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Organization Trains Young Physicians for Leadership Roles

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Enjoying a laugh during a break from class are (l-r) Elizabeth Rebello, MD, of Houston, Parin Shah, MD, of Sugar Land, and Steven Cole, DO, of Dallas. Photo: TMA

by Texas Medical Association Staff

In an ongoing effort to develop new physician leaders from within its membership, the agency that represents Texas medical professionals has graduated a third leadership class.

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Alisa Berger, MD, gives a presentation to fellow trainees. Photos: TMA

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has graduated from its Leadership College 18 physicians from around the state.

“Young physicians often are thrust into leadership positions with little formal guidance about how to lead, and our leadership college helps them learn how to successfully navigate organized medicine,” said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, of Fort Worth.

The TMA Leadership College was created in 2011 to identify, train, and orient young physicians, or those early in their medical careers, for leadership positions at the county and state levels.

Scholars first must be endorsed by a county medical society or state specialty society to be eligible for participation. The comprehensive program guides scholars through a variety of areas, including legislative advocacy, leadership development, legal considerations in leadership, and strategic problem solving.

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Julie Nguyen, MD, of Houston and Prashant Kumar, MD, of Lufkin discuss highlights of the program. Photo: TMA

The program targets active TMA physicians who are under age 40 or within their first eight years of medical practice. Each participates in training, seminars, and meetings over an eight-month period before graduating.’

Graduates from the first two classes have been appointed to leadership positions within the association, which TMA says shows the dual benefit of the program.

“Equally as valuable as TMA teaching the participants to lead, the college allows these younger members to give input to the association’s current leaders,” said Dr. Brotherton, “and I am grateful to the scholars for their participation.”

TMA Leadership College is supported by an educational grant from The Physicians Foundation a nonprofit national organization seeking to advance the work of practicing physicians and to improve the quality of health care for all Americans.

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The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has graduated from its Leadership College 18 physicians from around the state. Front row (left-right) Jennifer Massengale, MD, of Plano; Elizabeth Rebello, MD, of Houston; Yoshiko Ogawa-Reel, MD, of Conroe; Alisa Berger, MD, from Lake Jackson; Julie Nguyen, MD, of Houston; Lindsay Botsford, MD, of Baytown; Parin Shah, MD, of Sugar Land; and Gerad (that’s the correct spelling) Troutman, MD, of Lubbock. Back row (left-right), Christopher Berry, MD, of Dallas; Thomas Kim, MD, of Austin; Vincent Nelson, MD, of Houston; Travis Bias, DO, of Pflugerville; Salil Deshpande, MD, of Houston; Steven Cole, DO, of Dallas; Walter Root, MD, of San Antonio; Chad Carlton, MD, of Fort Worth; Prashant Kumar, MD, of Lufkin; Steve Ramirez, MD, of Navasota; George Williams, MD, of Houston; and Chad White, MD, of Hamlin. Photos: TMA

2013 TMA Leadership College Graduates 


  • Travis Bias, DO, Pflugerville, Family Medicine

  • Thomas Kim, MD, Austin, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry


  • Christopher Berry, MD, Dallas, Family Medicine

  • Steven Cole, DO, Dallas, Allergy & Immunology

  • Jennifer Massengale, MD, Plano, Diagnostic Radiology

Fort Worth

  • Chad Carlton, MD, Fort Worth, Bariatric Medicine


  • Chad White, MD, Hamlin, Family Medicine


  • Lindsay Botsford, MD, Baytown, Family Medicine

  • Salil Deshpande, MD, Houston, Internal Medicine

  • Vincent Nelson, MD, Houston, Anesthesiology

  • Julie Nguyen, MD, Houston, Internal Medicine

  • Elizabeth Rebello, MD, Houston, Anesthesiology

  • Parin Shah, MD, Sugar Land, Emergency Medicine

  • George Williams II, MD, Houston, Anesthesiology

Lake Jackson

  • Alisa Berger, MD, Lake Jackson, Urology


  • Gerad Troutman, MD, Lubbock, Emergency Medicine


  • Prashant Kumar, MD, Lufkin, Internal Medicine

San Antonio

  • Walter Root, MD, San Antonio, Psychiatry

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