Member Spotlight Archives 2017

The Texas Pediatric Member Spotlight exists to focus attention on the recent awards, promotions, degree completions, and appointments of TPS members.

October 2017
Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, MD of Forth Worth was appointed to the Behavior Analyst Advisory Board.

Surendra K. Varma, MD of Lubbock TX was named Grover E. Murray Professor, the highest faculty honor bestowed by Texas Tech University. A TPS Past President, and Chair Emeritus of the TPS Committee on Medical Education, at TTUHSC he is the Ted Hartman Chair in Medical Education, university distinguished professor and vice chair of pediatrics, and professor of physiology and health organization management.

September 2017
TPS Early Childhood Committee member and a TPS Past President Dr. Clift Price of Austin (pictured below) and his local rotary club supply funding to purchase 1200 books each year to be given to the students (2 books per student) at a local elementary school. The group also provides weekly tutoring to the students.

Texas Tech General Pediatrics Clinic in Lubbock celebrated their 20th year of participating in the Reach Out and Read Program this year, congratulations on this milestone and for being Literacy Champions TTUHSC-Lubbock!

UTMB recognized as a 5-star academic health center for patient care
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has earned a prestigious national award for superior quality and care provided to patients. Earning five stars, the university is among a small number of academic medical centers nationwide to receive the 2017 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award recognizes UTMB for demonstrating superior quality and safety performance as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005.

August 2017

Stephen J. Pont, MD, MPH FAAP is a recipient of the 2017 Texas Health Champion Awardees. The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony by Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas.

July 2017

2017 Pediatric Interest Group of the Year Award
AAP Medical Student Committee (MSC), recognized Baylor College of Medicine's Pediatric Interest Group for its excellence in interest group programming and involvement in the Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) annual advocacy campaign.
This award was created and presented by the AAP MSC, congratulations BCOM! 

May 2017

Gary Floyd, MD, of Keller, was re-elected to the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees. He will serve as the secretary through 2020. The election took place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 during the TMA House of Delegates in Houston, Texas. Dr. Floyd is a TPS Past President.

April 2017

Gary Floyd, MD
Gary Floyd, MD has been appointed to the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Legislation. The Council on Legislation reviews proposed federal legislation and recommends appropriate action in accordance with AMA policy. It also recommends changes in existing AMA policy when necessary to accomplish effective legislative goals and recommends to the Board of Trustees new federal legislation and legislation to modify existing laws of interest to the AMA. Dr. Floyds joins David Tayloe, MD, a past AAP president on the Council and a TPS Past President.

Tricia Hall, CAE, CMP, TPS Executive Director
TPS, the Texas Chapter of the AAP, is pleased to announce that TPS Executive Director Tricia Hall, CAE, CMP, has been elected to the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Director Steering Committee (EDSC). The EDSC is a leadership body comprised of seven experienced AAP chapter or district executive directors. Serving on the EDSC is a wonderful opportunity to represent all executive directors from across the country and Canada to the national academy. The EDSC reports to the AAP Board of Directors, and terms are for three years. Tricia is so excited to represent her fellow executive directors and extremely proud to represent the Texas Pediatric Society and AAP District VII on the committee. 

March 2017

Daniel Vijjeswarapu, MD
Dr. Vijjeswarapu (aka Dr. Vijje), featured in TMA’s Texas Medicine April edition is not only on the cover, but the article has an important message and focuses on the importance of vaccinations. Dr. Vijje serves on the TPS Committee on Administration and Practice Management, and Medical Education. He is also a member of the TMA’s Be Wise – Immunize(SM) physician advisory panel.

Jason V. Terk, MD
Dr. Terk traveled to Dubai to speak to health care leaders there and the US ambassador to the UAE about Cook Children’s as a place to send patients who need specialized care. He presented on Vaccine Hesitancy and the Provision of the HPV vaccine in the US at the Arab Health Conference, where there were over 100,000 attendees. He also spoke to members of the media about the importance of public health generally and the HPV vaccine in particular.

Dr. Terk is featured second from the right.

February 2017

D. Michael Foulds, MD has been appointed Chairperson of the Committee on Continuing Medical Education for the American Academy of Pediatrics. As an appointed Chairperson of an AAP National Committee (effective July 1, 2017) he will serve a 4-year term.

Dr. Foulds has a long history of service in the national and chapter level. He has been a TPS member since 1986, serving as TPS President from 2002-2003, AAP Chapter Chair 2007-2010, and Chair of the TPS Medical Education Committee from 1988-2000, and currently continues to serve on the medical education committee. Congratulations Dr. Foulds!

TPS members in Washington


TPS members visiting Congress urging them to protect children’s health coverage by sharing three main messages – renew CHIP, keep Medicaid strong, and support consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act that benefit children.  Pictured (left to right):  AAP COFGA Intern Diogo Anyigbo, TPS Member Dr. Charleta Guillory, AAP President and TPS member Dr. Fernando Stein, TPS Member and AAP COFGA Dr. Jason Terk, and TPS Chapter President Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards.

Driscoll Children's Resident doctors, Dr. Mahadeo, Dr. Amtwi-Boasiako, Dr. Salih, and Dr. Sirash (not pictured), partnered with Amistad Community Health Center and Port Aransas ISD, to participate in an ongoing quality improvement project focused on increasing vaccination rates for HPV and Flu. They have worked together to provide on- campus vaccinations and parent education. Their project began last May. The picture above was taken at the Port Aransas High School on February 3rd, 2017.

January 2017

Surendra Varma, MD, was appointed by Texas Tech Board of Regents appointed a Grover E. Murray Professor, named after the university’s first president. Murray professors are Tech faculty members who have attained national and international distinction in their fields for outstanding research, excellence in scholarship, and creative achievement.