Fort Worth orthopedic surgeon Stephen Brotherton is the new president of the Texas Medical Association, the group announced at its annual meeting in San Antonio.In a prepared release, Brotherton 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. He wants to help new doctors repay medical school loans and streamline Medicare and Medicaid to encourage more primary care physicians to participate.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.He also volunteers at a free medical clinic at Cornerstone Community Center in Fort Worth.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.At its convention, delegates on Saturday voted to endorse expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Gov. Rick Perry opposes expansion of the federal-state healthcare program for the poor.
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