Four faculty members from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso are among seven El Paso physicians recently appointed to leadership positions in the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, with more than 53,000 physician and medical student members.
TMA leaders are responsible for studying health care-related issues and making recommendations on important health care policy affecting Texas patients and their physicians.
TTUHSC El Paso physicians appointed to TMA’s leadership positions are:
Benjamin L. Clapp, M.D., a surgeon in practice for 16 years, was appointed to TMA’s Committee on Membership. Dr. Clapp is a clinical assistant professor in TTUHSC El Paso’s Department of Surgery.
Jose Manuel De La Rosa, M.D., a pediatrician in practice for 32 years, was reappointed as consultant to TMA’s Council on Medical Education. Dr. De La Rosa is TTUHSC El Paso’s vice president for Outreach and Community Engagement.
Gilbert A. Handal, M.D., an internist for 50 years, was reappointed as consultant to TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases and reelected as councilor to TMA’s Board of Councilors. Dr. Handal is a professor and the Martha Cuellar chair for child advocacy in TTUHSC El Paso’s Department of Pediatrics.
Richard W. McCallum, M.D., a gastroenterologist in practice for 11 years, was reelected to TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health. Dr. McCallum is a professor in TTUHSC El Paso’s Division of Gastroenterology and director of the university’s Center for Neurogastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Motility.
The seven El Paso physicians appointed to TMA leadership positions are also members of the El Paso Medical Society.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TMA’s House of Delegates policymaking body met virtually in early September to verify the last of this year’s TMA elections and appointments. Physician leaders have used virtual meetings and special governance provisions this year to elect or appoint physicians and medical students to one or more of TMA’s 25 boards, councils and committees.
TMA is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.