Physicians

The Texas Medical Association’s New North Texas Physician Leaders

More than 30 local physicians have been selected for a number of leadership positions.

Eighteen Dallas-area physicians and twelve Fort-Worth area physicians have started their Texas Medical Association leadership positions while continuing to care for patients during an unprecedented medical crisis.

TMA’s meetings and governance have gone virtual this year due to the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped these leaders from taking part in policy discussions and making recommendations about how the state can care for its patients.

See below for the physicians, their experience, and their appointment. Unless noted below, the following physicians are members of the Dallas County Medical Society, via release:

Carrollton

Udaya Bhaskar Padakandla, MD, anesthesiologist in practice for 23 years; elected to the TMA Council on Science and Public Health. Dr. Padakandla is a member of the Denton County Medical Society.

Coppell

Vani Venkatachalam, MD, a pediatrician in practice for five years; elected to the TMA Council on Health Care Quality.

Dallas

Mark A. Casanova, MD, palliative care physician in practice for 18 years; appointed chair of TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations.

Robert Lee Fine, MD, internist in practice for 39 years; reappointed consultant to TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations.

Angela Fulgham Gardner, MD, emergency physician in practice for 30 years; appointed to TMA’s Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee.

Steven R. Hays, MD, nephrologist in practice for 36 years; confirmed as a vice councilor on TMA’s Board of Councilors.

S. Marshal Isaacs, MD, an emergency physician in practice for 14 years; appointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness.

Kevin Wayne Klein, MD, an anesthesiologist in practice for 35 years; reelected to TMA’s Council on Medical Education.

David P. Mason, MD, a thoracic surgeon in practice for six years; appointed to TMA’s Committee on Cancer.

Saurin N. Patel, MD, an internist in practice for seven years; appointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. Dr. Patel is a member of the Travis County Medical Society.

Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, a public health physician in practice for 29 years; reappointed consultant to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health.

Joseph H. Schneider, MD, a pediatrician in practice for 22 years; reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Health Information Technology.

Les Secrest, MD, a psychiatrist in practice for 48 years; reappointed consultant to TMA’s Council on Legislation.

Edward W. Tuthill, MD, a psychiatrist in practice for 49 years; reelected as councilor for District 14 on TMA’s Board of Councilors.

Duncanville

Vella Victoria Chancellor, MD, a gynecologist in practice for 38 years; reappointed consultant to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness.

Plano

Timothy Rae Chappell, MD, an internist in practice for 41 years; appointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness.

Sejal S. Mehta, MD, a psychiatrist in practice for 16 years; appointed chair of TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness.

Drs. Chappell and Mehta are members of the Collin-Fannin County Medical Society.

Rowlett

Gabriela M. Zandomeni, MD, an obstetrician in practice for nine years; reappointed consultant to TMA’s Committee on Membership.

This group of physicians is all members of the Tarrant County Medical Society, via release:

Colleyville

Jeffrey M. Bullard, MD, a family physician in practice for 24 years; appointed chair of TMA’s Committee on Medical Home and Primary Care.

Fort Worth

David P. Brigati, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in practice for three years; elected to TMA’s Council on Health Care Quality.

Shanna M. Combs, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for eight years; elected alternate delegate on the Texas Delegation to the AMA House of Delegates, and reappointed consultant to TMA’s Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health.

Cheryl L. Hurd, MD, a psychiatrist in practice for 18 years; appointed consultant to TMA’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness.

Aaleya F. Koreishi, MD, an ophthalmologist in practice for 12 years; elected to TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services.

G. Sealy Massingill, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist in practice for 31 years; reappointed consultant to TMA’s Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health.

Heather Shipman Owen, MD, an emergency physician in practice for 13 years; reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Shipman Owen is a member of the Dallas County Medical Society.

Stuart C. Pickell, MD, a pediatric internist in practice for 20 years; reappointed consultant to TMA’s Council on Health Service Organizations, and reappointed consultant to TMA’s Committee on Health Information Technology.

Mark M. Shelton, MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist in practice for 33 years; reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Johnathan D. Warminski, MD, an ophthalmologist in practice for eight years; reelected to TMA’s Council on Practice Management Services.

Michael E. Wimmer, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in practice for 28 years; reappointed to TMA’s Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access.

Keller

Gregory M. Fuller, MD, a family physician in practice for 30 years; reelected to TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics.

Dr. M. Brett Cooper headshot
Dr. M. Brett Cooper (Courtesy: TMA)

In addition, Dallas adolescent medicine physician Dr. M. Brett Cooper, MD, has been elected to the TMA’s Board of Trustees, representing TMA’s Young Physician Section.

“It is imperative for physicians to be advocates for ourselves and our patients in order to maintain the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship,” said Dr. Cooper via release. “I believe that I can be an effective voice on the Board to help TMA maintain relevance to an ever-changing dynamic of physician practice settings.”

Gary Floyd Headshot
Dr. Gary Floyd (Courtesy: TMA)

Dr. Gary W. Floyd, a Keller pediatrician, was reelected to serve a third term on the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees,

“I am both humbled and honored to be reelected to continue to serve the TMA on the Board of Trustees,” Dr. Floyd said. “I truly appreciate the confidence shown by the House of Delegates in reelecting me and I am committed to keeping our focus on what’s best for our patients and our practices.”

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