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Dallas County Medical Society Installs New President For 2016

Dr. Lee Ann Pearse, a board-certified pediatric cardiologist, will be installed today as the new president of the Dallas County Medical Society. She is just the fourth women to serve as the organization’s president since its inception in 1876.
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Dr. Lee Ann Pearse, the new president of the Dallas County Medical Society. (Credit: DCMS)
Dr. Lee Ann Pearse, the new president of the Dallas County Medical Society. (Credit: DCMS)

Dr. Lee Ann Pearse, a board-certified pediatric cardiologist, will be installed today as the new president of the Dallas County Medical Society.

Pearse is just the fourth women to serve as the organization’s president since its inception in 1876. She practices at Medical City Dallas and is an affiliated physician with the national group MEDNAX. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her medical degree at the University of Colorado. She’s been chair of the DCMS Legislative Affairs Committee and is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Legislation. She’s also on the board for TEXPAC, the TMA’s political action committee.

Pearse has been in Dallas since 1997 after she was recruited away from the University of Miami, where she launched a pediatric transplant program. In an interview published in the Dallas Medical Journal, the DCMS’ in-house publication, Pearse said she was fascinated by the disparity in the wealth of Texas and its high percentage of Medicaid utilization. That prompted her to become involved politically, she told the magazine.

“I like to get people from all sides and backgrounds around the table and say one thing: ‘Help me understand, help me understand why this issue is so important to you,’” she told the magazine. “Once everyone has spoken, we all understand the issue better and can come to a better conclusion.”

Pearse will take over from Dr. Jim Walton, the president of the Genesis Physicians Group. Look for a longform interview with her for D Healthcare Daily next week.

During the installation ceremony today at the Park Cities Club, the DCMS also presented Dr. Leslie Secrest with the Charles Max Cole, MD, Leadership Award. Secrest was honored for his community service, which he fulfilled by serving on numerous Texas Medical Association boards and task forces, including one on behavioral health.

The organization also honored Steve Winn, CPA, with the Millard J. and Robert L. Heath Award, which is given to a non-physician in honor of “leadership and service to medicine and to the community.” Winn is the vice president of finance for the medical society.

“The DCMS board of directors credits Mr. Winn with keeping DCMS in superb financial health for generations and believes this long-standing service warrants the recognition of Dallas physicians through the presentation of this award,” read a statement from the organization.

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