Fort Worth orthopedic surgeon Stephen Brotherton is the new president of the Texas Medical Association, the group announced this weekend. TMA is holding its annual meeting in San Antonio. Brotherton, in a prepared release, said he has three priorities for his term: supporting primary care, ensuring patient safety and boosting TMA's county medical organizations, such as the Tarrant County Medical Society. "Primary care is the essence of medicine, and it is ailing in Texas," he said.
Brotherton is a past-president of the Tarrant County Medical Society, a leader of the TMA's House of Delegates, which sets association policies and legislative action, and a longtime participant in American Medical Association activities. He teaches at Texas Christian University, his alma mater, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program. TMA says it is the largest state medical society in the nation, with more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is based in Austin.
-- Jim Fuquay