The Texas Pediatric Member Spotlight exists to focus attention on the recent awards, promotions, degree completions, and appointments of TPS members.
TPS congratulates Dr. Rebecca Girardet for receiving the Helfer Society's Award for 2018 Best Long Presentation on Integrated Med-Psych Programs: A Different Approach to Medical Maltreatment, which she co-presented with Dr. Tom Roesler.
Surendra K. Varma, MD
The Texas Medical Association honors Surendra K. Varma, MD of Lubbock as the 2018 TMA Distinguished Service Award winner in recognition of his life-long dedication to medicine. Dr. Varma was bestowed the award at TMA’s 2018 TEXMED in May. Dr. Varma is a past president of TPS, is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric endocrinologist, and has been a member of TPS for 40 years. He established the Endocrine-Metaboblic Division in the TTUHSC Lubbock Department of Pediatrics in 1974 and was director of the school’s pediatric residency program from 1978-2011. Dr. Varma’s awards and honors include the Texas Pediatric Society’s 2012 Charles Daeschner Lifetime Achievement Award – the TPS’s highest honor. We are honored and thrilled at his level of commitment to the children of Texas.
Jason V. Terk, MD
TPS congratulates Jason V. Terk, MD of Keller, TX to serve as the next chair of the TMA Council on Legislation. His chair appointment began on June 1, 2018. Dr. Terk, a TPS past president, is a current member of the TPS Executive Legislative Committee and served as the Co-Chair from 2001 to 2009.
At its April meeting, the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees approved the re-appointment of Fort Worth pediatrician Gary Floyd, MD to the AMA Council on Legislation, which makes recommendations for how AMA should stand on proposed federal legislation. Congratulations Dr. Floyd!