|2017 TCEP Board of Directors Questionnaire|
2017 TCEP Board of Directors
1. Please provide us with your Medical School and Residency Program information including graduation dates. Also include your current positions held with a brief description of your duties.
I was born and raised in Wichita Falls, TX, went to Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed residency in 2011 as chief resident in Emergency Medicine at University of Mississippi Medical Center. I currently am the EMS Medical Director for the cities of Lubbock and Amarillo, TX. I am a cofounder and CEO of ER Now where I work the majority of my clinical shifts in Amarillo, TX. I am a part time assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. I am the immediate past chair of the Young Physicians Sections of the Texas Medical Association and serve on the House of Delegates for Randall Potter County Medical Society and sit on the Council of Health Care Quality. I also sit on the Governors EMS and Trauma Advisory Council medical directors committee. I have served on the TCEP board for four years and currently am Treasurer and a Councilor from Texas to ACEP for four years.
2. Tell us about your involvement in TCEP.
I first became involved with TCEP as a TLAF fellow 5 years ago. I was then elected as the YPS board member, followed by becoming a full board member. I served as Secretary last year and currently as Treasurer. I was instrumental in the startup of the Medical Student track at TCEP Annual Meeting (now TCEP Connect), where up to 200 of our future colleagues receive lectures, mentorship, and leadership skills. I have been a big advocate for Emergency Medicine, where I have attended the ACEP Leadership and Advocacy conference the last 6 years and have made many trips to the Texas Capitol to meet with legislatures and discuss issues important to Emergency Physicians. I have attended every TCEP board meeting for the last 5 years and have given lectures at residency programs as part of the residency visit program.
3. Convey to us your goals as a Director and what you see as the pressing issues facing Emergency Physicians in the next three years.
With a new leadership change at TCEP, now more than ever, the college needs institutional memory, solid leadership, and dedication to our specialty. My first goal as part of the Candidate Review Committee is to find an Executive Director that is highly motivated and will be willing to take TCEP to that next level. We have to be very judicious in protecting membership funds and making certain that fiscal responsibility is at the forefront of every decision TCEP makes. The biggest pressing issue facing Emergency Medicine is fair reimbursement. Insurance companies have increased premiums while increasing deductibles/patient responsibility, while not making fair payments to doctors, all while reporting soaring profits! Emergency Physicians and Emergency Centers are being attacked and I want to make certain legislatures understand the importance of Emergency Physicians and the fair price of readiness for the next patient to see us, 24/7/365, without regard to the ability to pay.
4. Please provide a brief description of family, community and professional activities, and hobbies.
I am married to Ashley and we have three boys: Cash (5), Colt (3), and Clay (2 mos). I have been a member of Lions Club International for over 15 years but am not very active currently as I have turned my focus mostly to Emergency Medicine. I enjoy hunting, traveling, dining, and politics not necessarily in that order. My wife and I really enjoy traveling to dine and recently went to Japan in order to have Sushi and Ramen where it originated. My hobbies include buying/selling and rebuilding wrecked cars, trucks, and motorhomes.