Member Spotlight Archives 2016

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

December 2016

Dr. Valerie Borum Smith MD, a pediatrician at St. Paul Children's Clinic in Tyler, recently contributed to the Dallas News opinion piece. She is a member of the committee on Foster Care.

October 2016

Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, Progressive Care Unit of Texas Children’s Hospital is the new 2017 AAP President! Dr. Stein is a practicing pediatrician and critical care specialist delivering bedside care for the past 35 years in Houston. He is a long-standing member of TPS and AAP. 

Joan Shook, MD, of Texas Children's Hospital is the recipient of the AAP 2016 Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award which was presented at the AAP National Conference in San Francisco. Dr. Shook as been a long-standing member of TPS and AAP. 

July 2016

Dr. Stephen Whitney was awarded the TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine at the Gold Level. According to TMA, "the Gold Level achievement is designed for the most accomplished physicians for achievements in teaching, role-modeling, mentoring, professional development, leadership, and service." TPS congratulates Dr. Whitney on this award and for the years of work that lead up to it.   

June 2016

Dr. Daniel Vijjeswarapu has joined the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) Board of Trustees. His three-year term began in May. TMAF, the philanthropic arm of TMA, raises funds to support the public health, quality of care, and science priority initiatives of the association and the family of medicine. TMAF raises funds and connects medicine, business, and community groups that carry out these programs at the local and state levels.  On behalf of TPS, we congratulate Dr. Vijjeswarapu on his new role as a TMAF Board of Trustee member.

May 2016

Dr. Jason Terk was awarded the CCPN Distinguished Physician Award by Cook Children's Physician Network on Thursday night, May 12th at the State of the Network address.  The award has been given to one dotor per year since 2002 and is voted on by the 380 plus members of the physician network.  The CCPN Distinguished Physician Award is given to the outstanding CCPN physician who exemplifies excellent clinical skills, compassion for patients and families, and a deep commitment to working together to care for children.  On behalf of TPS, we congratulate Dr. Terk for receiving this prestigious award.

April 2016

Aspiring physicians presented Galveston physician Ben Raimer, MD, FAAP, the 2016 C. Frank Webber, MD, Award for his commitment to mentoring medical students. Dr. Raimer was recognized by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Medical Student Section during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, in Dallas. Created in 1987, the C. Frank Webber, MD, Award is named after the late Texas family physician and educator C. Frank Webber, MD, former dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Webber’s efforts prompted the development of the strong student organization within TMA. On behalf of TPS, we congratulate Dr. Raimer for winning the C. Frank Webber, MD award.

February 2016

Congratulations to Mark Ward, MD on becoming the new AAP Alternate Chapter Chair.  On behalf of TPS, we congratulate you Dr. Ward on this new role with the AAP.

Congratulations to Oscar "Skip" Brown, MD on becoming the new AAP Nominating Committee Chapter Chair.  On behalf of TPS, we congratulate Dr. Brown on this new role with the AAP. 

Congratulations to Gary Floyd, MD for his new position with the American Medical Association.  Dr. Floyd was elected as Vice-Chair of the TMA Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association by the TMA delegation members.  On behalf of TPS, we congratulate Dr. Floyd on his new role with the AMA.

January 2016

Texans Care for Children is honoring Clift Price, MD, this year at their 9th Annual Founder's Award Luncheon at our Children's Policy Conference on February 24th.  Dr. Clift Price has been a champion for generations of Texas children, serving as a pediatrician, a leader in the Texas Department of Health, and a board member for Texans Care for Children, among other leadership positions.  Dr. Clift Price has been a champion for generations of Texas children. After serving as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, he returned to Austin to start a private practice in pediatrics. He went on to serve as an Associate Commissioner in the Texas Department of Health, a legislative liaison for the Texas Medical Association, a board chair for the Texas Pediatric Society, and a board member for Texans Care for Children, to name just a few of the organizations that have benefited from his leadership and commitment to children. Today he continues to lend his expertise and passion to efforts to support Texas children. 

KTRK-TV Houston (1/8) profiles Texas Children’s Hospital and its work to improve care provided for babies in neonatal intensive care. According to Dr. Charleta Guillory, “Texas Children’s Hospital has one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the country.” Dr. Guillory added, “One of the things we do is work with educating the mother” so she is “not only is she at the bedside, but she’s taking classes.”