medical society. TMA installed Dr. Fite as president before a live and online gathering of the organization’s Board of Trustees and outgoing president David C. Fleeger, MD. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Confused About COVID-19 Tests? Patients Might Learn From TMA ’s How-To Testing Guide
With the internet full of promotions hawking dozens of different lab tests for COVID-19, Texans rightfully might wonder what those tests measure and what the results mean. And as many Texans begin to mingle with each other after six weeks of extreme social distancing, the need to get tested for the virus is growing. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Distribution System Will Ship PPE to Physicians, Clinics in Desperate Need
Texas physicians in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE) will soon get the supplies they ’ve been asking for. The Texas Medical Association (TMA), in collaboration with state agencies, county medical societies, and other statewide health organizations, is establishing an online portal where health professionals can apply for shipments of PPE. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Calls Governor ’s Plan “Prudent and Careful”
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, in response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s announcement that Texas hospitals now need to reserve only 15% of their capacity for COVID-19 patients. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Supports Governor ’s Science-Based Plan to Reopen Texas
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s announcement on reopening Texas. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Governor is Right to Call for Gradual, Science-Based Approach to Reopen Texas Economy
In response to Gov. Greg Abbott ’s remarks regarding plans to reopen the Texas economy, John Carlo, MD, chair of the Texas Public Health Coalition, issued the following statement. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Supports Governor ’s Stay Home Mandate
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s statewide stay-at-home executive order except for essential workers and needs. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news